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I wasted 30 years of my life as a Christian – Pastor turned idol worshiper

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A 58-year-old man of God who denounced his Christian faith to become an idol worshiper, because, according to him, he wasted 30 years of his life serving a God he is not sure exists.

The Osun State-born man, formerly known as Pastor Adebayo Adekunle, but now prefers to be called Ifabayo Adekunle, narrated how he was frustrated to the point of almost taking his life as he did not know the direction his life was taking.

Ifabayo Adekunle who was the founder of a white garment church before he decided to denounce his Christian faith and embrace the religion of his fore-fathers, said he was worshiping an unknown God, calling on unknown angels who did not contribute anything positive to his life.

He said that whenever he prayed, he did not know if the prayers crossed the roof of his house because he did not even know what or who he was praying for.

Hear him:

“I really wasted 30 years of my life worshiping a God whose existence still remains a mystery to me and many people.

I was born into a lineage of Ifa worshipers but very early in life, I was converted and I gave my life to Christ, though I did not know what it was all about.

I left home to live with the pastor of a white garment church where I trained to become a pastor myself.

I lived and trained with the man for 12 years before I was ordained a pastor and I opened my own church.

For the next 13 years, I laboured to make the church grow but there was nothing to show for it because I never had more than 20 members at a time.

I kept praying to a God I did not know, called on angels I did not know of their existence and called on a Jesus who never answered me.

I did not know if my prayers even went beyond the ceiling or roof of my house because most times, I did not even know what or whom I was praying to.

I read the Bible several times but nothing made any sense to me because, to me, it was just a recording of historical events that did not tell me anything new.

I lived from hand to mouth and could hardly feed my family because I tried to dedicate myself to a God who did not care about me.

I fasted for several years but nothing worked for me. I used to envy the so called pastor with big churches and large congregations and I wondered how they did it.

But now that I have gone back to Ifa, I know that many of them patronize Ifa priests and other native doctors they condemn.

They would sneak into the shrines of these Ifa priests at night to seek for charms to perform miracles but in the day, they will turn around to condemn them.

I have had some of them come to me to seek for power and I may be forced to name them if they should dare me. Some of them are the biggest pastors in this state and even beyond.

They would come to beg me to prepare charms for them to perform miracles or to get members and I do this for them because I know how hard it takes to build a church.

The 30 years I worked in the vineyard, as they would call it, were wasted years for me because I ended up with nothing.

But in the few years I have been serving Ifa, I have been able to build a befitting house for my family, bought three cars and send my children to good schools.

These were things I could not do as a pastor. People used to mock me then but now, no can try that with me. I learnt my lessons the hard way.”

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Covid-19: TB Joshua virtually prays for, heals patients in isolation centres

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Prophet TB Joshua praying for Covid-19 patients

Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T.B. Joshua, is iinnthe news again as he prays for the healing for those afflicted with COVID-19 in an Isolation Centre in Honduras, Central America.

In a video posted to Emmanuel TV’s YouTube Channel, the cleric is seen praying for bedridden patients hooked up to oxygen tanks and surrounded by hospital staff heavily laden with protective gear.

“Where can we go from God’s presence? Distance is not a barrier because He is Spirit,” Joshua declared in front of several huge screens relaying in real-time the footage from the several wards within the Honduran Isolation Centre.

“By the power of the Holy Spirit – that affliction, that COVID-19 – be flushed out,” he said, stretching his hands towards the dozens of patients on the multiple screens at the Emmanuel TV Studios in Lagos, during a programme tagged ‘Interactive Prayer Session’.

During the prayer – which was translated simultaneously into Spanish – several patients began to involuntarily ‘vomit’ whilst others rose to their feet from their hospital beds, waved their hands joyously and removed the oxygen apparatus fixed to their nose as a sign of “supernatural healing”.

“Jesus that has freed you will help you to maintain your miracle. Make the Word of God the standard for your life,” Joshua counselled after declaring dozens of COVID-19 patients “free”

“I sensed the healing and delivering power of God,” explained Aracely, one of the Honduran patients, after the prayer. “I felt my lungs fill up with air… I’m no longer using the oxygen mask,” she testified.

“I couldn’t go to the toilet before but immediately after the prayer, I felt like rushing to the toilet,” another patient immediately acknowledged. “I passed out a lot of foul substance – that was the power of the prayer.”

“I saw a white light that illuminated me and asked me to remove my oxygen mask,” another lady stated. “I’m not choking any longer,” she excitedly stated, with others testifying their sense of smell and taste was restored and their strength revitalized following the prayer.

Afterwards, representatives of the medical staff at the hospital thanked Joshua for his prayers and support.

The video concluded by stressing that it was not intended to “discourage anyone from seeking medical treatment” as “good Christians are good citizens”.

“If you don’t believe in God with medicine, you cannot believe in God without medicine,” Joshua said.

Last month, the World Health Organisation reacted to a video in which a Cameroonian medical doctor was ‘healed’ of COVID-19 after receiving “interactive prayer” from Joshua’s ministry, acknowledging “spiritual leadership is very important in a time like this”.

Since starting its ‘Interactive Prayer Sessions’ – in which online prayer is offered via video calls – Joshua’s ministry has prayed for COVID-19 patients from around the world, prompting the cleric to recently declare his readiness to freely pray for those in Isolation Centers.

Joshua, who had been absent for seven weeks from Emmanuel TV’s broadcasts, earlier shared a sermon titled ‘Mistakes Are Correctable’

“We wake up in the morning determined to get it right. Before we know it, we have missed the mark,” Joshua began, stressing that “making a mistake” was not the issue but “how we handle it matters.

“For instance, the issue of COVID-19 is a mistake. However, how we are handling it has led us to where we are today,” he continued, citing the uncertainties and “twists and turns of life”.

“If you make a mistake, as we all do sometimes, don’t run from God; run to Him,” Joshua taught, adding that mistakes actually “make Christian life more interesting and more valuable” and serve as a means to “draw us closer to God”.

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C&S announces the death of Prophet Solomon Aiyegbusi at 85; says cleric didn’t die of Covid-19

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Cherubim and Seraphim District Chairman and General Leader, Special Apostle Solomon Aiuegbusi has passed on.

In a statement, the Church General Secretary, Special Apostle Opeyemi Ogunsanya said,

“Aiyegbusi died in the early hours of Saturday 20th June, 2020 at the ripe age of 85. Until his death, he was the District Chairman/General Leader of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Amazing Grace District Worldwide and an ambassador of peace.

“He died peacefully at his residence and is survived by Wife, Children, Grandchildren and Great grand children and the Church of God at Large.

“The Church will surely miss him and his teachings, faithfulness in service, unwavering truth, disciplinary action and his prophetic outpouring, we are sure he will be resting in the bosom of God.”

Ogunsanya however emphasised that the Prophet did not pass on as a case of Covid-19, adding that to that end, the general public should be informed and disregard any insinuations in regards.

The scribe however said burial details will be communicated to the General public soon.

Source: theconscienceng.com

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Pastor Ighodalo loses wife; goes ahead to conduct funeral service

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The Senior Pastor, Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, on Sunday morning lost his beautiful wife, Ibidun Ighodalo to the cold hands of death.

Ibidun was reported to have died of cardiac arrest this morning around 2am.

The cleric however went ahead to conduct a funeral service which had already been sheduled before the sad news broke out.

The cleric, who conducted the funeral service of Deji Modupe Johnson, the grandson of industrialist, Razak Okoya, said he was shattered by the death of his wife but life must go on.

At the funeral, the cleric spoke about how transient life is and how important it is to live in accordance with the will of God.

Ituah is normally cheerful but he was sombre and quite philosophical in the video obtained by our correspondent.

He said, “For the past 72 and 84 hours, everywhere tensed, confused, frightening, and disturbing but here we are today. I mean, if they had told us last week Sunday that we will be here to celebrate Ayodeji’s life, we’ll say it’s not possible…

“But here we are right now and here he is. And of course, a lot of you know that I really shouldn’t be here but that’s how life is. So, this morning, I received a call that shattered my life but life must go on.”

Ituah and Ibidunni were married for 13 years before her sudden demise in Port Harcourt. Ibidunni Ighodalo successfully ran her events company, Elizabeth R,as well as her foundation, Ibidun Ighodalo Foundation, a foundation designed to “bring joy to the hearts of couples through their fertility journey”.

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