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The movement of Jesus insists on the need for reform in the Church

Vaseline 1 month ago

THE convener of the Jesus Movement, Apostle David Ikhielea, has stressed the need for reform in the Church and the need for preachers to return to the teachings of Jesus.

He highlighted the 2024 edition of the Jesus Movement Conference, held recently in Lagos.

The Jesus Movement conference was organized by Reaching the Body of Christ, led by Ikhielea, in collaboration with two chapters of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria in Lagos. The theme of the conference was ‘Catalyzing Spiritual Reformation’.

Ikhielea, a proponent of reformation and the need for preachers to make Jesus their focus in their sermons, said at the conference that the Church cannot make significant progress until a reformation takes place.

According to him, the Reformation must touch every part of the church, from the pulpit to the pew.

The whole idea of ​​reformation in his words “is to return the church to the original purpose of its existence, which was to preach Christ and Christ alone.”

Based on the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:30-39, he pointed out that the altar must be put in order before revival can take place.

He emphasized that “Repentance and the kingdom should be the primary focus of every man of God. The kingdom should be our priority, not the things that should follow us.”

He also emphasized the importance of holiness in the Christian life. He explained that many churches today have reversed priorities, prioritizing small issues while ignoring the fundamental purpose of the church, which is holiness. “We are called to be holy,” he said.

Also present at the event was the Overseer of the Pentecostal Church, Bishop Abraham Olaleye, who delivered the second message.

He made an excursion through the Old Testament, starting from the story of Adam. He underlined the essence of Jesus’ crucifixion for man’s redemption using the Scriptures.

Olaleye emphasized the importance of rededicating your life to Christ, following His example and not taking an eye for an eye. “In Christianity you don’t take revenge,” he emphasized.

He pointed out that many people end up practicing syncretism because they have difficulty understanding the teachings of the Bible. “What many who claim to be Christians practice is a mixture of Judaism, African Traditional Religion and Christianity.

“They have no idea about the Old Testament scriptures and how they point us to Christ. Instead, they take the teachings of the Old Testament at face value.”

He also made clear that reform is necessary to return to the roots and original purpose of the Church, noting that the Christian faith has lost some of its original spark.

For example, Olaleye, an evangelist by profession, noted that many preachers take on assignments that are contrary to the Bible.

He said, “No one is called by God to make people rich or lift people out of poverty. The church is about having faith in God and not about having faith in getting rich in material things. Christians are already blessed with all spiritual blessings and therefore God has given us gifts for the perfection of the body.”

The event also included a panel session moderated by Pastor Ikhielea where Bishop Abraham Olaleleye, Pastor David Asehon and Pastor JKD Adeleye shared their views on the “replacement gospel” and the “full gospel”.

They painted a graphic picture of how many pastors have replaced the gospel with their thoughts, human traditions, and basic practices.

Ikhielea emphasized during the panel session that “Jesus heals, prospers and delivers, but the church must be steadfast and always use Jesus Christ as the message. No more or less.” he said.

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