A Warning to the Nigerian Church:
God’s Case Against Her
by Guest Author, Deborah Som
This is what The LORD says,
“Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” But you reply, ”No, that’s not the road we want.” Jeremiah 6:16 NLT.
“The Bride of Christ must be clean before entering into her rest. It is high time the Nigerian Church rose up to her calling.
I remember how you loved Me as a new bride, how your fathers loved Me, how faithful and devoted you were to Me when you were young, but now you have fallen from the lofty status I placed you on. You walk aimlessly out of My divine order.
I have declared My love on you, I have staked my jealousy upon you, the devil knows this, so he does not want you to wake up and assume your calling and position of authority.
He has deceived you into joining unholy political alliances, in a bid to save yourselves, when I have already saved you. I did not spare My Son for you,
I gave Him all out. In My divine plan, kings consulted prophets, but now you have turned yourselves to slaves, you have reversed your role.
You have lost your chastity, instead you chase after everything that comes to woo you. You turn down My help and sell yourself cheap.
I want to cleanse My Church. I want My Bride pure so that I can glorify her and give her rest. I want to make her chaste unto Me again, just as she was when My Son presented her to Me as a radiant bride, glorious, holy and blameless, without blemish, cleansed by the water of My Word; separated and set apart for Me.
I want her to retrace her steps from the doors of adultery and whoredom with other gods. I want her to come back from chasing after Mammon.
I want to renew My Marriage Vows with her; behold My Son, your Groom, stands at the door, yet you walk out on Him; you abandon Him for your strange lovers.
Return to Me, Bride, I want to beautify you, prepare you for the wedding feast. Does a young bride forsake her bridal jewelry and attire?
Yet you have. You have become more adulterous than the world. I AM the True, Living God, who rescues and protects you, beside Me is no other.
I want to rid My Church of division and discord.
I want to silence the voices of religious spirits in My Church, those operating by the Jezebel spirit, who offer abominable prayers to Me.
I want to rid My Bride of those who have the outward form of godliness but reject My power to make them inwardly godly.
I want to rid her of the false prophets and men who have given themselves and lent their voices to Jezebel. You call them ‘men of God,’ but I call them men, they are not from Me.
They resist My move; they resist the new thing I want to do in My Church.
I want to cleanse My Bride. I want to expel and lock out the sin that has so enslaved her. I want to expel darkness from My Church.
I want to rid My Bride of lukewarmness, yet your false and tainted prophets will not let My Spirit in. They bring disrepute to My name and My kingdom.
They stand at the entrance of My Church as strongholds, resisting positive change, stunting spiritual growth and progress. They stand as watchdogs at the door, chasing away My Spirit from My Church.
They despise the new, unrecognised voices I have been training in the wilderness, because they are not familiar with the new messages they carry.
They pollute and mislead My Bride, betrothing her to the world. I called My Bride to a marriage covenant with Me, not to keep appearances. I detest appearances. Be ye Holy — for I AM Holy!
I AM warning them. I AM giving them time to repent or I throw them into a terrible bed of illness and suffering; I will strike their followers with a deadly disease and wipe them out, so that My Bride will know that I AM the One who searches the most secret and innermost heart and reward accordingly.
To the rest of My children that have clung to My old, godly way, you who have resisted that destructive Jezebel spirit, hold on to what you have till I come.
Continue in My Way and My Word and I will give you authority over the nations, I will give you the morning star; even your crown. Thank you for representing Me.
I allowed prosperity and wealth to My Bride, but now she has let it rule over her. This is why I decided to introduce inventions among the heathen. My children let it get into their heads and forget Me.
Why would I do it again?
Why would I give them?
They have not been faithful to Me. Can I trust them with the new things I AM doing?
Will they sustain it or will they let it consume them?
My Bride, you rejected Me, therefore, I left you to your own devices. You fell from the lofty height whereupon I placed you.
You were My inheritance, I was jealous for you; I brought great disaster on those who mistreated you. Now you seek help through political alliances with the world, rather than trusting in Me for help.
You cannot and will not prosper by them because they are people I have rejected. You want to worship Me your own way?
I AM sad about your irrepressible desire to worship other gods, selling yourself cheap to the devil. You slander My true prophets, you devour them.
You will experience wholeness only if you let holiness back in; My Spirit will come in, sin will leave, Jezebel will go away and I will release My deliverance. I will release signs and wonders into My Church.
You want Me to heal your nation, yet you are sick. You want Me to cleanse your nation when you yourself are dirty. I want My Church to recognise who she is.
I want her to intercede for each other, for her nation; the ministry of intercession has been abandoned to only a few. I want to hear all her voices.
Yes, all her voices. She is many, but one. That is the old, godly way: holiness, prayer, intercession. I want her to take dominion, make decrees, stand on the authority I have given her to establish and make declarations.
I want her to roar. I have given her the lion spirit to roar, to be bold. I want her to shut the mouth of the Northern lion. Rebuke it.
This is My case against you; I will pass My judgement against you because of your wickedness, for rejecting Me.
I will pour out terror from the North and it will spill on all your land.
They will set their seats on your gates, around your walls and in your cities;
- Repent and turn away from evil so that you may be delivered; your lovers despise you;
- Repent as a nation, ask Me to heal your land;
- Repress the sound of war and declare My peace in your land.
- Ask Me to reinstate My Church to its original state, to rid My Church of the false prophets;
- Ask Me to manifest signs and wonders in your midst;
- Shut the mouth of the Northern lion;
- Declare My blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-13.”
Blessings on Obedience
28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them,” Deuteronomy 28:1-13.
~ Deborah Som
Materials used by kind permission of the original author.