Praising God after death to make heaven: What is Pastor Adeboye saying?

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Praising God to heaven: What is Pastor Adeboye saying?

Out of 10 people who know Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, you’re likely to get nine who will vouch for him. They can attest to his integrity. They can attest to the fact that he has maintained a high moral standard in the face of a corrupt world. In fact he is to many people the face of the church if not on a global scale at least in Nigeria.

He has a compelling antecedent and a great credential. When he came to know the Lord in 1973, he came with a determination to serve the Lord from accounts about him. His faith is adjudged to be a raw faith. And truly he has been a giant in the church.

Given the great impact he has made over the years, it will be unjust and criminal for anybody to underplay his contribution to the growth of the RCCG which was founded by Pastor Josiah Akindayomi in 1952.  He inherited a church that was largely unknown. But since he became the General Overseer in 1981, God has used him to make great impact which has made the church  become a phenomenon.

One can not despise a man who sits atop a church that has branches in almost all the nations of the world. It’s not just his impact that is compelling, the social capital he has brought to bear on the church in Nigeria is phenomenal. It’s not a mean achievement for one to be counted as one of the 50 most influential people on the face of the earth by  Newsweek, one of world’s most outstanding publications.

Beyond that rating the high and the low respect him so much and would readily fall for whatever he says. If Pastor Adeboye says it, then it must be the gospel truth. That seems to be the thought line in many circles.  And frankly, Pastor Adeboye who is generally called Daddy G.O. has not disappointed keen followers of his ministry.

Even when he made so much controversial statements in the past like the “no tithe no heaven message”, Issues of redemption of the first born son, his hobnobbing with leaders of other faiths in an attempt to bring world peace, many still believe he could still  be trusted. He is certainly not a flippant person and has demonstrated that he is a man who is fully in control of his thoughts and actions.

Though you may not agree with some of his messages, you’re compelled to face the bare facts about his life which are evident to all. This is a man who God has used to heal many people and who has been instrumental to the liberation of many. He also has a record of being a beneficiary of God’s manifold grace. From a dingy apartment in Imusin Lagos, God built for him a city.

So it’s really hard to fault him on both moral and scriptural grounds. In the first place he is a traditional preacher who holds the canons of scripture in a sacred way.

With this background picking hole in his theology may not sit well with many. The reason is because of his large scale acceptance and the fact that whatever he says which are perceived wrong may not necessarily be error of the heart but error of the head especially when such statements are made in passing.

But then how do you explain a “gaffe” that has been repeated twice in a space of six months? Several months ago, Pastor Adeboye made a harmless analogy about possibility of accessing heaven after death if one can praise God very well at the gate of heaven

He said it with the so much gusto that, if by error of omission he dies and he is not allowed to access heaven, he would simply begin praising God. His position is that if he praises God so well that God would not be left with any other option but to open the gates of heaven for him.

That analogy came as a passing message. It was preached at the headquarters of the Church in Lagos during one of the Thanksgiving Sundays.

Then, one  had viewed that utterance as an attempt to underscore the importance of praise, and that it was just an attempt to get people to praise God regardless of their circumstances.

But again, this time on Sunday June 7 2020 at the Thanksgiving service of the church aired from the studio of Dove Media, the official television station of the Church, he made reference to that message and again repeated exactly what he said months ago. This time with some emphasis.

It then became obvious that it’s not only a gaffe but something  he believes could be possible.

That brings us to a huge debate. A man who is not accepted in heaven can actually influence God through praise and enter heaven ? So God can pander to our praise and succumb to pressures from our end if we praise him? Oh, If that is the case why bother about any other thing?

What does the Bible say about those who will enter God’s kingdom? Is it without praise no man shall see God or without holiness.. is it possible to praise your way to heaven after death.

Is it no longer, ‘it is appointed to man to die once, after death judgement? Why did Pastor Adeboye make this analogy and left it hanging thereby giving the impression that there could be hope after death?

It will be great if Pastor Adeboye can come out to say he was only joking. But if there is no rebuttal of that message from the Church then we can as well agree that the Church perhaps has a new Bible that is not known to many.

By the way it is heretic to think God will answer any prayer after we might have shed this mortal body. It is also heretic that praising God is the passport to heaven. Though Pastor Adeboye only made analogy, that analogy was far fetched. In any case praise and thanksgiving cannot influence God’s justice system. He is not man.

While it is correct to say God inhabits the praise of His people, we must appreciate that, that scripture is about his people while they are here on earth. If you’re his people there will be no cause for you to miss heaven. And there will be no reason to ever imagine that when you get to heaven you will praise your way there if he denies you access.

This teaching would have been ignored if it is coming from a neophyte in faith or from a man who wants to play down the Bible. It’s just akin to some childhood jokes that if God wants to punish a sinner that he would be so angry that by the time he throws the person, the person would have been thrown past hell and by mistake thrown into heaven.

That sounds ridiculous you say? That seems to be another dimension of what Pastor Adeboye is telling millions of people who are listening to him. Could he be serious about this analogy? What scripture does he have to back up this analogy? Are there no people in the RCCG who try to checkmate him when he is veering off track? Is it not obvious that he is going off the radar by this analogy?

It’s sad that a beautiful message on ‘how to fly through your mountain’ ended on that note. While the rest of the church looks on, it’s important that we sound the alarm that our dear DADDY Adeboye was joking by that analogy that people who miss heaven can access it by praising God. Evidently, he must have been joking. Being human, who is fallible, he is capable of making wrong utterances.

It is hoped that Pastor Adeboye who is evidently a humble servant of God will take a second look at the analogy which could be taken on a face value.

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2 Comments on “Praising God after death to make heaven: What is Pastor Adeboye saying?”

  1. The credentials which the writer of this report presented about the preacher is one of the challenges in the body of Christ today. How do men of God see themselves? What are their assumptions?
    When a preacher sees himself in light of the venerations that people accord him so much that he could make statements that do not agree with scriptures at will without cautioning himself, or anybody checking him because he is highly respected, then we are beginning to see that another dangerous situation has crept into the Church.
    It is now time the issue of heresy is taken seriously in the Nigerian Church. It is not about the popularity of the preacher; the long list of his achievements in the ministry or the largeness of the followership he enjoys. As much as we should honour our fathers in the faith, we must not spare their heretic teachings. The Apostle Paul did not have the solid credentials of Apostle Peter when he condemned the hypocrisy he exhibited in respect of Judaistic practices because of the Jews. He did not mean to disrespect Peter, but he knew the danger of falsehood; he knew false teaching and practices spread like cancer, therefore they should never be tolerated.
    In this particular case, since there is no such thing as praising God at the gate of heaven in order to gain entrance into the presence of God; since we all know that such doctrine has no support in the scriptures, it should simply be said that people should not follow that error; it is false and a dangerous garbage. If the evangelicals condemned the Roman Catholic doctrine of the purgatory, then they also have the responsibility to hack down this falsehood not minding who has spoken it.

  2. I am not really surprised that Pastor Adeboye preached a heretical message like this. Over the cause of the years, Pastor Adeboye has consisstently departed from the truth of the scriptures and continued to preach old fables and falsehood that has nothing to do with the Bible. His message of “no tithe no Heaven” is still fresh, and up till now nobody within the hierachy of Pastors within the church has come out to correct this controversial and false message. The Redeemed Christian Church of God has lagerly become a gathering of people whose sole purpose is to follow and honor Pastor Adeboye instead of honoring God. I should know because I was for a very long time a Pastor within that denomination until God in His mercy liberated me. No one is ready to upset the status quo or rock the the boat. It is a gathering mostly of mammon worshippers, who are consumed with carnal and worldly fulfillment rather than fulfilling the purpose of God. That is not to say that there are no godly individual within the church, but they are in such a small number that any effort on their part to effect change will be like a drop of water in the ocean.

    In a world in shich spiritual success is measured based on worldly standard, men like Pastor Adeboye will continue to be revered, worshipped and followed because of there financial and material success irrespective of their doctrinal and biblical heresies. But this problem is not just unique to RCCG, it is a common trend within most Pentecostal/Charismatic/Evangelical churches both in Nigeria and worldwide.

    But the Bible is very clear on this, from Jesus Christ to the Apostles, God has revealed well ahead of time what we are witnessing within the church today.
    2 Timothy 3:1-7
    Perilous Times and Perilous Men
    3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    Matthew 24:10-12 (NKJV)
    10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
    Matthew 24:23-25 (NKJV)
    23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
    2 Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV)
    2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction [a]does not slumber.

    All the above quotations are contextual scriptures that speak to the heresies and falsehood that we are witnessing today. Men like Pastor Adeboye are too far gone into their falsehood to willingly have a change of heart, it will take God’s grace and His mercy for him to repent and truly seek the true Christ. The only thing left for any serious minded Christ followers within such denominations like RCCG, Winners Chapel, Christ Embassy and the likes is for them to leave such gathering and ask God to lead them to an assembly of true Christ followers and believers.

    On a final note, let me leave with this word from Apostle: 2 Timothy 4:1-5(NKJV)
    ” I charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”.

    The time is short, so those to whom the Lord have revealed the truth should stand up for the truth to ensure those truly seeking God can be rescued from the likes of Pastor Adeboye, Oyedepo, Oyakhilome and TB Joshua.
    Shalom!

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