Many people have been attacking the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) for causing the traffic congestion at KM 46, location of the sprawling Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway every first Friday of every month for their popular Holy Ghost Night to fellowship and worship God with the General Overseer Pastor E.A. Adeboye and other anointed Ministers of God. But going to the Redemption Camp is not by force.
Our mandate is for the church to make heaven and not the Guinness World Records.
God is not looking for record breaking crowds, but true believers who will fellowship and worship Him in spirit and in truth and not by lip service and eye service of hypocrisy.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
~ John 4:24, Holy Bible, (King James Version).
Many congregants of the RCCG and others can fully participate in the Holy Ghost service from their various parishes and other locations, but some overzealous pastors often make it compulsory for members of their parishes to go to Redemption Camp when the GO never insisted on it, because God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent and it is written:
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
~ Joel 2:32, Holy Bible (New King James Version)
RCCG members and others who are located far away from the Redemption Camp can join the service through the live broadcast as the last one was shown live onhttp://www.mutiuokediran.com
God has commanded us to make disciples of all nations and thank God for the internet, because we can do so from anywhere we are on the world wide web with mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. And we don't even need a private jet to do so as Jesus Christ never needed a chariot to preach the Good News from place to place whilst He was here on earth.
Pastors must stop suffering people gladly by forcing them to travel miles from far away locations and many of them often arrive the Redemption Camp too tired to even keep awake during the Holy Ghost night vigil and fall asleep while the service is in progress.
Many ignorant parents and guardians come with their innocent children hungry and too weak to even walk.
Many road tragedies have been reported and God is not to blame for them, because He did command them to suffer themselves like that.
I don't know how many pastors feed the hungry members of their parishes after coercing them to travel long distances to the Redemption Camp.
Many churches have not learned lessons from the ministry of Jesus Christ and the feeding of 5, 000 people as documented in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-15. And when some churches try to emulate Him, they fail to do so with love, but just do so perfunctorily. And I have seen a church feeding the poor people on the streets of Lagos like they were dogs.
Would they feed Jesus Christ like that?
They forgot the lessons in Matthew 25: 31-46.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Unclad, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or Unclad, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: Unclad, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or Unclad, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
May God have mercy on us and help us to truly love our neighbors as we love ourselves and not competing with our neighbors.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.Visit my Word of God blog http://therhema.blogspot.com/