Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Really the stones that the builders rejected?

In his rejoinder to the ongoing critiques on Bombardier jet-buying-and-flying pastors, the bishop Francis Wale Oke referred to such pastors as “the stone that the builders rejected” in an article with same title which appeared in The Guardian of 12 December 2012. http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107384:oke-the-stone-that-the-builders-rejected&catid=38:columnists&Itemid=615#comments This is a quote from the Psalms (118:22) which had referred to Jesus Christ and his elevation after the earthly ministry.  However, Mr Oke’s use of this quote is certainly out of context. He tried much to rationalize and justify the questionable buying of private jets by saying that the Pentecostal movement in Nigeria has risen from pit of poverty to the pinnacle of Dubai Towers, having been stupendously blessed by God for their evangelistic enterprise!
Francis Oke boasted: “Imagine what Nigeria would have been without the labours and the influence of the church, particularly the Pentecostals and the Charismatics! It would have been a living hell, if with all our positive, godly efforts; we are still in the mess that our nation is today!” Oh, what a bloated self-esteem! I wager, Nigeria would have been a much better place morally and with less corruption were it not for religions – especially the so-called “Pentecostals and Charismatics!” What “hell” can be worse than the wild cacophony which shatters the serenity of the neighbourhood as well as the mental health of innocent souls whenever these Pentecostals are doing vigil?  Even the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency is so overwhelmed that it has now lost control.
Talking about godly efforts? Their so-called “godly efforts” are mere activities and the very antithesis of whatever is called godly effort!  Just check their utterances, behaviours and actions and you will see that they are the most ungodly affectations. No wonder, the apostle Paul wrote at Second Timothy 3:5 that in the last days (in which we now are) people will be showing “a form of godliness but denying its power.” Then he warned: “Have nothing to do with them.”

Francis Oke claims that the Nigerian “Pentecostals and Charismatics” have not deviated from doing the things that brought them into “relevance and prominence” and he says such things are the teaching of holiness, justice and equity …. How I wish these are true!  But it is very clear that they preach nothing but the way to steal, defraud – “the way to abundance and dominion [enslaving others],” as the “bishop” himself confesses. We should not forget the domineering posturing of the one who is good at slapping wretched congregants! And what about the king Dominus – the reverend Emeka King the Killer?

He posits that the jets mean nothing to the jetting pastors, but mere tools to do God’s work. Any intelligent watchman of the Pentecostal movement in Nigeria can clearly see the ring of lie around this claim of the bishop Francis Oke. We clearly see that to them the jet is a status symbol; indeed it means life to them! You read this from Francis Oke’s statement that more jets are on the way! Yes, he boasts: “They ain’t seen nothing yet! More of us will yet buy and maintain our jets ….”

He claims that the pastoral nouveaux riches cannot be fully occupied in their ministries without the jet. But long established churches, some of which have branches in over 200 nations, do not have jetting pastors and yet they spread the gospel without flaunting ostentation like our jet-bomber flying pastors now do! And by the way, must these jetting pastors visit all their church branches every week or every month? Or is the gospel spread necessarily by their many travels and not by the Word which can even travel in the instant in these days of hi-tech and without the wasteful ostentation of jetting around? Look, these pastors have more than enough church members and people to visit and preach to in their neighbourhoods, but they won’t because such ones are too lowly – mere dregs and bloody wretches!  Neighbourhood visitation is much easier than traversing land and seas in expensive jet bombers (sorry, Bombardiers).

Your unbridled acquisitiveness shows that the wicked one who tempted Jesus Christ with worldly fame and riches is the very one behind your brand of Christianity – the counterfeit one! Jesus Christ forewarned long ago that he would not reckon with you in spite of your “mighty works” in his name!

“Our critics should please note that more of us are following the trail of the likes of Adeboye, …” the bishop claims.  Another lie!  Your lives are in sharp contrast to Enoch Adeboye’s.  Yours is the ostentatious lifestyle of the nouveau riche sons of Belial.

With self-conceit, the bishop advises Nigeria and Nigerians to turn to the church for wisdom.  This is laughable counsel. Well, know this, dear bishop, that the wisdom of thieves and con men is not something to be sought. No, God forbid!

Frank Monye
13 Dec. 2012


Even this suggestion of floating conglomerates is fraught with danger. Yes, danger, because the unbridled avarice of some of the director- pastors will lead them to stash away humungous portions of such “counterpart funds” in foreign banks with the collusion of some senior staff of the bank. The other thing against this business plan is that it is not in the commission given by Christ the founder of Christian, and since Satan is the ruler of money, it is foregone conclusion that evil will be the result of such money scheme.
– Frank Monye
01 Jan. 2013


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Yahweh, a partial and violent god?

Mr Yemi Ogunsola,well done! You are now the Righteous Judge – judging the Almighty Creator of all things, the One who is from everlasting to everlasting! The Bible warns at Ecclesiastes 7:16 not to be over-righteous or over-wise, as being so is self-destructing! Your comments cast you in this mould – the self-opinionated most righteous one! I am here responding to your article, “Slaughter In God’s Name: From Canaan To Kano,” which appeared in The Guardian, Saturday, 04 August 2012. ntent

Now to your points.  You described Yahweh as “alien” to the tiny primitive earthly city of Jericho (even the entire Canaan land is a mere speck compared to Yahweh’s awesome creations). Who owns the entire earth? Even though Satan, who is Yahweh’s archenemy, has hijacked the earth and he is currently the ruler of the world as the Bible makes clear at First John 5:19, Yahweh the Almighty Creator will soon reclaim His property. Yes, His property! The Bible says the earth, together with the fullness thereof, belongs to Yahweh. So how can a person be alien to his property? We need a high level of dialectics and higher criticism to prove this.

Yes, the Canaanites were historically the original occupiers (not “owners” as you posit) of the land; but the landowner has the exclusive right to allocate and reallocate the land. And that was the right that Yahweh the landowner exercised by evicting the Canaanites. Mr Ogunsola, you cannot know history better than the One who has been in existence even before history began! That One is the eternal Yahweh.

Yahweh is omniscient. If so, how then could He have “misguided” the Israelites to whom He was reallocating the land?  Yahweh, being omniscient, had very just reasons for evicting the Canaanites. Check up from history as well as the Bible and you will discover that the Canaanites committed abominable acts, especially the sacrificing of children to their god, Molech. A rundown of such sinful acts can be found in the Bible’s book of Leviticus at chapter 18 verses 21 to 29. God warned the new occupants, the Israelites, in these verses that they too would likewise be thrown out if they practiced the abominable acts of the Canaanites.  So, Yahweh is not partial.  He is the God of justice.

There are prophetic meanings to some of the historical events in the Bible’s Old Testament. For example, the eviction of the Canaanites prophetically prefigures what God will do to the ungodly and wicked ones when the time comes for Him to send his first creation – Jesus Christ – together with his angelic associates to reclaim the earth.  The wicked ones, like the Canaanites of old, will similarly be evicted from the entire earth by annihilation at Armageddon in order to give way for the meek and righteous ones to possess the earth.

You asked: “How can there be true world peace when so many burn incense daily to Yahweh, a god of violence?” Understand this, Mr Ogunsola, that the incense they burn today is not to Yahweh. And the world can never have peace as long as the “lawless man” – Satan – has the world in his tight grip. (1st John 5:19). Yes, Satan has come to destroy; no wonder the Bible in the book of Revelation says, “Woe to the earth” because Satan has come down to it with great fury, knowing that his time is short.

“Yahweh, a god of violence?”  You should patiently and objectively study the Bible and you will find that Yahweh – the one who abhors violence and for which reason He removed all the violent and ungodly people of Noah’s day – can never be “a god of violence.”

Now “are you seeing what I‘m seeing?” to quote you, Mr Ogunsola.

Frank Monye
Sat. 4 Aug. 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Boko Haram killings: Does Abu Qaqa understand Quran 9 vs 29?

Does the Quran Actually Enjoin the Killing of Non-Muslims for Not Converting to Islam?

In justifying the bomb attacks on three churches in northern Nigeria on Sunday, 17th June 2012, Abu Qaqa cited Quran chapter 9 verse 29.  The verse is quoted below:

"9:29 - Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah … until they pay the tribute (the Jizya) readily, being brought low [subdued]."- The Quran.

However, the same Quran contradicts Abu Qaqa’s bloodthirsty jihadist instincts, as you can deduce from the following verses of the Quran!

2:109 – “Many of the people of the Scripture [Book] long to make you disbelievers.... Forgive and be indulgent [toward them] ….”

2:256 – “There is no compulsion in religion.”

18:29 – “Whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve."

109:6—“Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion."  In fact the whole of Quran chapter 109 supports the freedom of religion.

In order to understand the reason for the “fight” recommended in Quran chapter 9:29, one should examine the word “jizya” as well as the reason for it.  Wikipedia states as follows:

From the point of view of the Muslim rulers, jizya was a material proof of the non-Muslims' acceptance of subjection to the state and its laws, "just as for the inhabitants it was a concrete continuation of the taxes paid to earlier regimes." In return, non-Muslim citizens were permitted to practice their faith, to enjoy a measure of communal autonomy, to be entitled to the Muslim state's protection from outside aggression, and to be exempted from military service and the zakat taxes obligatory upon Muslim citizens.
In return for the tax, those who paid the jizya were permitted to keep their non-Muslim religion. Their economic and political security was guaranteed by the Islamic state, provided that they accepted Islamic control. They could not serve in the military or bear arms, but their community was considered to be under the protection of the Muslim state, subject to their meeting certain conditions. If someone refused to pay the jizya, he could be imprisoned.”

We can therefore correctly deduce from the above that the “fight” meant at Sura 9:29 is jizya-based fight or jizya-informed fight or jizya-related fight. It means using the arm of the law by way of imprisonment; this is because if Quran 9:29 enjoins the killing of Christians and other non-Muslims for not converting to Islam, then Quran 2:109, 2:256 especially, 18:29 and all of chapter 109 would not have been written.  The “fight” has to do with that tax (jizya) – the non-payment of which would be tantamount to rejection of the Muslim state.  The “fight’ does not mean annihilation of the non-conformists in a Muslim state.  Note that such “fight” applies only in a Muslim state.  But as Nigeria is a secular state, that sort of “fight” is not applicable and will be unwarranted. It must therefore be regarded as anarchy and insurgency.  This is why Abu Qaqa and his Boko Haram are wrong in levying war against Christians in the North.  It is in the light of this that correct interpretation of Quran 9:29 should be sought together with the accurate understanding of “jihad.”

Besides, one wonders at the killing of Christians in northern Nigeria as if they are the only non-Muslims.  Are there no animists, Guru Maharajii, Hare Krishnans, Eckists and other non-Muslim religionists in the North?  This bias against Christians alone can therefore be said to have some Middle-eastern political undertones.

C.F. Monye
25 June 2012