Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Jonathan May Grace RCCG's Convention

THERE were very strong indications here, yesterday, that President Goodluck Jonathan may be the chief guest at this evening's Holy Ghost Service of the ongoing 60th annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Redemption Camp.

The convention which started on Monday with the ordination of more than 7,000 deacons and deaconesses continues today with the Holy Ghost service which always attracts people from every corner of the globe as it features diverse miraculous feats.

The theme of this year's convention is "Come up higher", and the event has been described as a year of double jubilee as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the church and the 70th anniversary of the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Nobody among the senior officials of the church was willing to confirm the rumours of the presidential visit, but the speculations were rife that the president may use the occasion of the double celebration in the church to ask Pastor Adeboye to further intercede for a nation that has been under siege of Islamic insurgents.

Some residents believe that fresh traffic arrangements being put in place were indications of a planned visit of a high profile individual, apart from an attempt to clear the expected congestion in the camp arising from a daily influx of people for the convention.

Distinguished personalities

Apart from the president, the Holy Ghost Service is expected to attract several dignitaries including governors, ministers, holidaying national legislators, legal luminaries, traditional rulers and many other distinguished personalities who will grace the occasion to receive the prayers of the man of God.

Pastor Adeboye has repeatedly said that this year's convention would remain indelible in the memory of the more than six million people expected at the annual spiritual fiesta as a number of the participants would return home with diverse miracles because jubilee is a year of release and restoration.

As a result of the heavy vehicular traffic expected at the Redemption Camp today an elder of the church told our reporter during the week that it has taken measures to reduce traffic on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, saying that special anti-riot police men from neighbouring states are being deployed to complement efforts of FRSC men, members of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, NCDC and the church volunteers.

The church camp manager, Pastor A.F. Elufowoju told Vanguard: "We have made adequate arrangement with the Federal Road Safety Corps who will be complemented by a men of the anti-riot policemen from surrounding states in addition to other para-military personnel from the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps to control traffic on the road."

He, therefore advised motorists coming to the camp to park their cars inLagosand use the numerous RCCG buses strategically located inLagos,Ibadanand other cities, noting that they are free.

Sanitation conscious provinces

SANITATION is a very serious issue at the Redemption Camp as the General Overseer announces on a daily basis reports of sanitary inspectors who daily take care of affairs in the different hostels. As at Wednesday evening, Pastor Adeboye said Lagos Province 28 was leading the pack of the neatest provinces.

It was followed by Abia Provinces 1, 2 and 3 and Lagos Province 13. Among the dirtiest provinces are Kwara Province 2 and Kwara Province 1.

Testimony

God intervenes in woman's fallopian tubes

ON Wednesday a young woman fromDeltaState, Mrs. Josephine Oghenetejiri, gave a stunning testimony of how God intervened in a hopeless situation. She narrated how doctors had written her off and said she could not have a baby because she had no fallopian tubes.

Fallopian tubes are the two long, thin tubes that connect to a woman's uterus (one on each side). The other ends of the tubes flare open with several long fringes, called fimbrae, on the end. After ovulation, these fimbrae beat back and forth to help guide the egg into the fallopian tube. Once inside the tube, tiny hairs called cilia push the egg along and toward the uterus. Fertilization typically occurs in the fallopian tube if the egg encounters a sperm.

Mrs. Oghenetejiri, who belongs to Delta Province 1, narrated how she had to resort to God for help and her pastor assured her that there is God who can replace any thing in her that had been said to be dead and after a short while she became pregnant.

She raised two bouncing babies who are the products of the pregnancy even when medically she was declared barren as it s impossible for her to be pregnant.

Adeboye admonishes corrupt Christians

THE General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Wednesday, came down very hard on corrupt Christians, warning that there was no way they can inherit the Kingdom of God unless they urgently changed their ways now.

He said: "Except you restitute your way that which you did is waiting for you in your future. If you think that what you have done, the evil you have done, the monies you have stolen, the things you got by wrong means because nobody saw you, is gone and gone for ever, think again! If you love yourself, before the end of this week, restitute your ways, because if you did anything and you think nobody knows, God knows. If there is something that is not yours but is in your possession, for you to enjoy this year of jubilee, you must restitute your ways."

Speaking on a topic entitled 'that I may know him', with inspiration from Philippians 3:7-11 and several biblical passages he described the sermon as stepping on dangerous grounds and, therefore, called on the congregation to pray for him, saying that Paul said 'I want to know Him.' "Knowledge is power and ignorance is destruction. The Word of God says my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. When Paul, who is an apostle, says he wants to know Jesus, where do you stand?" He pointed out that there are many aspects to the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ: there is the aspect of Him as the Saviour, there is the aspect of Him as the Healer and there is the aspect of Him as the Deliverer.

"What aspect of Him did Paul want to know? I think he is interested in the aspect of Jesus Christ as the Truth. He wanted to know more about the truth? So we will be talking about the truth here tonight, even though the truth can be bitter."

Adeboye said there are three levels of truths: The basic truth, secondary truth and a little bit of the higher truth. Basic truth, he said may be described as 'Nothing goes for nothing.' The Bible tells us clearly that salvation is free, but salvation is free only because someone pays for it. (1 John 1:7)

Divine healing is free; but someone paid the price. Nothing goes for nothing, that is the pure basic truth. It is possible never to be sick again, in the year of jubilee. You can receive your healing and never be sick again. It is possible to enjoy prosperity for the rest of your life, according to Deuteronomy 28:11-12.

Secondary truth, he maintains, are two powerful forces controlling life: one is called curse, the other is called blessing. They both determine what happen to a man. He said a curse as an invitation to all forces to work against someone, while blessing can be described as a summon to all forces to support somebody and make sure he succeeds. When somebody is blessed, every door he knocks opens.

"Higher level truth: The year jubilee is the year of release, it is the year of restitution but we want to hear about healing, power, prosperity but not restitution," Adeboye said adding "whatever you get that is not yours must be restored. Whatever you sow you shall reap. If you sow the wind you will reap the whirlwind.

"The year of jubilee does not mean when you sow you won't reap. It is only one way to avoid evil, that you have planted and that is if you go to where you plant it and uproot it. If you think that seed you sow is gone, then you don't even know the basic law of agriculture. That which you sow is waiting in the future unless you can restitute your way," he explained.

He continued with a story of what happened several years ago in a village while he was a teacher, saying "there was a man who is very though. When you are passing in front of his house you must be careful, and he had only one daughter.

"One day six boys raped his daughter till she fainted. When the strong man returned people told him what happened. They were waiting for him to act. He asked if his daughter was alive and they said the girl was alive. What will he do about it, he said; 'nothing.' He said he is only reaping what he sowed, adding that when he was young he raped a girl.

"Do you have any money you stole, or maneuvered; return it back otherwise it will destroy your good works. If you think because nobody sees you, the evil will be forgotten, you are deceiving yourself," he added.

"If there is something that is not yours that is in your possession, go and restitute to enjoy the year of jubilee. You took somebody's wife and brought it in your life when you get home read; Genesis 12:11-20.

"Many of us think that we can treat restitution as something trivial, it is not so. Read Malachy 3:3-10. The Almighty God is a merciful God, God is supreme and He will do what He said he would do provided you follow His principle," he stated.

He further explained that blessings can be reversed. "I can show you several people who got blessed and then they forgot God and the blessing became a curse. Come up higher!

Anyone who wants to rise must get rid of every weight. Sin is a weight, get rid of it and restitute," he said on a note of finality.

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