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The Resurrection

The tomb of Jesus Christ was found empty on the third day of his burial. His is the only truly empty tomb in human history. By this we are not considering many Cenotaphs around the globe, which mark the grave of the Unknown Soldier. Those are empty tombs with a difference. The difference lies in the fact that no human remains were ever buried in those cenotaphs! Jesus Christ went through a pulsating, terrifying, agonizing, period of prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane. His agony was so great that his sweat drops became mingled with blood. At the end of the prayer, victory was won and he fully submitted himself to be crucified. He was initially exposed to a grueling, prolonged period of mockery of a trial. The witnesses assembled contradicted each other. It was Jesus himself who provided the basis for the eventual accusation and condemnation. He spoke the truth when, in answer to the High Priest’s question, he confirmed that he is the Son of God, thus claiming equality with God. According to the Jewish leaders, he had blasphemed! The penalty for blasphemy was death. Jesus was willing to die, not for the alleged blasphemy, but for the eternal plan of salvation which was drawn ages ahead with his Father, Almighty God! He was sentenced to die as a criminal. Jesus Christ was crucified on the first Good Friday, outside the city walls of Jerusalem, in-between two thieves. Thus Jesus Christ gave himself by his incarnation, gave himself at Gethsemane and gave himself at Golgotha in order to fulfill and perfectly execute the plan of everlasting salvation for mankind! Much earlier, in response to a question by a Jewish elder and scholar named Nicodemus, Jesus said:

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved(John 3: 14-17).

In the wilderness journey of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan, the people rebelled against God and Moses and there was instant punishment in the form of deadly fiery snakes which bit many. There was mass death. Moses and Aaron were scared and quickly cried to God for help and mercy. God instructed Moses to make a brass copy of the fiery snakes and hang it upon a pole. Moses was to tell the whole emerging nation to look upon the brazen serpent in order to recover from the deadly venom of the snake. Moses did exactly as God told him. It was a miraculous turn around because all the remaining sufferers from the snake bite who looked at the hung brazen serpent(snake) recovered and lived! Correspondingly however, anyone who defied the instruction would have perished in that wilderness episode! God Almighty, in his infinite wisdom and plan decided to re-enact the episode on a global scale using reality in place of similitude. Jesus Christ, the Son of God had to be nailed to the cross, made of two poles. Then he was lifted up crucified on Calvary Hill! The location was strategic, in that it was a public junction, with many passers- by. People from different parts of the world visited Jerusalem at that time because of the Jewish festival of Passover. The Passover lamb was killed by each Jewish family in remembrance of the great exodus from Egypt several centuries before. On that fateful Passover, the REAL PASSOVER LAMB was being killed for the whole world! Jesus Christ, the Real Passover Lamb was slain for the sins of the whole world. As it was on the eve of Jewish departure from Egypt, after 400 years of slavery, the blood of the lamb killed was collected in a basin and was applied to the door posts of each Jewish home. It was significant and strategic in that there was judgment upon Pharaoh and the whole of Egypt, resulting in the death of the first born of every family, including the first born of their domestic animals! There was sorrow, wailing and fear across the whole nation of Egypt because the LORD visited the land in judgment! In the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, no life was lost, because of the applied blood! With fear and trembling the Israelites were begged to depart from Egypt by both Pharaoh and his people! The Israelites left with great deliverance and jubilation. Egypt was literally spoiled and plundered in the sense that they willingly and hastily parted with their riches as Israel demanded PAYBACK FOR 400 YEARS OF OPPRESSIVE SLAVERY! That was the downturn for Egypt till date 2013, because the exodus marked the rapid decline of the Egyptian dominance in world civilization, economy and politics! We challenge scholars to contest this issue! This is the Twenty-first Century and the necessity for the application of the blood of the Lamb of God(Jesus Christ) is still in place for every human being! Dear friend, you need to look upon Jesus Christ nailed and hung upon the cross, lifted up on Calvary Hill, because of your sins. You look and live. Refusing to look brings avoidable disaster. The blood of Jesus Christ has been applied for you to protect you and give you victory over Satan, our No1 enemy! Underrating the situation as Pharaoh and Egypt did thousands of years ago, would become too late and regrettable for you! God planned your salvation; Jesus Christ executed it. God said earlier through Prophet Isaiah: Look unto me, and be saved, all ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else (Isaiah45:22). Jesus was nailed to the cross, his blood was shed and he died on that cross, as it was written before in the Scriptures. He was buried. On the third day he arose from the grave, as written in the Scriptures. He showed himself to Mary of Magdala, Peter and other disciples after his resurrection. Before he went back to heaven, he showed himself to over 500 witnesses at a time. Those were proofs overwhelming enough to convince any form of skepticism, logic or legalism! If you shall confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life; and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are made righteous and with your mouth you confess and you are saved (Romans 10:9-10). Typologies of Resurrection: Resurrection is likened to a grain of corn or wheat after it is planted. The grain first rottens and in the process, the dormant, potential plant, called the embryo, which contains new life, emerges to produce the new corn or wheat. It is a new life emerging from death. For us human beings, when a person dies, the whole body or ash from the cremated body is buried. At the resurrection, we Christians believe that the spirit unites with the body to produce a new body which becomes immortal. However, there are two kinds of resurrection. The righteous dead come back to life never to die again. For the wicked or unrepentant dead, they come back to life to face the judgment of God before the white throne. An inevitable condemnation follows which leads to everlasting torment in the lake of fire in hell! Jesus Christ describes the state: Where their worm never dies and the fire is not quenched(Mark 9:42-48). Worm refers to the human entity. The horrible state of the wicked is such that it is one of conscious, unending torment in the lake of fire! Contrarily however, the righteous is ushered into everlasting life of joy, peace and fulfillment. Jesus Christ’s body died as a sacrifice for sin. In the spirit, he went down to the dark abode of the dead. There Jesus fought the determinant battle against Satan and all his army. Satan was defeated and disgraced! Jesus Christ snatched the keys of death and hell from Satan. After that significant victory, Jesus Christ arose from the grave, in triumph! Therefore as Christians down through all ages we are able to sing: Up from the grave he arose; With a mighty triumph o’er his foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And he lives forever with his saints to reign; He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, wrote:

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the Apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time

(1Corinthians 15: 3-8).
Death has been subdued by Jesus Christ! It is important to note that many Old Testament Saints appeared in Jerusalem unto many people just at the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! These are those who trusted God in their generations. However, because of the sell-out to Satan, out of disobedience to God and ignorance of the tricks of Satan by Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, Satan took over the rightful status of mankind as ruler of this world. Satan also took charge of the place of the dead because our Redeemer has not come. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, as SEED OF THE WOMAN wrestled against Satan, defeated Satan and took the keys from him. Jesus Christ therefore led out this multitude of saints from the captivity of Satan! In part of Chapter 27 of the Gospel according to Matthew, which definitely must have been observed before the later part of the 28th Chapter happened and was written, has the following account: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. And came out of the grave after his resurrection, and appeared unto many(Matthew27:51 -53). There had been earthquakes between The Good Friday and early morning of the First day of the week which we call Resurrection morning. The Earth must be inevitably troubled because its Maker deliberately and voluntarily died for the redemption of mankind. The same earth was thus forced to give up the bodies of the risen saints who had been led out of captivity by their Captain, Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ is the first to arise from the dead, never to die again! Thus he became the firstfruits of the dead! Jesus Christ, as the Captain of our salvation is alive forever. At the trumpet call of the archangel, signaling the gathering of saints prior to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with his Bride the Church, Saints would be raptured. We shall be given new bodies, never tiring, never sick and never dying again! We shall be as Jesus Christ is! Anyone who has this expectation or hope in him or her should keep himself pure, just as Jesus Christ is pure! (1 John 3: 1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).
Much earlier, prior to his death, Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this? (John 11:25-26). Reconciliation with God the Father has been made through the blood of his cross. There is no more enmity between us and God. God has forgiven us and given us power to become his children. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was proof of God’s approval on the redemptive work he did through the shedding of his blood on the cross. Jesus said; because I live you shall live also. His resurrection gives assurance for our own resurrection too! We believe this. Do you believe? Jesus who was initially held captive defeated his captors led by Satan. Then Jesus the former captive led out a host of captive victims in victory. In deed CAPTIVE LED CAPTIVITY!
Up from the grave he arose:

Earnestly Contending For The Faith – 1

The Christian life is like a race that is run or likened to a fight that is fought. The expected end is victory for the diligent and obedient. A true athlete or sports person does not engage in distractions or activities that are counter-productive to his or her physical fitness. There is constant need to shun drinks and foods that are harmful. Performance-enhancing drugs should also be avoided in order to run fairly, in clean competition with fellow athletes. Sports persons who violate their bodies and violate fairness would be either unfit or be disqualified! The same is true in the Christian race. Our bodies are the temples of the Living God. Therefore we should keep our bodies pure and healthy. Violators would be punished. The punishment comes first through weakness, sickness, diseases and sudden death. Later on, more punishment comes from God. It is everlasting condemnation in hell, where their worn does not die and the fire is not quenched! The term worm refers to the human entity and make up. Jesus Christ preached a lot to warn people about hell, especially where our actions tend to mislead others (Mark 9:42-48). Jesus knows the dangers of a physical place called Hell. Hell was made to punish Satan and the fallen angels who joined in his rebellion against God. Keep your bodies pure and fit. Sexual impurities such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality and such like make human beings to violate the plan of God. Because of these God destroyed the ancient great cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-26). Obedience to the word of God helps us to live happily and end our lives on a good and high note of morality, peace, joy, and eternal life. Keep your minds pure also, because secret sins of the mind are also punishable! Thanks be to God for his great grace. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish , but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him, Jesus, the world might be saved (John 3:16-17). Paul in his letter to the Ephesians stated: For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). Having been saved, we are to show proofs of the transformation in our lives by God. We are saved to produce good works. Paul said: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). As Christians, believers in Christ, and members of the body of Christ, called the Church, we have been forgiven. Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We are Ambassadors of Jesus Christ. We who have been reconciled with God through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross as a sacrifice to make peace and bring us back to God. We became adopted as sons and daughters of the Living God. We have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and promoted into the kingdom of light. Hallelujah! We are to share this good news with the whole world as Ambassadors of Jesus Christ. We carry about the Good News of Reconciliation as we represent the Kingdom of God! In his letter to the Christians in Galatia, Paul stated: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). The works of the flesh such as adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings and such like no longer rule our lives! The fruits of the Holy Spirit have taken control. Thanks be to God.
This generation of the Twenty-first Century is more corrupt, more loose, more guardless, more profane, more rebellious, more disrespectful to elders and parents, more sophisticated and therefore more challenging to live in than previous generations! As Christians, we must not be swallowed by the stormy waves of Challenging Counterfeits of the 21st Century! The individual, corporate, institutional and governmental acts, bills, laws and decrees which challenge the Christian Faith must be resisted positively. These call for Divine, civil, decent, but firm actions and stands.
Jude in his General Epistle rightly reminds us of those in the past who disregarded God and thus had severe consequences. He warned us not to imitate their bad examples so that we also may not fall into the same state. Jude referred to human beings as well as angels who fell into sin through rebellion against ALMIGHTY GOD. All of these suffered damnation. For our safety therefore Jude counsels us to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to those who received like faith in Christ as we have. God’s power has made available unto us all that we need to live successfully in this world. God has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. It would be a case of high risk and fool-hardiness on our part to forget where and what we were rescued from or neglect divine guidance as revealed in the scriptures already given for our benefit and safe, thorough passage through the present life. The Apostle Peter in his general epistle stated under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost that God’s divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue. We are enabled to partake of the loving, holy and powerful nature of God and do away with the deceitful life of sin and darkness(2 Peter 1:3-4). It then becomes our responsibility to stay true, clean, loving and obedient as we journey through life. We have examples to encourage and spur us along to run a clean race without being disqualified. There are good examples from the early church, from later years and from this present generation. It is like building a house. A solid foundation is first laid based on faith in Christ on the merits of his blood shed on the cross, his death,burial and resurrection from the dead on the third day and his being alive forever to save completely, all who have so put their trust in him. Durable substances are then built upon the solid foundation. Growth in grace and in the knowledge of Christ through his words, prayer, fellowship, fruitfulness of faith-sharing, diligence and steadfastness. It is our duty and responsibility to make our calling and election sure. We must not be like a stagnant water which loses its freshness every day. Faith plus Virtue plus Knowledge plus Temperance plus Patience plus Godliness plus Brotherly kindness plus Charity need to increase in us daily. We shall be profitable vessels of honour to God, bringing glory to him and immense blessings to many people. In these days of many challenging counterfeits we need to stand firmly, boldly, clearly and lovingly. No room for compromising the faith which was initially delivered to the early saints from whom we got the baton to run the Christian race. Jude in his General Epistle stated:

—But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God , looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life -Jude 20-21.

As we stand firmly in the faith, we are able to rely on the Lord, Who is able to uphold us to the very end of our earthly race and journey. Each person ought to build up himself or herself. Then we shall be better placed to be of help to our brothers and sisters in the faith. Praying in the Holy Ghost is the same as praying in tongues as enabled by the Holy Ghost. Our weaknesses or infirmities are overcome; and we are thus empowered to pray in tune with the will of God. The essential daily experience is most refreshing, revealing, encouraging, inspiring and empowering. In the words of one of the first choruses learnt when we first believed, over 40 years ago, this series is paused until the next post:
Be steadfast, unmovable, By faith stand your ground. Let the world not entice you, nor let errors confound. For the Lord is your portion, His word is your guide. Be steadfast, unyielding, and turn not aside 1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV.[To be continued]. Abundant Grace be with you.

OUR SALVATION IS NEARER THAN WHEN WE BELIEVED: JESUS CHRIST IS COMING SOON

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.The night is far spent, the day is at hand:let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof(Romans 13:11-14).
Jesus Christ said: When these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your head for your redemption draweth nigh [Luke 21:28]. Paul was encouraging Christians in Rome on the Christian life and responsibilities and he touched the issue of love and civic responsibilities. As we go about our lives, the spiritual,domestic,vocational as well as the civic aspects must be properly taken care of. We cannot be heavenly focused, while being irresponsible citizens or irresponsible in the domestic front. There must be a reasonable balance.
In this 21st Century, we see more frequently,events the confirmation of the end of the age. Men’s hearts are already failing them for fear. The frequency of earthquakes,violent storms,tsunamis,volcanic eruptions,landslides,forest fires,hurricanes,floods of waters, famines and pestilences, Strange and frequent natural disasters are abound. There is unprecedented and massive pollution of our environment. Ethnic, sectarian, inter-tribal and civil wars are on the increase. Acts of terrorism across the earth are on the increase. Economic chaos is affecting the entire world. There is the reign of immorality, increasing incidence of divorce in which Christian homes are not spared. Children as victims of parental separations and divorces grow up to become rebellious youths, exhibiting domestic disobedience and violence. There is increase in civil disobedience; increase in satanic worship and idolatrous practices all over the world. There is the desecration of the holy marriage instituted by God, with abominable associations such as cohabiting, and same sex relationships! An attitude of compromise to evil and tendency to be lukewarm by the church is already here! Jesus said that because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold,but he that shall endure to the end,the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;and then shall the end come [Matthew 24:12-14]. The nations of the world are gathering up against Israel,the nation that pointed us to the one and only true God.Israel is highly favoured by God because of covenant promise to Abraham. The meetings decisions taken and future consequences these constitute major signs of the end of the world system and an impending battle! PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem. We are to be watchful so that we do not get carried away with eating and drinking and other cares of this life,to such an extent as being caught unawares and unprepared.We are to be prayerful and focused on Jesus Christ,the author and finisher of our faith.He will see us through the coming difficult days by the prevailing powerful presence of the Holy Spirit,the ministry of angels and the all-encompassing intercession of our living High Priest,Jesus Christ.
ALERT: We need to be reminded and alerted that the technology to be used by the anti-christ during his short reign,is already in place and already in use! The number 666 can be easily implanted into people’s skin or forehead by your will or against your will. Already, if you own a smart phone or better still, if you own the more sophisticated ones, everything about you can be easily tracked, including your movements and other private activities. Already there are some people who voluntarily had microchips implanted into their hands. With that they do incredible things such as opening the doors of their cars and homes through the implants! ARE YOU WATCHING? The Obama Care health programme would be adopting the technology in 2013 for US Citizens. The economic world is already working at it to bring it to perfect use. Security operatives have already introduced the microchip human implants. Doors and security outfits could be easily accessed by staff using the devices.Religious groups,especially Christian churches have expressed grave concerns about the use of microchips implants and therefore have opposed the compulsory usage or legislation for common use.The size could be as small as two grains of rice! ARE YOU WATCHING? Those who refuse to have the number on them would be denied access to many amenities and services and be unable to buy and sell,when the plan is fully in operation!
Wikipedia states as follows: ‘‘A human microchip implant is an integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. A subdermal implant typically contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information’’
Be ready, because you do not know the hour the Son of man (Jesus Christ)would come[Matthew 24:44]. To be continued…..

DOES GOD FORBID WOMEN BISHOPS IN THE CHURCH?

THE CASE FOR WOMEN BISHOPS IN THE CHURCH AND IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND: THE WAITING CONTINUES
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted not to have women bishops, until it deems it otherwise fit. The decision comes in spite of the two decade-long or more deliberations on women ordination as priests. Interestingly, it turned out that it was the Laity which voted against the plan; no matter how small the majority was. For the benefit of the worried ones among the laity who are skeptical about having women bishops, it would be quite interesting to go along memory lane in the course of Church history regarding the various roles women have played and posts which they have held. A cursory examination of the Church during the First Century would be helpful. Biblical records show us that in pre-church era women had important leadership roles and posts in religious settings and society. Then it would be good to look at church membership and the position of women in church and society today. Another vital consideration is to ask what Jesus Christ would have said and done today. Having to wait for another General Synod decision for some years is a long, unnecessary but inevitable wait.
During the exodus of Israel under the leadership of Moses, he responded to Joshua’s anxiety and jealous, protective concern for him, while he urged Moses to forbid those who were prophesying outside tent where the select group of leaders and Joshua were with Moses. Joshua was not aware of the fact that those men were appointed by the LORD also. Moses was quick to encourage his assistant and said: ‘‘Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them.’’(Numbers11:29). The Lord’s gifts and ministry appointments were not and still are not the exclusive reserve or monopoly of a select few. The gifts are inclusive of the women too! Early In the Exodus, great Miriam was a Prophetess!(Exodus 15:20). Deborah was a Prophetess and a Judge in Israel during the early formative years of nationhood. By that she was NUMBER ONE person in the whole nation.As prophetess and Head of State,she heard from God and gave instruction to men and women,including Barak,who was the newly appointed military commander.Barak as a man called upon to lead the army was afraid,until this notable woman accompanied the army into battle. It should never be forgotten that whilst Barak was fearful,Deborah was full of courage and faith in God.Victory was won and all the prophecies of Deborah came true.In addition,a woman had the glory of putting finishing touches to the war(Judges 4:4-10, 21-23).
As a woman highly favoured of God, the Virgin Mary,was the vessel through whom our Lord and Saviour was born. Mary was submissive and obedient to the will of God.Greater than all other women before and after her,the Virgin Mary occupies a pride of place in the Church and an extra-ordinary place in Roman Catholicism.Eamon Duffy,in his book ’The Place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Roman Catholicism’,opines that the central Catholic teaching about Mary originates largely from the Gospels of Luke and John,from certain portions of the Pauline corpus and from the twelfth chapter of the book of Revelation.He asserts further that the Roman Catholic tradition almost deifies Mary and near elevation to that of the Christ.There is much controversy over the teaching,which is not acceptable to Protestant belief.However,the fact of Mary’s greatness has never been in contention.Shortly after the birth of Christ, his circumcision and the purification rites for Mary his mother, Jesus was brought to the Temple to present him to the LORD,being the first male child that opened the womb.That was done in obedience to the Law of the Lord.Prophetess Anna was in the temple when Jesus was brought in.Like Simeon,Anna also spoke of Jesus in the hope of redemption for Israel (Luke 2:25-38). Many women were responsible, committed and reliable supporters as well as facilitators in the earthly ministry of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Who would forget so easily the ministries of Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary of Magdala and the additional unique ministry of Mary, the mother of Jesus? These were women who stood their grounds where most of the male leaders went into hiding,soon after the arrest, crucifixion and burial of Jesus! Mary of Magdala was the first to see Jesus after he rose from the dead and the first to testify about the resurrection. (Matthew 28:7-10; Mark 16:9-11; Luke 23:55-56; 24:1-11; John 20:1-18). Did the men believe her report or testimony? Certainly not; until Jesus appeared to them later(John 20:19-20).What a pack of timid men they were before Pentecost! The fact that Mary of Magdala was sent by Jesus to the Apostles made her qualify as a SENT person. It is asserted by some that she was the Apostle to the Apostles. How true indeed! Who and where then are those ignorantly undermining the status of women in the church? A Christian woman should be able to rise to any post in the church as a Priest.A Bishop is first and foremost a Priest. The same is true of an Archbishop,Patriarch, Prelate or Pope;they are all basically Priests!The Church of England should repent and retrace her steps in the unscriptural stand which informed the decision taken at the General Synod,to prevent women from being consecrated as Bishops.
In the upper room,in Jerusalem,on the day of Pentecost,there were women among the 120.Men and women alike were all filled with the Holy Spirit(Acts1:13-15,2:1-4). The first Christian in Europe was a woman,called Lydia(Acts 16:14-15). Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles recognizes and pays respect to Aquila and Priscilla,Christian couple,who had a church in their house (1 Corinthians 16:19) at Corinth. The couple were makers of tent as their means of livelihood alongside Paul, hence their closeness. Another notable couple; Andronicus and Junia were highly respected among the Apostles and older in the faith than Paul(Romans 16:7)!
Twenty-first Century observations in the church across the world show that majority of worshippers are women. Agape Focus observes in the United Kingdom and Nigeria that female worshippers and members are in overwhelming majority.News from around the Christian world prove this also. Statistical studies by the Christian Research confirm this fact for England.The Church, by the ordination of women as Priests has already set the stage for the elevation of deserving female priests to episcopal status! To act contrarily,is a negation of the original act of the General Synod, which ordained women as priests.The conservative members of the church coming to mess up Synod decisions should reread their Bibles,revisit the past synod decisions, repent and behave better next time!
It is a fact of the Twenty first Century that women in society do hold very important posts. Her Majesty,Elizabeth II,The Queen,is by the grace of God,the Official Head of the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Spiritual Head.The United Kingdom has been privileged to have a female Prime Minister,in person of Margaret Thatcher. In her days in office,she was no push over and she was able to hold her place in the committee of nations.Women in England and across the world have proved and still continue to prove their mettle in various fields of endeavor;as educators,economists,politicians,soldiers,scientists,sportswomen,astronauts, responsible parents,priests,bishops,nuns,deaconesses,evangelists,and pastoral leaders.Women indeed are a formidable component of any category of human activity in past and modern societies. In spite of the array of evidences,one wonders yet why some so-called conservatives seem to present a stance of unawareness or ignorance about the significant roles and high potential of women!
However, it should be noted that it constitutes a disservice to Christ to appoint homosexuals as female Bishops.What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.Having halted the consecration of a homosexual male earlier, the same standard must be upheld for any lesbian. There should be no double standard.This is not being sexist in any way! Any man or woman in true practice of celibacy qualifies for consecration as Bishop. For other prospective aspirants to the office of Bishop,such a person must be the husband of one wife(or the wife of one man). Christ,who loved us and washed us from our sins by his own blood has also made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-7). Let the women never be hindered again from holding higher positions(Bishop inclusive)in the ordained ministry;be it in the Church of England,other Anglican Communions,Methodist Church Nigeria,the Roman Catholic Church or any group of Churches! Which male Roman Catholic Priest in the Twenty first Century is able to match the exploits of the late Mother Teresa? Notable,diligent,zealous and faithful female priests do abound,who are competent to be made Bishops.There is neither Jew nor Greek,there is neither bond nor free,there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:28-29). In the words of the Apostle Peter we read: ”But you are a chosen generation,a royal priesthood,a holy nation,a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praise of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Which in time past were not a people,but are now the people of God:which had not obtained mercy,but now have obtained mercy.”(1 Peter 2:9-10); Earlier he described us as living stones, spiritual house and holy priesthood(1Peter 2:5). Jesus Christ,the chief cornerstone,elect and precious, is the owner of the Church. He never underrated women;neither should the Church do so this Century or ever again. Those who have ears should listen to what the Spirit of God is saying to the entire Church and not only the Church of England!

THIS WORLD SYSTEM AND SAVING FAITH

This world and its lusts plus its corruption are soon passing away, but anyone who does the will of God abides forever.We are all advised not to put our lives’ hopes on worldly possessions,acquisitions,fleshly desires, pride and arrogance. The craze after sexual lusts and all forms of sexual perversions should be deleted from our lives. All forms of greed, drunkeness, gluttony, drunkeness with power, star-gazing,palmistry, reflexology, witchcraft,satanism and all forms of idolatory, should be got rid of out of our lives and society. Human body and life are precious in the sight of GOD , the MANUFACTURER! Therefore, all forms of bodily abuse,anti-semitism, racism, terrorism, and all forms of human oppression and abuse, should be discarded. There is no small or big error.There is no small or big sin! Sin is sin;no matter how big or small. Every form of disregard for the CREATOR is sin.Sin in any form,hidden,open,small,or big is punishable. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord(Romans 6.23). It is written: Whosoever transgresseth,and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. II John 1.9. It is not a matter of religious debate.  This is the end time.This present world and its systems are coming to an end very soon!Reference to man in this message is referring to the entire human race and not to any gender. God made man perfectly in the begining and had regular fellowship with them. Man was given power and dominion to rule this Earth. However, man fell from his position by selling out to Lucifer who came deceitfully in the form of a snake(serpent). Man was specially made to live successfully on Earth. Lucifer(also commonly called the devil, Satan, prince of the power of the air)was originally made to live in Heaven, but because he committed high treason, he was cast down from Heaven and thus became a rebel and vagabond, having no settled place. Satan chose to disposess man from his privileged position by successfully tricking him to obey him while disobeying Almighty God. From that time in the Garden of Eden, the ways and life of mankind became corrupted, because Satan took a prolonged, but temporary control. After thousands of years of sending messages through many prophets, mankind was not truly repentant for their corrupted ways. A designed master plan was therefore unfolded by GOD. He decided to send His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Who came as GOD in human flesh in order to rescue sinful mankind from sin and its consequences, which is death,(both spiritual death and physical death). As the only one born without the usual human conception, Jesus Christ did not share in the sinful nature of mankind. He was therefore qualified to be the true, one and only SIN-BEARER, for the entire human race, right from Adam to the last person who shall ever be born into this world; and that includes all of you reading this message. This is not a case of debate, argument or logic. This is a matter of great divine, present and eternal importance, put in place by the Almighty God ; MAKER of Heaven and Earth.  Anyone may argue or try to excuse or exonerate himself/herself, but that would not be tenable on the dreadful day of judgment, when GOD shall judge the secrets of the hearts of ALL PERSONS, by that MAN (Jesus Christ) chosen by HIM. The Almighty God gave this approval to Jesus Christ, by raising Him from death on the third day, after Jesus gave His life as a ransom for ALL HUMAN BEINGS. Jesus Christ was too holy for sin, sickness, death, hell and the devil to hold him down! Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over his foes. He arose , a victor from the dark domain! The blood of Jesus Christ was an offering made to blot away ALL sin. That blood forever speaks for mercy. However, EVERY PERSON needs to respond to the mercy of God shown through the shedding of the blood of the INNOCENT JESUS CHRIST, Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world!  GOD would not wait indefintely for a person to repent and come to Him through trusting in Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it; but that the world, through him, might be saved (John 3:16-17). What happens if a person keeps on postponing the surrender of his/her life to GOD through Jesus Christ? He /she may die before doing so. Another person may suddenly become too sick to respond and ultimately die unsaved. Yet another, through arrogance or pride may delay this all-important decision of life and eventually end his life unsaved! Imagine a person who fell mistakenly into a 500 feet ditch. That person had a lifeline of a very strong cord let down to reach him. For such a person to be rescued, he /she must take hold of the lifeline, grasp it and follow any instruction given to him/her from above! That is a simple physical illustration. GOD ALMIGHTY has sent THE BEST LIFELINE (Jesus Christ) from Heaven above. It is written that if you confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10). The  wages of sin has been paid with the blood of Jesus Christ. Approval and confirmation for this fact is the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day. By his resurrection, God made Jesus Lord over all principality, power, might, dominion, and every name under the earth, on the earth and in the heavenly places. At the mention of the name of Jesus every knee must bow. Every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! This is not a matter of choice. Soon or later, the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST over ALL the Earth shall be fully established, when He comes back as King of kings and Lord of lords! This is very imminent because the world system by its own disobedient will is already setting the stage for the LORD OF GLORY to take over. A false world government would soon come up, offering great economic and social solutions to world problems. That is of the Anti-christ.This would be short-lived. Then would come the true government ushering 1000-years reign of Jesus Christ, the MESSIAH. We shall treat this in greater detail soon. But before then; Come to Jesus today before it is too late. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. JESUS died and rose again for ALL human beings, but EACH person must call upon Jesus personally! Are you saved ? Then go on to give diligence to make your calling and election very sure. God bless you all.

AN ANCHOR

In these days and times of great instability and uncertainties we all need assurance, insurance, and a more constant and reliable base, centre and source. Where can this be found? ONLY IN GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! There are strains, stresses and instabilities on the international, national, community, domestic and personal levels. Each person, groups of people, communities and nations try to find solutions to the many problems which confront mankind today, with temporary or zero success. The challenges, claims and offerings of help, support and blessings from God, through Jesus Christ, are not taken promptly by many, due to ignorance, arrogance or pride. God has given counsel on all aspects of life, including governance at all levels of human organization. It is the ignorant who needs instruction and knowledge; the thirsty, who needs drink; the hungry, who needs food; the sick, who needs the physician or healing; the lonely, who needs companionship; the lost, who needs rescue and guidance; the blind, who needs sight or leading; the deaf, who needs hearing or guidance; the bound,who needs deliverance and freedom; the ruler, who needs wisdom; the soldier, who needs courage and strategy; the chef, who needs the right skill, ingredients, decency and cheer; the sailor,who needs both the compass and the anchor! What is an anchor? Ordinarily, it is a strong, heavy steel structure, attached to a boat or ship by a cable, helping to keep the vessel stable, by restricting its movement, when dropped overboard. In general terms, an anchor could be a source of stability or security. That security and stability is what God Almighty, through Jesus Christ provides for all human beings. Sin Kills, but JESUS Saves from sin, by giving forgiveness, life and eternal life. He saves from death and eternal loss. He died on the cross as a substitute for each person ever born into this world. He was buried, but arose the third day as a proof that his substitutionary death for all mankind was accepted by the Almighty God, who raised him from death! Now that Jesus is alive, forgiveness and everlasting life is freely offerred to you and me. Security both now and in eternity(endless period after this present life) is provided by Jesus Christ when you surrender your will and life control to him. Your life would be just spot on. Then you would hold your own in the battles and challenges of life, because Jesus would be your anchor

Ely Cathedral Choir, Cambridgeshire sing:

A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY NOW!

On the 3rd of October 2010, I posted a small article on ‘A Solemn Assembly’. A solemn assembly is a gathering of people, with the intent of humbly seeking after God, in realization of individual as well as collective failure. The need for a Solemn Assembly by the Church in every land is very urgent. NOW is the time to have this Solemn Assembly again.Let anyone who reveres,loves and fears God get ready for a time to seek his face, not just as an individual,but collectively with others of like faith. Let the call ring in Jerusalem. Let it ring in the Vatican. Let it ring in London.Let it ring in Washington DC.Let it ring in Abuja,in Paris,Tokyo, Beijing,Berlin, Moscow,Canberra, Riyadh,Cape Town, Delhi,Oslo,Cairo,and every city, town, village and hamlet around the world! Let there be sober reflections.Let the religious and political leaders fall in line to initiate/spearhead this time of humble,sober, repentant seeking after God.Let there be prayers for the extra-ordinary mercies of God over the world.Let us pray that God may forgive our nations for various acts of arrogance,stubbornness,bloodshed,discrimination,selfishness,greed,espionage, oppression,bullying,subtle economic domination and recolonization,and various other ungodly acts which are counter-productive to human fulfilment and world peace.GOD is waiting for us all at the places of prayers! We must not toy with this call or give up! Nobody needs special counsel to know that the frequent episodes of economic and political turbulence plus natural disasters are clear pointed messages! God would honour our prompt and positive action.DEAR ELDERS AND LEADERS, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AS YOU RESPOND TO THIS URGENT CALL FOR THE HEALING TOUCH OF GOD OVER OUR WORLD.THANK YOU.