As more Christian leaders and clerics continue to condemn the recent onslaught of controversial and divisive prophecies being recently witnessed across the nation by some self-styled prophets, a call has gone to the public to beware of being deceived.Senior Pastor of The Shepherd’s House Assembly Int’l, Abuja, Rev. Dr. Joshua Talena made the assertion on the sidelines of his church’s recently concluded Apostolic Invasion Crusade while addressing newsmen.
Talena bemoaned the practice of some preachers who churn out controversial and divisive prophetic utterances capable of heating up the polity and disowned prophecies that are geared towards introducing an air of conflict and crisis between friends, colleagues, family members and associates.
The cleric who has been known over the years for his uncompromising stand against falsehood and bold confrontation of anti-biblical practices rejected in its entirety the recent prophecy reported in both online media and some newspapers by one Prophet Elijah Ayodele who was reported to have predicted that five deputy governors will betray their bosses. He described it as a figment of the imagination of the so-called prophet which he said is clearly self-seeking. He said the preacher may have given such utterances so as to draw attention to himself.
Talena strongly posited that such utterances which are capable of pitching the Governors against their deputies could never have emanated from God as he quoted several scriptural passages insisting that ‘God is not the author of confusion’.
He also condemned the onslaught of some loyalists of Prophet Ayodele who it was reportedly said had placed the deputy governors who rejected the prophecies on curses by declaring that the deputy governors will not see any good thing for refusing the prophecy of Prophet Ayodele their principal.
He described such supposedly placement of curses as ‘a rascality and an abuse of spiritual principles’; describing some of those deputy governors especially that of Ebonyi State, Barr Kelechi Igwe who spoke on behalf of his colleagues as credible, God-fearing gentlemen of impeccable character and regretted such embarrassment on them coming from a so-called Christian leader.
He finally charged the governors who may have been threatened with such prophecies as well as other Christians to disregard such ‘inconsequential utterances’ but to endeavour to study God’s word and be guided only by prophetic utterances that do not violate God’s word. He encouraged them to treat their deputies based on their personal knowledge of their antecedents and not on someone else’s opinion notwithstanding the source and origin of such including a supposedly religious angle.
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