“This year in particular, we see the nations of the world reel under the pressures of collapsed economies. Many people are afraid, deeply troubled and have lost hope for a better future. There seems to be no answers and everything looks bleak. But in Christ, there is hope and this hope maketh not ashamed. We can trust in the unfailing God. His power and might are still the same. As many as put their hope in Him shall never be put to shame (1Peter 2:6) Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” writes Pastor E.A. Adeboye -The Redeemed Christian Church of God – General Overseerin the Aug 2009 Convention Programme.
I recently watched a Christian film I had seen over 5yrs ago… Time Changer. Set in 1890, a Bible Professor Russell Carlisle (D.David Morin) has written a new manuscript, “The Changing Times” and his book is about to receive unanimous endorsement from the board members of the Grace Bible Seminary… until Dr. Norris Anderson (Gavin MacLeod) raises an issue over a “difficulty” he has with something Carlisle has written. Dr. Anderson believes what Carlisle has written could seriously affect the future of coming generations. A manuscript emphasising morals, ethics and values without prominent focus on the Lordship and Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ who taught those values, would lead to danger and cause more harm in coming generations. Using a secret time machine, Anderson sends Carlisle more than 100 years into the future; offering him a glimpse of where his writing will lead.
Indeed, Carlise travels from 1890 in a Time Machine to the modern day Church to see what the preaching of ethics, leadership and morality…with a subtle de-emphasis of Christ and the Holy Spirit has produced. I wish every Christian will watch and reflect on this film again…Carlisle cannot believe the compromise in almost every aspect of faith covered in a flurry of activities andwonders how “Christians” could be so deceived. He concludes that Dr Anderson is right and revises His manuscript.
Indeed our Lord Jesus Christ said: “Beware of covetousness for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of what he has.” But more importantly we must be always under Christ’s Lordship doing only whatever the Holy Spirit – The Spirit of Christ -permits in our lives. I suspect the unmentionable variety we see today in Christendom and the ugly debates on family, ethics, marriage and lifestyle issues may have been unheard of if the Lordship of Christ and strict continual direction of the Holy Spirit were fully preserved in all aspects of worship.
Revd. Josiah O. Akindayomi, who started what transformed to become The Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1952, had warned concerning the future of Christianity of two developments. One, the quest and ambition for prominence and position and second…focus on money and the love of it. These arise from straying from Christ reigning in us to bowing to other “lords”. It relates also to the natural lack of control of desire which indeed dates back to Ancient Greece and the emergence then of the so called Epicurean philosophy. Even Epicurus himself wrote: “To whom little is not enough nothing is enough. Give me a barley cake and a glass of water and I am ready to rival Zeus for happiness.” But there is hope.
“Even though you may have suffered shame, dishonour, and humiliation in the past, the restoration ahead will be so glorious that you will forget the shame. The pathway to that glorious future can only be found in Christ. When you fully surrender and allow Him to take full control of your life, His glory and power will cause you to burst into songs of joy. Proverbs 23 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” writes Pastor E. A. Adeboye again.
Why am I convinced that wealth will come out your ashes as you return to Jesus Christ? Hear the Prophet Isaiah speak of Christ. Isaiah [61:1] The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
I pray Christ meets with you and reigns in you through this blog and your life filled again with restoration and hope.
Finally, I want to thank all that have sent me messages and Dr Okey Onuzo for his most kind and helpful comments on this blog…and my hat’s off to Pastor I.D. Iluyomade, City of David, for his most generous support of the new book Wealth out of Ashes.
God bless you all and welcome to a great future.