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12
Aug

   Posted by: Afrika4Jesus

STATE OF THE NATION:

It’s democracy versus Sharia ideology —Danjuma, Asemota, Lekwot, others ON AUGUST 11, 20199:18 AMIN SPECIAL REPORTBY EMMANUEL OKOGBA FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppPinterestShare •

‘How to resolve conflict to end national crisis’ In a paper dated July 31, 2019, National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), parading prominent Nigerians including Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN; a former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen Theophilus Danjuma (ret.); Prof. Joseph Otubu; Major General Joshua Dogonyaro (ret.); Archbishop Magnus Atilade; Dr. Kate Okpareke; Dr. Ayo Abifarin; Major General Zamani Lekwot (ret.); Moses Ihonde; Elder Nat Okoro and Matthew Owojaiye, analysed the state of the nation, tracing the root of the current crisis in Nigeria to a conflict between democracy and Sharia ideology. The full text of the paper, under the title,

‘Are Nigerian Christians on a wild goose chase?’, is reproduced below: •Lt. Gen Theophilus Danjuma (ret) – •Elder Solomon Asemota Core issues It is very disturbing to observe the ease with which Nigerian elites, particularly Christians, are dribbled and sent on a wild goose chase on very sensitive national issues. There is the need, therefore, to re-state the core issues that are causing problems in Nigeria and what constitutes the solution. At this rate, those who have constituted themselves into enemies of Nigeria are having cheap victory. Today, the following unpalatable evils define Nigeria as a country: corruption and sleaze at all levels, insecurity (bloodshed, sudden death, kidnapping, rape, etc), economic recession, broken down infrastructure, dysfunctional political system, fractured social relationships, ethnic suspicion and rivalry, one could go on and on. Two questions come to our mind: What is actually the cause of the problem? Who is managing the public discourse? Let it be made clear for all that the problem of Nigeria is NOT one of the following: It is not Christians versus Muslims or Muslims versus Christians. It is not South versus North or North versus South It is not PDP versus APC or APC versus PDP It is not military versus civilians or civilians versus military It is not rich versus poor or masses versus the rich It is not poverty, unemployment, illiteracy or desert encroachment Someone may quip, “So there is no threat of Islamization, after all?” There is an Islamization agenda and it is a serious threat. What needs to be understood is what constitutes the threat and this is discernible in the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist. A Muslim practices Islam as religion while an Islamist manipulates Islam as political ideology. This is the reason Islamism is referred to as “political Islam.” Islamism is a conscious attempt to manipulate religion as tool for political and cultural domination. While Islam is a religion, Islamism, otherwise called “political Islam”, “is a set of ideologies that holds that Islam is not only a religion but a political system”. As a political system, Islamists insist that Islam is meant to dominate the environment in which it is practiced. In a sharply divergent society like Nigeria, any attempt to implement the principles of Islamism portends great danger for the nation. It is this Islamist political ideology that is driving the crisis in Nigeria. The problem The problem of Nigeria is IDEOLOGICAL. It is simply DEMOCRACY versus SHARIA. This is the problem Nigerians need to solve. Nigeria is a democratic country under the invasion of Sharia ideology. This is the core problem that must be solved and every crisis will evaporate. Every country in the world derives its identity and system of governance from its national ideology. Countries with Sharia ideology have a system of governance and way of life different from countries with communist ideology which is also different from countries with democratic ideology and so on. No country has two conflicting ideologies except, of course, Nigeria. READ ALSO: Nigeria ‘ll come out great, marched forward, overcomes its challenges – Adeboye The 1999 Constitution is a compendium of dual conflicting ideologies pulling the country in two opposing directions. Unless this conflict is resolved, Nigeria will remain in turmoil because democracy and Sharia ideologies are antithetical to each other. The entire crisis in the country, summed up as corruption, mediocrity, insecurity and ethnicity, are consequences of the dual conflicting ideologies plaguing Nigeria. Origin The crisis commenced before independence and was solidified under the military regime when most of the military Heads of State were Muslims from the North. During the various conferences leading to independence, the impression was created that ALL Nigerians wanted democracy. Unknowingly to the other sections of the country, some northern Muslims preferred a system of governance of which Islamic law is a major ingredient. Relentlessly, they pursued this goal until they were able to smuggle Nigeria into OIC in 1986 and brought Islamic law and jurisprudence into the 1999 Constitution. Invariably, a country under Common Law became a country under Common Law and Sharia. In the ensuing conflict, one of the two has to give way because both cannot co-exist. That is the crisis going on now. Public discourse In recent times, skilful spin-masters have been manipulating public discourse with the intention of distracting attention from the real issues. While Nigerians keep pursuing shadows, they dig in their preferred ideology. Let us recap some of those distractions. A very observant person listed the following: From grazing route to grazing reserve From grazing reserve to grazing colony From grazing colony to ranching From ranching to importation of grass from Brazil for cattle From importation of grass to Fulani Radio From Fulani Radio to N100 billion paid to Miyetti Allah From N100 billion to RUGA From RUGA to e-registration From e-registration to military ranching From military ranching to, … what next? The attention of Nigerians is constantly kept focused on symptoms while the real disease is eating away the body. And what is the real disease? It is conflict of ideologies. If you notice, few people are talking about that. Since the inception of National Christian Elders Forum, the NCEF has been telling Nigerians that the problem of the country is the conflict of ideologies. On the 17th of March, 2016, NCEF addressed a press conference with a paper titled, ‘CONFLICT OF IDEOLOGIES AS THE GREATEST OBSTACLES TO PEACE, UNITY, AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA’. Other papers have been presented by the NCEF on this issue but it would appear that Christian elites are difficult to persuade with the truth. While attention is focused on ranching and RUGA, consider what has been done to Nigeria, supposedly Common Law country: The Common Law position of Nigeria has given way to Sharia Law with the CJN as Sharia Lawyer. Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the country is Sharia Lawyer. Head of Law School is Sharia Lawyer. The 9th Assembly has legislators already mooting suggestions of amending the Constitution to provide for life Presidency. (This is Sharia, not democracy). The Federal Character Principle, one of the pillars of justice, equity and fairness in the Constitution, has been subverted. This is Sharia. The 2019 election is a classical example of Sharia in action. It was not a democratic contest. Compromising leaders The Islamists have made great strides in their goal to transmute Nigeria into an Islamic Sultanate since all the major structures of governance are under their control. They have been greatly helped by the “Islamist collaborators”, the compromising leaders in the Church and the traitors amongst ethnic leaders, mostly politicians and traditional rulers. These treacherous collaborators hunt with the hounds and run with the hare. In an earlier paper on this subject, it was stated, “Nigerian’s political history is conflict-ridden due to untiring efforts to supplant the tested and acceptable liberal democratic ideals with the Sharia, which the British Colonial powers had rejected because of its restrictive, sectional, discriminatory and subjective theocratic bias; and the fact that it could not pass the “REPUGNANCY TEST”. Our national development has been hampered by the institutionalization of conflict through the unilateral infusion of the Sharia into the 1999 Constitution under the Islamic biased military dictatorship, as against the restrictive “Islamic personal law”, which had been adopted and applied by consensus since independence and national development.” One is mystified by the outcry against RUGA in recent times as if RUGA is the problem. There is no difference between RUGA and Grazing Reserve, the difference is only in nomenclature. If Christians had devoted half the energy expended on combating RUGA on the real solutions, more progress would have been made for the country. Now that RUGA has been replaced with e-Registration which has also been followed by proposal for military to establish ranches all over the country, what would those fixated on RUGA do now? Real issues There is the need to focus attention on the real issues and avoid distractions. Whoever wants to provide solution to the crisis in Nigeria should address the conflict between DEMOCRACY and SHARIA. Nigeria is a democratic country under Common Law and it should remain so. What are the solutions? Every Nigerian with understanding should begin to agitate for a new Constitution that is based wholly on Liberal Democracy and Parliamentary System of Government. This is the ideology agreed upon by the founding fathers of Nigeria and the only ideology that could accommodate all the divergent groups in the country. Nigeria needs a NEW Constitution. Implementation of the Report of the 2014 National Conference as precursor to restructuring the country. Establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the basis for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation of all the divergent groups in the country. *The Willink’s Commission Report of 1958, states as follows: “The whole structure of the proceedings leading to independence is based on the belief that Nigeria meant to follow the road of liberal democracy and parliamentary government and to base part of the structure on the opposite assumption is to invite government to do their worst. But if the road is followed (liberal democracy and parliamentary government), votes will count and in the last resort it is votes that will win fair treatment for minorities” Every energy, advocacy, and intervention should be directed on these solutions. These are the solutions. It is time to stop chasing the wild goose.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/state-of-the-nation-its-democracy-versus-sharia-ideology-danjuma-asemota-lekwot-others/

16
Mar

Searching for State Coordinators

   Posted by: Afrika4Jesus

SEARCHING FOR STATE COORDINATORS
Our organization, Kristian Missionaries of Afrika a.k.a “Afrika4Jesus” is a movement of christians fully committed to executing God’s End-Time Project on earth, i. e. Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations of the earth but with particular emphasis on Unreached People Groups of Africa.
In 2011, we embarked on “Afrika4jesus Project 11/20” a Missions Initiative aimed at reaching the over 900 Unreached People Groups of Africa with the gospel of Christ between 2011 and 2020.
Presently we operate from Asaba, Delta State with a skeletal office across the Niger in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.
Due to growing interest in our activities and increasing desire for participation in our Holiday Missions Trips by missions loving believers from all over the country, it has become necessary for us to bring our services nearer to the people by establishing at least a chapter of Afrika4Jesus in as many States of the federation as is possible.
To this end, we are prayerfully believing God to provide committed, missions-minded Christians who would act as State Coordinators of Afrika4Jesus in their various states of abode.
If you feel that the Lord is leading you in this direction, please contact us through:
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 234-803-490-9121; 234-817-679-4557.

22
Feb

Our Operations

   Posted by: Afrika4Jesus

“Afrika4Jesus …reaching Unreached Africa with the Gospel of Jesus Christ”
Country: Nigeria/USA
Term: Short Term
Affiliation: Non-denominational
KRISTIAN MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA, AKA “Afrika4Jesus” is a movement of Christians fully committed to executing God’s End-Time Gospel Project on earth, i.e. Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations of the earth but with particular emphasis on Unreached People Groups of Africa.
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Get Involved in a Partnership that Really Works
We seek to form a viable partnership with the Church – the Body of Christ – in reaching the whole Unreached Africa for Jesus Christ.
We seek to tap from her (Church) wealth of human resources, hidden men and women who are willing to Step out of their COMFORT ZONES and step over to where the real action is: THE COMBAT ZONE OF WORLD MISSIONS, as missionaries into Unreached parts of Africa where millions of souls are agonizing in heathen darkness.
We seek to mobilize the Church to invest her stupendous financial resources in training, equipping, sending and supporting her willing and ready laborers into the mission fields with a view to raising the banner of Christ and that of their denominations in those parts of Africa where the Gospel of Christ has never been preached before.
WE ARE THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SERVANTS.
OUR VISION: The frontiers of the Church of Christ extended beyond the borders of every Unreached People Group of Africa.
OUR MISSION: Mobilizing the Church (the body of Christ) for full and positive involvement in reaching Unreached Africa for Jesus Christ.
Our major Partner in this DIVINE, End-Time Project
: You.
OUR APPROACH:
Missions Training and Awareness: Under our TESAS Project (Train, Equip, Send And Support), willing missionary volunteers are Trained. After their training they are Equipped and Sent to the mission fields on short term basis. And for the duration of their stay in the mission fields, they are fully Supported. This project is executed in partnership with the Church – corporate and individual – who are our Willing Missions Partners.

Missionary Children Education Project. (MICEP) It is a tragedy of this century that children of Front-line Missionaries – instead of going to school, go rat-hunting on the mission fields – not because they hate schooling, but for the simple fact that the schools are either UNAVAILABLE or UNAFFORDABLE. Our MICEP seeks to get the body of Christ involved in removing these children from rat hunting and placing them in school TODAY.

Mission Field Projects Support: We raise funds to support community based projects on the mission fields as identified by the missionary on ground.

Rural Church Projects Support: This is aimed at providing basic worship places for converts on the mission field.

Tags: Afrika4Jesus, end time, faith, fund, gospel on Wheels, Kristian, Missionary, Missions support, Movement of Christians, Step out, Unreached People Groups, Willing Missions Partner,

26
Jan

A GRIEVIOUS ERROR

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“…A GRIEVOUS ERROR…”

A missionary on the mission field is like a soldier on the battle field. Without adequate supply of armor and ammunition he will succumb to the superior fire-power of the enemy.
It is, therefore, a grievious error that children of missionaries, INSTEAD of being at school, go rat hunting – not because they hate education but for the simple and painful fact that the schools are either not available or not affordable.
This is happening in a situation where the Church, the major stakeholder in the missions enterprise is wasting her stupendous financial resources in erecting monuments – cathedrals and towers of Babel – which have no eternal value.
The Church of Christ which, unfortunately, has become the sleeping giant should be roused from her slumber and open her eyes to her enormous responsibility in world missions. I hope she wakes up soon enough.
However as she snores, I challenge you, child of God to come to the aid of these hapless children.
Your contribution, TODAY, as a Willing Missions Partner (WMP) can provide the much needed armor for these missionaries and place their children in school.
Willing to become a Willing Missions Partner (WMP)?
Willing to be part of what God is doing among Unreached People Groups of Africa?

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8
Jan

MISSIONS OR MONUMENTS?

   Posted by: Afrika4Jesus

MISSIONS OR MONUMENTS ?

"...running with the Mission Vision"

        “…running with the Mission Vision.”

They were trembling and cowering and shaking and shaking with fear;
They were huddled together in terror in the upper room.
‘I say’, trembling, cowering, shaking, shaking, shaking with fear,
One hundred and twenty gathered in the upper room.
They were praying, praying, saying, ‘O Lord send down the fire’.
O Lord, O Lord, O Lord, o-o send it we pray.
 
Having received the mandate – the greatest commission of all times:
But ye shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. (Acts 1:8),
Christ’s disciples retired to an upper room where they waited and prayed in uncertainty and fear for the fulfilment of the prophetic promise.
They had no boldness, they had no power, they had no resources (human, material and financial) to carry out the onerous assignment they had just received.
As they waited, as they trembled. As they prayed: SUDDENLY, the unexpected happened! Heaven itself came down upon them in the form of “a rushing, mighty wind…cloven tongues of fire… sat upon each of them.” (Acts 2-3).
Empowerment has come upon a powerless, hopeless, defeated people. They rushed out from their hiding place and began to preach the gospel with unqualified boldness!
That marked the beginning of the EXECUTION OF GOD’S ENDTIME MANDATE ON EARTH, the first phase of the GREAT COMMISSION “…and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem…”



NOTE: God is a meticulous planner. He gave general instructions

            on the project modalities in the Gospels. “Go ye into all the                     
            world and preach…”  (Mark 16:15). Then in Acts Acts 
            of the Apostles (Acts 1:8) detailing comes in.BACK TO OUR DISCUSS.
As they started phase one of the project they were stupefied by the immensity of their success.
Here!” They exclaimed in utter bewilderment. “We labored with our Master, criss-crossing the length and breadth of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for three years. And what do we have to show for it? A miserable one hundred and twenty people. But now in one fell swoop, we have gathered over three thousand people. Not three thousand that have come because they were hungry for bread.” (John 6:11-12)They  were amazed beyond measure. Imagine a church that grew to about ten thousand members within the twinkling of an eye. (Each of the three thousand converts must have had at least, two children. Throw in about one or two househelps/dependants and the congregation would hit the ten thousand mark.)

Remember, they had only unveiled phase one of the End Time Mandate!
This was the first physical, corporate church. (Acts 2:42)

They were now face to face with the onerous task of consolidation: Disciplining the new converts and managing their sudden success. But, alas! That was as far as they ever went.

As they were trying to put an administrative structure on the ground: Fellowship regulations and timetables; Sharing in love; Having swell worship and praise sessions and so on and so forth, the real big bang came – the first major miracle (distinct from the “signs and wonders” of Acts 2:43) took place – The Beautiful Gate cripple was healed and over five thousand people repented on the spot.

By now the church membership would have hit twenty thousand. The Apostles now had a real problem in their hands: MANAGING SUCCESS.

This is what has killed the vision of the church today and derailed her from her track: S-U-C-C-E-S-S.

How would a church with twenty thousand members think of missions?

Have they built a cathedral big enough and befitting of their status as a Mega Church?
The Founder and General Overseer’s comfort has to be taken care of as a matter of urgent, ‘national?’ importance, of course, by providing answers to the underlisted questions:
   

  • Is the mansion (Bishop’s Court) befitting enough for the ‘great man of God?’
  • What of his fleet of cars – does it contain the latest in auto technology?
  • Has he got a private jet yet? If yes, how many?
  • Is their private university listed among the first ten in the world?
  • Are the tuition fees paid in US Dollars, British Pounds or Euros?

In fact the list of frivolities is endless and in the process, THE CHURCH SETTLES DOWN TO BUILD A BABEL.
What a shameful tragedy.

STAGE         GOD’S TIMETABLE.            CHURCH (MAN’S) TIMETABLE

1 P.M.         Acts 1:8B Jerusalem.                Acts 1:8B Jerusalem

2 P.M.         Acts 1:8C Judea.                        Acts 1:8B Jerusalem

3 P. M.        Acts 1:8D Samaria.                    Acts 1:8B Jerusalem

4 P.M.         Mk. 16:15 All Nations.               Acts 1:8B Jerusalem

Although the church at this stage was very successful she was really rather a failure!
She seemed to be moving forward but she was actually moving backwards!
That’s a paradox, isn’t it?
 
I will explain.
 
Acts 4:1-20. The Apostles did not relent in preaching the gospel. If anything, they were preaching with inexplicable boldness, knowledge and power that baffled the bigoted religious leaders. The big questions, however were, “Where they preaching to the target audience? The audience of the hour? Were they still operating in God’s timetable?”
The answer is “No”‘ as we can see from the table above.
 
They started with God in stage one but refused or neglected to move when God moved hence they were operating at one o’clock when God had already moved on to four o’clock. Still harvesting Jerusalem when God’s sickle was laid over the whole world – ALL NATIONS at four o’clock – for the final harvest.
 
And that is the tragedy of the century: PREACHING THE GOSPEL OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO A PARTICULAR PEOPLE WHEN OTHERS HAVE NOT HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HEARING IT (THE GOSPEL) ONCE.
 
What time are you in now as a corporate church? What time are you operating in as a born-again christian, an individual church?
 
Even when they ventured outside Judea as a result of persecution, they still witnessed to their own people only – the Jews. (Acts 11:19-20)
 
What is your concept of Missions today? Only going out to establish your own denomination? To plant another branch of your church in a place already saturated to bursting point with churches?
 
Or do you perceive Missions as taking the sweet story of Jesus to people who have not heard it before? Reaching the UNREACHED?
 
Far, far away in heathen darkness dwelling,
Millions of souls, forever may be lost.
Who, who will go, salvation story telling
Looking to Jesus counting not the cost?
 
They were doing the right thing at the wrong place. Preaching in Jerusalem to a people who had heard the gospel a thousand times and had as a result become constipated in the process while out there in Judea, people were dwelling in heathen darkness, dying and going to hell without Christ.
And that is exactly what today’s church is doing. Overfeeding the minority few with the bread of life while the majority unreached are starving.
 
Well, the Apostles may have their reasons for staying put in Jerusalem. 
They may explain it away thus:
‘Did we not preach in Judea and Samaria for three years without substantial results? Now we preach only once in Jerusalem and thousands are converted?
 “A pity. How short their memory was. They had probably forgotten the city of Sychar and the woman of Samaria. (Jn 4:5-42.) They had also forgotten the Galilee breakthrough of verses forty-four to forty-seven.  Or maybe, they did not forget at all – only considering economical viability.
Would investment in those areas be economically viable? Is the Samarian “oil” in commercial quantity?
They must have analysed thus: 
Years of effort yielded only a handful of converts in Judea.
One day effort in Jerusalem yielded 3000. 
So which of them is a better investment haven?
This is how church leaders plan their “Missions” strategy today! They see it as a business venture and only invest where the yield – financial yield of course – is highest. Soul winning has become a secondary consideration hence the scramble to plant churches in high brow sections of modern cities.
As far as they are concerned the Unreached can wait. They can remain Unreached until the “more urgent” task of setting up elegant cathedrals are accomplished.
“Where would the converts worship if the cathedrals are not built?” they ask.
They remember to forget that Jesus left the temple and went out there to the mountains and valleys to seek those that were lost – the Unreached. Once in a while they raise “missions offerings” – a paltry sum that is handed over to a visiting missionary in a well publicised ceremony.

 

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