FEW ARE THE TRUE LABOURERS (one)

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One man of God, the well-known General Overseer (G.O.) of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye has told the world that God did give him the mandate to plant a local assembly of Christians in every five houses in Nigeria. My initial responsive outburst was, “What! Is that feasible?” An RCCG adherent query was the Lucan report of Gabriel’s assertive, “Can anything be impossible with God?” With God nothing shall be impossible, is a truism. We do not, unfortunately, study the word of God to have a good understanding of it. We merely perform a ritualistic, literal reading of God’s Bible. When Gabriel said, “nothing shall be”, he was quoting God’s exact words of Genesis 18:14, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” The Bible says in Luke 2:19, “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”

 

 

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The word, ‘nothing’ in Luke 1:37 comes from: i. ou (oo) the absolutely negative adverb; no or not (in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer); ii. pas (pas): ‘individually: each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything’; and iii. rhēma (hray’-mah): ‘an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic’. Put the Greek definitions of ‘nothing’ together and you have ‘not any of the whole word’. As for ‘these things’ of Luke 2:19, we have (A) rhēma (hray’-mah): ‘an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic;’ & (B) tauta (tow’-tah) {Nominative or accusative neuter plural of (he, she, it, this, that)}; these things’. In Genesis 18:14, ‘thing’, dabar (daw-baw’) means: ‘a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause’. Prophet Jeremiah’s famous, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: [Jeremiah 32:17]; also has ‘nothing’, with three definitions of: I. dabar (daw-baw’): ‘a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) of thing; adverbially a cause’. II. kol (kole): ‘all, the whole’. III. loh (lo): not (the simple or abstract negation)’. It is not different from that of Luke 1:37 and the thing is about what actually comes from God, verbally, He will do it. Whether it is dabar kol loh, ou pas rhēma or rhēma tauta as far as the revealed theology of scripture is concerned, ‘things’ God can do are the express revelation of scripture. This makes the evil or unscriptural expectations of human projections of God absolutely improbable possibility. A classic example is the Pauline, “…which God, that cannot lie, promised…” found in Titus 1:2. Amen!

 

 

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Will God say to the G.O., “Build in every five houses”, when there is no rhēma to support it? The Lord Jesus was very emphatic when He said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few”; Matthew 9:37. Jesus went on to tell them to pray so that God will, “send forth” which is actually a forceful “thrust forth” as it comes in the Greek. Are all called, will so many be called to pastor Churches? Why would Jesus use agricultural terms to explain Church business? Remember that Jesus used crops in Matthew 13:24-30 to teach about the kingdom of heaven. Part of verse 30 is, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and …… say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares … but gather the wheat into my barn”. The reapers are similar to the ‘labourers’ (of Matthew 9:37) which is ergatēs (er-gat’-ace): ‘a toiler; figuratively a teacher’. The ‘labourers’ are actually teachers of His word! The word ‘harvest’ is therismos (ther-is-mos’) Thayer Definition: ‘harvest, the act of reaping a. fig. of the gathering of men into the kingdom of God b. referring to time of reaping, the final judgment, when the righteous are gathered into the kingdom of God and the wicked are cast into hell for ever’. Strong’s Definition: ‘reaping, that is, the crop’. Can all G.O.s sincerely say, from the deepest heart of their hearts, that every person heading every one of the branch of churches is truly called of God to head those churches? Does the famous G.O. of RCCG know all his pastors? I believe he does not recruit all his pastors personally, neither does he test their credibility and ability to head his churches. Who knows, some of the heads of small churches probably do not speak in tongues, making them, at least some of them, unqualified to pastor his so many (tens of thousands) churches? So, how does a very few available labourers get multiplied to be thrust forth to keep the vineyards that spring up in every fifth house in all the millions of streets in Nigeria?                    (…to be continued…)

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6 thoughts on “FEW ARE THE TRUE LABOURERS (one)

  1. That, no doubt, is an unfortunate factor. Once an individual is able to read the Bible he thinks he’s qualifed to don himself in the robe of a teacher of the word! But I sincerely believe, going by the scripture, that Jesus, having a faculty called foreknowledge, was able to project into the future where He saw an acute dearth of pastors. Yes, laziness is part of the problem, for they are not ready to go into the serious hardwork of learning God’s protocol. Thanks for stopping by arm5.

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    • I did the same. I got so unsure about it that I began to expect someone to just walk up to me and just tell me, “You know what? Just mumble ‘shakashaka shayshay’ and that’s the secret”. Three times I had to make the altar call to no avail. I decided to believe God to ‘untie my tongue’ as I put it. One day while praying at home after our evening devotion, the effusion of the glossolalia was so glorious. Dear Sister, it’s so real! Today I can speak in tongues for six hours non-stop. To get the right church please ask Jesus, and be very sincere about it. I wasn’t well fed spiritually in two churches. I did not stop asking Jesus to give me my church. HE did. I’ve learnt so much being in the right church. A church that won’t encourage you to covet the gift of speaking in tongues -1Cor 12:31- will not help you as a Christian to grow to the status of a huios – i.e. the highest form of sonship. A pastor of a good Church will teach only the Word from the scriptural source of the Bible. Listen to the teachings, check the scriptures. Two ways I know the Bible is studied: ‘reading out of it’ or ‘reading into it’. Reading into it is when you add your own understanding to God’s word. Reading out of it is when the Word is accepted just as it is (without any adulteration). Just the Word no more, no less. Amen! Thanks for stopping by. Jesus loves you more than you can envisage.

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      • Thank you for the explanation I appreciate it. That makes sense reading out of the Bible or reading into the Bible. It’s not easy though to find the right church however I will keep asking Jesus to guide me. Keep on writing, I read many of your blogs today somethings I knew and others not. As for the music God had me discover that years ago I remember when doing the research that I could not believe it. It’s so bad that many people don’t believe what the music industry is really doing. We need Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit Daily.

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  2. Most definitely, we need no other One than Jesus; HE did mean it verily, verily when HE said categorically in John 15;5, “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”. Please keep praying, I’ll be praying for you as well. Don’t ever get discouraged. Satan works 25 hours a day, therefore, we can’t afford to let down our guards. Jesus is LORD!

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