The General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has called on Christians not to attack the president of the country through any means, in what many see as a support for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News understands that Pastor Kumuyi made this call during his sermon at the Deeper Life Bible Church, Headquarters, Gbagada, in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city on Sunday, June 2.
Delivering his sermon entitled “The Believers’ Preservation Until the Day of Visitation”, Pastor Kumiyi noted that real Christians must obey constituted authorities and shun violence.
The clergyman said Christians are strangers and pilgrims in the world and must be Christ-like in their character, conducts and conversations.
Reading from Biblical passage, I Peter 2: 11-25, Pastor Kumuyi stressed that Christians’ lifestyle must reflect Christ in civil society, saying that government derives their authority from God.
His words: “Don’t attack the president of the country whether in words or in the newspapers or through internet.
“Honour kings; don’t disrespect or dishonour the governors. Don’t disrespect leaders of the community and leaders in the church.
“If we are to honour the governors in the states, how much more the pastors, ” the clergyman added.
Speaking further, Pastor Kumuyi said that such remains the will and command of God.
The clergyman, who spoke without mentioning Buhari’s name, said that God wanted Christians to submit to the leadership He had given to them in the Church, community, country and corporate organisations.
Pastor Kumuyi, who stated that the end of life on earth is not the end of existence, urged Christians to always think of the day of reckoning in their character and conduct.
The cleric said, as strangers and pilgrims in the world, Christians’ affections, attention and focus must be in heaven, hence the need to shun all appearance of sins.
Pastor Kumuyi noted that the greatest joy and reward of Christians is not in this world but is reserved in heaven for those would not be overcome by attractions of the world.
The cleric urged Christians to abstain from fleshly lusts, fornication, idolatry, anger among others that could pull them out of the highway of heaven just like Biblical character, Demas.
According to the cleric, Christians should not give up the worship of God for money-making ventures, saying “man brought nothing to the world and will not take anything out of it.”.
“If we are going to heaven, we must be careful and thoughtful and run from all appearance of evil.
“Don’t be ignorant, careless, and thoughtless. Many are ignorant of the day of visitation,” Kumuyi added.
The pastor urged Christians to shine as a light in the world through their lifestyles, saying Jesus Christ had given them an example to follow even when they are being persecuted in the world.