One thing I have always learned about life is that history always repeats itself. Vice President Yomi Osinbajo recently said and I quote;
” Experience is the best teacher for a fool, A wise man does not need the pain of experience, history is a kinder and more compassionate teacher.”
Since time immemorial, one of the major problems of men and men of God alike is either Money or women. The sin of the flesh is something that is here to stay. God said to Adam in the garden of Eden, that Sin is crouching at the door, waiting to consume you. From Abraham, to the daughters of Lot, to Sodom and Gomorrah,, to Samson, to King David, to even the Corinthian spirit filled church where it was reported in 1 Corinthian 5:2
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.”
This sin of the flesh is something that has cost great men not just their careers but their families. It is not new to the world, neither is it new to the body of Christ. The presence of sin is the focal core of Christianity as the bible puts it, in Romans 5:20; The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more. Meaning if there is no sin, how then can there be redemption.
The trials of Bro Johnson Suleiman to me is a self inflicted one. My reason being that a Man of God is first of all a man before being a man of God. One thing you cannot take away from a man is his sin nature. That is were grace comes in, but we first have to admit to our wrongdoing. I had thought that the man who claims to hold a phd even by Carnal standards should know that if you find yourself in a hole, the best thing to do is to stop digging.
Jesus said no one is good except the Lord. Meaning no matter the noise and self defence the Apostle as he loves to be addressed, would love to put up, he cannot exculpate himself from any iota of moral wrongdoing. First and foremost, he has failed in the sin of fleeing from all appearance of evil. That is a wrong doing that should he publicly repent of. Rather than grand standing. We all know that there is never really smoke without fire.
The list is endless of generals of faith who fell. But like the bible puts it, “though a righteous man falls seven times , he will rise again. The famous and powerful televangelist Jimmy Swaggart did fall , but when evidence was brought forward, he didn’t hesitate to apologize to his wife, the church and seek forgiveness from God. He broke down in tears regarding the accusation of patronizing a prostitute, he said;
“I have sinned against you, and I beg your forgiveness…. My sin was done in secret, and God has said to me, ‘I will do what I do before the whole world’…. I have sinned against you, my Lord, and I would ask that your precious blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God’s forgetfulness, never to be remembered against me, any more.”
That’s how a Christian should act, rather than denigrating Gods creation by saying they should have brought a better lady , as though he where the most handsome man in the world as he may think or even as if he has committed no fault whatsoever.
Without going into the details of the accusations as the facts actually speak for itself, it is imperative that the cleric has defaulted and should publicly apologize.
The way the cleric is going, I feel he is loosing a good opportunity to show to the whole world , the unfailing Love of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jimmy Swaggart boldly took up that opportunity and reminded his over 7,000 congregants that he is human and asked for forgiveness. Months later God revived him with signs and wonders following.
David didn’t attempt to cover his sin when confronted with facts, he rather admitted his sins and begged for forgiveness. Today, he is known as a man after Gods heart, despite his famous sin of Adultery and Murder. Simply. Because he choose repentance over being puffed up.
Why did God reject King Saul, when he was confronted with the sin of disobedience, rather than seek for mercy, he decided to pass the blame to the people. Trying to make excuses for himself. That is exactly what the Cleric is doing, by seeking for a cheap way out. One thing is constant, no one can black mail anybody without a default to hold unto. Yes blackmail and extortion are criminal acts, however the person being. Black mailed cannot claim no wrong doing in the first place. In this case, we cannot rightly said the cleric committed Adultery, because it takes two to do same, however, on the face of it he has misappropriated public funds and has obviously not fled from the appearance of sin. Even the Police knows better to allow a female Police conduct a body search on a female Accused person.
The problem with some men of God s is that they fail to admit their human nature. If there is no human nature and by extension sin, where then is the use of grace and it’s value.
The bible reminds us that sin is crouching at the door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. How then do we rule over sin, by using the tool which the death of Christ gave to us. The blood of Jesus, which speakers better things that that if Abel. Meaning that instead of crying to vengeance and judgement like the blood of Abel, it pleads for mercy on our behalf.
Ironically, I did not draw my conclusion from the accuser’s statement and accusations, rather I drew my conclusion from the response of the church. There are obvious financial malfeasance and moral cum religious impropriety committed by the cleric. The bible enjoins us to not only flee from Evil, but also from every appearance of evil. The Apostle is not the first preacher to speak against religious bias by the federal government.
The cleric should know that when you fight with a pig or a mad man, you do not do yourself any good because you will definitely get stained. What the Apostle ought to have done rather than fighting dirty and attempt to defend himself when the church has already released a statement that that he had been in communication personally with the girl is to come clean and apologize. The statement of the church puts him on the spotlight and indirectly incriminates him of very low moral standards as I really don’t understand why it is the General Overseer himself who will choose to follow up on a stripper even after funding her African Store. Administratively, there ought to be an arm of the church who should play that role.
This brings to light the re-introduction of the governance code for religious bodies which we all cried foul about. Church money is God’s money and as such public funds which shouldn’t be abused at the whims and caprices of the General Overseer.
And for those supporting and cheering the man of God, they should remember that open rebuke is better than secret love. I have listened to so many ludicrous attempts at defending his actions. One lady even said when responding to the screen shot of the cleric’s conversation with the lady in question ( I do not want to dignify her person by mentioning her name) is that ” the breasts of the lady was looking at the pastor and not the pastor looking at the breast”.
The above is how low people can go to defend their leaders especially religious leaders. They always use the scripture, “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm”. They forget that this is a self inflicted harm by the prophet himself who put himself at the doorway of the appearance of evil which the bible enjoins is to flee from and that the self same scripture was referring to the children of Isreal., which we all through Abraham are partakers of the inheritance of grace through faith. Also Rev 1:6 says that God has made us Kings and priest unto himself. In essence all believers are anointed by God himself.
I repeat, the best thing to do when you are in a hole, is to stop digging.
The cleric should prove to us that his trials are not likened to Wole Soyinka’s ‘ trials of Brother Jero’. But the trials of a righteous man, wherewith he must surely rise again.
I do not believe what the accused lady is saying nor do I lend credence to her accusations, however the crux of my point and I maintain is that the Cleric cannot exculpate himself in entirety from any wrong doing . Rather than going into the gutter to fight dirty with an ex- stripper who is obviously morally bankrupt, he should use this opportunity to remind the whole world oft he advocacy we have in Jesus in I John 2:1;
” My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
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