[ARTICLE] Letter To My Upcoming Star by DjSosoGee

MOSHOOD ABIODUN I

24-7, Don’t Give-Up Avenue,
Chosen Generation,
Victorious State,
Heavenly Kingdom.

Dear Upcoming Star,

How are you my celebrity? I hope fine. I know the industry has not been fair to you in terms of honorarium, sponsorship, endorsement, record deal, hit songs among others. I can feel your pains and I can see you struggling that’s why I choose to write you this letter.

Always remember you are prince/princess of Heavenly kingdom, destined to rule, dominate and make triumphant impact in this world. Oh yes! Don’t be afraid. Tough time don’t last, tough people do. In the words of Dave Hollister “keep on striving, never give up”.

I could remember in the year 20…,you gathered your band, rehearsed for days, prayed fervently, went for ministration and came back with N0,000,000.00k in your bank account. Turned down each moment you try to prove your ability. What about those days you couldn’t afford a studio session to wax a record. And when Uncle/Auntie turned you down because your mates are working in the office not studio. Chaiiii! Na wa ooh, people sef no dey try.

Well congratulations, I played your song on radio and at parties and the people love it.

They are anticipating and patiently waiting to see your video and if possible, drop another song and another song. Yes! You don’t stop when the road is closed. Continue, even if it will take you to create another.

Let me drop the anchor by saying, be diligent in all you do. Be creative in your composition. Pick up the mic, speak life and fill the vacuum of the legend you are looking at. And I will be amongst the crowd, singing with you and the name of our KING will be glorify.

Yours OnThaBeatz,
Moshood Abiodun
(DjSosoGee A.KA. DJ Soso Gospel)

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“My Love Letter to Nigeria” – Yadah in a breathe taking photos along her message to Nigeria

MY LOVE LETTER TO Nigeria

Nigeria,
If we cant’ stick together because our languages are different, we will learn how to speak one language.

Nigeria,
If the trumpets are blown to show that you harbour thieves,  I Will blow trumpets announcing beautiful Agbani,  the Young Enugu boy Who constructed a small airplane, Ufot Ekong Who broke a foreign country’s 50 year record,  clergy men working tirelessly, I will talk about Yadah (smiles).

Nigeria, 
If they conclude you’re ugly,  I Will tell them of wikki warm springs in Bauchi,  I will scream Obudu cattle ranch into their ears.

Nigeria,
Home of the talented and the skilled, the brave and the strong, beautiful work of art,  designed by nature itself.

Nigeria,
We will raise your flag, peace and unity at the centre Of wealth and natural endowment. Green-white-green. How can the center not hold?
How would we dare waste the labour of our heroes Past ?
Taiwo Akinkunmi’s prophetic effort ?
How would we rip us of the freedom we fought for ?

Nigeria,
We Will learn love and honesty again, so we can grow into a people you’ll be proud to host.
We Will work till you’re prized high,  pray till you’re like heaven,  where God’s Will is done.

We Will learn afresh to value lives,  a virtue that’s never too old.
We’ll learn not to rip you of your greenness, from which the oxygen we breathe is released, but in Wisdom explore all of your bountiful wealth.

Nigeria,
We Will learn the truth again,  for in it we’ll find the way and life itself.
We’ll pick up our MOTTO where we parked it, we We will run with UNITY AND FAITH. We needed it,  so do we now.

Nigeria,
We Will allow the God of creation to direct our noble cause.
His sons are here!!!

Nigeria,
The words of the righteous prevail over you.
I believe in Nigeria.
I love Nigeria.
Nigeria is blessed.

Happy 57th independence Nigeria!!!

cc: yadah
#voiceofJesustonations

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[ARTICLE] “Pastor’s Wife, Please Take Care of Yourself” – Pastor Ifeoma Eze

Pastor Ifeoma EzeI can relate dear Pastor’s wife! I can relate because I too, am a Pastor’s wife!
I know that it is not easy to be a Pastor’s wife. I understand the pressures, sacrifices, difficult choices and hard situations you have been forced to go through all because you don’t want to offend God and you don’t want to be a cog in the wheel of progress in your husband’s ministry.


Yes, I understand!
I know how difficult it is when you are accused for things you know nothing about and how you are blamed when you did all you did with best of intentions.
I know and I understand!

Dear Pastor’s wife, I know how it feels when someone assumes that you are just the Pastor’s wife by sheer luck all because they envy your suceess and blessings, yet they have no idea the prices you paid to get to where you are. They have no idea the many times you have cried, the many times you have travailed and the many times, you held your husband’s head (their Pastor’s head) and prayed that he will not fail or lose focus. They have no idea! They see the pastor so filled with faith on Sunday morning but have no idea what you do to encourage him on Monday morning when all the members are mindful of their businesses.

My dear sister, how can i attempt to mention all you have to go through in just one writeup.
Am i to talk about the expectations placed on your kids who never negotiated to be preacher’s kids. They just found themselves in your home and everyone expects them to be angels and never make mistakes.

All wives would love to spend time talking some sweet nonsense with their husbands but all you ever get to discuss with yours are prayer needs for that member who is sick, bereaved or having a difficult marriage. Most times, your good morning greeting to your husband is replied when he asks if you have called the sister missing in attendance or settled the disput between some members. But no one knows because your recent picture on facebook looked so cute. “She is so lucky” they confess, yet every day you ask for grace to stand and not to fail the God who has called you to be a wife to His Oracle on earth.

Its okay My dear Sister, I will tell you some truths that will help you. Just a few, others will come later.

1. No one can take care of you but you.
2. Without God, you will be finished.
3. Don’t live to please people because you can’t please everyone at the same time.
4. No matter how good you are, some people will still name you as their reason for leaving church. Don’t worry. They would have still left if you were not there. It was never about you!
5. Your husband, the pastor no matter how good he is, will never satisfy all your emotional needs. Find godly ways of making yourself happy.
6. Church members who are nice must never be your close confidants. A Loyal person today might not be a loyal person by tomorrow.
7. Understand your husband more than his spiritual children would. Be there for him.
8. My sweet sister, you are not indispensible, that church and ministry can continue Without you! Ouch! But true!
So be humble, don’t kill yourself with work and take good care of yourself.
9. Don’t wait for permission from anyone to serve your God. Close your ears and serve, don’t only wait to be served.
10. The people who have come to tell you what they said about you are the ones saying it. Don’t fall for their sentiments. Keep your mouth shut!
11. Keep your spiritual life hot!
12. Avoid appearances of evil.

Let me reserve the others for my next letter to you my dear Sister.

Yours faithfully,
Pst Ifeoma Eze
A fellow Pastor’s wife
From Zion Heritage Abuja

 

The article above represents the personal opinion of the writer.

[ARTICLE] Fake Pastors: Jesus is Now the Only True Pastor – By Femi Aribisala

Frustrated by the magnitude of the miracles attending Jesus’ ministry, the chief priests and elders of the Jews challenged him in the temple. They demanded to know by what authority he was doing the things he was doing and who it was who gave him the authority.
 

In his reply, Jesus presents a dichotomy between what is of God and what is of men. He asks them: “The baptism of John – where was it from? From heaven or from men?” (Matthew 21:25).
 

The question is loaded. By implication, Jesus maintains what is of God cannot be of men and what is of men cannot be of God. This dichotomy between God and men finds its most eloquent expression in Jesus’ categorical assertion that: “What is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15).
 

It is pertinent, therefore, to ask whether the ordination of pastors today is of God or of men.
 

Fake Pastors
The answer is straight-forward: the ordination of pastors today is of men and not of God. It does not come from the commandments or teachings of Jesus. It comes from the writings of Paul.
 

Paul does not say Jesus specifically instructs him to create ministerial positions in the church. Instead, he bases his authority for doing this on a messianic Old Testament scripture. With reference to Psalm 68, he writes: “This is why it says: ‘When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.’” (Ephesians 4:8).
 

Understanding that this scripture foretells Christ’s resurrection, Paul then says: “(Jesus) himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12).
 

However, on investigation it becomes apparent that Paul’s position misquotes and even distorts the original psalm. The psalmist says: “When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious – that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.” (Psalm 68:18).
 

Can you see the difference? The psalmist says men gave gifts to the Lord. Paul, in quoting the psalmist, changes this to say the Lord gave gifts to men.
 

Unauthorised Ministerial Posts
Apparently, Paul wanted to create posts in the churches he established so as to bring them more effectively under his control. So he twisted an Old Testament scripture to make it seem as if it was the Lord who authorised it. As a result, there are people today who insist the Lord has called them to be pastors and teachers, not knowing that Jesus does not envisage any of these positions under the New Testament.
 

This is what Jesus says: “I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes.” (Matthew 23:34). Nothing here about pastors and teachers. On his resurrection, he said furthermore: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone.” (Mark 16:15). This means all believers are called to be evangelists, it is not a special calling for a select few.
 

In creating unauthorised posts, which have since spawned many others such as popes, arch-bishops, and right-reverends, Paul enshrined the spirit of the Pharisee in the heart of Christianity, contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
 

Jesus discourages honorific titles and warns that those who exalt themselves will be humbled. He mocks the pomposity of the Pharisees, insisting that we should not follow their example: “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates.” (Matthew 23:8).
 

This show Jesus permits no differentiation among his followers. We are all equal. The pope is no different from the lay Catholic. The arch-bishop is the classmate of the members of the laity. None of them is greater in status than the other. So how come some classmates are now calling themselves teachers?
 

Nevertheless, Paul tells Timothy: “I was appointed a preacher and an apostle – I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying – a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” (1 Timothy 2:7). This cannot be true because Jesus expressly forbids this: “Do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.” (Matthew 23:10).
 

Moreover, Jesus tells us God, and not men, will be our teacher: “It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” (John 6:45).
 

No Contradiction
Jesus says furthermore: “Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do.” (Matthew 23:9). This means the pastor is not the head of a church. He cannot lord it over members of his congregation. As a matter of fact, pastors are now anachronistic. Jesus says: “There shall be one flock and one pastor.” (John 10:16). This establishes Jesus as the one and only “Good Pastor.” (John 10:11).
 

God the Father is the source of all authority and from him it flows to Jesus, the Son. Does it then flow from Jesus to the pastor, the bishop, or the pope? Certainly not! On his resurrection, Jesus declared to his disciples: “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18). The authority remains firmly with Jesus.
 

Jesus says: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28).
 

Strange Doctrine
What are we to conclude from all this? All those who call themselves pastors are not disciples of Jesus. Their authority is not from heaven, but from men. They are fake pastors with Jesus being the only legitimate pastor. David says: “The Lord is my pastor, I have all that I need.” (Psalm 23:1). If Jesus is our pastor, we don’t need fake pastors. Jesus does not outsource his church to pastors. He says: “I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18).
 

Wittingly or unwittingly, pastors today disobey the voice of Jesus by heeding instead the voice of Paul. Eternal life is not in the words of Paul. Eternal life is in the words of Jesus. (John 6:68-69). Jesus, not Paul, is “the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2). Therefore, Jesus’ words are the only acceptable basis of church doctrine.
 

The Holy Spirit does not speak on his own authority; he only says what he hears. (John 16:13-15). Not so with pastors. They insist on being answerable to themselves. Jeremiah says: “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31).
 

 

About the Author:
Femi Aribisala is a scholar and international affairs expert. He is currently an iconoclastic church pastor in Lagos. He is also a syndicated essayist for a handful publications in Nigeria. faribisala@yahoo.com; http://www.femiaribisala.com

 

The published article represents the personal opinion of the writer only.

[ARTICLE] Gospel Music in Nigeria – Nosa (Part 1)

My dear NAIJA BRETHREN, do you know how much time, effort and money it takes to produce, mix and master then promote one track? No “Gospel” fees from producers or mixing engineers, no financial backing from church (and that’s not the responsibility of the church, it’s not why Christ established the church, It’s not bank of industry). As a musician, your income streams are as follows:

RECORDS SALES (physical media or digital media downloads/streaming), LICENSING (when your product is used on ad campaigns, movies, etc), IN ADDITION, WE HAVE IMAGE RIGHTS TOURS (ticket sales), EVENTS (in Nigerian terms, “ministrations”) ROYALTIES from remarks of your song (if you’re the songwriter), radio airplay, etc.

In Nigeria today, we only have one and half streams. Record sales (half) and events (church organised events). You are not expected to charge when you go to events and 90% of the time, those who don’t charge are not given anything tangible; you release free songs and you don’t gate your events because it’s “gospel music.” I hear people say that it’s ministry so God will provide.

I’ve checked my Bible very well and nowhere are you​ automatically ordained a minister because you are a Christian musician. Christ did not die to make anyone a singer. Singing is not a gift of the Spirit, but you can express these gifts through singing. Music is an unexplainable and very powerful “phenomenon” from heaven. That’s undeniable.

Praise and worship belongs in our homes, hearts and in our churches. Gospel music does not belong in the church. It should be launched out from church. It belongs in the world. It’s​ meant to salt a bitter world. It’s an arrow that should be deployed to the camp of the enemy. It’s a light that should shine in & dominate the darkness that is in entertainment. It requires a strong functioning structure.

In Nigeria the only part​ of the structure that works is production. Songs are churned out like water! But it’s funny how the production part where u spend so much money is not seen as ministry, but the part where it comes to making returns.

Watch out for Gospel Music in Nigeria, Part 2.

This article is a personal opinion of the writer.

[ARTICLE] It Is Not Good for Man To Be Alone (3) – Femi Aribisala

Jesus makes the way whereby sons of men can, once again, become sons of God so they are married not to men or to women but to God.

Early on at the dawn of creation, God proclaimed a widely misunderstood truth: “It is not good that man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18). Because the upshot of this observation was the separation of woman from man by the creation of Eve and the institution of marriage, many jump to the conclusion that marriage is the answer to man’s aloneness. However, even in marriage, man remains alone.

Alone In Marriage

Marriage does not join husbands and wives together at the hip. Sometimes they are together: sometimes alone. Situations and circumstances inevitably separate husbands and wives. Sometimes their jobs do the separation. Sometimes they are promoted to different stations. Sometimes they travel. Sometimes they visit their friends or they go shopping separately. Quarrels and divorces also bring about separation and aloneness.

We are not always with our loved ones, even if we spend most of the time with them. Man is always alone from man or woman sometime or the other. How can what God says is not good be inevitable?

A scripture often quoted in classical Christian marriage ceremonies says: “What God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:5). But would God himself separate what God has joined together? Most definitely!

By God’s decree, death ultimately separates man from his loved ones. It separates him from his wife and children. The marriage covenant recognises the power of death. The union is simply “till death do us part.” And definitely, death will do us part.

Take a look for a moment at the execution of the will of God in the life of Ezekiel. Out of the blue, God informs him that his wife would die:

“‘Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.’ So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.” (Ezekiel 24:16-18)

The Needful

“One thing is needed,” Jesus says to Martha, “and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42). What is it that will not be taken away from man or woman? It is God and God alone!

Therefore, it is not good for man to be alone from God. It is very good for man to be married to God. God is a completely different kind of lover. Unlike man, he never leaves; and he never forsakes. He is Immanuel, which means “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23). He is Jehovah Shammah: the God who is always there. (Ezekiel 48:35)

If you are married to Jesus, they can put you in prison, and you will find good company.

They can place you in a barren wilderness, but you will eat the bread of heaven. Your family can ditch you, but you will have a friend who sticks closer than a brother. You may be persecuted, but you are never forsaken. You may be cast down, but you are never destroyed.

Nothing should separate the believer from God’s love. Neither death in the family, nor life in the form of coming into great wealth, nor demonic angels and principalities and powers, nor cares about our situations and circumstances today, nor the fears and anxieties about tomorrow, nor any promotion nor demotion nor anything known or unknown.

In marriage to Christ, even death makes no difference: “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8). The cross crucifies the believer from the world, which includes members of our family who can be taken away from us without notice and without apology.

Disastrous Marriage

Adam’s big mistake was that he forgot that God is his first love. He preferred Eve to God. This preference proved to be disastrous and it led Adam astray.

God gave specific instructions to Adam about life in the Garden of Eden: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17). But instead of listening to God, Adam listened to Eve, his wife, and ate the forbidden fruit.

Once Adam allowed another relationship to take pre-eminence over his relationship with God, leading him to disobey God, his intimacy with God was lost. Once he ate the forbidden fruit, he sinned and he became a sinner by nature. As such he died. He died spiritually immediately, and he began to die physically. Because of Adam’s sin, death entered into the human race.

Like begets like. Adam was a son of God. But since he became a sinner before Eve conceived a child, every human being descended from Adam became sons of men instead of sons of God. Adam was created in the image and likeness of God; but Adam’s offspring were born in the image and likeness of Adam:

“When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.” (Genesis 5:1-3)

Redemption in Christ Jesus

So began the human conundrum whereby man became separate and alone from God. “‘Return, faithless people,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I am your husband.’” (Jeremiah 3:14)

Adam’s blunder was replicated in Abraham. Abraham desperately wanted a son. But instead, God gave himself to Abraham in marriage. He said to him: “I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1). But Abraham was not interested in the spiritual at that stage of his life. He wanted someone physical. He wanted an heir; he wanted a son.

Even though God promised him a son, Abraham did not wait for God. Instead, he had Ishmael, a natural child born out of wedlock by his house-help Hagar. Nevertheless, God still finally gave him Isaac, a supernatural son, born when Sarah, his wife, was past menopause and when Abraham’s body was “dead.” In this manner, God juxtaposes Ishmael, Abraham’s natural-born son of man, with Isaac, Abraham’s spiritually-born son of God. Suffice to say here that much of the problems in the world today has come from the descendants of Ishmael.

Nevertheless, there is redemption in Christ Jesus. Jesus makes the way whereby sons of men can, once again, become sons of God so they are married not to men or to women but to God: “To all who received (Jesus), to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13)

The article is a personal opinion of the writer.

Reach him via faribisala@yahoo.com
http://www.femiaribisala.com