Nigeria to ourlaw Gays and the Gospel
Jan 18, 2007. Nigeria Prepares To Vote On Bill To Outlaw Gays including stripping gays and lesbians of all civil rights, ban on same-sex, a crime for more than two gay people to be in the same venue at the same time, a crime to associate with Gays - to sell or rent property to same-sex couples, watch a gay film or video, visit an LGBT web site, or express same-sex love in a letter to one's partner. The penalty would be five years in prison with hard labor. The new bill has the support of Nigeria's Anglican Church, and its leader Archbishop Peter Akinola, the leader of the Anglican South.
The Nigerian Anglican Church is behaving like an imposter having a form of outward godliness and morality but inwardly corrupt and lovers of themselves (2 Tim 3:1-5), displaying a ungodliness by having foolish and ignorant disputes (2 Tim 2:23-25) concerning the gay issue generating strive and persecuting and afflicting gays rather display s spirit of gentleness. Instead of suffering for the Gospel, that the good news may not be chained (2 Tim 2:9), we become those who persecute the very minority and have forgotten that Christias too were once a minority group. We claim to follow the bible yet forgotten that the Christian walk is about rightly diving the truth (2 Tim 2:15) and based on the doctrines/ teachings and the life of the Apostles (2 Tim 3:10) which is of faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, and afflictions. We have failed to remember Christ sufferings and now stand in place of those who persecuted the weak and the defenseless as if to crucify Christ over and over again. May God have mercy on Us.
Nigeria with a population approaching 140 million is 40% “Christian” yet wrecked by unprecedented corruption and immorality resulting in over 70% living in poverty with 90% of the wealth controlled by 5% of the population. Corrupt rulers have stolen 770 billions. Yet we have a church going into foolish and ignorant persecution against gays whilst the country falls into the most terrible state due to extreme poverty and corruption, a fair amount committed by Christians. A lack of job prospects and resources has fostered a high crime rate. Armed robbery, racketeering and money-making scams are common.
While we blame Gays for causing our nation into tragedy, we failed to see our corrupt and evil hearts having a form of outward godliness and morality but inwardly evil. As we support the draconian laws against gays, we bear the consequences of chaining the gospel, and reaping for ourselves extreme poverty and a closed heaven. For God will not justify our evil actions and blame game lest His name be blemished. We are ignoring the plight of millions of people on the continent by wasting time attacking gays. May God have mercy on us.
Christianity is not about the bible per say or about morality; it is about Christ Jesus, His life, death and resurrection. When we make it a religious issue of morality through the laws, which we ourselves do not follow, we become hypocrites to the outside world and imposters for perverting the Gospel to abiding in man manmade morality.
The central mission of Christians is not the feeding of the hungry and healing the ill and seeking the earthly betterment of the existence for all people and the globe. One does not need Christ to do that. The poor you always have with you (Mat 26:11). Christ concerns not only the earthly, which is temporal but more importantly the heavenly eternal reality. The mission of Christians is to proclaim Christ, the truth about God in Christ, the new Life, and the way to God through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus is not a way to a spiritual journey per say, it is the way, the door to God. The disciples were perplexed at the many ways to god. There were afraid about God. Jesus proclaimed in John 14:1, when you see the Father you see me. And He himself will prepare a place in heaven for them, assuring them eternal life. Hence, we are to be heavenly minded. There are many religions, each proclaiming to be the truth, the way to God. Jesus proclaimed that He is the truth concerning God. He backed up His claim by His resurrection to heaven. Jesus as truth, does not mean the sense of being the wholeness of human expression or humanity. Rather, it is the expression of the truth regarding God. Jesus as life, is not example of abundant life but the Father of a new life, a new creation. Just as man exist on earth, in our humanity, through the first Adam (1 Cor 15:45), Christ through His death and resurrection gave new existence or New Creation to be children of God and become the second Adam. The first Adam was under sin and died. But in Christ, we receive eternal life and an abode in heaven.
When we mixed deity with humanity, we mixed life with death and truth becomes relative of what we made it to be. That is the greatest error in the Episcopal Church in looking to humanity but failed to see the heavenly. The Episcopal Church like the Catholic and the Anglican Church has changed the criteria to heaven. The Episcopal Church denies the narrow sense that people can only come to relationship with God through consciously believing in Jesus. The Nigerian Church has forgotten that their righteousness is in Christ and not the law. Both missed the centrality of Christ, the narrow way to heaven (Matt 7:13). There are thousands of religions in the world, man made ways so broad are ways leading to eternal destruction. But narrow is the gate (Mat 7:14) and few find it for it requires a denial of ourselves, our humanity to be like god, and admit that we are sinners needing redemption through Christ and not by our efforts. Both Bishop Akinola and Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori are false prophets (Mat 7:15), evil “men” and imposters of Christ deceiving people (2 Tim 3:13).
At judgment day, we will see God the Father. We may attend great churches and pray to God and call “Lord, Lord”, but we may not get into heaven. To enter into heaven, one must enter through Christ, the path designated by the will of Father God. Call God an exclusive God you may, but His righteousness demands that Christ death as a adequate payment for our sins. Christ crucified is either the stumbling stone (1 Cor 1:23) being foolishness to many intellectuals and too difficult to accept for the religious proud, or the foundation stone from which to build our faith (Eph 2:20). For the Christian realm, the last days will be dictated by deception, by straying from the narrow gate of Christ to the religious legalism and man made traditions of the right or the religious relativity and humanism of the left. Through the man made storms buffeting the church, Christ has not left and He is still in control. The Gospel will not be chained for Christ has overcome the forces of this world and He is coming back soon. With the breakaway American churches and the Singaporean Anglican Churches jumping into the bandwagon of the Global South led by the Nigerian Church lest they be deceived too by this nation of corruption infamous for its 419 scams and courrupt rules having outward morality but inwardly full of skeletons and extreme poverty.