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UNITY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE CHURCH

Preached on 30TH OCTOBER, 1993. At By THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD ABAGANA APOSTLE PETER ODOEMENA THE SON OF MAN “THE SUPREME INTELLIGENCE” “Truth has no substitute” © BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY WORLD-WIDE

I am your Saviour. I am here to tell you things you will do to get eternal life. Without Me, there is no salvation; without Me, there is no eternal life. Believe it if you can…

-The Son of Man
 (ARE YOU A CHURCHGOER OR A WORSHIPER OF GOD PP 3.)


If there be any Church today and the reference is not drawn from the Church in the wilderness where our fathers were as members and received lively oracles to be given unto us, please do not pay attention there.
The Church is so important that God started the Church from the very beginning. In other words, the Founder of the Church from the very beginning has been God and God has never allowed the Church to move anyhow.
God, according to His eternal purpose, planned the coming of Christ and the establishment of the Church from the beginning of the world.
 -Son of Man

THE REVELATION OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST PP 22, VERSE 37-39.


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the unity of the Church
Now watch, I am speaking on this part two, a topic that is similar to that unity of the body, it is very similar but it is not the same. I want you to pay attention. I am speaking on the unity of the Church.
2.           Remember, the first was unity of the body. Until you listen to these two messages you won’t find the difference. The unity of the Church. Now, we have gathered here this day as a Church not as individuals. Amen.
3.           The Church is composed of Local Assemblies, Local Churches. Congregation of Local Churches form the Church. As long as we are here, God is looking at us as the Church in Nigeria.  
4.           I want to give you a little idea so that you understand what I mean. We are gathered in His Presence because we are united in faith. We will know God’s ordained way from the beginning, otherwise, we will not know whether what we are doing is biblical or not until we go back to the foundation.
5.           In Church unity, I want to say a little thing. It is a common topic among all religious groups today. That is religious unity. You can call it ecumenical movement or ecumenism – unity of the Churches.
6.           Roman Catholic being the head tries to unite every other group because we are living at the uniting times of the end. Thus, God is gathering His people while antichrist is gathering his own people. Hence, we must be very, very careful to know where we are gathering. Otherwise, we will be cursed.
7.           Any gathering outside the word of God is a false gathering. The desire for unity is noble if it is desired according to God’s plan. It is a very good plan; it is a very good idea provided it goes according to God’s ordained plan. Any unity that is contrary to God’s ordained plan is false unity. God hates it.
8.           GOD PLANTS ONLY BUT ONE CHURCH. God has no two Churches. Is that clear? When Jesus Christ was trying to establish the Church, He made it clear. He said, “Upon this rock I build my Church.”
9.           What is more, Bible said, “The Church is one foundation and Christ is the Head. And no other foundation can any man lay except that which is already laid.” Thus, the Church is one.
10.        In the book of St. John chapter 17 verse 17, the Bible made us understand that the Church is one. Jesus the Christ prayed that we should be one.
11.        Ephesians 4 verse 3-5, “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” KJV.
12.        “Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace. We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” LB.
13.        “Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace. [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism." AMP.
14.        Is it like that in your Bible? Any person that has another faith, as long as God lives, is in another denomination. All that must inherit the Kingdom of God must come by this one Church, one doctrine, one baptism, one faith. That is why the Bible said, “By one spirit are we all baptised into one body,” whether we be Greeks or Gentiles. No matter where you come from.
15.        Which means, when you are at Eha-Amufu, you feel as if you are in Jerusalem also. If I go to Isi-Alangwa, I will feel free and worship God. I go to Ohuba, I will feel free and worship God. That is God’s ordained plan from the foundation of the world.
16.        When the Apostles were moving, they were not carrying Churches along. Anywhere they reached, they worshipped God because the doctrine was one, the faith was one, life was one. Everything one! It is not the question of “don’t go to this one,” “go to this man’s Church.”
17.        Early in the morning, they will be asking you; “Are you going to Malachi’s Church or David Inyama’s Church?” It is only in My day that I have seen individuals owning Churches. I don’t call them Churches, I call them industries. We are coming to something gradually.
18.        Ephesians 1 verse 22, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” KJV.
19.        “And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and he gave him this authority for the benefit of the church.” LB.
20.        Christ is the head of the Church. He is the Owner, He laid the foundation. No man should claim this Church. Any other person that comes to be the Head of the Church is an impersonator. Wherever you see problem in the Church is because the man wants to take authority from God, he wants to overthrow Christ and take another man’s property. That is why God has backed out from there.
21.        Jesus Christ desired unity so much that He prayed for it. He never said we should be divided. That is why when the Apostle was writing to us, he was writing as brethren in like precious faith.
22.        Not “Brother, I don’t see it that way.” No! Well, you saw it that way, this is the way I see it too. No! “I suppose, I think!” It is either what God said or never.
23.        Jesus Christ prayed for this unity of the Church in St. John 17 verse 20-21, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”  KJV.
24.        “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.” LB.
25.        “Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
26.        That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” AMP.
27.        It means when we are united in one doctrine, united in one life, one faith, one baptism, the world will know that Christ actually sent us. The evidence that we are restored to the Apostolic foundation is this unity. We maintain unity of everything we do as a Church.
28.        If you answer the Church and you do not maintain this unity, you better go by the word “End-Time Tabernacle.” You go by the Tabernacle. It is only in My day that I have seen people answering Bride. One person doesn’t answer a Bride. One Local Assembly is not a Bride.
29.        Bride of Christ is made of Saints gathered from all the ages. Starting from Ephesian Age to be climaxed in Laodicea Age. But today, you see some people answering Bride of Christ at Aba, End-Time Tabernacle here and there.
30.        I remember our precious Brother Nath was having that Pentecostal carryover. He was exhorting in the Luxury Bus, the moment I said, “The Church at Nkpor,” he said, “What are you saying? Why don’t you say Bride of Christ at Nkpor?”
31.        I said, “No, no, no, far from that. It is Church at Nkpor.” That stumbled him immediately. This Faith, it is not for everybody. But any man that has the seed of God, the moment you say the Church at Npkor, he will say, “Do you pattern after the Acts of the Apostles?”
32.        Any man that has the seed, just say the Church at Npkor. He will say, “Oh, I can see. You pattern after the Acts of the Apostles?” Who can boast of any Church? Is it not God? Where do we see the Church? Acts of the Apostles.
33.        What is the Acts of the Apostles? Acts of the Holy Ghost! Whatever the Holy Ghost said, that we will do. For the Bible said, “Holy Ghost was teaching the Church comparing physical things with spiritual things.”
34.        Christ prayed for unity. He desired it, He prayed for it. And the prayer shows that God hates division. Division in itself, according to God’s Word, is sin. That is why, if there be any that is causing division in the Church, the Bible said, “throw him out,” because division is sin.
35.        If there be division, it is sin. Denomination is sin, God hates it. How many will be saved then? Brethren, how many will be saved in the whole world? Who and who do not belong to denomination today? God’s people are always few. The Word is the judge and the Word has judged.   
36.        I thank God for loving Me. God loves Me, I would have perished, not knowing. Good, good people, doing God a service without His will. Will they see it this way that Christ desires that His Church should be one? Prayed for it, laboured to keep it one.
37.        Oh, whosoever that is causing this division will not be spared by God. Brethren, when you get to your Churches, drum this to their ears so that a little act of unbelief will not rise up in their hearts making them to draw some souls unto themselves. We hate it. That is why when we see any trace of it, we try to trash it out immediately.
38.        There was a time here, sometime this year, the devil attacked this Church; the Church at Nkpor and Abagana. Some of you heard a little about it. And it pleased God that we should use the Word of God to thrash it down because I was vigilant, watching the whole situation, knowing where we were heading to, there is one adage I used to say here, “A dying man doesn’t want to die alone.”
39.        And if you want to redeem a dying man, make sure you know how to swim. Somebody that is drowning, before you redeem him, make sure you know how to swim very well otherwise you perish with that person. I just thank God.
40.        It is not the problem that matters; it is when you allow that problem to ruin you. When you allow your problem to kill you. That is where the problem lies. And that problem will not kill you until you overlook it.
41.        That is why I never overlook anything. I never overlook anything. Anything that is against the Word of God is My greatest enemy. If it is found in Me, I will condemn it. If it is found in you, I will condemn it. Until you lie down, I will keep on condemning you. That is My goal.
42.        That is why I used the two heads upon the brethren that were involved, pierced their hearts, their marrow and joints until they cried out.
43.        Church unity is very, very essential. Now, watch ecumenical movement; the way they are uniting, it is not the way God planned it. They are uniting on compromise, hence they say, “Let us remove all these things that separate us. Let us drop this, let us drop that, let us drop all these offence. Let us come together and walk anyhow.” It is not God’s way. It is antichrist way.
44.        In God’s way, unity is with the Word. If we are not united in the word, then it is false unity. And any time we are united with the Word, it is going to produce the same light. Thus, the same Word is sown to produce the same light. I say that denomination is of the devil, it is sinful, God hates it. God hates denominations, divisions.
45.        First Corinthians chapter 1 verse 10-13, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
46.        Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” KJV.
47.        “Now, dear brothers and sisters, I appeal to you by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop arguing among yourselves. Let there be real harmony so there won't be divisions in the church. I plead with you to be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
48.        For some members of Chloe's household have told me about your arguments, dear brothers and sisters.
49.        Some of you are saying, ‘I am a follower of Paul.’ Others are saying, ‘I follow Apollos,’ or "I follow Peter, ‘or "’I follow only Christ."
50.        Can Christ be divided into pieces? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul?” LB.
51.        “But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.
52.        For it has been made clear to me, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions and wrangling and factions among you.
53.        What I mean is this, that each one of you [either] says, I belong to Paul, or I belong to Apollos, or I be-long to Cephas (Peter), or I belong to Christ. Is Christ (the Messiah) divided into parts? Was Paul crucified on be-half of you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul?” AMP.
54.        You see, God Himself condemned it. The same thing as in 1st Corinthians 3 verse 24. He said the same thing: God condemning division, condemning denomination because HE (God) is one, THUS His body must be one, not two.
55.        unity must be in God’s way. When we are united in the word, we are united in the spirit of God also and the spirit of God is the spirit of truth. If we are not united in the spirit of truth, it then means we are united in the spirit of error. Is that clear to us?
56.        It is not coming together that matters, it is to know the ground on which we are coming together. Assuming we are coming together today, and what you see in our midst is every hand is up; brother will say this one, this one will complain, the other one will complain, we will end at nothing. Is that unity? No sir!  
57.        The Church is one. That is why, what affects Ohuba Church, affects Nkpor Church. What affects Isi-Alangwa Church affects Eha-Amufu Church. It is one, not two. When you stay at Eha-Amufu Church and regard whatever you have as your own, you are erring.
58.        You are staying at Onitsha Church and you are regarding whatever you have as your own, you are erring. That is why, as we continue, you will see gifts were sent from Macedonia to Jerusalem at the time of need because they were one. Everybody trying to make sure he is encouraging his brother in the faith to save where there is trouble.
59.        the true disciples were told to continue in His Word. note, The true Disciples of Christ, they were asked to continue in Christ Word. As many as were not able to continue in His Word were not true disciples. If we want to answer true disciples, it then means we will never leave the Word, we must continue with the Word.
60.        Brethren all that are still continuing in Sermon Book are perishing. If you are continuing in Sermon Book, you perish. The Word is inexhaustible fountain. Always fresh, always unique. When you read messages that were preached 1950s and 40s, you start rejoicing. What of the Bible that was written before you were born? Before the world was even created?  Amen.


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UNITY AROUND The SPOKEN Word
Gospel according to St. John chapter 8 verse 31-32, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” KJV.
2.           Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." LB.
3.           “So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” AMP.
4.           If you continue in My Word; not if you leave My Word. So, there is no other way we can know the truth except by continuing in His Word. It is very, very essential. Don’t leave this Word.
5.           That was why the Prophet said, “If a man leaves the Word of God, leave him.” You see, when we abandoned the Word of God, we thought we were in God’s programme. We were carrying sermon books up and down. Now, we have realised our foolishness. We thank God indeed.  
6.           This meeting is going to be short-lived. Looking at the people, the people are looking at Me, it appears our eyes are heavy with sleep. It is reflecting here. If your eyes are heavy, better cheer-up.
7.           Watch the way the message is moving; it started with a tuning message. And this one is a little higher than that first one. But this is just a foundation message. The main message will be preached any moment from now. I am upholding little, little things that will help us.
8.           Watch, the true disciples continued in the Word. And today also, as many as will continue in the Word, they are the true disciples of today. And we don’t know the Church that is restored to the Apostolic foundation until that Church is restored to the truth.
9.           Any Church that has been restored to the truth, the Original Word, that is the Church that is restored. Thus, as many as are still going about holding Sermon Books and parading themselves up and down, they are just wasting their time. God doesn’t know about them. God recognises only but one thing; that is His Word.
10.        After warning the Ephesian Church against division, St. Paul also said in Acts of the Apostles 20 verse 32, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” KJV.
11.        “And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace--his message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.” LB.
12.        “And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul).” AMP.
13.        What will do it? The Word. What will build you up? The Word! What will give you inheritance among those that are sanctified? The Word! You see why when a man leaves the Word, leave him because he is empty.
14.        When the Word is lacking in the Church, leave that Church immediately. What will give you this inheritance is the Word of God. Amen.
15.        Since God’s word is the only True Unity, by studying and obeying the Word of God today, we can achieve the same unity as could be seen in the early Church.
16.        Can’t we make it? We can make it! (And we have made it!) Why? What do we see in the early Church? Because, if you don’t know what was contained in the early Church, you won’t know when you are restored and you won’t know when you are not restored.
17.        Remember, God is restoring the body. He has finished with the life. What He is doing concerning life is just like a man that is plastering a house. when He sees a place that was dug or has a crack, he will patch it. You understand what I mean!
18.        If he sees a place that is just bulky, he will take that their “job” scratch it and plaster it. That is exactly what we are doing, OTHERWISE, every attempt will gear towards moulding the body.  
19.        All that we need to attain the divine nature of Christ have been given to us, even exceedingly, that we are without excuse. And this body is what is being prepared.
20.        Now, seeing the way the message is going, it is not a congregational message. You can now differentiate it from ordinary Church meeting. That is why it is ministers’ meeting. There are things that will not be helpful to the Church as a whole but when the ministers understand it, they will use it to build the Church so that brethren everywhere will rejoice at seeing one another.
21.        When you see your brother, you know that he is your brother; you know she is your sister. And with this message, this unity, you can see that when a man from Nkpor Church marries from Eha-Amufu Church, it is marriage in the same faith.
22.        Thus, when you want to marry, you will not limit your eyes at Abagana Church unless you will behave like the heathen that will say, I won’t marry from Abia State, I won’t marry from Enugu State. You are a traditional man. You better leave the Church.
23.        Now, we look into the Church how they were united. Number one, they had unity of doctrine. They were united in doctrine. The early Church was united in doctrine.
24.        Romans chapter 1 verse 16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” KJV.
25.        “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--Jews first and also Gentiles.” LB.
26.        “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” AMP.
27.        St. Paul preached so. St. Paul preached it, he wasn’t ashamed of it. Whether you be Greek or Jew, it is one message. 1st Corinthians 4 verse 17
28.        For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every Church.” KJV.
29.        He was teaching in every Church one doctrine not another. It is what the Holy Ghost was doing, building the whole Church, purifying them by the Word, by the Spirit, teaching the same thing everywhere in all the Churches.   
30.         When you look into the Bible you will notice that St. Paul while he was trying to speak on marriage said almost one thing in all the Churches.
31.        1st Corinthians chapter 7 verse 17, “But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all Churches.” KJV.
32.        Is it like that in your Bible? One doctrine, not two. Thus, the Church must be united in the faith as we can see in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 5.
33.        2nd Peter chapter 3 verse 15, “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you.” KJV.
34.        St. Peter is now confirming St. Paul’s teaching. Is that right in your Bible? St. Peter is never contradicting St. Paul’s writing though they were scattered by thousands of miles yet, by one spirit they were saying one thing.
35.        Whether you are at Eha-Amufu, Ugwumba, Abagana, Nkpor, Onitsha, it must be one thing. No man will contradict the other. Until we come to this unity, it then means we are not restored. Maybe we are trying to be restored.   
36.        How many love this unity? Glory be to God! The Church is uniting in the Word that is why I love it. It is ministers meeting. Watch the way things are going and be spiritual.
37.        St. Paul was certain of what he was saying. That is why Galatians chapter 1 from verse 6-9 says, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
38.        But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” KJV.
39.        “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Christ.
40.        You are already following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who twist and change the truth concerning Christ.
41.        Let God's curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God's curse fall upon that person.” LB.
42.        “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favour) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel.
43.        Not that there is [or could be] any other [genuine Gospel], but there are [obviously] some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you [ with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel] and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) [into something which it absolutely is not].
44.        But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!
45.        As we said before, so I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from or contrary to that which you received [from us], let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!” AMP.
46.        Brethren, it is very clear. The message we preached, it is a sealed message. You can now imagine how many that are accursed. How can you tell Me that seven thunders and seven millennium, that they are one.
47.        This one (A Church) said seven thunders is revealed, another one said it is not revealed and you call them one. That is ignorance; you are preaching a contrary gospel in the camp, don’t you know that? It is either we are bringing Roman Catholic or End Time message, saying they are one.
48.        I was speaking to My people at the other time. I said, “Look, Satan has deceived End-Time message denominations so much that they don’t know where they have merged with Roman Catholics: separated from the body, but united in the system.
49.        End-Time Message separated from the body united themselves to the system. How many noticed it? They separated because all they knew they were condemning Trinity, Trinity, Trinity in baptism but watch their practise, watch their lives.  
50.        End-Time Message is full of confusion. The most confused message I have ever seen is people that called themselves End Time Message. Thank God we are not in the End Time Message. We are in the Apostolic Message and that is what we are.
51.        I have left End-Time Message. End-Time Message is restoration message, restoring us to the Bible. We are running in the Bible and once we go to the Bible, the Apostolic Ministry will stand. End-Time Message is full of confusion but we are not confused for the Word of God is our light. Amen.


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THERE MUST BE LOVE IN UNITY
There must be unity in love. Love is the centre core of Christ’s doctrine. Any doctrine that does not emphasis on Christ Love is a false seed – it is rubbish. Throw it in the bush. The works of love could be seen in Acts of the Apostle chapter 11 verse 27 through 29 because love has works.
2.           In Acts of the Apostles chapter 11 verse 27 through 30, you will understand the type of love that exists in the Churches:
3.           And in these days came Prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
4.           Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.” KJV.
5.           “During this time, some prophets traveled from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings to predict by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world.
6.           (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could.
7.           This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.” LB.
8.           “And during these days prophets (inspired teachers and interpreters of the divine will and purpose) came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
9.           And one of them named Agabus stood up and prophesied through the [Holy] Spirit that a great and severe famine would come upon the whole world. And this did occur during the reign of Claudius.
10.        So the disciples resolved to send relief, each according to his individual ability [in proportion as he had prospered], to the brethren who lived in Judea. And so they did, sending [their contributions] to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.” AMP.
11.        Who received the gifts? Barnabas and Saul! They were given this gift out of love. You see what love produced? They saw their brethren in afflictions far away Jerusalem and they said, “No, we won’t close our eyes, we won’t close our hands, we must come to their rescue.” And they contributed according to their mite, everybody.
12.        You are ministers of the word, let the Holy Ghost minister this in your Churches. How you ought to conduct yourself. Some are waiting until they are very rich before they will practice it, you are wrong.
13.        Macedonia Church was very poor yet, in their poverty, they gave in support of brethren that were needy in far away Churches. Let us see what the Bible says in Romans chapter 15 verse 25-27.
14.        Romans chapter 15 verse 25-27, “But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
15.        It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.” KJV.
16.        “But before I come, I must go down to Jerusalem to take a gift to the Christians there.
17.        For you see, the believers in Greece have eagerly taken up an offering for the Christians in Jerusalem, who are going through such hard times.
18.        They were very glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them.
19.        Since the Gentiles received the wonderful spiritual blessings of the Good News from the Jewish Christians, they feel the least they can do in return is help them financially.” LB.
20.        “For the present, however, I am going to Jerusalem to bring aid (relief) for the saints (God’s people there).
21.        For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor among the saints of Jerusalem.
22.        They were pleased to do it; and surely they are in debt to them, for if these Gentiles have come to share in their [the Jerusalem Jews’] spiritual blessings, then they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.” AMP.
23.        1st Corinthians 16 verse 1-2, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
24.        Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” KJV.
25.        1st John chapter 3 verse 17. Why is love necessary? “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” KJV.
26.        Brethren, it is so clear. You see why we should go back to the Word. You have a lot to eat and to throw away, you see your brethren in other Local Assemblies or in the same Church dying of starvation like hunger and then you close the bowels of mercy against them.
27.        The Bible said, “Where dwelleth the love of God in you then?” And by love, the people will know that you are My disciples if you show love one to another. Thus, we must be united in love.
28.        Now, we must be united in names also. This is where people misunderstand us. Early Churches used names to glorify God and not human beings.
29.        Do you notice that? They were sure and certain that God is the owner of the Church and for that, every glory and honour go to the Owner. The use of human or any names they had resulted to divisions, even in the early Church.
30.        When you use Roman Catholic, you use CMS, you use Deeper Life, you use all these nonsense; it will result into divisions. Hatred even because wherever there is division, there must be hatred there. The Church must be united in names also. Let us see how this Church was addressed.
31.        1st Corinthians chapter 1 verse 1-3, “Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth,” KJV.
32.        Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth. Is it biblical? Yes sir! There is no other name for this Church at Corinth except this: The Church of God at Corinth. We will see another Church that is still addressed.
33.        Ephesians 4 verse 4-6, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” KJV.
34.        Everything there is one, one, one. You must have one hope. Whether you are in Jerusalem or in Judea or Samaria as long as you are a Child of God, you have only but one hope and that hope must be the hope of eternal life.
35.        What is more, he that has this hope in himself purifieth himself daily as Christ is pure. Hence, while we are aiming at perfection, you should also be aiming at perfection. We are aiming at holiness, you should aim at holiness.
36.        Not when this Church is holy, the other one is carnal—don’t do it. It will be wearying ministers for the time we would have used in preaching the word, we won’t like to use it to settle carnal, carnal cases in the Church.
37.        Acts chapter 5 verse 11, “And great fear came upon all the Church, and upon as many as heard these things.” KJV.
38.        Great fear came upon the Church and upon as many as heard these things. What did they hear that made great fear come upon the Church? Holy Ghost has started the Move, uniting the Church in the Word. Knowing that the Word will judge and no other thing, who will not be afraid?
39.        Let Me tell you, any man that comes today and receives the Word and goes away, on the last day, that word he received will judge him. Is that not truth?
40.        but you that have been receiving the word all these years, all that you receive must appear against you. All! The whole gospel, the whole teaching you received must rise up on the judgement day. You see how great our judgement will be on that day?
41.        Like I said, the Church was called the Church of Christ in Rome. Romans chapter 16:16 the Church was called the Church of Christ.
42.        Romans chapter 16:16, “Salute one another with an holy kiss. The Churches of Christ salute you.” KJV.
43.        The Churches of Christ salute you. We have so many Churches in that district contrary to what Sermon Book was telling you that you shouldn’t have more than one Church in one Local government or one district. And there is no place, people were just saying it because they were concoctions.
44.        No man can quote any Sermon Book where he read it. They were just saying their mind. If you know you have ever read it, let Me see your hands up where the Prophet said it.
45.        You have read it in the Sermon Book or COD; the Prophet said there shouldn’t be two Local Churches in one district. But you were quoting it in the pulpit attributing it to Branham.
46.        They tell lies and attribute it to William Branham. Did he preach another Bible? No! The Church in Corinth was called the Church of God. Let us see 1st Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 14.
47.        What I am trying to establish is that the idea of Bride Tabernacle and Bride so and so should be abolished.  That is what I am trying to establish. Is that clear to us?
48.        1st Thessalonians chapter 2:14, “For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews.” KJV.
49.        1st Timothy 3:5, “(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?).” KJV.
50.        Members were called Christians. Every member in the Church is called a Christian. No more, no less. Is that clear? If you want to know it. It is Acts Chapter 11 verse 26:
51.        “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” KJV.
52.        Membership requirement remains one. Membership requirement is one. That is, united in membership requirement. The same condition a man must fulfil to be a member at Eha-Amufu is the same condition you will fulfil to become part of the Church at Aba. You understand what I mean?
53.        There is no idea of going to Onitsha then you attain another thing, that is what you are going to do before you enter. The only way we know is through water baptism.
54.        If somebody is baptised by immersion, taking the name of Christ is added to the Church, this must be the doctrine everywhere. No more, no less. If there is any other way people are coming to the Church other than this way, that is unapproved way.
55.        Because in Mark chapter 16 from verse 15-16 it is very, very clear: Preach the Word as many as believed and are baptised shall be saved.
56.        Luke 24 verse 47, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
57.        The same order! REPENTANCE, REMISSION OF SIN, BAPTISM MUST BE PREACHED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
58.        Now the Church must be united also in worship like in offering and in order of songs, prayer, teaching and so on. For this I say here, see the message on Christian absolute and fivefold worship. That will clear all these. And with this, I come to the end of the second part of the message. God bless you. Amen.

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LIVE THE LIFE OF THE MESSAGE

We come up with messages that would help the brethren to organise the Churches in line with the Word of God. See, it baffles Me that somebody will come here and then start sleeping. Don’t ever allow that.
2.           Let Me tell you, you cannot sleep until you want to sleep. If you see yourself sleeping, it is because you yield yourself to sleeping. Maybe when you were coming, you were coming to receive mystery. Or you were coming to hear some roaring, no! Far from that!
3.           Something is missing! So, just discussionary. Otherwise, is not lift up some voice here after preaching, no!  I don’t want to preach. Rather, the spirit has led Me to lay down these nuggets. Whether I am there or not, you are all well equipped.
4.           Something is about to happen and that will not happen until you know what it is. God will not kill somebody for what he does not know and he was not told. That is why I don’t want to make any mistake at all.
5.           When you look at so many Local Assemblies or Local Churches in our midst, you will notice that there are some that don’t know who is looking after them. Take for example, Abagana. If you ask Me who is looking after Abagana Church, I will say I don’t know yet.
6.           Many have come to Me saying, “Brother don’t you think it is necessary we appoint somebody to look after the affairs of this Church?”
7.           I said, “No, I don’t want to rush into it.” The Bible warned Me seriously that I should not be hastened to lay hands on anybody. So, I must be patient before I do that. It is applicable to the Church at Ngwa.
8.            We have confirmed the Church but we have never laid hands on anybody there. Brother Nath, have I placed My hands upon you? He said, “No sir.”
9.           Ohuba is blessed, the foundation was very strong. Eha-Amufu has no problem except one problem. That problem is manmade and I will address it from the pulpit. I foresaw an elderly ministry coming up at Eha-Amufu Church because I have been praying for it to manifest.
10.        However, the way I am looking at things it has made it impossible for Me to comment yet. So, as we keep on praying that God will ordain ministers because the field actually is too extensive while the labourers are few.
11.        Already, we have baptised some believers in Mbaise so seeing Church is now located there, we are sending somebody. Very soon we will finish the work, then Obosima. It is a must and many other places.
12.        In the prisons outreach, we need some people, hospital outreach, we need some people also. Yet, we have only but very few men that are trained. The Prophet said, “Train up ministers.” Thus, I believe in training ministers.
13.        If you don’t train them, don’t blame them. It is very, very essential that we pray that these gifts will be released to some brethren. Then, the gift in you will not come out until you desire that gift in you to come out. What we do is we create sufficient room to enable every brother participate in the activities of the Church.
14.        For example, I may not know what is in you until I give you opportunity to perform. At Onitsha the other time, I called Brother Dan to exhort the Church in My presence.
15.        I was sitting down while he was ministering. After his ministration, I was able to draw some conclusion. And I saw areas where he could be assisted. That is how we tap these gifts.
16.        That somebody is an Evangelist doesn’t mean you will not be giving time at least to manifest before you can place him. Any man that can preach the word can answer anything but not in the Bride Ministry.
17.        You claim to be Teacher, claim anything you want to claim but not in the Bride Ministry. Because, when you claim anything and you are proved to be wrong, that is death. I mean real death spiritually.
18.        That is why we won’t decide in the Bride Ministry and because we don’t want anybody to make mistake about his calling or gift; that is why we give sufficient room for you to come up. We keep on featuring you in different areas.
19.        But there is one thing we keep our eyes from, no matter the way you preach, you teach or exhort, if your life is contrary to what you are saying, that is devil. thus, we pay strict attention to the life first.
20.        I use our Brother Kingsley for example. No matter the way you preach and exhort I can never lay hands on you until you repent of late coming. It is a dangerous thing. A young man like you that is not married. You come to fellowship late; everything is late, late, late, late. When you get married, that could be the end. As long as the Lord liveth, until you repent of that wickedness, Holy Ghost will not use you for anything.
21.        Brethren, as many as will go home to their Local Churches, if you are blessed to have one or two or three men in your midst, train them. Give them opportunities.
22.        From time to time, as it pleases you grant them the pulpit to encourage brethren under your strict supervision. Don’t ever make the mistake of living the pulpit and then you travel out, say mount the pulpit.
23.        If you ever, like today, for somebody to man the pulpit in your absence, the moment you get back to your station, first of all, interview the people that went to Church. Find out what they received otherwise, you may find some difficulties controlling the Church.
24.        Because a man may use your absence to plant whatever that is in his heart. Something that might be his desire even for years now, might be looking for opportunity.   Amen.




5
The organization of the Church
This last lap of My little exhortation, it maybe a little lengthy and that is the crux of the meeting. I am going to speak on “The organization of the Church.” That is the topic.
2.           What is more, I wouldn’t like to over-flog the issue. I want every minister here to pay strict attention. After this ministration, I will stand here to entertain questions. That is the essence of ministers meeting.
3.           I just stirred you up with the last few messages to open your eyes why we have gathered because the Church is one. So that the devil will not make them to think that they are trying to make this place the headquarters or what?
4.           Yes, we are making the headquarters here. Every doctrine must be decided at Jerusalem. Should the Apostles take any council, that is where the Church started.
5.           Wherever the Bride Ministry started, that became the Jerusalem. The Prophet said in his message, “Ye all know, this little tabernacle forms your Headquarter. If you have any problem, you know we refer to this tabernacle.”
6.           Some of you may not understand what I am saying until you hear the message “God’s plan to establish His Church.” The Church was prophesied and predicted even the place of establishment. And at the appointed day, it was established in Jerusalem. From there, it started spreading to other parts of the world.
7.           When they were having problems in other parts of the world, the centre of solution was Jerusalem. And in Jerusalem, why must they go there? It is only in Jerusalem that you meet resident Apostles. Not every Apostle is a resident Apostle.
8.           Many were in Jerusalem as resident Apostles–administrators, administering field men. That is why I am praying everyday that God should raise Apostles in My day. Pastors, Evangelist in My day.
9.           I am praying day and night for them to come up so that I will have My little rest. I will concern Myself to prayers and attending to questions on doctrines from other Local Churches while they concern their attention supervising the field activities.
10.         I am praying earnestly that God will raise some people. There is an office in the Church that is still ineffective. Any moment from now, we will make it effective. That is the office of the secretary. What is more, the secretary of the Church is always the associate Pastor of the Church.
11.        It doesn’t require any other person. It must require somebody that is seasoned in doctrine. For his duty is to reply to all Local Churches that come to the Church. Matters that bother on doctrine, he is going to reply unless cases that are so hard that he cannot handle and he will refer them to the Apostle on doctrines.
12.        2nd Kings Chapter 22 verse 1-20, “Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
13.        And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
14.        And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,
15.        Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people:
16.        And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
17.        Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
18.        And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
19.        And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD. And Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
20.        And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
21.        And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying, Go ye, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
22.        So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
23.        Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
24.        Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
25.        But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;
26.        Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spoke against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee , saith the LORD.
27.        Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.” KJV.
28.        “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath.
29.        He did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn aside from doing what was right.
30.        In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, the court secretary, to the Temple of the LORD. He told him,
31.        "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest and have him count the money the gatekeepers have collected from the people at the LORD's Temple.
32.        Entrust this money to the men assigned to supervise the Temple's restoration. Then they can use it to pay workers to repair the Temple of the LORD.
33.        They will need to hire carpenters, builders, and masons. Also have them buy the timber and the cut stone needed to repair the Temple.
34.        But there will be no need for the construction supervisors to keep account of the money they receive, for they are honest people."
35.        Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law in the LORD's Temple!" Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it.
36.        Shaphan returned to the king and reported, "Your officials have given the money collected at the Temple of the LORD to the workers and supervisors at the Temple."
37.        Shaphan also said to the king, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll." So Shaphan read it to the king.
38.        When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.
39.        Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king's personal adviser:
40.        "Go to the Temple and speak to the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah. Ask him about the words written in this scroll that has been found.
41.        The LORD's anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do."
42.        So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the newer Mishneh section of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah and grandson of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
43.        She said to them, "The LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go and tell the man who sent you,
44.        'This is what the LORD says: I will destroy this city and its people, just as I stated in the scroll you read. For my people have abandoned me and worshiped pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger is burning against this place, and it will not be quenched.'
45.        "But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the LORD and tell him: 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: You were sorry and humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I said against this city and its people, that this land would be cursed and become desolate.
46.        You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. So I have indeed heard you, says the LORD.
47.        I will not send the promised disaster against this city until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this place.'" So they took her message back to the king.” LB.
48.        “JOSIAH WAS eight years old when he began his thirty-one-year reign in Jerusalem. His mother was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.
49.        He did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the ways of David his [forefather], and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
50.        In the eighteenth year of King Jo-siah, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the Lord’s house, saying,
51.        Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the door have gathered from the people.
52.        And let them deliver it into the hands of the workmen who have oversight of the Lord’s house, to give to the laborers engaged in the repairing of the Lord’s house
53.         That is, to the carpenters, builders, and masons—and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.  However, there was no accounting required of them for the money de-livered into their hands, because they dealt faithfully.
54.        Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord! Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
55.        And Shaphan the scribe came to the king and reported to him: Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hands of the workmen who have oversight of the house of the Lord.
56.        Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, Hilkiah the priest has given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he rent his clothes.
57.        And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah servant of the king,
58.        Go, inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us because our fathers have not listened and obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.
59.        So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe—now she dwelt in Jerusalem, in the Second Quarter—and they talked with her. She said to them, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me,
60.        Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will bring evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants, according to all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read.
61.        Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, provoking Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath will be kindled against this place and will not be quenched.
62.        But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, say this, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, regarding the words you have heard:
63.        Because your heart was [tender and] penitent and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I said against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation, [an astonishment and] a curse, and you have rent your clothes and wept be-fore Me, I also have heard you, says the Lord.
64.        Behold, therefore [King Josiah], I will gather you to your fathers, taken to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring on this place. And they brought the king word. “ AMP.
65.        Now watch out, from the passage where we read 2nd Kings chapter 22 from verse 1-20, you will learn a lot of lesson from there.
66.        Now, the book of the Law was lost and as at that time, the people of Israel were behaving the way they liked. They never knew that they were offending God because, there was no place they could find God’s will for them because the book was lost.
67.        One day, the book was found and opened and read before all men. When the book was read, all that were read out from that book condemned the people of Israel that sinned. As a result of it, the Priest rent his clothes and said, “We have sinned against God.” And then lamented!
68.        Now, I want to establish something. Maize grain that is preserved for one million years, if it is planted after one million years, it is going to produce nothing but maize.
69.        If the Word of God was used in establishing the Church ages past and eventually, the Church fell away from the faith, that same Word, if the Church must be restored, that same original Word must be used again for that Church to be restored. Somebody did not understand.
70.        If the Word is the only thing used in laying the foundation for the Church and it produced saints of God, any group that gathers today under the auspices of the Word must also produce saints of God. No more, no less.
71.        Whatever we saw in the early Church that made us to glorify God, that made us to identify where the Church fell away at last, if we do the same thing they did from the beginning, we are going to reproduce that same original Church.
72.        What is more, it is this same original Church that the Lord said through the mouth of the messenger, I will restore. It is that Church because the only property God has on earth is His Church – that is His Kingdom. It is still here! And every attack of the enemy is geared towards the Church of God to destroy it.
73.        In this message, we want to examine the Church in the general sense. We also examine the Church in the Local sense. After this teaching, the Lord helping Me, I will ordain Deacons and Elders in the Churches because this is the time for it.
74.        If I never hand down this teaching, it would have been impossible for Me to do it because ordaining people when they do not know their rights and privileges, they don’t know their functions, is useless. You first of all train them, let them know their responsibilities.
75.        As many as are qualified, will be expecting their own to be announced before the whole Church for objection. It is not the question of picking; brother, come, brother come you become deacon, you become this, no!
76.        When you make your choice, you publish it before the whole Church. You ask them for objection. The Church must know about it because on the day of laying of hands, the Church will be in support.   
77.        And the idea of election of officers will be examined in the light of the scriptures. People went to the extreme in their own elections. And those that were elected never had any duration. They don’t know how many years they will stay before they will come down.
78.        If you are elected, you must come down at the expiration of your period now? But if you are ordained of God, the question of somebody electing you or appointing you is baseless.
79.        If there is a superior minister in the Church like the Apostle, He can post you anywhere. No Pastor is cliff to any Church; no Evangelist is for any Church. So, no minister is permanent in any place. Wherever your services are needed, automatically, you go there straight away. A minister can be moved from Onitsha to Abuja from Abuja to Birinin-Kebbi. You have no objection.
80.        It is not civil service where you will say, “I will resign.” I have heard that language before. That is carnality, it is carryover. Are you resigning from God or are you resigning from where?
81.        Who ordained you? You can only resign if a man appointed you now, which means you are not qualified to handle the Bible for it is manmade ministry. The time for manmade ministry is over. We are coming back gradually.
82.        Every organization needs a careful authority to give unity purpose and direction. Amen. This is normal even in village meetings or associations, there must be somebody vested with authority to direct the affairs of that body to give it unity, purpose and direction.
83.        Now, the question is this: Does the Church have such authority or head? You cannot understand it until you go to the founder of the Church.
84.        Matthew chapter 16 verse 18 “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” KJV.
85.        Who is the founder of this Church? The Lord! This is ministers meeting. There are some questions I will expect a response. God bless you Church. It is the Lord that has founded this Church.
86.        He laid the foundation, it belongs to Him. If human organization can appoint leadership, the question is: Does the Church have such leadership or who is qualified to lead the Church? I don’t believe in following outside the Bible ideas. No! I am here saying that the only person that is qualified to lead the Church must be the owner of that Church.
87.        He knows the materials in He used in moulding the Church. He knows the end and the beginning of the Church. The only person that founded it must be the owner. In the same way, the only person that owns the woman is the husband.
88.        Ephesians chapter 1 verse 22-23 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”  KJV.
89.        Who is the head of the Church? Christ! Did He appoint any human being to replace Him? No sir! As we continue, we will know why human beings decided to replace Christ. He is the owner; He is the head like the man is the head of every woman.
90.        Every married man is the head of his own wife, the same way, Christ is the head of His Church. If Christ is heading and human being is heading, there will be confusion. A human being must know his limitations; know where your power stops.  
91.        I don’t know how to describe it in this message. They were greater than the Pope even. All of them speaking with authority, challenging even heavenly messenger,   natural brutes. God is a merciful God.
92.        Let me tell you, some of them got away with it that time. The spirit we have received is not the spirit of destruction. But at times, He can allow it. There is a limit to human endurance; God can endure to certain extent. St. Paul endured to the extent God allowed him. The man became dump. There were a lot of makes ups.  
93.        Don’t worry, it is going to record. It is going to record. That was where we stopped. So brethren, we have seen that Christ is the head of the Church, so no man should interfere.
94.        You better leave the man, the owner of the Church to use His own freedom to man His property. The Church must obey his head the same way the physical body must obey its head. If we are a Church, we must obey our head.
95.        The same way, every part of the body obeys the head. Cut off the human head, that body has no life in it again. When you cut off the head, that man is dead.
96.        Wherever the head goes, that is where the entire body goes. If the head goes to anywhere that is where all of us will go. Is that right? Yes sir! We continue gradually.
97.        Ephesians chapter 5 verse 24, “Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” KJV.
98.        The Church is subject unto Christ not to any man. But until now, we have been seeing human beings behaving as if God is going to commit the Church to them comparing Church with Church, which is rubbish!
99.        If you want to compare your Local Church or group, compare it with the Apostolic Church in the Bible. When you go about comparing Enugu with Aba Church, you perish. That was what killed End Time Message.
100.     Men that travelled to Port Harcourt copied how to dance with instruments and so on. Those at Akunwanjo Church copied CMS style, Cathedral style even. They brought those things down.
101.     It pleased God to rig those things away. God decided to push those things away. They are not helping us in worshipping God. And anybody that is adding that thing the Lord has never planned it that way. Addition of those things in Church worship is as dangerous as using fufu in the Lord’s Supper; as dangerous as using pounded yam in the Lord’s Supper.
102.     It is addition to the word of God and whoever adds, let him get ready to receive all the plagues that are in the Bible. If it is not the Word, you know that I am deceiving you.  
103.     We consider certain things, the Bible said, “It is one body, one faith, one baptism.” More than one God or Lord for the Church, brethren, the thing will be a horrible sight.
104.     It will be as having a singular body with more than one Head. You still have more than one head over the Church of God, that will be as confusing as one man having two legs, two hands, four heads. That man must be extra ordinary. It is a horrible sight.
105.     A man with two legs, two hands with fours heads, if you see that structure, you will run away. So, it is with the Church of God. It must be one head, one leadership.
106.     I want to show you something. This third time I would read something from the five-hold ministry by William Branham. The Church needs only but one head, not two.
107.     2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things...”
108.     He has given us all things, He has supplied all things.
109.     “…that pertain unto life and godliness...”
110.     For His life, there is life that is necessary for us to live and have this everlasting life.
111.     “…through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
112.     Now this head, supplies us with all things patterning to everlasting life. He knows our joy and sorrow. The same way He knows the joys and sorrows of the Church.
113.     The book of Revelation chapter 2 verse 1-2, “Unto the angel of the Church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
114.     I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:”
115.     “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:
116.     "I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don't tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars.” LB.
117.     “TO THE angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Ephesus write: These are the words of Him Who holds the seven stars [which are the messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, Who goes about among the seven golden lampstands [which are the seven churches]:
118.     I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patient endurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraised those who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and have found them to be impostors and liars.”. AMP.
119.     Verse 9, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty...”
120.     You see, He knows the tribulation of the Church, and poverty.
121.     “…(but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”
122.     The Lord knows the tribulations of the Church because he is the owner. He is concerned about it. He knows our physical conditions. Whether we are rich or we are poor He knows about it because He supplies all things. Even things pertaining to this life. If we must to live, He will supply all we needs.  He heareth each time we pray.
123.     Hebrews 4 verse 14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
124.     For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
125.     Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” KJV.
126.     “That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him.
127.     This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin.
128.     So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.” LB.
129.     “Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].
130.     For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
131.     Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” AMP.
132.   On this note, I say remain in your sanctified estate, remain blessed in Him eternally. Amen.