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General Overseer (Worldwide) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has warned the Federal Government to stop meddling in church matters, Daily Post reports.

A new legal requirement set up by our Government through its Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, forced Pastor Adeboye to retire as the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God over the weekend..

The new rule which guides all registered churches and mosques stipulates that leaders of all religious organizations should have a maximum period of 20 years to lead their organizations. And as they retire, they are not allowed to handover to a family member.

This new development will also affect the likes of Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Ministries, Pastor Williams Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry and others. Should the Federal Government have gotten involved? Please share your thoughts.
Adeboye, who spoke yesterday at the Redemption Camp, Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, expressed worries over deliberate anti-Christian laws by the Federal Government against Christians.

“The government has been showing increasing interest in church affairs. Unfortunately, for us in RCCG, it might not be very helpful,” Adeboye said.

He accused the government of not allowing the church (RCCG) to continue with its stipulated lifetime 100 per cent salaries to its pensioners.

“For example, when I decided on what will be the pension of our pastors, what I decided is not done anywhere in the world. That somebody will retire and continue to earn full salaries all his lifetime.

This, I started, but government stepped in and made a law that we should be contributing to pension fund.

We have to obey and we started doing that. The result is that pastors don’t get as much as they were getting under our own previous arrangement. But, what can we do? We have to obey the law,” he disclosed.

Adeboye disclosed that other fresh laws had been enacted by the government to ruffle the feathers of the church in the country, with a particularly targeted at the RCCG.

Adeboye also urged members of RCCG to register as card-carrying members of political parties ahead 2019 general elections.

His words:

“Now there are fresh laws. We have a rough idea of what the law is about.

Some people believe that RCCG is becoming too influential and we’re going to be more influential. When you get home, tell members to join a political party.

Join a party and become a card-carrying member of any party. Just join any party. We shall decide issues right from the ward level.

If you are not active at ward level, you’ll do what they plan and say at the top. Enrol in any party of your choice and have a card. When holding meetings at ward level to choose delegates, be there.

One Muslim in Ibadan said years ago that he didn’t know what’s wrong with Christians; that we help them to occupy political positions and refused to capitalise on our population. That’s going to change from now,” Adeboye stated.

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Wilson Baridei
Wilson Baridei

This Government new law on religious leaders activities is an attempt by Buhari to touch the tail of the Lion of the tribe of Judah. My dear president, please don't go beyond your powers. You are elected to rule the NATURAL but not the SPIRITUAL

Ekechukwu Camillus-Smith Uche
Ekechukwu Camillus-Smith Uche

If truely we are following God are we suppose to own a church, Malachi 3 vs 7 tells us that you can only return to God with your tithe for u to get salvation, now the so called men of is telling us that tithe is money, not every body in the world have money and God can never be that wicked to say u must bring money before you can salvation. Let me tell us tithe is the heart of a man that is the only thing you can use to return to God cos every man have a heart, any person that tells you tithe is money is a liar cos God don't operates with money.

Ekechukwu Camillus-Smith Uche
Ekechukwu Camillus-Smith Uche

These is a clear indication to show us that God is not involve in that thing we called church, Church is the house of God and have no capacity or ability to make laws or rules on how God's house is going to be run. All of them are business men, that's while God is open their bombo. God lives in a church which is his house and the house of God is the body of Man, any body who tells you that the house of God is a building is a liar, cos God says he cannot dwell in a tabernacle built by hands.

Howell Ezurike
Howell Ezurike

Another sad difference between other religions and Christianity is that one man can own the house of God and treat it as his personal investment, I don't think you can build and run other religious houses that way...the best you can do if you are rich is to build one and hand over to designated authorities.

Godfrey Etim
Godfrey Etim

sotava.com A devout Muslim got into a cab in London. She politely asked the 'Cab Driver' to turn off the radio because her religious doctrine forbade her listening to Music. The Cab Driver politely asked her.. "why?". His passenger replied: "In the time of the Holy Prophet there was no Music, especially Western Music, which is the Music of the Infidel." The Cab Driver politely switched off the radio, stopped the Cab and opened the door for his passenger to disembark. The Arab Muslim was surprised and asked him: "What are you doing?" The Cab Driver answered: "In the time of the Holy Prophet, there were no Taxis, no Bombs, no Plane Hijacks, no west invented Loud Speakers in Mosques that woke up newly born, the elderly and the sick at unearthly hours. Definitely no Suicide Attacks and no AK 47; Only 'PEACE' everywhere. So shut up, get Out of my Taxi and wait for a Camel."

Clara Diamond
Clara Diamond

African China had for long warned Nigerians about this APC long thing . But we ignore 'If I say A you say P another man say C omoh na you sabi' I say dem burn land ...dem kill man o for inside ajegunle' We wia busy dancing galala.....we didn't know . \U0001f602\U0001f602

Okwuchukwu Felix Chima
Okwuchukwu Felix Chima

this news is false n should b considered as page atraction. no law like dis scrap in naija n pls blogers should stop dis rubish cos it polutes inocent minds. trash

Becky Mercy Shadrack
Becky Mercy Shadrack

You people should leave Christians alone. We are peace loving people. You can't detect what will happen In the church. You can do that in politics. You are not the one that called them it is God almighty. But if u think u want to impose that law on us, then wait for the wroth of God. Don't let what happen to the egyptians to befall u and your policy makers.

Itoe Theresia
Itoe Theresia

Chaill Nigeria Hmmm ..Christianity has now become a politic not God calling...All leaders of Nigeria need else's deliverance. .

D'brum Bundes
D'brum Bundes

Law done di choose preacher abi????No be call from God again, NIGERIA NA WAHOOOO

Mukhtar Goni Usman
Mukhtar Goni Usman

Gossip mill i dont know u guys can be baseless and intuitional...how does buhari get involved in this...the law signed and passed by JONATHAN & DAVID MARK...whom both are Christians...haba...u can only miss lead the illiterate and ignorant but not we...non sense

Adum Joshua M
Adum Joshua M

What concerns Government (a worldly kingdom) with church of God? Pls let the Caesar take and talk about what belong to him; and leave heavily things to God

Onyewuchi Chris Uche
Onyewuchi Chris Uche

What concern government and house of God? Buhari is a confused man, he should face his problems and leave men of God alone. Is Buhari the one to tell God Almighty how to do His business?

Carolyn Ogbuji
Carolyn Ogbuji

Let him tell GOD also to retire. Intelligent Idiot fools.

Elvis Ategwa
Elvis Ategwa

Political matters in Church is pleasing to men but to God is unfair

Aese Ga
Aese Ga

This issue is beyond human imagination but a spiritual deal, heading a ministry is not the work humans, this is not a political afair God is in control of all, if God can vote you in, no one can vote out. I appeal to the fed.Govn. to pray for wisdom to rule human beings not the Holy spirit. I am Aese Gabriel

Ameh Shelter
Ameh Shelter

O Oh, what happened to Saul on the way to Damascus? ( ) . Same will soon happen to Buhari and the initiator of this crazy law, physical law cannot rule over the Spiritual one. I hope this also affect the Sultan of Sokoto who is the life president of Muslin organization of Nigeria @ Godwin Osiegbu well spoken. U said my mind

Cliff Graham
Cliff Graham

Some countries and their ruling... Calling it's not something that you can force a being to resign from... And GOD who called the person keeps quiet and say its fine, force them to retire... Hahahahaha #Nigeria

Mshelia Bitrus
Mshelia Bitrus

Of course Church planted on the call of God cannot be a family heritage. I always doubt the call of such "denomination" or place of worship. Jesus remains the owner of true church" Christians". What then is the pride all about?

Oj Utobivwi
Oj Utobivwi

Well many are called but few are chosen, please Mr president don't touch real men of God, because no man can withstand The wrath of God. Be warned

Ario Dan
Ario Dan

i so much love dis law..Church is becoming family business

Chikezie Ugomma
Chikezie Ugomma

How for that affect the price of goods/ dollar in Nigeria

David King
David King

That is madness well don't even believe this are real news

Innocent Oguche
Innocent Oguche

When a river forgot the sources, you all know what will happen to it.... Chill very soon will shall know who owns this country

Amadi Moz
Amadi Moz

Foolish FG why such ill and life threatening law , it properly unreasonable to execute such wicked law , being a real child of god is a gift and not a profession . Anyway am not a re'igion person but it definitely not ok for such law it totally not ok by me

Alatishe Ameen Adetayo
Alatishe Ameen Adetayo

We all knw dat church was work of God bt nw a complete business dat is y we see many pastors spend by getting expensive things like wise some Islamic cleric too are working for God in d past bt they have changed it to buz as well dat was why reason ex president Johnathan introduced d law then nd jst implemented nw pls my brothers and sisters in both religion let's reason wt ourselves no body can think of islamise Nigeria we are one way or d other relate to ourself ranging from friends, Inlaw, son, daughter, father, mother, business partners, boss, staff why are we fighting unnecessarily? we are all one we can't expect law to be suited wt our interest once is a law it applies to everyone dat is all ONE NATION ONE PEOPLE ONE GOD

Owen Ilem
Owen Ilem

That law will not take place, no other Man of God will resign. Let them try God n see.

Damiete Seki Lawson
Damiete Seki Lawson

This isn't time for ranting. It's time for Christians to pray before things go out of hand

Chinedu Samuel Godson
Chinedu Samuel Godson

No need to start fighting one another this is the Lords battle. God will fight for himself.

Mildred David
Mildred David

Hope it cuts across all religions, including babalawos, imams, gurus, pastors, etc.

Ndidi Mouneme
Ndidi Mouneme

I pray that this country will not turn to what am thinking ooo....

Aseoro Moses
Aseoro Moses

Psalm 68 says Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered, let those who that hate him flee before him. I don't believe that any man can stop the great man of God Adeboye. Those that tried to Moses perished in the red sea. We Christians just need to wake up and fight a good fight of faith instead of hiding ourselves under the roof. Moses killed the killers of Israel, let the killers be killed. Let our leaders in the christiandom arise like, Elijah, Elisha, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, and so on and fight a good fight to silence the agent of Satan hiding under religion to destroy the of God. Resist the devil, it shall flee, that what the Bible says ,the Lord said He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. No one can battle with the Lord, Thanks. God bless Nigeria.

Obafemi Ogunnusi
Obafemi Ogunnusi

THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA vs FINANCIAL REGULATION COUNCIL. IS IT ANOTHER lSLAMIC AGENDA? What is this regulation all about? 1. It says Church overseers, whom God called Himself,and gave the vision for church ministry, can no longer be overseers for more than 20yrs. A contest between the terrestrial and the celestial. 2. The law also says the founder of churches cannot handover to any of their family members. Tell me, what is the business of Govt. on the succession plan of a church. 3. It must be noted that all churches register with Corporate Affairs Commission. Such churches are expected to submit copies of their constitution, before they could be incorporated. The constitution contains, among many other details, the succession plan of the church concerned. 4. The target of the govt. appears to be the pentecostal churches. They are too hot for the govt. to handle. The govt. cannot understand why the richest pastor in the world, will come from the poorest country in the world. What a paradox! The govt. cannot comprehend, how the churches run universities seamlessly as if running nursery schools. And pride will not allow corruption-laden govt. officials, learn from the church. 5. The govt. cannot understand why the country is in recession, while the church is prospering. So, the Church of Christ must be pulled down! Until they pull down Christ, they cannot pull down the Church. IS THIS AN lSLAMIC AGENDA? My answer is capital NO! Why? a. These regulations in question are about 4yrs old. They were crafted and approved by the Jonathan govt. b. They were not operative before now, because some church denominations took the matter to the High court and lost in Octoberb2016. c. President Jonathan under whose nose these bye-laws were made is a christian. d. The current minister for industry, Trade and investment, who oversees the financial regulation council(the culprit) Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah is a christian. e. The Executive Secretary of the financial regulation, Mr. Jim Obazee is also a christian. Infact, the Executive Secretary is too much in a hurry, as if his life depended on this law, to executive this obnoxious statue. f. All the characters mentioned in a-e above, are all southern Christians. WHERE DID THE CHURCH ERR? The Church in Nigeria is divided, along denominational line, and the world knows this. This is the opening the agents of the devil in govt. are using to destabilise the church. They want to steer up rebellion in the Church. The one God called should step aside for the one that believe in the called. Confusion. How many times has the church ever interfered in the selection of political office holders?What is the role of CAN and PFN in all these? Toothless bull dogs? Church leaders are generally self-centered. That is why the world is taking advantage of the church. If the church does not speak one language on this matter and cry to God in one voice, the govt will soon begin to ask the church to submit their programmes for vetting. Individually, no denomination can win this war. I am particularly disappointed in the leadership of RCCG. They hurriedly implemented the regulation. Now they are in disarray. Their first press release said one pastor Joseph Obayemi is now the G.O. Nigeria, while pastor E.A. Adeboye is the G.O. worldwide, a title unknown to law. Now they are saying Obayemi is National Overseer, while E.A. Adeboye remains the G.O. What a confusion! The CAN should have taken a stand, not denomination by denomination. If the body of Christ takes a stand, the govt will have no option than bow or perish. No one has the capacity to destroy the Church of Christ. Mathew 16vs18. The Church is marching on, marching on, The Church is marching on, The gates of hell shall not prevail, The Church is marching on, marching on.

John Tijani
John Tijani

That's crazy you can't force them to step down\U0001f621 the devil is at work

Wisdom George
Wisdom George

zoo leaders dont fear God in their animals kingdom again, zoo leaders are too forward in challenging God to wipe them with koboko cuz they are animals, wht business does politics had to do with religion,? hmmmm animal remains animal .. nonsense leaders in animals kingdom. keep digging ur grave by challenging God on what to do. IDIOTS

Esseta Riman
Esseta Riman

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