Thursday, 26 July 2018


Does it baffle you sometimes how some vibrant, charismatic evangelists, prayer leaders, pastors and lay readers operate under heavy or high level anointing and still parade huge, visible nauseating and surprising character flaws? The conclusion often is, ‘if these people despite their pronounced character flaws are able to operate in this high realm of anointing, it means they are still in active relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore further query might land you in being castigated for daring the Lord’s anointed.
My question which seeks answer is how these odious character flaws are carried along while still claiming to be agents, ministers or prophets of the Most High God? Is it that God is no more of a purer eye and therefore beholds and condones evil? Honestly (and sincerely speaking), there is no man who goes to God in prayer without first having his iniquities addressed. There is no man who opens the Gospel (the Bible) without the Bible exposing who he is, where he is morally and spiritually and what he ought to be and ought to do.

The Epistle of James captures the function of God’s word to the one who come before it. “Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice — you will be blessed by God in what you do.” (James 1:22-25 GNT). I therefore make the following summaries from this scripture: 
• Reading the word and not putting it into practice is like a trip on self deceit.
• The word of God is like a mirror, it exposes who we are without reservation.
• Anybody who looks at the word of God and forgets what it spoke about our character, or our spiritual appearance such a person cannot grow and would not be blessed.
• A continuous and intentional study of the word sets one free. This freedom begins with leaving the former life of sin.
• The evidence of our communion with God through His word is our practice of what He says.

Therefore when I see great and powerful men and women of God who lack discipline, who are morally unstable, talking without restraint and abusing men without caution and financially reckless, I begin to wonder if actually they have had encounter with Christ in prayer and in the Holy Word of God. Recently a Knight of the Anglican Church asked me if the Bible we the clergy read is different from the one they the lay read. He was very serious and went ahead to say, “It seems the Bible used to train you people at the theological school is different from the ones you people use for instructing us in church.” This knight was visibly worried about the character decay of some men who are called into the ordained ministry and also that of some high sounding evangelists. A month after this Knight asked me this question, another man, this time an artisan met me in a different church and asked me the same question.

The question that rages in my mind is this: As these people read and pray, does not the Lord rebuke and instruct them about their character and attitude? I am worried because some of them are often telling us what the Lord told them while they were communing with Him. Some of them are so powerful in communicating the Word of God and also powerful in the prophetic. People cringe and fall under the anointing before them and yet they still go about in odious character flaws… I am confused, what is wrong with me?

I have watched a scene in the National Geographic Television where an animal predator attacked a big snail ate it and took over the shell. The new occupant of the shell was now comfortably housed in the shell of the snail and carrying out its daily biological routine. I think this is the same scenario with these super men who are morally bankrupt. The Spirit of Christ has left them and a new ‘parasite’ has taken over. It would be difficult to recognize this because the parasite is masquerading in the shell and carrying out functions expected of a snail. It is only a carful observer that would recognize that a snail does not have such psychomotor speed when it moves. When character is therefore in conflict with the principles we teach or profess, it is very likely that the main thing that makes us Christian has been removed. (I want to be proved wrong).

Secondly, as said earlier when a man goes to Christ in prayer, Christ reveals Himself to him through the word. The Bible clearly says this: “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Our walking as Jesus did is not an option, it is a must. That is the hallmark of our faith –being like Jesus, to be found in Him and He in us! There are many who have walked as Jesus did but deviated at some point in their lives. What is baffling about their deviation however is that they have failed to acknowledge their faults and surprisingly still bask in the power of the Holy Spirit. I still wonder if something is wrong with me for making this observation because they are being praised daily by many of their followers as God sent and heavily anointed. I have had a case of a young man who sleeps around with the girls in his church and some of his victims still bow and cower before him as the Lord’s anointed. I still insist that something must be wrong with me for saying they have lost the Spirit of Christ despite their great show of power!

One of the perils of ministry is money, fame and sexual temptations. These three things are sometimes the landmines that have caught many servants of Christ and taken them captives to worldly desires. Why must a powerful minister still continue to operate in the prophetic, with eloquence and power while caught in web of inordinate fame and pride or in the trap of Marmon or in the hook of sexual promiscuity? (or is something wrong with me for seeing what I am not supposed to see and asking what angels dare not to ask?) 1 John clearly answers my question:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15-16).

Since the Bible says that the odious character of the super man of God is not from the Father, then who are these super men of? Would you dare to answer this question? The answer is blowing in the wind! The truth is that when a minister begins to love the world and everything in it, the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit departs him. We often say that nature abhors vacuum. When therefore a super man of God begins to fraternize with the alluring niceties of this world the vacuum created by the exit of the Spirit of Christ is filled by another spirit. This different spirit comes masquerading itself as an angel of light. This is the reason why most powerful men of God do not realize it when the Spirit of God leaves them. They power and anointing they used to feel is now supplied by another spirit masquerading as Christ. They still prophesy, speak eloquently and work miracle. Sometimes it seems as if the more they go deeper in sin they more they are rewarded with power. If any man therefore rises to challenge their moral bankruptcy, such man will face their wrath because how can he say they are not men of God when they are still being used superlatively to work miracles?

In all these we must not forget that “such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Cor 11:13-15). We should also bear in mind that the Bible says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” (Matt 7:21-23).



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