July 03, (THEWILL) – The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has debunked reports that he directed Christians to buy guns for self-protection.
“I never asked Christians to go and buy guns. Samson in the Bible did not fight with guns”, Pastor Adeboye, fondly called daddy G.O, said on Sunday, at the monthly thanksgiving live television programme of the church.
The clarification came against some media (not THEWILL) reports, that the general overseer said it was now “fire-for-fire’’ for any attack on Christians.
“Don’t buy guns. You don’t want to kill anybody. We just must make sure that unwanted visitors don’t come to our churches, so don’t go and buy guns”, he said.
At the July Holy Ghost Service, on July 2, Pastor Adeboye had urged members of the church not to be afraid to attend church programmes because of the terrorists attack on a church in Owo, Ondo State.
Terrorists attacked Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owo, on June 5, killed more than 40 worshippers and injured many others.
Adeboye, who said said the fire of God will consume the enemies of the church, was reacting to the recent comment made by media personality, Daddy Freeze, about women allegedly turning to Ogun (deity of thunder), to rain curses on the terrorists who killed worshippers in Ondo because “Bros J” (a nickname for Jesus among Nigerians) did not answer them.
Daddy Freeze had posted in June 2022 that, “When dem call bros J and he nor answer dem nko? We abandoned African paganism to adopt European pagan ideologies.
“Until we start telling ourselves the truth and take our security issues more seriously, this won’t end. Christ’s message is love and that’s the first thing so glaringly missing in Nigeria.”
While responding to the development, as well as a comment made by media personality Daddy Freeze, the clergy, who warned against blaspheming the name of Jesus, however, explained that children of God can defend themselves against aggressors.
“Safety is of the Lord and nobody dies until their time comes.
His words: “I don’t want to say much, because I know whatever I say, some people may want to twist it. But I’ve searched the Bible from cover to cover and there is nowhere in the Bible where God said a child of God cannot defend himself.
“If you find the place, let me know. He said, if they slap you on the right cheek, turn the left. If they now slap the left, what did he say? When God is silent, do you know the meaning of that, it simply means, over to you.
“Every enemy of the church, as long as my Father is still on the throne, as long as Jesus lives, as long as His name is the consuming fire, if they don’t repent, the fire of God will consume them. I’m not talking to everybody o, I’m only talking to my children.”
To Daddy Freeze, the cleric had said: “I understand that one funny fellow said that some people were calling on Ogun because Jesus didn’t answer them.
“Well, the one who said that there’s a Yoruba proverb, it said, the mouth that the snail uses to blaspheme God, that mouth would kiss the ground. From now on, anybody who dares blaspheme Jesus Christ, they will taste the fire of the Almighty God.”