Redeem Church (Redeem Christian Church of God) Nigeria is one of the high powering and elitists churches in Nigeria today. Sitting at the helm of affairs of Redeem Church is Pastor Enoch Adeboye a shrewd mathematician. Pastor Adeboye resigned from his university teaching job to pick up the leadership mantle of Redeem Church. The church was established many decades ago and it is still moving stronger as the day goes by. The church has spread across Nigeria and beyond the shores of Nigeria. Since the inception of the church, lots of transformations have taken place within its peripheral existence.
There has been some paradigm shift in some doctrinal issues especially, in the mode of their dressing. Some decades ago the dressing identity of Redeem Church women is long flare skirt and a beret cap. And the men’s signature dressing is safari suits or simple trouser and shirt. Today, the reverse is the case especially among the young women; they adorn trousers and simple skimpy cloths. The men put on well-tailored suits that make them look elegant in their appearance. Evidence on ground reveals that a picture of Redeem church members of many years ago will speak different tone from what is obtainable today among them.
However, under the leadership of Pastor Enoch Adeboye the Redeem Church has seen tremendous growth. The expansion of the church grew wider and faster numerically. And this also reflects in the class of membership the church has. In the Redeem Church is possible to find people of different categories and standards as members.
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Taking A New Gesture:
One of the unique steps the church administration has taken is to allow church leaders to participate in other jobs different from ministerial duties. The implication of this is that Pastors can as well take other jobs and still pastor in Redeem Church. This instills a system where pastors, deacons, elders and evangelists of Redeem church can take secular jobs. And as they do, they use the opportunity to preach Christ and instill Christ’s character in their areas of work. This system is not in line with the traditional method where pastors do not have the privilege to take up secular jobs. In the traditional method, many pastors are stationed in the Church and do no other job than pastoring.
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This method from the Redeem Church by extension grants its members the opportunity to be in politics. So Redeem Church is seen as a church that is politically friendly. And because of this, many political bigwigs finds Redeem Church to be a place to indirectly do their campaigns. So any politician that is vying for an elective position is expected to attend one of the Redeem Church programs and establish his presence. A direct or indirect approval and prayer for the politician from Pastor Adeboye means much for him or her. The build up from this has helped to instill the zeal from well-meaning members of the church to be active in politics.
Redeem Church And Political Bigwigs:
We have seen people like, Madam Oby Ezekwesili who was one time Educational minister and today is a presidential aspirant. She popularly goes by the tag “Madam Due Process”. Her husband is also a pastor in the Redeem Church. And again we have Madam Remi Tinubu a known face at the Nigerian senate for a long time. Though, her husband Bola Tinubu is a Muslim, she is currently a pastor in the Redeem Church.
The most interesting among them is Godswill Akpabio, a lawyer and former governor of Akwa Ibom State. And currently he is a member of Nigerian senate. Records have it that he brought tremendous infrastructural development in the state. In his words, “it was a righteous anger that moved him to dive into infrastructural development”. However, there’s one notable figure that is from the Redeem Church. He is the current Vice President of Nigeria Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Also he occupies a pastoral position in the Church.
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Therefore, authoritatively one can say that no Church in the category of Redeem Christian Church Of God (Redeem Church) has contributed so much in the politics of Nigeria like it has. This is because a recent survey has shown that the Redeem Church has become a breeding ground for powerful politicians in Nigeria. They are emanating from the Church and occupying different political strata in Nigeria.
Their participation in the Nigerian politics is in line with this biblical injunction that says:
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
It is factual to say that Christians are the light of the world. And if Christians didn’t go into the world, the world will not see the light. The way for the world to see the light is for Christians to go into the world. And on the other hand Christians are the salt of the earth. This implies that without Christians the earth cannot have the right flavor. Therefore, for the earth to have the right flavor, the salt has to leave its container and gets into the soup. However, how well Christians in politics understand that they are the salt and light of the nation the better for the nation. And their level of understanding of this very fact will be visible in their areas of participation.
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They can only offer to the society what they have based on the level of Christ knowledge in them. And in the same vein they cannot give what they don’t have. This calls for a serious attention from those who minister to them. It is not a good one for them to go in the midst of lions with less knowledge of Christ in them. The implications of this that they won’t stand properly to showcase the knowledge of Christ in discharging their duties.
The Knowledge of Christ Is Important:
The lack of knowledge of Christ’s standard in the life of most Christian politicians has led them to compromise. Sometimes, most Christian politicians are good at playing the role of a good party man and not a good Christian man. In this, they prefer to see the agenda of their parties establish firmly than Christian ethics standing strong in their activities. For this reason we hear of reports of financial scandals associating with some Christian politicians. The reality on ground is that some of the Redeem Church politicians are not exempted. This is why every Christian should pray for them that their steps will be controlled by the Holy Spirit.
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However, no matter the shortcomings of the ones there now, we believe that as time goes on things will continue to improve. Christians should not relent and let other churches join in this noble course.
Meanwhile, kudos to Redeem Church! And may God bless all the Christian politicians with His wisdom.
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