Monday, January 1, 2018

Major events that shaped Christianity in 2017

Buzz Naija Radio review xray of 2017

Pastor Adeboye, church leaders and the FRCN brouhaha

Barely a week into 2017, the first week of January to be precise, reports had it that Pastor E.A. Adeboye had resigned as the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). It, however, turned out that he had stepped aside and would instead now be addressed as the General Overseer (worldwide) of the RCCG.

The reshuffling in the RCCG came after moves related to the code of corporate governance requirements by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. The FRC code was said to attempt to address the issue of succession in religious institutions, proposing a certain retirement age for clerics.

Unlike a majority of orthodox denominations that have clear-cut rules for leadership positions, many Pentecostal church leaders would have been affected by the code if it saw the light of day as many denominations are relatively unclear on succession plans, preferring instead to leave plans for choosing general overseers and spiritual fathers to divine inspiration.

Donald Trump, Israel and biblical Jerusalem

Jerusalem holds a special place for the global Christian community and it was therefore not surprising when the world was shaken by the declaration of President Donald Trump of the United States of America that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and the movement of the US Embassy.

Pope Francis, the World Council of Churches, and other church leaders across the globe expressed varying opinions on the move, with many calling for caution in order not to escalate conflicts.

Head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, Pope Francis, in one of his weekly audiences with the congregation had appealed for “wisdom and prudence.”

“I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days,” he said, and appealed “that everyone respects the status quo of the city” according to U.N. resolutions.

“I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts,” Pope Francis stated as published by the Associated Press.

Harvest of miracles in #HalleluyahChallenge

June 2017 won’t go down in a hurry for many Christians, within and outside Nigeria as it featured the month-long biggest social media religious crusade in recent times.

Renowned gospel musician, Nathaniel Bassey, promoted an activity on the social media, which he tagged the #HalleluyahChallenge. The event was targeted at giving praises to God throughout the entire month, beginning at midnight, running for as long as the individual wished. Christians were also encouraged to join Bassey on Instagram as he also ran live updates of video recordings of him also holding worship sessions.

There were many testimonies recorded as a result of the event, which went on to feature on CNN, and saw celebrities, including Jenifa’s Diary movie star, Funke Akindele, keying into the concept.

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