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DISTINGUISHING SELFLESSNESS FROM SELFISHNESS — PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE @ 79 – HOW RCCG’S G.O WORLDWIDE SEALED A UNIQUE COVENANT WITH GOD: By Femi Adelegan

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The story of how Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God struck a distinct covenant with God and is worth telling everyday because there are very good lessons to learn from a simple act of selflessness that has been rewarded by God beyond expectations. Pastor Adeboye deserves to be commended while God must be celebrated for moving in the ministry of this great legend because Daddy G.O. himself has always refused to be celebrated for spiritual feats recorded at his ministrations. He has consistently told people who wish to adore him to please return all glory to God because ‘’Adeboye with his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics cannot do anything except God moves” to release the Holy Spirit to play the dominant role at his ministrations. Looking back at 79 years old today, Adeboye cannot but be grateful to God for raising him from the the lowliest heights to make him, a personality who never wore a pair of shoes until his attainment of age 18 to sit among princes, nobles, and global leaders.

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God is an extremely self-effacing personality with a large heart. Leading a huge flock of the Redeemed Christian Church of God is a hard task that is probably more difficult than managing a nation, because he has to care for the millions of souls under his watch. Pressure of work, most times, makes the temper of leaders to be short-fused. But people in the shoes of Daddy GO cannot afford to be provoked unnecessarily because the consequences could be disastrous. He is at home with everybody, regardless of gender, age and social status and would only be righteously annoyed to confront Satan and its cohorts. I used to harbour the feeling that Daddy G.O would never have the time to do anything else other than to read the Holy Bible and combat principalities and power. I marvelled the day I heard that he reads voraciously. I forgot that he moves around with innemerable company of angels and his Daddy (God) could release additionall warfare angels if negative forces cross the border line. Psalm 105.

The pastor’s filthy past gives credence to the ability of God to use the ridiculous to do the miraculous! The man who is positively touching the lives of millions of people combines meekness with inspirational leadership, civility, intellect and a specific sense of mission. Succinctly put, Pastor Adeboye is a product of brokenness, the seed sowed by his spiritual father, late Rev Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, as well as divine immense grace and mercy. Daddy GO repeatedly echoes the statement: “My life is a proof of the fact that God can lift up a man from the dungeon and cause him to sit among princes. ‘’I came from a background of nothing, raised in a Church that was almost nothing. ‘’But then, I am what I am today by the grace of God. ‘’Like John the Baptist, we should hide behind the cross and only lift up the One who paid for our sins on the Cross” That is probably why you would not find his photographs or that of his wife – Mummy GO – on handbills and posters whose production is handled from the headquarters of RCCG. That is probably the reason why Pastor Folu Adeboye instructed her spiritual children to do away with the practice of family uniform (aso ebi) for social functions because it encourages social vices. I know of two other servants of God who read voraciously: Pastor Matthew Asimolowo and Dr. DK Olukoya.

HOW ADEBOYE PASSED A FORMIDABLE TEST BY GOD
Therefore, this piece is written to celebrate the Creator, Who makes things to happen; and not Pastor EA Adeboye, the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide. Despite the growth of the RCCG, Pastor Adeboye still believes a lot still has to be done, and is, therefore, committing all that God has graciously deposited in him for the prosecution of the agenda of God: The Great Commission. The story of the commencement of the Holy Ghost Congress is fascinating. In 1998, Adeboye visited the Bar Beach in Lagos with some foreign visitors and the Lord spoke. The first Holy Ghost Congress was held at Lekki Bar Beach on December 18, 1998 and the event was such a huge success that even foreign media, including the CNN and BBC that are better disposed to reporting conflict and catastrophe news about Africa, broadcast an account of the prayer event attracted a crowd of seven million worshippers, described as ‘’the largest mobilization of people in one spot on the surface of the earth, a feat never before recorded.’’ Since then, the Holy Ghost Congress has never had a better last year. The following year in 1999, 12 million people participated in the Holy Ghost Congress. I still remember visiting the location the following day of the meeting with my wife to see one of my bosses, mentors, and helpers of destiny, Navy Captain Anthony Udofia (retd) at the Naval Dockyard where he then resided.

Sometimes, I wonder how God moves in the ministry of this prophet and high priest, Pastor Adeboye, who seems to have consistently pleased the Lord. My curiosity has led me to research into human nature and factors that propel individuals to act in certain ways. Apart from personality, that psychologists have described as a combined product of nature and nurture, some other researchers have alluded to issues pertaining to selfishness, that: ‘’springs from humankind’s instinctive desire for self-preservation. And ‘’the less selfish the person, the more evolved the mind and soul.’’ An adage says that if you give a mentally challenged person a hoe to farm, he will definitely plough towards himself or herself. This does not apply to the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide. When Adeboye was to mark his birthday in 1986, God asked him for what he wanted as a birthday gift. I confess here truthfully, that if God today asks me that type of question, I will most probably ask for very personal gifts for myself and my family first, before asking for anything for any other person. The exception could only arise if I become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is a very very very tall ambition.

SOLOMONIC WISDOM
Adeboye never asked for personal blessings, but told God to bless his congregation comprising his spiritual children! He is reported by a chronicler of church history, Bisi Daniels as answering God that: “What I want is that all my members will get miracles.” And God asked: “Is that all?’ to which Adeboye responded: “That’s all I want”. Then God responded: “In that case, when you get home, call them (Adeboye’s spiritual children) together and I will give them whatever they ask for.’’ That seed sown by Daddy GO, is undoubtedly one of the key reasons for the phenomenal expansion of RCCG and the tremendous blessings his spiritual children have received. From a programme held for just one day, the Holy Ghost Congress now holds for one week. At successive congresses, the Holy Spirit has moved through Adeboye to win many souls for Christ at sessions where the power of God moves freely to heal, anoint, and empower His people. Daddy GO’s decision is simply Solomonic wisdom.

If he had asked God for a private jet, He would have provided one, or even seven but his spiritual children would not have been richly blessed. And it is possible that the jet would have packed up on account of the inability of the RCCG to maintain it. Adeboye sowed in prayers, neglected his own needs to ask God for special blessings for the spiritual children. It is, therefore, not surprising that RCCG is greatly blessed today and Baba Adeboye is pleading that his children do not donate cars for his use any longer because these gifts are too much. It is interesting that Daddy GO is responsible for feeding all who attend the prayer event, having been enabled by God to do that. Members of RCCG are not taxed to finance the Holy Ghost Congress. It is possible that at least 200 heads of cattle lose their lives daily for 7 days in the feeding of several people who attend the congress

THE HOLY GHOST MEETINGS
The Holy Ghost meetings are easily the largest Christian gatherings in the world, attracting millions of worshipers from across the world, who converge annually on the Redemption Camp grounds on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria. God had, decades ago spoken about the dimension of the growth of RCCG through the late founder of the church, Baba Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi. Attendance of this event continues to soar, putting Nigeria on a more conspicuous place on the map of the world as a praying nation. The RCCG camp site is today unquestionably the largest Christian estate in the world, and it is yet to stop expanding. The Redeemed Christian Church of God, says the influential New York Times, is “one of the most vigorously expansionary religious movements, a homegrown Pentecostal denomination that is crusading to become a global faith. In the course of just a few decades, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, founded in Lagos, has won millions of adherents in Nigeria while building a vast missionary network that stretches into more than 193 nations.

‘’Foregoing places Pastor Adeboye at the vanguard of a revolution in worldwide Christianity; one that it is quite literally changing its face, as a faith that was once exported by white missionaries from Europe and America comes to draw its strength from the peoples of the Southern Hemisphere”. His exemplary life has endeared him to people of all walks of life. He has also been innovative in devising ways of winning souls for Christ.’’ (New York Times) I remember year 2002 when Bishop Francis Wale Oke graciously allowed me to ride in his official car while preparing for the Nigeria Turning Point programme to pray fo a smooth civilian to civilaina transition. As we drove past the main gate of RCCG, the bishop looked back, apparently led by the Spirit to say ”RCCG keeps expanding and God said we haven’t seen anything yet” He added: ”Each time I ask Daddy G.O when is he going to slow down, Daddy always told me (Wale Oke) that even if he retires from ecumenical functions, he would sit by the feet of Jesus Christ to continue to generate Christian literature profusely”

AN INCREDIBLE DEVELOPMENT & SECRETS OF PASTOR ADEBOYE’S WALK WITH GOD — HE ANSWERED AN ALTAR CALL 15 YEARS AFTER BECOMING A GENERAL OVERSEER.
Pastor Adeboye has revealed that it is necessary for children of God to examine their lives at all times and be constantly guided by the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine that Pastor Adeboye would, 14 years after becoming the General Overseer answer to an altar call? He provides the answer: ‘’In 1995, while still in the first auditorium, a renowned missionary and elder who has now gone to glory (Revd Syney Granville Elton – by my own reckoning) preached a sermon during our convention and made an altar call. ‘’As at that time, I had already been the General Overseer of RCCG for some years, but had been battling with my flesh. ‘’I knew if I lost that battle and fell, many people will go down with me; so, I wanted to be free. ”When this elder made the altar call for those who wanted to be free, I was the first to come to the altar. ‘’Many pastors were surprised that I answered that altar call but I thank God I did. ‘’The victory the Lord gave me that day is so overwhelming that the sun of righteousness has been shinning brighter through me ever since. ”Some people out of shyness lose great opportunities to be free. If you know the joy of being free, you will not lose it for any reason including shyness”. It is simply confounding that Baba Adeboye could answer to an altar call after serving for 14 years as General Overseer! Humility, simplicity and faithfulness at play.

Indeed, Holiness, that is one of the key emphasis of Baba Akindayomi, hallowing God, and humility have taken RCCG to the enviable position it has found itself today. Adeboye’s infectious humility, obedience to divine directives, doing the will of the Lord, and fleeing sinful conducts have aided him in the task of leading RCCG to explode, with presence in 193 nations of the world. The General Overseer Worldwide of the RCCG, like father Abraham has never withheld anything from God. And God has reciprocated by always rewarding Daddy GO for his faithfulness. Giving is a strong factor as nobody can out-give God. Adeboye says giving is a major factor of his successes in his walk with God. And you cannot out-give God who is the Owner of all. Most spiritual occurrences defy human and scientific explanations. They are usually permitted by God Who uses His vessels to perform miracles, signs and wonders, and also carry out His wishes. Miracles by the hand of God abound. He moves in ways mortals cannot fully decipher.

God, every so often allows occurrences that defy explanations to occur. He has proven himself to be the only one who could reverse the irreversible and do the seemingly impossible. Some of the directives of God to people do not appeal to reason. The most important thing for anybody seeking a miracle from God is obedience, backed up by Godly conducts and faith. But God could move in lives of sinners too to prove some points. As Adeboye explains in his Daily Devotional of Thursday March 12, 2009, “Most miracles are carried out as a result of partnerships with God’. One attribute of a true partner with God is the readiness to remain in that partnership agreement until death, in spite of the odds. God expects partnerships with Him to go beyond a lifetime. In Acts 19:11-12, God was able to perform a miracle through the hands of Paul because of his undying commitment to divine partnership”

YOU TOO COULD BE GREATER THAN ADEBOYE
Let me state without any fear of equivocation that any human being could strive to be equally endowed with the spiritual powers that Baba Adeboye is endowed with by God. So, whoever decides to willfully spite true servants of God should lock himself or herself up for one week in seclusion, and in self-denial, (no food, no water) seek the face of God, and taste what those who stand in the gap for others experience. If you believe and you do that faithfully, you probably will experience what you believe in. Get direction from God and experience brokenness. You also only need to go with your faith up, reading 2 Chronicles 20:20. It is true that barrier is no difference. But there are atmospheres that are very charged for the unusual move of God. I have tasted several of such atmospheres and I can testify honestly that GOD IS GOOD. Spiritual covetousness is permitted and mantles could be transferred at such gatherings. But to covet successfully, you must be prepared for the responsibilities that go along with the acquisition of such enormous spiritual powers! Daddy GO himself is coveting at the same time, the anointing of Elijah, Elisha, Paul, Peter and John, in addition to a double portion of the anointing of our Lord and Saviour – Jesus Christ! But a lot goes into this by way of hardships and sacrifices. Just focus on Christ. But the first step is to give your life to Jesus Christ today. In fact, NOW! Tomorrow could be too late. Enlist in the nearest Bible-believing church without any further delay.

Unity of the Body of Christ – Adeboye & Kumuyi and Kumuyi’s 79th birthday anniversary
That God is still alive today and is able to do just anything, even the unimaginable. Quite often when miracles occur and words of knowledge come from the altar in torrents at Adeboye’s ministrations, the applause of the congregation is deafening as thousands watch and listen to this great servant of God. Adeboye carries the covenant and great grace and believes very strongly that a believer must obey the universal laws instituted by God to be able to walk with Him. The contributions of Pastor Adeboye to salvation and the growth of Christianity is such that a prominent United-States Christian leader and President of the Global Harvest Ministries, Peter Wagner has commented that: “If I were to name the top ten apostles in the world, Pastor Adeboye would be there on top of the list”. But Daddy GO has wisely continued to ascribe all his successes to God saying: ”Adeboye without God is nothing. With my Ph.D in Mathematics and my wealth of experience, I cannot make anything happen. ”Only God does that.”

CONCERN FOR OTHERS ESPECIALLY HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN & NIGERIA
HOW GOD SAVED BISHOP OYEDEPO FROM DEATH – A TESTIMONY BY OYEDEPO
Mercy and grace, provoked by prayers force the hand of the Lord to do the miraculous. ‘’And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.” Joel 2:28-32 In spite of the promises of God, nobody journeys through life unopposed. God would always permit challenges or rough edges, no matter how spiritually powerful a human being is. Reason – So that humanity might acknowledge His majesty. Satan is always working against the plan of God. The reason is that all good works, especially those having the potential of depopulating the kingdom of hell face stiff opposition from the devil and its cohorts; hence the need to step up intercessions, fasting and seeking the face of God for fruitful journeys though life.

WHY SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?
God Himself said in Jeremiah 33:3 “call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” And the Lord does nothing without showing it to His prophets (Amos 3); hence Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Oyedepo’s spiritual father had seen the vision of Bishop David Oyedepo’s ordeal in the space, during which his private jet almost crashed. According to Bishop Oyedepo, Pastor Adeboye showed up in his house on the morning before the journey to pray for him: “According to the word of God, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord will hit the earth, there will be a restoration of sonship and fatherhood to the body of Christ.“On Friday preceding the journey that we made, my father in the Lord showed up at 6:30 early in the morning and saw a vision and wasn’t sleeping, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, why seek the living among the dead? No, no…’’So, he took off and landed here before 6:30am. ‘’No, there was no idea that he was coming, and there was no discussion after it. ‘’The heart of the father will be drawn to the heart of the son to defend. ”He saw the vision because God wanted him to see it so that the impending catastrophe would be avoided.”

So severe was the incident that almost cost the Oyedepos their lives that a thanksgiving service was held to give glory to God for His intervention. Oyedepo, a highly cerebral man of God, backed with tremendous faith in the ability of the Creator to do the impossible explained that:“There was a mid-air crisis, there was serious turbulence, but there was no apprehension. Jesus took control.“He landed the plane safely. ‘’And we were just celebrating the faithfulness of God” Those conversant with spiritual principles know too well that there is no one that is living in this world unopposed. The devil is roaring everyday seeking for people to devour. Apparently, God revealed the occurrence to Pastor Adeboye so it could be averted through prayers. Yes, you might say the intervention was the result of the dexterity of the pilot. But the spiritual controls the physical. .Why did it happen undetected before the flight even if it was a human or mechanical error? Prayers do the miraculous; including signs and wonders by the Holy Spirit. Prayers and supplications to God are very necessary. Prayers position people for supernatural victories, give peace and hope, and spiritual sight that gives people power to subdue the devil and its cohorts. Daddy Adeboye sometimes teases his spiritual children claiming that he is the only Pastor in Nigeria who commands Bishops to kneel for prayers and blessings.Pix below: Bishop David Oyedepo and family and below Bishop Francis Wale Oke and family both spiritual children of Pastor E.A. Adeboye


THERE IS NOBODY GOING THROUGH THIS WORLD UNCHALLENGED
If the Lord opens our spiritual eyes to the demons moving around, and as He protects those who belong to Him, we probably would appreciate God better. Elisha’s servant, as recorded in 2 Kinks: 17 was disturbed that enemies were closing in on them:‘’And Elisha prayed, and said, ”LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, ”behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha’’. The God that decreed for that incident to happen has never changed. For those who belong to God, especially carriers of the covenant, divine protection is assured as God would always move to defend those who belong to Him. (Job 5:19-27) You might ask: Why did it happen to Bishop David Oyedepo, a tremendous man of God? Rev. (Mrs) Abimbola Adetuberu, notes that“ The throne is actually a comfort zone, but it attracts the opposition; because success attracts enemies. ‘’Nobody fights a failure. ‘’Esther understood this, which was why she was able to fast alongside others”. And spiritual negligence could be very costly. The Holy Bible recognizes the potency of the negative powers of Satan and highlights its possible exploits if given a chance. Apostle Paul highlights the fact that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”

Arising from the above narration, it would be illuminating here to render a true-life account of an encounter of God’s people with witches in the United Kingdom. Bishop Francis Wale Oke recounted, how witches in London, decided to fast in order to accomplish their evil desire of disrupting church services held at Kensington Temple (then pastored by late Wyn Lewis) on the grounds that they were being disturbed by the propagation of the word of God. Wyn Lewis had to ask the congregation to also fast and pray harder against the witches for the people of God to be victorious! Bishop Chris Kwakpovwe notes in one of his publications that “some of your secret enemies declare evil fasting programmes just to turn your life into a hard, barren and dry ground! There are secret powers that want you to weep! Others want you to suffer shame, stagnation and demotion. ‘’The storms of life are inevitable; and there is a beautiful rainbow attached to every ugly and raging storm.’’


HELPMATE
Congratulations to Daddy G.O on the attainment of age 79, still serving the Lord with every ounce of energy in him. Should anybody ask Daddy G.O the reasons for his success in the ministry, the name of his wife Pastor Folu Adeboye will come after those of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They are indeed examples worthy of emulation by we the younger ones coming after them. And so, Mummy G.O, we say a big thank you to you for creating the enabling atmosphere for Daddy G.O. to work out the plan of God for millions of people enrolled in RCCG and other churches that enjoy parental affiliation to RCCG. Daddy Adeboye himself publicly admitted that he probably would not have been able to implement the plan of God faithfully, had he married another woman.

Congratulations Daddy G.O! Congratulations Mummy G.O. May you succeed in leading millions of souls into Heaven, the major goal of your ministry after the Great Commission. Who says an ordinary me cannot pray for great servants of God? That is part of our duties like Aaron and Hur did for Moses. I will now pronounce the Aaronic blessings upon Daddy & Mummy: ‘’The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num. 6:23–26). And I know as Daddy and Mummy read this prayer, they will most probably ask the Lord to repay me a billion fold!

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