– A Glimpse Into History
– Revelation Above Tradition
– Promoting Unity In Diversity
By Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
I want to speak as one who has been privileged of God to learn at the feet of the fathers and acquainted with the move of God in Nigeria from Christian Literature.
The Bible has this to say:
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
There are SO MUCH to learn and to ponder from the moves of God in history in this nation as we chart a course by the Spirit for a glorious future.
I once read about the move of God during the SU Revival on University campuses in Nigeria. Around the 70s and early 80s, the revival had become a mighty conflagration across University campuses and prominent among its projected teachings were holiness, consecration, discipleship, daily cross-bearing, etc.
As a matter of fact, most topflag ministers we have in Nigeria today, especially in Pentecostal circles are a product of the SU i.e. Scripture Union Movement. Campuses were hot spots of revival and young hearts were burning with fire.
Pastor W. F. Kumuyi and Rev.(Dr.) Mike Oye were like the prominent faces of the SU revival.
As a matter of fact, Dr. Mike Oye was the first indigenous travelling secretary of Scripture Union in Nigeria and I once heard him say that himself and Pastor Kumuyi graduated on the same day at the University of Ibadan. So they really did a great job!
But something happened – there was this pervasive belief in that era that any “Christian belief or doctrine” imported from the Western world was a perverted form of Christianity, especially from America.
A couple of ministers who were part of that revival criticized the teachings of the likes of Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, etc.
They believed that the prosperity teachings propounded by the Word of Faith Movement ministers in America would pollute and pervert the “raw from of Christianity” they were practising in the SU.
This mindset was so deep-rooted to the extent that someone once saw Dad Hagin’s book with Bishop David Oyedepo and he told him, “What do you think you can get from this old man? There’s no anointing in America”. It’s that serious friend!
SU revival was undoubtedly the move of God; it helped to lay a formidable foundation for up-coming ministries and also instilled a culture of discipline in many ministers, of which it has been instrumental to their success today.
But guess what friend; THE MOVE OF GOD IS PROGRESSIVE. God wanted to bring a BALANCE into the SU orientation through faith and prosperity teachings of the likes of Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and other foreign ministers but some were not open to the Spirit of God.
It’s only ministers like Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, Bishop David Oyedepo, Rev. Emiko Amotsuka, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, and some others who opened up to foreign ministries, and the fact is that history has justified their decision.
The 21st century minister therefore needs to learn that GOD IS NOT A RACIST and THE MOVE OF THE SPIRIT IS BEYOND RACISM. The Body of Christ is very wide and God can decide, based on His eternal discretion and prerogative, to use any part of the Body to “help” other parts.
It is ONE BODY, colour or skin notwithstanding. We should not forget in a hurry that Archbishop Benson Idahosa’s ministry exploded on the global stage based on his relationship with Gordon Lindsay, T. L. Osborn and Pa. S. G. Elton and that was by divine connection through vision and recommendation.
These men were not Nigerians but God used them to provide a ministry platform for a man would in turn provided platforms for several other ministers. It is a mixture of pride and ignorance to attempt to monopolize and regionalize the move of the Spirit.
The move of the Spirit is far bigger than any man, any denomination, any region, any tongue, any tribe, any race, any country, and any continent – it is GLOBAL, for God said I will pour out my Spirit on “ALL FLESH” – Joel 2:28, and “ALL FLESH means “ALL FLESH”.
Until we as members of the Body of Christ begin to open up to and receive from other ministries not perceived to be in the same stream like ours, we will be “limited” in forcefully advancing Kingdom frontiers in line with God’s design and desire.
Therefore God is not a Racist and the move of God is bigger than racism. Every part has a vital role to play in the Body!
As we key into the move of God in this hour, let’s lay aside sentiments, prejudices and idiosyncrasies and open up to the graces that God has blessed the Body of Christ with.
Then we shall see His Kingdom come in power and glory and all flesh shall see it together to the glory of His Name.