Today was a special service. As a church, by the grace of God, we opened and dedicated our first ‘branch’ in Lekki, Lagos. Pastor Richmond Leigh prayed for the resident Pastors, Lekan and Tracy Jenyo and dedicated them to the work of the ministry. We invited the Holy Spirit to come, witness and bless this simple ceremony. The presence of the Holy Spirit came down on us all.
Pastor Richmond Leigh preached from the Book of 1Corintians. “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1Cor 2:1-5). He said that Apostle Paul ‘determined not to know anything among men except ‘Christ and Him crucified’. Pastor Richmond Leigh said that this is his determination too. He said that each pastor, to please God in the work of the ministry, should determine the same thing. The motive of doing ministry is foundational!
Pastor Richmond Leigh said that the spirit of religion has taken over many of the churches in Nigeria. People go to church just to fulfill some imaginary righteousness. Many of the pastors are worldly. The media portrays all pastors as corrupt. It is like the world has concluded that God does not exist. This lie is spreading among many people, bringing doubt and depression. The churches lack the Holy Spirit power to change men. Many hardened sinners pass thru the church on their way to hell. This is a sad story. But God has allowed it for His glory. Amid this corruption, in these perilous times, God has preserved a holy remnant that nothing and nobody can destroy. Stars shine brighter when the sky is darker. Men may say what they want to say, but one thing is clear: The Word of God is Life and Spirit; it is eternal, unchanging and unfailing. “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Heb 13:8). The word of God warns the sinners! No matter what anybody says, this is the Word of God: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die… It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Ez 18:20; Heb 9:27; KJ). Sadly, many are deceived. Child of God be not a fool! Be wise!
Apostle Paul said that he did not come to preach with excellence of speech thought by human wisdom. He did not preach some ‘positive thinking’ messages. He did not come to emotionally stir the hearts of men, to entertain them. He came to preach the truth that sets men free. The Corinthians were poor people. But Paul did not come to teach them some ‘steps to material prosperity’. He did not come to tell them how to plant seeds in season so that their harvest will increase. No! Material prosperity follows them who seek God. Our Lord said: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mk 8:36). Pastor Richmond Leigh said that cursed is him or anyone who preaches another gospel or another ‘Jesus’ in Father’s House Bible Church. We must be jealous for the honor of Christ! We are constrained to preach only the Word of God, the Gospel of Christ, Crucified and Resurrected. This is our responsibility and mandate until Jesus comes back. We must lift only the name of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit! The preaching of another gospel will only lead to spiritual burnt-out and leanness of soul! God forbid!
Some people ask: but how can we become wealthy? For a Christian, the principle is this: God gives man the power to make wealth. He is sovereign in this matter. Seek God and His spiritual Kingdom, and material prosperity shall follow! (Deut 8:18; Mt 6:33). This is God’s way! This is God’s promise! Material prosperity is good but it is not absolutely necessary to salvation. Apostle Paul did not preach with ‘persuasive, enticing words of human wisdom’. He did not manipulate or exploit his congregation. He preached the Gospel of Christ crucified by the power of the Holy Spirit. For a Christian or for a church. it is the presence of the Holy Spirit that is the key to all true success, spiritual and material. The result of this godly way of preaching the Cross is that men’s faith will become stronger and mature. Their faith will not depend on the opinion of men. Their faith will be anchored in the everlasting Word of God. Never forget! Jesus Christ crucified and glorified must be the center of all true preaching and ministry! Worship the Lord!