Former Redeemed Church Pastor Condemns Politicization of RCCG's Holy Ghost Congress

Goodluck Jonathan kneeling down at the RCCG's Holy Ghost Congress
By SaharaReporters, New York

A former pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Bankole Solomon, has condemned what he described as the politicization of the church's annual Holy Ghost congress.

Pastor Bankole, a lawyer and the Ogun State Secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), expressed the position on Facebook.  

Speaking later to SaharaReporters by telephone, he said his position was aimed at President Goodluck Jonathan's appearance at the congress as a tool for political manipulation of members of the popular church, and Christians at large, but was not an attack on the church and its leadership.

He described Holy Ghost congress as having become “a supermarket where all kinds of people like charlatans and political opportunists come shopping turning God to Father Xmas to give them end-of-year bonus.”

Mr. Solomon said he was very unhappy at the rate at which his famed church voluntarily surrenders its sacred podium to corrupt politicians when pastors working hard in the church are being denied the same access to the podium.

President Goodluck Jonathan, he said, was there “turning our once sacred altar to political podium talking deceitfully & indirectly campaigning for 2015.”
He questioned the basis for that decision, given that Mr. Jonathan is not a pastor.

The lawyer, who said he resigned from the ministry of the RCCG in 2010 for personal reasons, predicted in his post that members of the church would harass and harangue him for coming out clearly to condemn the way the church has been turned to a den of thieves.

SaharaReporters can confirm that that is already happening.  Mr. Bankole has been receiving threats, cursing and harassment from members across the world. Bankole however says he stands by his earlier position, but expressed surprise at the attacks.

 Below is Pastor Bankole's posting about the issue yesterday on his Facebook Wall:
 I know this post will attract a sharp condemnation because I worship in RCCG & I was once a pastor before I resign0ed voluntarily because of rights violations in the name of religion.

I resigned in   December 2010.

But am still worshipping in there as an ordinary member.

So, whatever. I have here is without prejudice.

Holy ghost congress of our great church is now a political congress where all shades of corrupt leaders will mount our altar to fool Nigerians on what they will do.

Holy Ghost congress is now a supermarket where all kinds of people like charlatans & political opportunist come shopping turning God to father xmas to give dem end of d year bonus.

Jonathan was even there turning our once sacred altar to political podium talking deceitfully & indirectly campaigning for 2015.

My question is this? On what ground was president Jonathan allowed to speak to people. Is he a pastor? Because d gathering is purely spiritual gathering & event. I've been a pastor in Redeemed for d past 10 years & I've not got any opportunity to sit on that altar not to talk of holding microphone. If because Jonathan is a president & he is recognized, it means some are more equal than others.

Immediately, I left camp on Saturday morning, I looked at the camp very well because I know that would be d last time I will set my foot to that Eagle square called Redeemed camp.

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Love

All this argument arise from lack of Love.your action toward the issue show you don't even Love the rest members of rccg (1john 3:23-24).if Love coming out of the church is not the next step.

On Solid Ground

A proven Christian needs a solid ground (Christ Jesus) upon which he or she can stand the tides of this race. Anyone that is quick or ever judging (not a secular Judge through) is of little and unteachable heart. Former Pastor Bankole is entitle to his observation/opinion but suffer it to say, you are never appointment a judge over any man (believer or unbeliever). Pastor Bankole, your point may be secularly valid but your channel of expression could land you in spiritual problems (redeemable or irredeemable) but God will show mercy. We all need to learn from the disposition of Pastor Bankole. All we need is Ministry of forgiveness, reconciliation and be Christ focused. Also, there is no doubt that the world and the church is going through the fulfillment of the scripture, please don't help God. Our role model is still JESUS, but the need helpers and helpers of your destiny mind you!
WE SHALL MAKE HEAVEN WITHOUT BEING ASKED FROM WHICH DENOMINATION.

Mr. Solomon is being

Mr. Solomon is being sentimental cos he belongs to the opposition, since he holds the position of Ogun State Secretary on Committee of Defence which is a political appointment .

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judge not that ye be not judged

Matthew 7. Please focus on God and stop criticising u don't knw who directed daddy GO to do wat he did, i knw he operates by divine direction. He who recieves a prophet in d name of a prophet shall recieve a prophets reward. Mr oshodi are u a christian at all? I doubt it, ur paying tithes n offerings is not for anybody but urself, please read malachi 3:8-12. Pls lets not call curses on ourselves with all dis tyns we are saying, bcos u don't knw wat u'll say dat will offend God, just make sure ur serving God as u ought not minding wat others are doing, God knows those dat are His.

you change my mind

Ive been a pastor(ordained) in the mission for more than 10 years. I am about to resign becos the church has lost focus(money, money money)but you just changed my mind.
how long are we going to continue like this. ordination money, promotion money, dedication money, let go -a fishing money, offering, first fruit, sacrificial offering( all salary sept and april), tithe, pledges,vow, day out pledge etc . where is holiness, where is rightous living, where is salvation

What of OBJ

President Obasanjo stood there and you never complained If you did I would have been convinced and happier, but to say you never will step you foot in camp again calls your motive to question. Adeboye is not a God but an ordinary man who can make mistakes and can be corrected. This is not enough reason to quit or has bitterness taken over your heart? God bless you.

Dear Pastor, Who made you

Dear Pastor,

Who made you judge over Daddy Adeboye? Didn't the Kings ( the good , the bad and the ugly) in the old testament come to the prophets? More so, before the presidential election, did n't all believe that jonathan was the messaiah this nation had been waiting for? i voted for Jonathan not because he came to our Camp, but because i believe he was the change we want to see.

Suprise

Were You ever a pastor? It seems you left the church cause you sought but received no recognition.Are you trying to say that Papa commited sin,have you become wiser than him? I just dont know what to tell you. But dont forget the fact that we (Christians) are enjoined to look unto Jesus and not on any man not even Papa Adeboye. Examine your life "Pastor".

For God not for men

My brother you left the church because of wat you believed is wronge. Well, i want you to read colosian 3:23-24. Then ask yourself 'have i done well'.

HELP

MY GOD HELP NIGEIRANS

ZACCHEUS

WAS ZACCHEUS A PASTOR FOR JESUS TO HAVE RECOGNISED HIM AND EVEN HAD A FEAST WITH HIM. BANKOLE YOU BETTER REDEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST

Adeboye is collaborating with politician to defraud nigerians

Fools are too many here!

How can Adeboye turned God's Altar into campain ground of deceit ground?
Those of you that accused Bakole, go and read why Turkey is a moslim country today, go and read why Roman Empire failed.
If Adeboye continue using redeemed camp as a place of deceits, when revolution shall come, it 'll start from there.
Welldone my brother Bakole for your courage.

jonnathan visites at holy ghost congress

the alter of god is the heart of every man. standing on a pulpit before men does not mean your standing on gods alter.for the bible says your body is the temple of the holy ghost and not houses made by men.so don't thing daddy GO did something bad by allowing GEL speak on the pulpit to nigerians to whom he is head of state.i only wish such a thing could hapen in country cameroon.A president kneeling in puplic before a born again and man of god halleluyah!!jesus is lord , that's a prophetic sign for africa

Stay focussed and Undistracted

Bankole your view of the recent happenings in church no doubt calls for caution and if the church is wise, it should indeed be cautious of the perilous times that we are in. The bible says we shd be as wise as the serpent. However, prophets and leaders have always worked hand in hand even in bible times. A wise leader must always seek wise counsel and prayer from prophets if he must succeed. wether the leader uses the counsel or not is to his own peril. The man of God simply fulfilled his God given injunction by giving respect to whom it is due and praying for a leader. Also be cautious not to fall into the temptation of being political rather than spiritual, bitterness and hatred for the pastorate yourself.May the Lord help us all as we sojourn this life and make it in Jesus Name! Amen!

You made too much sense!dis

You made too much sense!dis so called pastor isn't properly schooled obviously.frm d bible days....prophets & leaders have always worked hand in hand & as a mata of fact anyone that dint have a prophet was doomed!asides dat on a general note....every leader has an 'oracle' he consults *check African traditional religion*u dnt even need to b a fanatic to knw u dis.all u need is to study.therefore mr bankole stop hating & seeking cheap attention!!!

Jonathan In RCCG

Amen, the church is being given an opportunity to say or do something if they choose to be inactive or whatever they do and whenever JEHOVAH would take His action and judge all, regardless of class HE shall be vindicated

Jonathan at RCCG

If Gen M Buhari was in the camp in 2007 for votes,as you said,and I know other political leaders had been there too, and we know the leadership of the church has never criticise any of them,yet we all know there is a problem in the country,and a pastor came out to say this visitations are political, what could have been wrong in that? Mr Bankole did not single out only our President,he condemned all other such visitations. Indeed,what the church is officially saying is,like an ostrich,to the Nigerian condition is that,"all is well, I see no evil,hear no evil and knows no evil" I pitied mr Bankole though,for having been living down this truth this long. Another thing is he said he is surprised. Ha know not then the company he kept

Listen to yourself, "god of

Listen to yourself, "god of Adeboye", so the pastor's god is different from your god and possibly ours ? What a pity!

Who are you to tell anyone

Who are you to tell anyone what to say or not to say or what to do or not to do, who are you to make threats? If you have anything worthwhile to say, say it and leave everyone else to express their views. You aren't even confident enough to let people know who you are, making comments anonymously....

It is better to run to GOD

It is better to run to GOD than man or the devil.

u miss d point

My pastor friend, you miss d point. focus on the message not the messenger. lets concentrate on the issue raised, if GEJ is a sinner he should answer the alter call like every other persons and be prayed for. it should end there not be given the opportunity to address the congregation. how many sinners are allowed to climb the pulpit at the congress and address us. Jonathan is no exception. when we come for holy ghost congress, we are there for serious spiritual business and not cheap testimony from those who are killing us. what has our church turn to. i hope u listened to the series of "holy ghost in the life of Elijah" from Adeboye himself. where are the Elijahs of our time who will speak the truth to our leaders. perhaps they are not yet anointed. May the Lord Anoint them soon. Holy ghost congress bye bye until ELIJAH comes. Robbers, Looters, Killers etc on the alter of God. What a shame.

Re:Politicization of Holy Ghost Congress -"the love of God"

Sir,"for charity shall cover the multitude of sins" 1PETER4:8;every opportunity afforded sinful mankind(including you and i)to come before God's altar is an opportunity for the seed of righteousness to be planted,watered and eventually germinate and rule man. The priesthood of Jesus Christ is the ministry of reconciliation and not condemnation -JOHN3:17;2CORINTHIANS5:18. The altar is for all to come as they are,and we pray for Christ to grip their hearts unto righteousness,some instantly,others in the process of God's timing even as He makes all things beautiful in His time. There's a higher "truth"...the love of God. God bless you sir.

Church Is Business

Any wonder our so called men of God have private jets? And we fools pay tithes and they build schools we cant afford to take our children. Shine your eyes!

wise up

EXACTLY MR. BANKOLE'S POINT. WHY SHOULD WE ALLOW THE HALLOWED ALTAR BE TURNED TO CAMPAIGN PODIUM, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE KNOW THEY COME TO DECEIVE THE CHURCH. WHY ARE WE THIS GULLIBLE IN THIS COUNTRY

Jonathan is at worst is a

Jonathan is at worst is a sinner, like every other sinner (including most of us on this blog), and cannot be denied Church fellowship because of his political status. Lots of people go to the altar to sing, to make announcement, give testimony and address the crowd; that doesn't means they are more important than others in the crowd or they are special before God or the church.
Jesus mingled with sinners and saints in a bid to expand the kingdom of God and win souls (but he never partook in their sins).The church also reserves the right (under God and the Law) to associate with individuals (irrespective of social, ethnic or political orientation or status- without compromise to set biblical standards) in a bid to realize its purpose. The church cannot survive or progress in isolation.

What will you have said if he went to a shrine?

Jonathan is at worst is a sinner, like every other sinner (including most of us on this blog), and cannot be denied Church fellowship because of his political status. Lots of people go to the altar to sing, to make announcement, give testimony and address the crowd; that doesn't means they are more important than others in the crowd or they are special before God or the church.
Jesus mingled with sinners and saints in a bid to expand the kingdom of God and win souls (but he never partook in their sins).The church also reserves the right (under God and the Law) to associate with individuals (irrespective of social, ethnic or political orientation or status- without compromise to set biblical standards) in a bid to realize its purpose. The church cannot survive or progress in isolation.

Why condemning Bankole

Those who are condemning Bankole for saying the truth should go and Study 1king 13 in his entirety. It is a satire of Nigeria and our Christian leaders (jeroboam,the man of God from Judah and the old prophet).

Politicians know that it is easier for them to win us over through religious stuff than any other thing.

May the Lord open our eyes of understanding.

A Hypocrate?

It is almost clear that some people follow the pastoral path for pecuniary gains. Consider that in Nigeria if you say you are a pastor of a church such as RCCG, you instantly draw attention, doors open and you will almost have an easy right of passage. Some aspire to become pastors in order to have access to easy money. Using the name of God to extort money from believers is common place in Nigeria. For all who do not have genuine calling or desire, the system always make them look like sore thomb. They stick out. Bankole belong to this class. He chipped out because nemesis was knocking on his door.Bankole does not read the bible and if he does he has no understanding of the Holy book.

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