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‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Nobody: 7:15am On Nov 27, 2016
The prevalent insecurity in Nigeria has been identified as a major reason why pastors need more than divine protection to operate without harm, in the country.

This is the position of most clerics, who spoke to Sunday Telegraph during a recent survey.

According to the General Overseer, Kings in Christ Church, Rev. Chidi Anthony: “It borders on foolishness for any pastor to ignore police protection, giving the scary security situation in Nigeria.”

The survey became necessary because many people have been wondering why many servants of God go about with heavy police presence as if the Almighty God had withdrawn his divine protection, which he so generously bestows on clerics according to the Holy Scripture.

Responding to the survey, wife of the General Overseer, Victorious Army Church, Pastor Blessing Agboli, said: “That does not mean we do not need security coverage. Once in a while, we need police protection, especially when you hear of fellow men of God being kidnapped, robbed or even killed. There are several cases of kidnaps happening every now and then.

“When you are travelling outside your station to a place where you don’t know what the security aspect looks like, you need security, especially in a society like ours where we have issues of kidnapping, insecurity in the system. Besides, the security agencies in the country are now coming to advise churches on security.”

She, however, added: “But I don’t like the extravagant ones, like pastors going with long convoy of Police outriders, siring blowing. We don’t need that; but once in a while, if we are having conventions and very important personalities are attending, they need protection because of the security situation in this country.
Such persons will ask you if you have made adequate security arrangement. Yes; I don’t like it when a pastor is moving and a security man carrying a gun is following him about. The guns should be hidden.”

Some analysts are, however, not impressed with the reasons advanced by the men in the collars for resorting to ‘human’ protection: “It is tantamount to loss of faith in the Almighty God’s ability to protect his servant, if under any guise men of God have to rely on police protection,” Jude Okeke argued.

On the other hand, Pastor Ayodeji Oluwadare of Hebrews International Church, Lekki, explained that even Jesus Christ at a time had Apostle Peter walking beside him with machete to check people he considered as security threat to the Lord Jesus Christ.

He explained: “As one is growing in life, there will always be need for security protection. Even Jesus at a time, Peter took his sword and cut off the eye of somebody that came to arrest Jesus Christ.

When you are a young pastor, you may not be a security risk; but as you are growing in life, there is need for police protection. “Like Baba Adeboye, he did not use to go around with security detail, but one day, he went to somewhere in Yaba and Area-boys bombarded him.

Now it is difficult for him to go about without police protection. Also, it is difficult to host huge events without having security agents around to control the crowd. You need to guard your environment. It is very important that you need to guard yourself and your environment,” Oluwadare added. According to Oluwadare, this also applies not only to pastors but everyone.
“Even as you are praying, Bible says watch and pray. But many people just pray; they don’t watch. What I am saying in essence is that it is foolish for men of God to ignore police protection. Wisdom demands that security considerations should be taken into account.

The Bible says, we should be as wise as a serpent,” he explained. Unfortunately, kidnapping, robbery and killing of clerics has been on the increase in the country. In Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State, unknown gunmen kidnapped a senior pastor with Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev Yusuf Magaga.

The abductors later demanded a N2 million ransom. Similarly, three clerics of the Taraya Ekklesiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, TEKAN), including their President, Dr Emmanuel Dziggau; his deputy, Rev. Illiya Anto, and a retired reverend in the church, Yakubu Dzarma, were kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road.

The abductors later demanded N100 million as ransom; but when one of the kidnapped clerics died in captivity, the kidnappers released the surviving pastors.

Still in Kaduna State, two other ECWA reverends, Pastor Joshua Kantiok and Pastor Yakubu Samaila, were also taken captive when kidnappers traced them to their farmland but were released after the kidnappers collected N500, 000 ransom from them.

A reverend of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Akobo-Ojurin, Diocese of Agodi, Ibadan, Dr. Biodun Ogunbekun, is another kidnap victim. Besides, the men in the collars are also targets of robbers and Islamic fundamentalist. Female RCCG Preacher, Eunice Olawale, was murdered by suspected Islamic fundamentalists in Abuja a few months ago.

Incidentally, the head of the Catholic Church, the Pope, used to have very limited security details around him until an attempt was made on the life of Pope John Paul II in Rome on May 13, 1981 by a Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca. Since then, security around the Pontiff has been noticeably stepped up.

These are just a few examples of men and women of God falling victims of ungodly acts perpetuated by their fellow human beings.

http://newtelegraphonline.com/foolish-pastors-ignore-police-protection/

Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Presh900(m): 7:22am On Nov 27, 2016
Victory Belongs To God Alone....

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Presh900(m): 7:22am On Nov 27, 2016
Lalasticlala...
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Khd95(m): 8:16am On Nov 27, 2016
Yeye men of God.


They will tell their congregations to fast nd pray for forty days to God,for protection nd safety,while they go about in police escort.

#Hypocricy

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by engrtee(f): 8:29am On Nov 27, 2016
yea, poor church members dont need police

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by XtraSmooth404: 11:03am On Nov 27, 2016
I hear you undecided

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Mpresh22: 11:04am On Nov 27, 2016
God help those who help themselves
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by HopeAlive14(m): 11:04am On Nov 27, 2016
Let us be Heavenly Conscious and Earthly Wise.

Elijah was a Prophet in Israel, yet he ran into hiding when Queen Jezebel threatened to behead him.

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Nobody: 11:04am On Nov 27, 2016
Church members nko

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by zealblinks(m): 11:05am On Nov 27, 2016
i think you are right. Nigeria is not safe
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by tunjijones(m): 11:05am On Nov 27, 2016
engrtee:
yea, poor church members dont need police



I don't think dez pastors have modest in their dictionary. If they are living a modest life they won't need police protection.

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by HQuadreal: 11:05am On Nov 27, 2016
Only God Can Protect Both The Pastor And The Policemen.
Because If Something Bad Happen The Policemen Will Run For Their Lifes And Leave The Pastor There.
But God Will Be Always There To Protect Him.

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by edlion57(m): 11:05am On Nov 27, 2016
who will protect the police...are der not human

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Benjom(m): 11:05am On Nov 27, 2016
Well, do your part and allow God do the rest.

Luke 22:35-38 says:

35 [Jesus] asked them [the eleven apostles], "When I sent you out without a purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?"
They said, "No, not a thing."
36 He said to them, "But now the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you, this scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered among the lawless’; and indeed what is written about me is being fulfilled."
38 They [the disciples] said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."
"It is enough," he replied. (NRSV)

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by MARKone(m): 11:06am On Nov 27, 2016
Nonsense! If a pastor doesn't live a flamboyant and extravagant life, why will he or she need security details that are armed to the teeth, case in point Oritsejafor. Most of these guys drives the latest cars, have private jets, wears the best designer clothes and shoes, marry the prettiest damsels, live in palaces, sits on golden throne, fry their hairs with the best fryers, yoh! two Chris fingers up in the air, while majority of their followers wallow in poverty. Of course Nigeria is a crazy place with hungry and angry people, let them pastors continue throwing opulence to our face, when the trumpet sounds, let me see them carry their mopol to meet Peter at the gate.

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by helphelp: 11:06am On Nov 27, 2016
So Baba God and Jesus no reach una for protection

All of una don mad

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by SycophanticGoat: 11:06am On Nov 27, 2016
zealblinks:
i think you are right. Nigeria is not safe

Nigeria is not safe so hence, pastors shouldn't practice what they preach? undecided
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by veekid(m): 11:06am On Nov 27, 2016

this is the reason why nairaland remain boring on Sundays; mods won't stop flooding the front-page with Christian threads
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Bigajeff(m): 11:07am On Nov 27, 2016
Some wana be like Daniel in the Lion den, forgetting photocopy is not easy. You don't put God to test, Believe - Work = Death. You don't just believe in miraculous protection when to a certain extent you can safeguard yourself. Do all at your disposal to protect yourself first and let God divine protection sealed it.
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Nobody: 11:07am On Nov 27, 2016
That same pastor would b shouting oburu n' Jehova echeghi obodo, n'efu ka onye nche na-eche undecided

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by nairaman66(m): 11:08am On Nov 27, 2016
Hmnn.., pastors these days are fraudsters and motor park touts!!

Imagine a pastor advicing a young man whose wife left him for another pastor all in the name of night vigil to stop ranting!

Pastors are like policemen- They use weird means to hold you ransom!!

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Genea(f): 11:10am On Nov 27, 2016
Its cos they are fake and hardly believe in wah they preach
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by gen2briz(m): 11:10am On Nov 27, 2016
chubbyFred10:
Church members nko


They should get OPC protection

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Mrsmilly: 11:10am On Nov 27, 2016
Yes
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by ogunsj: 11:11am On Nov 27, 2016
the only thing I can say is that, heaven is faaaaaar.

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by onyedika946(m): 11:11am On Nov 27, 2016
And your tithe n offerings will be used to pay someones personal security guards.. A laff. grin grin

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by HQuadreal: 11:12am On Nov 27, 2016
That Just The Truth.
Presh900:
Victory Belongs To God Alone....
Only God Can Protect Both The Pastor And The Policemen.
Because If Something Bad Happen The Policemen Will Run
For Their Life And Leave The Pastor There.
But God Will Be Always There To Protect Him.
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by Nobody: 11:12am On Nov 27, 2016
It's really funny that pastors need maximum preferential treatments.

When they are sick, they visit the best hospitals and sometimes fly abroad for treatment or even medical check up.
Members would be told to pray that Jesus will heal them


When they are on the altar, moving or anywhere then a security details is needed.
Members would be told Jesus will protect them


During service, members will be threatened with hell fire and manipulate them that heaven is guaranteed for them when they pay their tithes while they enjoy the sweetness of the world


Members would be told to always pray and pray for everything while they do things in accordance with respective departments.


Who are the foolish members that still believe these thieves?

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by johnstar(m): 11:12am On Nov 27, 2016
Hmmm
Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by mcemmy0z: 11:13am On Nov 27, 2016
Can't holy spirit protect them?
Is that not what they preach

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Re: ‘it’s Foolish For Pastors To Ignore Police Protection’ by LorDBolton(m): 11:13am On Nov 27, 2016
Khd95:
Yeye men of God.


They will tell their congregations to fast nd pray for forty days to God,for protection nd safety,while they go about in police escort.

#Hypocricy

Do u mind them?

Fakes everywhere

Which security did the apostles n martyrs who went to propagate their gospel carry?

They knew two things will happen... they live or die yet they went

So if a pastor is leaving his station he should be prepared to die, for his God.

After all...after death COMES HEAVEN RIGHT?

Awon fakes everywhere lols

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