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Gospel preaching secret to all round success – Adeboye

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye says preaching of the gospel remains the secret of all round success for every child of God.

Adeboye said this while admonishing the faithful on a live Sunday Service via Dove Television.

The RCCG G O disclosed that soul winning was the secrets of success for every child of God, taking his text from the book of Mark 16: 15-20.

He urged all Christians to preach the gospel so as to become successful in life.

According to him, if you become an active soul winner, you will begin to enjoy many benefits.

The benefits, he said, include constant answered prayers, Constant divine touch, supernatural strength and hearing from God.

“You don’t need to be a prophet to hear from God, only be a soul winner.

“Other benefits are miraculous supply, divine immunity, You don’t have to worry yourself about demonic attacks, evil arrow, poisonous foods, they will not be able to harm you.

“You will begin to enjoy divine partnership, God cannot become your partner and you will not be successful, God will always back you up, you will begin to enjoy divine excellence; become better than your colleagues.

“Also, you will live long if you are winning soul; a Christian that is not winning soul risks not living a long life,” he said.

Adeboye further emphasised that anyone who did not preach the gospel, would be in danger as a Christian.

He, therefore, urged all faithful to be wise by doing what the word of God says about winning souls.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

Chidinma Ewunonu-aluko: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

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COVID-19: Don’t be too spiritual to seek medical help — Gospel artiste

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A gospel artiste, Joy Adah- Abiri, on Saturday urged victims of Coronavirus not to go only spiritual at the expense of medical attention.

Abiri, a song writer and vocalist, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, said being spiritual doesn’t stop a person from getting medical attention.

She urged people not to misunderstand the Bible which should be utilised as backup to whatever help one would seek on earth.

“The Bible says wisdom is profitable to direct, let’s get understanding. God will do what he is said to do. He can silence this virus at a glance but he chose to allow it.

“If anyone is found with traces of the virus, please don’t try to be too spiritual, instead, seek medical attention.

“Some people may decide not to go for medical checkup because of spirituality which is bad and a clear misunderstanding of the Bible.” she said.

Abiria, a Kogi-born graduate of Quantity Surveying, said the present situation calls for sober reflection and urged Nigerians to take precautions as well asmove closer to God.

“The situation calls for sober reflection and one needs to take precautions just as we look up to God for divine intervention.

“Coronavirus has no regards for young, old, rich or poor. People should know that there is a God who reigns supreme and has power over all things.

“I pray it ends soon because the stay at home has crippled a lot of businesses.” she said.

The gospel artist also advised fellow artists to unite and engage in humanitarian services to fight the pandemic.

“My advice to fellow artistes in this situation is to hold on to their anchor, join humanitarian services and unite to fight this virus.

“Humanitarian services around you will go a long way. Also pray, sing and speak words of encouragement to people around you,” she told NAN.

On why her choice of going for Gospel music instead of secular, she said it was a better way of passing vital information to the society.

“I was inspired to sing gospel because it is part of evangelism. If you cannot reach people through talking, you can reach them in songs. The reward is eternal.” she said.

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Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Ejiofor)
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COVID-19: Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship holds online meetings

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Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), Agboju Chapter, Zone B, says its programmes now hold online in compliance with the preventive measures against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chapter President, Isaac Onyenegecha, told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday that its weekly programmes started online since government announced the lockdown in Lagos.

He said the chapter commenced online fellowship due to its understanding that the efforts of the Lagos State Government was in line with medical experts’ directives in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in the city.

“We are observing the stay-at-home directive because that is one of the best measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the land.

“Our weekly programmes of Tuesday Fellowship and Thursday Prayer Meetings now hold online through the chapter’s WhatsApp platform group which members participated on schedule,” he said.

Onyenegecha said there was need to suspend the regular Fellowship and resolve to online because at the end of every gathering, members usually hold hands to sing the general FGBMF Anthem after which men hugged men and women hugged women.

According to him, the online programme have gone a long way to help the body maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

“The only thing missing is that we no longer see ourselves physically to shake hands or hug one another but we sing our anthem and members are equally advised to comply with every preventive measures,” he added.

Onyenegecha urged other chapters across various zones in the country to keep faith in the period, saying that smart phones was an alternative to do the needful and ensure that fellowship was observed.

He added that the platform was also used as a medium to remind members to adhere to hand washing, use of sanitisers in their homes and stay safe.

NAN reports that FGBMFI is a Fellowship with the largest network of Christian businessmen in the world which was founded in 1953 and in over 85 nations; meeting in thousands of chapters across the globe.

Edited By: Francis Onyeukwu/Adeleye Ajayi
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Gospel singer Sinach hits 1m subscribers on YouTube, receives gold plaque

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Nigerian gospel songstress,Osinachi Joseph a.k.a Sinach has received a gold plaque as she hit one million subscribers on online Google video streaming, YouTube.

The renowned singer, who could not hide her joy, took to her Instagram page @therealsinach to share the good news with her fans

She also used the opportunity to appreciate her fans, followers and also the Youtube team.

“Look what came in the mail !! Thank you my friends for celebrating GoodNews music in a big way!! @youtube @youtubengcreators @youtubemusic @gosgem.

“PRAY WITH ME: I see victories and possibilities only; I’m bold and courageous.

” I win, irrespective of the challenges and circumstances that I face; they are “bread” for me.

“As I set my gaze on God’s unfailing and eternal Word, I walk continually in victory, health, success, prosperity and righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen,” she wrote.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that gold plaque is given to performers with one million or more subscribers on the video streaming brand.

“The gospel singer has over 1.14 million subscribers to her YouTube official account.

NAN also reports that Nigerian songstress artist Yemi Alade has received the gold plaque with her music video to her hit song ‘Johnny’ which has over 100 million views on YouTube.

The mother of one music video for “Way Maker” is the second most-seen Nigerian music video with a record 143 million views.

Sinach whose real name is Osinach Joseph, is an award winning Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter.

The Ebony born gospel artist is one of the most celebrated Nigerian gospel singers with many accolades to her name.

She has written over 300 songs which include; Awesome God, More of You, Born to win, All I See Is You, Jesus is Alive, Presence of the Lord and son among others.

She has also performed in several countries such as Kenya, South Afria, United States, Canada, Zambia and so on.

Sinach is a recipient of numerous awards which include:

Best Female Gospel Artiste of The Year at Nigeria Gospel Music Awards, Best Female Vocalist at Nigeria Gospel Music Awards 2016 LIMA Songwriter of the Decade Award among others.

She got married to her Christ Embassy’s pastor, Joseph Ogbu on June 28, 2014 and their union is blessed with wonderful child.

Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi
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Gospel Musicians elect Reuben Okala as new chairman

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The Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria (FOGMMON), Abuja Chapter, has elected a new chairman.

Mr Reuben Okala, veteran broadcaster and former NTA reporter, emerged winner in the keenly contested election held in Abuja.

He defeated two other contestants to become the new chairman of the Abuja chapter of the body of all Gospel Musicians in Nigeria.

Speaking at the occasion the national President of FOGMMON, Prince Asu Ekiye urged the new executive led by Reuben Okala to ensure unity of all Gospel Musicians in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ekiye, who affirmed his optimism in the Reuben Okala led exco, stated that they will perform excellently, after haven proven themselves in other duties given them before now by the Fellowship.

Ekiye, therefore, called on the Federal Government to support Gospel Musicians in their quest to impact spirituality and morality in the society.

For his part, Reuben Okala, in his acceptance speech stated categorically that FOGMMON will soon outshine Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN).

He, therefore, called on Gospel musicians, especially members of FOGMMON to support the new EXCO in its quest to advance the course of Gospel Music in Nigeria.

NAN reports that the Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria (FOGMMON) is currently in 23 states of the Federation, Europe, America as well as South Africa.

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Artist urges Church, Plateau Government to support gospel singers

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Chief Executive Officer of Amarita Records, Jos, Mrs Amaka Odiga, has called on the Church, the Plateau Government and organisations to support gospel artists so as to boost their performance in the state.

Odiga made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Jos.

She said that the major challenge of many artists was finance.

“Many of these artists have all it takes but lack the financial support.

“Jos is the hub of entertainment in Nigeria.

“Most of these artists that are out there today, somehow have a connection with Plateau,’’ she said.

Odiga said that while many of the gospel artists were looking for support, people would rather sponsor secular music artists.

She said the marketing and business of gospel music in Jos was also a challenge as there were no platforms to support them in the state.

On the issue of gender in the industry, the artist said that she had never been gender shy as she had what it took to carve out a niche for herself in the music industry at any time.

“Everyone is struggling to make things work, somehow.

“Some have given up on their dreams while the society is also contributing to the challenge, especially piracy.

“But we need courage and faith in God to hold on firmly,’’ she said.

Odiga said that she was strictly into gospel music and that was why “it is necessary for the church to support it financially’’.

According to her, she started singing from the Church, and all her life, she has been singing gospel songs.

“I got into the studio three years ago and it is been amazing as it gives me time to care for my children and husband,’’ she said.

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Shocking death of gospel singer in custody must be effectively investigated – NNN

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NNN: Following the Rwanda National Police’s announcement that singer Kizito Mihigo, has been found dead in police custody, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa Deprose Muchena said:

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of popular gospel singer Kizito Mihigo’s death. The Rwandan authorities have stated that he committed suicide. They must immediately launch an independent, impartial and thorough investigation to determine the cause of death – including whether it was natural or accidental, or a case of suicide or homicide.

“There must be no whitewash. The investigation should establish all the facts, including the possible involvement of others and whether prison practices and conditions caused or contributed to Kizito Mihigo’s death.”

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On Friday 14 February 2020, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau confirmed that Kizito Mihigo had been arrested in Nyaruguru district close to the border with Burundi. He was accused of attempting to illegally cross into Burundi, joining “terrorist” groups and of corruption, as well breaching the terms of his release from prison in 2018.

Kizito Mihigo had previously been close to the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front, but in April 2014 he was arrested after releasing a gospel song in which he prayed for victims of the genocide and victims of other violence.

In February 2015, he was found guilty of plotting against the government, forming a criminal group and conspiracy to commit an assassination, and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

In 2018 he was released from prison by presidential pardon along with opposition politician, Victoire Ingabire, on condition that they report to the local prosecutor once a month, and to seek authorization before travelling abroad.

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250 gospel artistes for RCCG’s 9th Marathon Messiah Praise festival

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No fewer than 250 gospel artistes will participate at the 9th edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) 78 hours of praise in celebration of the 78th birthday of its General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

RCCG’s National Music Director, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, told newsmen in Lagos on Saturday that the ‘78 Hours Marathon Messiah’s Praise’ entitled, ‘Jesus the Lamb of God ’, would also open up Nigerians to new ways of celebrating God.

He said that the celebration, scheduled to hold from March 2 to March 5 at the Prayer Foyer 3/3 Auditorium Redemption Camp, would also feature artistes from many other countries.

According to him, among countries that will be participating in the praise include United States of America, Canada, England, Australia, Spain, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Israel, and Zambia.

Others are Cameroon, Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa, Ukraine, Ghana, New Zealand, and Ireland.

“We are dedicating the 78 hours this year to praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose life became our light.

”This is a giant step in our quest to bring ‘Marathon Messiah’s Praise’ to the doorstep of every living being on the planet,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi said that to ensure a hitch-free programme, participants from all walks of life had registered to volunteer in various departments and in various key sectors of the programme across the participating countries.

”Over 30, 000 live participants are expected to be in attendance with over 30 million viewers expected to watch the event on TV and social media channels.

“This year’s Marathon Messiah’s Praise will be the greatest in its series and we are confident that as we praise the Great Redeemer, He will do something new in Nigeria.

”As we are coming towards the electioneering time, God is going to give Nigerians good and credible leaders.

”There will be a harvest of souls, miracles, signs and wonders, restoration, peace, progress and divine intervention across the globe,” he said.

A new department, SOTERIA, launched at the last edition, will be available for prayer and counseling with a dedicated call line for general public throughout the 78 hours event.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

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Buhari condoles with President, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, over wife’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with National President of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Architect Ifeanyi Odedo, on the death of his wife, Nnedinma Elizabeth, at the age of 57.

The President’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday,

Buhari urged the widower, friends, colleagues, nuclear and extended family members in Nnobi and Nnewi, Anambra State, to take heart, and be comforted in the fact that the departed lived a pious life, to which all and sundry bear testimony.

“The death of a wife and mother is always painful, particularly one so vibrant and young. Please take solace in the quality of life she lived,” he said.

While the rites of passage begin for the departed on Friday, culminating with interment on Feb. 7 in Nnobi, Anambra, the President noted that “we would always be remembered by the good deeds we had done, when we inevitably go the way of all flesh.”

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Trump seeks to shore up evangelical support at ‘prosperity gospel’ church

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U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a campaign event in a Miami Mega church on Friday to shore up support from Christian conservatives, after a prominent evangelical publication questioned whether the faithful should support the Republican.

The event by Trump at the 7,000-capacity King Jesus International Ministry church has drawn fresh attention to his administration’s ties to “prosperity gospel” preachers.

The prosperity gospel” preachers usually tell followers that generous donations to their churches will be rewarded on Earth with wealth, health and power.

The doctrine’s growth in recent decades – often helped by charismatic televangelist pastors – has confounded classical theologians and some of the evangelical community who consider the “prosperity gospel” to be in direct opposition to the Bible.

The King Jesus International Ministry is led by Pastor Guillermo Maldonado, who encourages worshippers to give “first fruits” donations to the church in January that guarantee spiritual and financial returns later in the year.

“First fruits are given to honour God.

“You can’t have the Father’s favour until you honour Him,” Maldonado said in a typical Facebook message on his page.

The Trump administration has aligned itself with other prosperity gospel leaders, including Paula White, who has appeared at White House prayer events, and was named in 2018 as an adviser in the executive Office of Public Liaison.

As an adviser in the executive Office of Public Liaison, he was tasked with outreach to special interest groups.

White’s and Maldonado’s ministries did not respond to questions about criticism of the prosperity gospel practice.

The late Rev. Billy Graham denounced the prosperity gospel movement in 2016, saying: “Jesus wasn’t rich, nor were His first disciples — not at all.

In fact, the only disciple who really cared about money was Judas.”

More than 80 per cent of white evangelicals voted for Trump in the 2016 election.

But a crack in evangelical support opened up in December when the magazine Christianity Today wrote a blistering editorial on Trump’s “grossly immoral character.”

Researchers say it is hard to quantify the exact numbers of Americans, who follow the prosperity gospel, but their numbers may be in the tens of millions.

According to a 2019 survey by the Pew Research Centre, 43 per cent of U.S. adults, or some 110 million people, identify with Protestantism; 59 per cent of those, or 64 million are born-again or evangelical Christians.

Many may follow prosperity gospel preachers on TV or online while identifying as mainline Protestants or evangelicals in surveys, academics say.

Joel Osteen, Head of a Houston Megachurch, who is one of the country’s most popular prosperity gospel preachers, says he reaches 100 million homes in the U.S. through broadcasts, videos, and podcasts.

Trump’s speech on Friday will mark the launch of the “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition ahead of the presidential election in November.

Last Sunday, Maldonado urged his congregation to attend the Trump event saying: “If you want to come, do it for your pastor. That’s a way of supporting me,” the Miami Herald reported on Dec. 29.

Those comments appear to have violated tax rules barring religious groups from participating in political campaigns, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a non-partisan group that advocates for the separation of church and state, said on Tuesday.

The church says it is not endorsing Trump.

“The Jan. 3 Evangelicals for Trump event is being paid for and organised by President Trump’s election campaign. We agreed to lease space in exchange for fair compensation.

“No church resources are being used and our agreement to provide rental space is not an endorsement of President Trump’s campaign or any political party,” it said in a statement.

Paul Djupe, a scholar in the department of political science at Denison University in Ohio, conducted a nationwide survey with colleagues in 2018 that found about 32 per cent of American adults agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “God will reward the faithful with health and wealth.”

Ryan Burge, a political scientist at Eastern Illinois University, has analysed 2012 survey data to show that Americans from low-income households were more likely to believe God rewards faith and generosity with prosperity.

The beliefs of the prosperity gospel were also more common among black Protestants.

Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Dallas Baptist Church, who will deliver the benediction at Friday’s Miami event, said he continued to back Trump because of his record of opposing the abortion rights movement, supporting Israel and nominating conservative judges.

While First Baptist repudiates the prosperity gospel, “it’s not unusual that different flavors of evangelicalism would come together” to support a common cause, Jeffress said.

(Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)

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