I’ve seen a great divorce in our churches all of which most certainly stems from the plaguing conditions of our hearts. For the church isn’t the building but the individual; the church is us. The funny thing is that each side of the break up thinks they’re right and deserve independence. Oddly enough, that’s true, the people are just too limited in perspective to understand how.
One party says we should work for God and forget all else. They’re quite consistent in their duties, which I must say is very remarkable, and they keep at whatever instructions they’ve been given. They come to the sanctuary on time. Do whatever they have to do and leave when they’re done. They are quite mechanical and approach their assignments with a rote mindset. They pester you to be a ‘worker’ and continually remind you how you’re ‘backsliding’ if you aren’t doing so.
The second party says we should love God and forget all else. They’re quite intimate in their approach to God which I must say is very adorable. They tell you how they just love God and can’t do without Him. They mention how He speaks to them and overwhelms them with His manifest presence. Reminding you of the warmth of God’s love like a blanket in the harmattan. They point out how they like their solace and constantly enjoy God, but can’t be running up and down. What they prefer to [...]
“Wearing red is worldly.” “Wearing jewelry is being a Jezebel.” “A flower in your hair makes you look like a harlot.” Church leaders hold incredible power, which can easily be abused to excessively control others. Radio host and biblical counselor, June Hunt, tackles the various forms of spiritual abuse in her newest book in the Hope for the Heart series. After 30 years of counseling others through her Hope for the Heart, a program heard on more than 900 radio outlets, June Hunt exposes the yoke of legalism and points readers to the true freedom found in the Gospel.
Honest, relevant, and easy to read, June Hunt’s six new Hope for the Heart titles published by Aspire Press, an imprint of Rose Publishing, cover powerful topics, such as: Spiritual Abuse, Critical Spirit, Chronic Illness, Procrastination, Trials, and Victimization.
“After decades of counseling men and women from all walks of life, June knows how to lead readers to truth-truth that liberates because it is truth from God,” says Kay Arthur, co-founder of Precept Ministries International.
The series, which has sold more than 700,000 copies in its first two years, is packed with Bible-based advice, realistic tips, and step-by-step solutions. These handy 96-page books provide more than just testimonies; they provide help, healing, and restoration, by providing a solid overview of each topic (key definitions, characteristics, causes, [...]
/Christian Newswire/ — Church media company, Sharefaith, announces the release of their new mobile church app builder, giving churches the ability to create their own unique mobile app. The app builder is available for free to all Sharefaith’s Complete Yearly and Website Yearly members.
As a pioneer in the church media field, Sharefaith has long been aware that many churches want a mobile app, but are burdened by the hefty price tag. Now, Sharefaith is rolling out a solution that is budget-friendly, feature-packed, easy to use, and integrates with it’s website offering and 60,000 worship and church media graphics.
“We wanted to create something that makes it easy for churches to connect with their congregation, while sharing the Gospel globally.” said Hein van Wyk, Sharefaith’s CEO. “Unfortunately, most of what’s available to churches right now, are priced too high.”
Sharefaith focused on creating something that was both easy to use, featured-rich and still able to satisfy the mobile-savvy audience without sacrificing any features.
Like many of Sharefaith’s other award-winning solutions, their mobile app delivers on all fronts. First, it comes at no additional cost to existing customers on the annual Website and annual Compete membership. Second, it uses the same editing platform that website customers are familiar with – the multi-award-winning Sidekick builder. Sharefaith [...]
So the whole internet-sphere, blogosphere and social media sphere has been awash with the confession of one Ese Walter. This is the most recent of all the scandals that the ‘church’ (by this I mean the entirety of Christendom not a particular church or denomination) of recent has been plagued with and it seems to be getting more and more common sadly.
What’s my take on the issue? I think the first question on everybody’s mind is: Is it true? At first glance, I am inclined to believe the lady’s story. I mean no sane human being knowing the sort of backlash that would likely ensue especially given the society and culture and environment she is in, knowing the condemnation sure to follow will release such a tale and go so far as to publicly identify HERSELF even have her account publicly accessible and her photo shared. Ese would know the names she would be called and the curses coming her way yet she still went ahead. That alone is enough to make me think she is telling the truth. Of course, in UK there have been cases of women accusing men of rape and going so far as to have these men arrested only to be proven false, so this is not conclusive enough. And let’s not forget the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife’s false accusation.
Now, assuming Ese Walter is speaking the truth, the next question is: Did she handle the issue the right way? Is publishing a story publicly ‘naming and shaming’ (so to speak) the right thing? Before [...]
I do not think Nigerians have ever been enraptured with a bigger scandal over the past four days than that the revelations of previously unknown ladies called Ese Walters and Franca E. about an affair and an attempted affair with the popular pastor of emerging mega-church, Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo respectively. If by a slim chance, you have not read them, here are the articles here and here.
Although the jury in the court of public opinion is still yet to arrive conclusively at whether the story is true or the products of the beautiful imaginations of Ms. Walter and Franca’s minds, we have to ask ourselves: whether it is true or false, where does COZA go from here?
The first thing that COZA’s board of trustees/patrons (this is assuming there is a board) and its body of elders need to do is to investigate these allegations to ascertain their veracity. As much as possible, it should ask the accusers as well as the accused to bring their evidence.
If these stories indeed turn out to be true, Pastor Biodun needs to start by making a public apology to his congregation because it would have amounted to a breach of trust. As their pastor, they have put a lot of trust in him to be their shepherd, and lead by example. A scandal as this is evidence of his letting them down, and not leading by example.
After that, he would need to step down from pastoring the church for some period of time while he sorts himself [...]