By Akin Ojumu

As this perverse generation of ours blindly stumbles its way towards the end of the age, Bible prophecies about the End Time apostasy get fulfilled day by day. We all are witnesses to God’s warnings about the mass falling away from the truth coming to pass right before our eyes. Not a day passes without another thing happening that proves the end is at hand.

“The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Spurious claims of extraordinary miracles by charlatans fill the airwaves. Everywhere you turn, we are accosted by false apostles and false prophets boasting about their great power, sign, and false wonder. Phoney baloneys of all shapes and sizes roam free in the hallowed chambers of God’s sanctuary.

Just recently, Chris Oyakhilome, a leading figure in the hyper-charismatic movement in Nigeria, took his phoniness to a whole new level. The false miracle worker went as far as to boast about raising more than 50 people from the dead in various countries in the last one year. Without even a hint of fear of the wrath of God that could fall on him for his deception, he preposterously bragged, saying:

“In the last one year…in the last one year…we’ve had more than 50 people raised from the dead. More than 50 people raised from the dead within the last one year…More than 50 people. How…how do you explain such things? Both old and young. How do you explain them? In various countries. How can you explain? What would you use to explain them? Including the ones that happened inside the hospital to the…to the amazement of doctors and nurses. How do you explain…?”

That such a large number of dead people were raised from the dead, and yet nobody heard about it, is something that the few who still retain their ability for sound reasoning and critical thinking view with great incredulity. In this day and age of mobile phone photo gossipers and social media satchel mouths, it’s nothing short of extraordinary to have succeeded in keeping a tight lid on the news of such spectacular occurrences and preventing it from leaking out. 

To believe that Oyakhilome raised more than 50 people from the dead in the last one year is to believe in Santa Claus and reindeer. The spurious claim is demonstrably false and easily disprovable. Yet, he said it anyway because he knew he will be believed by the many gullible people out there who are easily enamored by false miracles and lying wonders. And because they believe every lie he tells them, they are sheepishly led to apostasy and lawlessness.

For those who pay close attention to the state of the Church, that the Gospel is under attack from within comes as no surprise. The fact that a deluge of falsehood is rapidly sweeping through the Household of Faith and the Truth of God is getting submerged under the treacherous currents of deception is no secret to folks who have been keenly observing the evolution and spread of false gospel and the growth in influence of false teachers in the Church.

What many may not know, though, is the terrifying fact that the rapid rise of false teachers and the proliferation of their false teachings are, in fact, God’s judgement on a rebellious world. The reason there are so many false teachers and false miracle workers is because of mutiny against God’s precepts. Because many are obstinate to the truth, God has given them over to believe in a lie.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

We are in the age of demonic deception. This is the time of imperviousness to sound doctrine spoken of in 2 Timothy 4. The influence of the spirit of the anti-Christ can be visibly seen in the operations of modern-day false apostles and false prophets. The advent of the man of lawlessness is apparent in the proliferation of myth and mysticism that have now replaced wholesome teaching. We can see it in the ease with which many shun the True Gospel message and instead embrace deceptively alluring words of eloquent heretics who spread Gnostic lies that soothe their itching ears.

It is for this reason that judgement has come to the House of God. The evidence of God’s wrath is apparent in the fact that the Church is buried under the deluge of powerful delusion. That many are being led astray by the cunning craftiness of frauds and impostors is proof of God’s anger. And all of this is a direct result of the aversion for the Truth of God by the very same people who claim to belong to God.


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