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    New Article: "THE BLESSED SINNER" - Ajayi Joshua M.

     Matthew 7:16
         “You will know them by their fruits.
           Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?”

    Sister Chinyere has a sonorous voice that compels worshippers to want to come to church yet she ‘gives unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar’ by having a sexual relationship with her boss for promotion.

    Brother Ifeanyi is the choirmaster of our church; he has girlfriend(s) and everyone is blessed when he ministers with his saxophone. The church secretary is working in a very big company yet with a forged certificate and he contributes large amount for tithe and offering; even the pastor knows about it and heaven has not fallen. Sister Funke is known for her no nonsense choleric temperament but you need to be around when this sister is praying and you will be flabbergasted for how fluent and consistent she is, in the use of tongues.
     Our pastor says, “Nothing is wrong with patronizing special examination centres and paying for help in the examination hall.” To prove his point, he enrolled Victor, his first born in “WAEC Miracle Centre” and the son cleared all his papers at once. One more thing; if pastor Oscar i.e. Victor’s father lays his hands on sick people, they instantly get healed . . .

    “Spiritual wait and get.”

     Caution! You will know them by their fruits; not by their works. Hence, Jesus said, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name has cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?

    And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (Matt. 7:22 & 23).” The Blessed Sinner is therefore, any individual who is a “(genuine) religious Christian” but has absolute disregard for the essentials of Holy Living which are: Reborn (Born-again); Sanctification and the Holy Ghost baptism.

    1. A blessed sinner has a form of godliness but denies its power:  He believes in the resurrection of the dead but has a problem with the risen Jesus, who was dead but lives (What a Pharisee!). He believes in God but has a problem with His only begotten Son, who came to make us adopted sons and daughters of the Father (Romans 8:15).

    2. He reads and or hears the Word of God but doesn’t practice it: Jesus said, “And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and blew upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Matt. 7:26 & 27).”

    3. He goes or comes to church but not to Christ: He may even be the most active when the drums are beaten and blended with other instruments to produce rhythm. He may shout and sweat the most when praying the prayer of; “Oh Lord kill him, axe him, destroy him, run him mad etc”. He may occupy the front seat on the 31st of December for New Year watch night. The problem this person has is that he only accepts Jesus Christ as his Commando; not as his Lord and that’s what brings him to church. He wants to tell Jesus what to do; he doesn’t want to do what Jesus tells him. Oh what a blessed sinner! Always present in the church of the Christ but absent in the Christ of the Church.

    4. He works in the church for SELF but not for God: He plays the keyboard or beats drums and disappears during the sermon. He antagonizes any project that will not benefit him like Judas Iscariot. He complains when the choir doesn’t buy new uniforms and quit if they don’t listen to him. This blessed sinner just wants to look smart in the choir’s outfit, prove to his girlfriend(s) or other friends that he is a keyboardist or a drummer and milk the church or cause chaos through his selfishness.

    5. He is One-Thing in the church but Another-Thing outside: In the church he is cool and calm like ice water; but outside the church, he is hotter than fire. He is a Gideon to his pastor in the church but a “wife-beater” at home. Repent and be ye born again. Thank God for Jesus as He immediately corrected James and John when they sought Jesus’ permission to consume some Samaritans with fire. The Bible says, “But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them…… (Luke 9:54-56).” Stop being a Christian in the church and then an anti-Christian anywhere else.

    6. He exhibits the works of the flesh such as hatred, wrath, envying, murder, witchcraft, idolatry, drunkenness, uncleanness, adultery, fornication, strife etc: He could say, for instance, “I hate Tope with passion; he’s just too obnoxious”. Whereas the scripture says, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:15).” This sinner is so blessed that he may even know the scriptures better than his pastor but it is so unfortunate that he only has them in his head and not in his heart. The King of kings is knocking at the door of your heart, open up to Him before it becomes too late (Rev. 3:20).

    7. He only prays for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit but not the Fruit of the Holy Spirit: And when Simon saw that through laying on of apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:18 & 19). Just like the Simon in this passage, this blessed sinner too wants to speak in an unknown tongue; he wants to prophesy; he wants the gifts of healing, working of miracles etc; but the Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance) means little or nothing to him. Furthermore, query this fellow about Holiness without which no man shall see God; he’s got no iota of it. Perfection to him is impossible as against Luke 1:37; and thereby presenting Jesus Christ as being inconsiderate from the viewpoint of Matt.5:48. Righteousness means nothing to him and the message of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is meaningless yet this fellow wants the Gifts of the Holy Spirit! For what?

    8. He doesn’t seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness: How can he or how will he? When his mind is already dominated with worldly videos and songs whose manuscripts and lyrics were written and composed to focus on love (so they say; but invoke lust), money, houses, cars, and all sort of fancy things; forgetting that, it is not everything that glitters that is gold. Maybe he doesn’t even seek first the kingdom of God! How then will he bother himself about the righteousness? My friend; please take a closer look and you will see that, everything has expiry date . . . and even grace! Do not disgrace your grace.

    9. He practices “Christianything”; not Christianity: The Bible says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19).” This fellow says he is a Christian (according to him) and he still derives pleasure in worldly communications, pornography, lusting after opposite sex, working with a forged certificate, examination malpractices, keeping malice, pre-marital sex, extra-marital sex, hatred, envy etc. No doubt or any argument if he says he is a Christian; but the confusion that needs clarification here is, “What does he practice? . . . Christianity or Christianything?” Christianity { ( }   ; Christianything { ( }.

    10. He is innocently dangerous: After Achan took and hid what he shouldn’t have taken, he still appeared innocent like every other Israelite until he was discovered to be the trouble maker in the camp. So were Judas Iscariot among the twelve, Jonah in the boat, the sons of Jacob that sold Joseph into slavery, Ahithophel, Demas, Absalom, Abimelech (Gideon’s bastard) etc.     

    In conclusion, this blessed sinner works with God but doesn’t walk with God. He may get to church before everybody and do some chores such as sweeping, cleaning, arranging of chairs, setting and testing of the sound instruments.

     He may even organize concerts, carols, anniversaries and worship service perfectly. See my friend, I am not condemning you, because there was also a Mary, the sister of Lazarus, who was of course not condemned for trying to get the table set for Jesus Christ but wasn’t also because of that, justified for not paying attention to God’s Word.

     Service without the Word of God makes you worldly. If you are doing all or some of these works and still fight, quarrel, gossip, hate, bribe, steal or lie; then you are only working with God but not walking with God. You and I were advised in Heb. 12:14 to, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” We were meant to understand in 1John 3:15 that, “Whoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

    In Matt. 7:22 & 23, Jesus said, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Nevertheless, let me encourage you using Heb. 6:10 that says, “For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labour and the love which you have shown for His name’s sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do.” Why should you, my friend, do some or all of these works and miss your reward in heaven? Give your life to Christ and be saved. Have faith in God and by His grace you will be able to do His will; because . . . without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). Whether blessed sinner, more blessed sinner or most blessed sinner; a sinner is a sinner and would go to hell. You don’t have to die a sinner. Oh my dear friend! Repent and be ye born again.

    Ajayi Joshua Morakinyo
    Email: - anointedjesusmilitant@gmail.com

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