I can never be ashamed of Jesus and I will never shy away from using any platform I have in projecting my faith in God through Jesus His Son. Let people tell me that it is unethical and unprofessional I don’t care. My ethics and professionalism are not sourced from the world’s standards but by the Word of God. And let me say that I am not ashamed of aligning with Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in as much as he himself continues to align with Christ.
Pastor Ayo a man who models himself after the historical Jesus not after the religious Jesus. In Matthew 4:23, we see that Jesus spent His life doing three things, Preaching, Teaching and Healing, the very things that Pastor Ayo has spent his time in the ministry doing. Many people expect a docile CAN President. But Jesus was not docile. He was meek, but not docile. He stood up in Defence of God and God’s people.
In John 2:15, Jesus made a whip and chased out those who defiled the house of God. Some people attack Pastor Ayo when he speaks the truth and reproaches an ex dictator whose speech incites forgetting that Jesus spoke in the same manner to Herod, another dictator in reproach calling him in “that fox” in Luke 13:32.
Some people who have no knowledge of spiritual things but are so puffed up with their intellectual knowledge call Pastor Ayo ostentatious because he wears gold jewelry. You see, such people follow the religious Jesus and not the historical Jesus. If you read Matthew 2:11, the first gift given to Jesus was a gift of gold given him by the wise men from the East. So do these pseudo intellectuals think that they are more Godly than Jesus, the wise men and the Gospels? I don’t wear jewelry myself, but I admire Pastor Ayo.
And to those who attacked him because he accepted a gift of an airplane on the occasion of the celebration of his 40th year in the Lord’s vine yard and said it was not a mark of humility, I beg to differ with them. Pastor Ayo has been given a task of evangelizing. And in my opinion, the world needs knowledge of the word of God and anything that can enhance that work is a priority.
And he is a man if immense humility. It is not humility when an intelligent person says he is not intelligent or when a beautiful person says she is ugly. It is dishonesty. Satan has instituted a stronghold in the world whereby he has people thinking that humility means valuing the gifts that God has given us less than they are. Notice that when God told Jesus in Matthew 3:17 that “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” Jesus did not blush and say oh no, I am not that. No. He accepted what God said about Him. And what does God say about you? He says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made every thing beautiful in its time”. True humility is accepting that you are a valuable and beautiful person with immense talents yet accepting that it was God that made you that way and not you. But denying and under valuing your talents is not humility.
So, Pastor Ayo, when they revile you in the press and in their inner rooms, don’t let it get to you. By virtue of Matthew 5:11, they are only blessing you because that verse says “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”.
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