The Modern Church: Imperatives (Part 1)

Churches are critical to developing economies. They often constitute the social security system of developing nations. Churches take street urchins aka “area boys” off the streets; they reach out to sex workers, act as ameliorators for mental health challenges, organise conferences for SMEs, set up hospitals, set up schools, feed the hungry, take care of drug addicts… They provide scholarships, clothing and accommodation for the poor, organise job seminars and placements, motivate the youths, teach them values… When people disparage churches and pastors as a collective because of the perpendicular misalignment of a few pastors they throw out the baby with the bath water. There’s that hypothesis the proliferation of churches in Nigeria seems inversely proportional to the values of society. But think about it… If things are this bad despite the churches imagine how bad things would be without the churches. Nigeria will be a Hobbesian state. […]

Cogitation X: History Of The Future

God creates by making pronouncements. There’s an energy in his word that initiates a deployment sequence culminating in the imagined output. Genesis 1:3, Isaiah 55:11. It is fitting therefore that the creative agency of the Godhead be called Word. That’s Jesus by the way. John 1:1-4. We’re told he has “life” in him. In other words he possesses animating energy: “In him was life and the power to bestow life, and the life was the Light of men.” John 1:4 AMP.

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Cogitation IV: Creating God

Imagine you’re in a philosophy class and your lecturer asks you to conceptualise an entity called “God.” What will be your parameters? There are seven capacities any entity called “God” must have. They are intellect, power, transcendence, technological capability, ubiquity, creative capacity and governmental authority. Without these seven qualities a “God” cannot be God. […]

The Church and Politics (Part 6): Power of the State

This is the continuation of our discourse on The Church and Politics. Last week we looked at how God allocates power. To read Parts 1-5 of The Church and Politics, please go to www.myilluminare.com/the -church-and-politics/

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The antecedent of Satan as someone who cannot be trusted with power is very well established in scriptures. He’s always abused trust and power. He instigated a rebellion in Heaven. (Revelation 12:7-9) Satan was corrupt – traded favour and access. He was the originator of what we now refer to as “pay for play” in political circles: “But sin after sin, by your corrupt ways of doing business, you defiled your holy places of worship.” (Ezekiel 28:15-16 MSG) Consequently, Satan was exiled from Heaven: “Through the abundance of your commerce you were internally filled with lawlessness and violence, and you sinned. Therefore I cast you out as a profane and unholy thing from the mountain of God.” (Ezekiel 28:16 AMP)

Since Satan ideologically positioned himself as God’s adversary, it is quite logical that his son, the Antichrist would function as the antithesis to the thesis, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God: “Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction – the Antichrist who is destined to be destroyed, who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently above every so-called god or object of worship so he takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) You need to understand that power to Satan is not just a means to an end, it is an end: “I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High,” he said. (Isaiah 14:14)

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The Parchment

I present lessons from my teachings in 2017. I hope you keep them in heart as we approach 2018. There are two mystical orders in the Bible: they are the Levitical or Aaronic order and the Order of Melchizedek. The Melchizedek order is a religio-secular order. It is a hyphenated order – priest-king. Sometimes we Read more about The Parchment[…]

Understanding Tithing (Part 4)

This is the concluding part of the series, Understanding Tithing. We began the series three weeks ago to clear misconceptions about tithing. In Part 1, we looked at the historicity of tithing – how tithing began. It began with a gentleman named Abraham. We saw the two regimes of tithe in scriptures – elective and Read more about Understanding Tithing (Part 4)[…]

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