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SUN & MOON ARE HUSBAND & WIFE

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By Akin Ojumu One of the many reasons the Body of Christ is in such a terrible state today is because the people of God pay lip service to the Bible. The severity of the morbidity of the Church is directly attributable to the de-emphasis on the written Word of God, and a wholesome emphasis on human wisdom, subjective feelings, and unproven experiences.  Whereas the Bible tells us that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” the people are being taught something entirely contrary. Faith now comes from the dreams and visions of apostles and prophets, it comes from sowing all kinds of seeds, it comes from looking at a wand hoisted by the GO, and it comes by sitting on chairs prayed over by the gods of men. Serious Biblical exegesis has been jettisoned and a total reliance on the Bread of life by which we grow has been thrown out of the window. In their place, covetous heretics employ all manners of gimmickry and greedy charlatans deploy all kinds of trickery. They explo

HEZEKIAH AND JOSIAH: A CONTRAST IN RESPONSE TO GOD’S ANGER

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By Akin Ojumu This commentary is an exchange I had with a good friend of mine who was puzzled by Hezekiah’s callous response to the prophecy of destruction that was going to come upon his people and asked what I thought about it. My Friend’s Concern: The response of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:19 puzzles me greatly. How does a father think this way? I tried to contrast it with Josiah's response in 2 Kings 22:19-20 and 2 Kings 23. Josiah was promised a quiet death, yet he still acted! What made the difference? What’s the lesson here for me? My Own Response: Your perplexity is not misplaced. It’s absolutely in order to find disquieting, the response of King Hezekiah to the terrible things that was going to happen to his offspring and his nation in the future. I share your dismay. Below are my two cents on these two kings of Judah and the issues you’ve raised. Beyond being of the lineage of David and kings of Judah, Hezekiah and Josiah, his great grandson, have a lot of things in comm

BECAUSE JOB DIDN’T TITHE, HIS LIFE BECAME TIGHT

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By Akin Ojumu Being the trust-but-verify guy that I am, while fact-checking a social media post by one of my High School friends, in which Bishop David Oyedepo was quoted to have linked the adversity of Job to his tithing habit, I was shocked, but not at all surprised, to find a 2019 video that did indeed confirm what my good friend shared.  In Bishop Oyedepo's telling, the real cause of Job's afflictions was his failure to pay tithes. According to him, God removed Job's divine security and allowed Satan to buffet him with calamity because the man was a habitual tithe defaulter. Because Job didn't tithe, his life became really tight. Here is the Bishop in his own words: “You can't see anywhere where Job tithed. So, his blessing was not secured. You can't find anywhere where Job tithed. No! He was overly committed to giving liberally to the poor and God was committed to bless him. But there was no security.” Just so it's absolutely clear. Bishop Oyedepo's

BORIS JOHNSON IS BANG TO RIGHTS FOR HIS BOOZY PARTIES

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By Akin Ojumu For all their dullness and uppity snobbishness, there are few things to love about the British. Their parliamentary debate, for one thing, is comparable to none. Stepping onto the floor of the British Commons is like entering a lion’s den or a Roman colosseum where you get eaten alive. The floor speeches are brutal, ruthless, and merciless. It's a place where politicians wield words, as swords, as deadly weapons to rip the heart out of their opponents. Boris Johnson, the frazzled haired British PM, who himself makes it a habit of ruthlessly taking down his opponents, was at the receiving end of the Sword of Damocles a few days ago, when he stood to face questions about his attendance at parties hosted at 10 Downing Street where alcohol was served at a time when his own administration had instituted a nationwide lockdown and restriction on movements and social gatherings were curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In reminiscence of the scene in Julius Caesar, whe

THE PATRON OF PREBENDALISM EYES ASO ROCK (PART III)

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“A Bolekaja Can't Take You to a Future and a Hope” By Akin Ojumu Many of us warned Nigerians of the peril of hiring a tired old man, who is decades past his prime, for the job of overseeing a large and complex country like Nigeria; a task that demands a razor-sharp mental acuity, ample vigor, and boundless vitality. Instead of heeding those warnings, overwhelming majority jumped on the bandwagon of change and hinged their hope on a decrepit jalopy to take them up the steep hill to the next level. Predictably, the mammy-wagon, aka Bolekaja , broke down less than a quarter of the way up the hill, and Nigerians are now facing the harsh realities of their blunder. The country is in total chaos, things are falling apart, and the center is struggling to hold. Every waking moment in Nigeria is like a repeating nightmarish Groundhog Day of agony, misery, and horror. You would think by now, six years later, Nigerians have suffered enough and have learned their lessons. Wrong. They are at i

THE PATRON OF PREBENDALISM EYES ASO ROCK (PART II)

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“Weep for Your Children, O Daughter of Nigeria” By Akin Ojumu Having redefined corruption and concluded that it isn’t necessarily thievery, the onijibiti in government go to town. Like scavenging vultures swooping on a rotting carcass, the predators pick apart the national cake until there’s nothing left but bare bones. They amass onto themselves an unthinkable amount of wealth from the nation’s coffers with which they live in such opulence that ordinary Nigerians cannot conceive even in their dreams. The barawo go on to stump around the country flaunting their ill-gotten wealth in the face of hapless Nigerians who, discarding self-respect and sinking to grotesque obsequiousness, grovel and cower before the onye oshi . As they are chauffeured along in a convoy of exotic bulletproof automobiles, the shouts of “ Baba ke , you are too much, go on so ohun , ma jaiye ori e ajepe ,” trail them like siren. Then, with the money siphoned from the national purse, the plunderers of the nation’s

THE PATRON OF PREBENDALISM EYES ASO ROCK (PART I)

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“That Time When a Good Name Was Currency”  By Akin Ojumu There used to be a time when Nigerians would look at the shenanigans going on in the Banana republics in Africa and around the world and were able to shake their heads, shrug their shoulders, let out an audible sigh, and say, with all the national pride they could muster, “This can never happen in Nigeria.”  Those were the good old days. It was a time when, as a people, Nigerians jealously guarded the soul of their nation, shielding it from the corrosive influence of self-centered tyrants and their self-serving collaborators.  Back then, being an “Omoluabi” in the public square mattered a great deal. Ringing in the ears of every public official was the voice of their parents back in the village telling them, “Ranti omo eni ti iwo nse,” that is, “Remember the child of whom you are.” The petrifying fear of engaging in any activity that would soil the family’s good name was a self-check so strong that it stopped many public servants