He settled for theology at the request of his mother
His mother was a great woman
She was warm, kind, selfless and loving
People testify of great things about his mother
How she helped a family of eight through the winter by
housing and feeding them despite
the fact that they had so little
How she helped many immigrants settle into their
new homes by dedicating time and energy to their welfare
He understood his mother's need for God
It was borne of great fear of oppression
His mother left was the daughter of an
an influential military man from Africa
During a coup de tat, his Mother's Father
was caught on the wrong side of the
His mother and siblings escaped from their homes
in the middle of the night
They had barely made it to the west when their Father
was summarily executed and all his assets seized by the
military government of the day!
The other military men, who like his father were caught
on the wrong side of the law weren't so lucky!
Some of their families were caught in the crossfire
It was a brutal time in the history of their country
Her mother took solace in God and in prayer
She had to!
But he doesn't
He was born into a strong western country
There was no fear of a coup de tat
There was no oppression
There was no hated and no war
His father was a Caucasian, from Switzerland
He grew up in the midst of the rich and opulent
He attended the best schools
He was mildly tempered and widely loved
His mother brought him and his two younger ones up
to love their neighbours, care for the weak
tell the truth and be upright citizens
Of course, his mother's Christian lifestyle was a
big influence on him
But so did his Father's gentle nature
His Father was a renowned man of peace
Even though his Father was a Christian,
his Father, also had the DNA of a peacemaker
The DNA was passed along to all his children
They were quiet, wise, spoke little and have a genuine
heart for the things of God
He attended church regularly
When his mother was sixty-five, they travelled down to his
mother's native country for the first time
The military junta had given way to
democracy and it was safe to travel again
The journey was especially important
because his mother's mother
had died a few weeks before and they
have to take advantage of the
funeral to meet relatives, friends and well-wishers!
His mother had not been home in almost thirty years
They travelled to his mother's country in Africa
He saw a lot of great things
But what fascinated him the most was
how religious the people were
It was as if his mother never left home
Or rather, as if his mother brought the
"church" in her country
to the west!
Religion was always a red flag for him
Especially his mother's type of religion
Blind faith, God of the wants and needs,
The God they peddle and sell in his
was an irrelevant God to somebody like him
He had travelled to many countries of the
world and he was sure
God does not bless only his children
Any pastor can sell that type of lie to desperate
and poor people
But that lie cannot work for him
He was neither poor nor desperate!
If a woman is barren in his country, it is
not a big deal!
Nobody shames anybody for not having children
Many people who are capable of having
children choose not to
Nobody laid a marker of "have children
or you will be reproached" in their culture!
Now if anyone wanted to have a child and couldn't
The person has a lot of proven scientific alternatives
Adoption was also a good option
Some people adopt six to seven children without having
any biological children of their own
Selling a " Give me God" who gives people "children" in his
country would be ridiculous
In his country, you can walk into a car dealership and
drive away with a brand new car without
breaking a sweat!
Food was not a problem, clothing was not a problem
electricity was not a problem, the god that fills the void
when humans lack an answer to certain problems,
the god that was a convenient excuse for many
when they cannot explain why or what
behind certain natural phenomenons,
the god that science had conveniently shoved aside
in his country
That god was all that he saw in his mother's country!
It was inevitable for that sort of God to be in existence
There was a prevalence of crime, poverty, hunger, corruption
pain, avarice, lack, ignorance and darkness in the country
He saw with his own two eyes, inside the very elitist
estate where they were lodged, sacrifices to local idols in
calabashes placed at T-junctions in 2018!
He was out very early in the morning for his daily walk
when he saw it!
He laughed at the sight
His mother had told him tales of African voodoo and such
sacrifices placed at T-junctions! But to actually see one?
WOW! Ignorance is indeed a disease!
When he got home he shared what he saw with his mother
There were so many churches in the city, he had practically seen
no street in the commercial area without churches
All the churches claim to have a miracle working God
If indeed God answers prayers in those churches
How come some people were still offering pagan sacrifice
to idols? Even among the elites?
His youngest brother had secretly hoped to meet one of the
popular pastors in the country
He was born with a heart condition that has defied treatment
it is called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
He had tried to discourage his brother from day one
It is better not to hope than to be disappointed
Faith healers offer no assurances, no guarantees
And from the documentaries, he saw on youtube
Some people who claimed to have been healed by
faith healers usually fell sick again some hours
or days after they had been temporarily healed!
He told his brother to forget it, "there is no God here"
They went for the burial ceremony
it was a very colourful ceremony and he was impressed
His mother's people know how to throw a party!
After the ceremony, his mother insisted that they must
all pay a visit to the pastors who officiated at the funeral!
He had no problem with it
He had been waiting for the opportunity to engage
the pastors on his observations and open their eyes
to some truth!
He had a Ph.D in Theology and knows for a fact that
miracles ceased with the apostles!
Whatever "miracles" they claim God is doing in their
country was aided by ignorance, poverty, some elements
of idolatry and voodoo!
Of course they will argue, but the truth has a way of
proving itself even to the most misguided!
He was sure the truth will defend itself!
They got to the office sometime in the afternoon
His mother had packaged gifts and a worthy offering for
The Most senior Pastor welcomed them, they talked
generally for a while and he prayed with them
Once they were done with their formal assignment,
he asked the pastor if he could make an observation
The pastor told him to go ahead
He told his story, shared ed his observation and
concluded that "African Christianity or African gospel
is not the real gospel but an African traditional religion and
culture version of the gospel aimed at taking advantage
of the ills of the society for religious gains!
It seemed to me that you guys have simply substituted
Jesus for one of the African gods and called it the gospel!
He presented his argument with clarity and respect!
The senior Pastor looked at him and said "There is a young
man, I think you will be most delighted to meet sir!"
He picked his intercom and asked the Brother in Jeans
and T-shirt to come to his office
The Brother in Jeans and t-shirt was briefed on what has
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt: Doctor,
can we do an experiment?
He said: Sure
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt: Can you lay
your hand on your brother,
the one with the heart disease
He stood up, walked over to his brother and did so!
Brother in Jeans and T-shirt: Do not remove
the hand from this moment until
I tell you to
Brother in Jeans and T-shirt: Are you a Born Again
He: I have always been a Christian since I was born!
Brother in Jeans and T-shirt: Say Holy Spirit, take over
this atmosphere now and use me to your glory!
I command you Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,
Go now! In the name of Jesus, body be healed
now! The Bible says, I shall lay my hands on the
sick and the sick shall recover! I command this
body to recover now in Jesus name! I speak to all
the valves, arteries, nerves, cells every part of the
heart, in the name of Jesus, be healed right this minute!
Thank you Jesus
He did as instructed, he did so with his eyes closed!
His brother started trembling on the chair
He felt the vibrations
He kept his eyes shut
His brother screamed and slumped in the chair
(As if he was dead)
He screamed and started speaking in tongues!
His eyes were still shut!
He prayed on in the spirit for twenty-eight minutes
His brother stirred and stood on his feet
He opened his eyes and looked at his brother
His brother hugged him and started jumping
and running around
He sunk on his knees and cried!
His mother and siblings all started crying
Like Jacob, he slept on a stone innocently
Not knowing that he was sleeping
at the gate of heaven
He cried for a long time, almost twenty minutes
He turned to the Brother in Jeans and T-shirt and said
"I want to become Born Again, I want to be filled with
the Holy Spirit"
His siblings also gave their lives to Christ
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt told the one healed of
heart disease to pray in tongues for at least one hour
"Your healing is spiritual, you can only keep it by walking
in the spirit consistently (That is according to
at the moment, Just like you, I am also growing in
the things of the spirit!)
He turned to the Brother in Jeans and T-shirt and said
"I never knew a day will come when I will know God
without dying! I was taught that we can only know God
after we die but today I have encountered God!"
They returned to their country three days later
PS: This event happened in Lagos, Nigeria
Its been seven months now, the heart disease has been
confirmed healed by the specialists
He still lectures Theology in a Lutheran Institute
He attended the Festival of Life (a Pentecostal event)
for the first time
He speaks in tongues every day and is growing in
the Holy Spirit
PS: What God wants to give us is HIMSELF
He wants to make us AS HE IS
Stop chasing after things
Chase after HIM
Those who chase after things will be disappointed
Those who chase after HIM shall be filled
until they overflow
Don't be a miracle seeker
Be a miracle worker!
Don't be a "Give me, Give me" Christian
Be a "Vessel" through whom God blesses others
If the God you preach will become irrelevant in
You really don't know God!
Strive to know God today!