THE DRAMA OF MEGA CHURCH OF THE BROADWAY – THE BANDWAGON OF CARNALITY (PART 1)

18591. MATTHEW 7:13-14 (NLT):
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But THE GATEWAY TO LIFE IS VERY NARROW and the ROAD IS DIFFICULT, and only a few ever find it.”

1. This morning as I was walking 🚶 closely behind Rabboni through the four Gospels, I saw the mystery of the megachurch he built in his earthly ministry. A church without walls. A church without denomination. Not a church for the elites. It’s a church of the multitudes. It’s not a church of word compromise, it was a church of hard truths.

2. I saw the crowd always thronging and touching and pushing him. Yet, that bandwagon crowd did not receive any miracles. They’re spectators. Everyone was touching him, but only one woman touched him with roaring faith, and her incurable haemorrhage dried up INSTANTA! She did not come to be a spectator. She came with contagious faith in what she heard.

3. The miracle the multitudes received were eating fish burger twice. That’s the popcorn 🍿 and soft drink 🥤 the cinema gives you for the sake of entertainment. The majority of them were spectators who came to watch a movie 🎥🎦 screen. He said in Matthew 10:7-20 (NLT) – “Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveller’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.”

4. and in Mark 16:17-18 –
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

5. The multitudes running 🏃 🏃‍♀️on the Broadway are plunging into hell😭😭😭. The narrow path does not give room for a hasty rush unless you want to suffer bruises. The HIGHWAY to Hell is broad and it’s for the impatient in the spirit. If you’re too hasty or run in the narrow and difficult path, you will stumble and have accidents and collisions. It is too narrow and too difficult for those who are impatient in the spirit. The impatient follow signs and wonders, When in reality, Rabboni commanded us to lead, and signs and wonders will follow us (Mark 16:17). The multitude loves multiple signs and wonders. To them, it’s like another magical entertainment. They ended up being spectators in mega cinemas 🎦 of charismatic showmanship, where consecration, godliness, righteousness, the crucifixion of lust, pride, and carnality, holiness are not featured and compulsory items. You can be entertained in every mega cinema 🎦 and your name will not be included among the actors that are enriched by the production and sale of that movie 🎥. You can follow after every bandwagon crowd to any church of signs and wonders without discerning where signs ended and the magic began, that will not make God write your name in Heaven, in the book of life (Luke 10:20).

6. Signs and wonders don’t follow bandwagon spectators, signs and wonders follow only those who erupt in faith! – those who believe and obey the word of God. And that faith cometh not just by reading, but by HEARING and HEARING again by the voice behind the word of God.

The life of spectatorship is a frustrating one, that’s why Rabboni instructed me that we should break up into a small fellowship of 10 per group. Many members were already descending into spiritual spectators seeking any magical intervention in the affairs of their lives.

7. Mega ministries are horribly IMPERSONAL. You can’t get a personal touch to grow your faith in His word. Room and parlour Christianity is better Crusader Christianity. Whatever you gained from crusade evangelism, if you don’t invest and sow those souls in house fellowships and Bible Study groups, where personal growth is conducive, fertile, and contagious, you will lose such souls on the mega Worship Malls of Cinemato-Christianity!

8. What the multitudes get is congregational entertainment. They pay money to buy data, they pay to connect to the Internet, they pay money for tickets, they pay money to get to the venues of the cinema halls. After that, it’s impersonal entertainment. No intimacy with the actor or owners of the mega cinema auditoriums. The crowd don’t know and may never meet the rich cinema owners and wealthy actors. No familiarity, no intimacy with God under the noise of feel-good HALLELUYAHS!

9. Have you ever heard people who come to watch a movie contribute money for anything after buying tickets? Nay! The reason is that there’s no personal community for growth. Once the entertainment ends, everybody go their different ways, back to their abode.

When my Rabboni got to the pool of Bethesda, He healed only one person who had been lame for 38 years 😭😭😭.

10. A great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, were by that pool, but Rabboni was very IMPERSONAL at Bethesda. He didn’t look at faces or the history of their ailments. He came for one man and disappeared after His mission was accomplished.

11. The largest congregation in the world is Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷. When that church exploded in numbers from 12,000 to almost a million members. Pastor Yonggi Cho tried to retire many times, but every time he retired, in-fighting broke 💔 out among the leadership that took over from him. He had to come back from retirements many times to settle the rift among the leaders. It got so bad leaders promoted multilevel pyramid schemes and scams in the temple of prayer, word, and worship, and were called out by the heathen and gentile government, and were convicted of crime against the people whom they supposedly lead and serve?

12. I asked myself, why would a Godly and Heavenly-rooted, Paradise-bound leadership be fighting one another? For what? For administrative power and control? For money? For influence? 😭 😭 😭 They weren’t fighting over Holy doctrines!!!

13. That’s when I knew that bandwagon mega-churches devoid of organisational wisdom from Heaven, can’t lead a majority of their members to Heaven’s narrow path and small gate, because “… few there be that find it…” (Matthew 7:14)

14. Pastor Yonggi Cho had to devolve the megachurch into small fellowships, and the numbers attending main church Sunday services crashed to 200,000 while over 600,000 flourish in-home Bible study fellowships.

15. I looked at the Guinness Book of Records today. The Top-10 Largest Church closed Auditorium in the world seats between 18,000 to 120,000 members in one single weekly service.

16. It’s scary that Nigeria 🇳🇬 occupies six (6) slots out of the Top-10. Numbers 1 to 3 are Nigerian churches. Number 4 is a Brazilian 🇧🇷 Church. Numbers 5 and 6 are also Nigerian 🇳🇬 churches. Number 7 is an Indonesian 🇮🇩 Church. The 8th position is also occupied by another Nigerian 🇳🇬 Church. Number 9 is another Brazilian 🇧🇷 Church, while number 10 is an Indian 🇮🇳 Church in Hyderabad, with sitting capacity 18,000 members. American 🇺🇸 churches are distant 11th position and further down that global list 📃.

17. What does this tell us, apart from the drama lesson of in-fighting we learnt from Yonggi Cho’s Church?

The countries known for large auditorium churches were not the most developed and “comfortable” nations. They’re the most hungry for breakthrough solutions, which stark and chronic poverty drove them to seek for in the church. They are rife with hate crimes, corruption, global malfeasance etc. etc. These churches are teaching a mixture of religiosity and true spirituality.

18. • Pay tithes
• Obey God
• Pay Sacrificial offerings for construction of bigger, better, and modern State of the art, Mega auditorium
• Vices of Competition and eyes-serviceship
• Divination, subtle witchcraft, and carnality
• Comedy Central entertainment
• Secular Motivational Speeches
• School of Cosmetics and Fashionista
• Showmanship, commercialism, Impressionism, and Title-seeking
•They teach abstention from food and water, but they didn’t teach abstention from the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and pride of life. (Many members are deep drowned in the rivers of pornography and impurity of nudity).
• They teach how to think and grow rich, but they don’t teach how to fast from your inappropriate and evil thoughts.
• They teach strange visions but they don’t teach the power and mystery of dreams.
• They teach about strongholds and strongmen but don’t teach how to pull down and overthrow covens of witchcraft and shrines of dark powers.
• They teach how to speak with motivational eloquence, but they don’t teach how to fast with your tongues or teach how to sing in the spirit.
• They teach how to kill Goliaths without teaching how to kill the lion and bear in the secret places of our hearts 💕
• They teach visibility of the city 🏙 without teaching Holy serenity of the wilderness 🌵 (They don’t teach why and what Rabboni and John the baptist went to do in the wilderness)

19. The list and lust of church of modernity and carnality are endless and I’m not going to indulge in them now.

PSALM 102:15-17 (NIV)
“The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.”

20. Zion is full of reproaches now, and the heathen mock us, persecute us and imprison us. When the Lord shall REBUILD Zion, He shall appear in His glory. The reason why the prayer of the destitute is despised and not answered by God now is that the church is bringing His name to ridicule. The nations did not fear the name of our Lord because the church is filled with merchants, and hireling shepherds, selling doves, Mammon worshippers and Money Changers.

21. Our mandate is to rebuild the Church of Jesus Christ with the FIERY GLORY of His manifestations that sends fear into the hearts of nations and rulers.

FOR I’M BUILDING A PEOPLE OF POWER 💪 💪 💪 (LYRICS)

For I’m building a people of power
And I’m making a people of praise
That will move through this land by My Spirit
And will glorify My precious Name

Build Your Church, Lord, make us strong, Lord
Join our hearts, Lord, through Your Son
Make us one, Lord, in Your body
In the kingdom of Your Son

For I’m building a people of power
And I’m making a people of praise
That will move through this land by My Spirit
And will glorify My precious Name

Build Your Church, Lord, make us strong, Lord
Join our hearts, Lord, through Your Son
Make us one, Lord, in Your body
In the kingdom of Your Son

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