On the last day of his seven-day visit to the U.S. and Amazing Love Church Ministry, the apostle of God, Bishop Chris Raymond Ngwu would leave the country with the firm conviction that members of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l have been well schooled in biblical knowledge to receive and understand his messages and teachings. The result? He has promised to return next year.
“I travel around the world a lot to minister, but in some churches, I am not able to teach because they have not been taught. I am happy here because I raised the bar and the response was great, meaning a good foundation has been laid. I will come back next year,” said apostle Ngwu.
But, Bishop Ngwu was not the only one who was elated at the end of his five-day teaching and preaching. Everyone was. Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi, on whom the Bishop conferred the title of apostle for his commitment to the Lord, was equally happy because his teachings and preaching were affirmed by Bishop Ngwu.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap was happy because he has learned so much from the Bishop to make him a better pastor. The first lady of the Church and leader of the Women’s Ministry, Mrs. Mildred Ntemi was happy because the Bishop’s preaching will help members of her Ministry, not only to be better wives but also, better human beings.
The elders and members of the Church were happy because they acquired more knowledge in the fundamental notion of blessing (the perennial act of saying good things) to enrich their lives, members of their families, and those they come into contact with on a daily basis.
Throughout the six days that he addressed the Church, either as a motivational speaker, teacher, or minister, commonalities that became the motifs in all of his deliveries were blessing, faith, and trust in the Lord. On blessing, Bishop Ngwu said it’s imperative for Christians to know the way and manner to bless their families on a daily basis so that their children would grow to realize their full potentials.
Apostle Ngwu delved into analyzing the etymology of blessing eschatologically with a Hebraic analogy. “While Christians have to pray for their blessings, Jews don’t have to, because they inherited it. As soon as Jewish children are born, they are told that Israel is their inheritance and the earth is their land. So, they don’t have to pray to be blessed. Blessing defines the being of the Jew, but Christians must adopt and practice it.”
He told the congregation that only one percent of the world’s population controls the economy of the globe, but Jews make up 65 percent of that percentage to substantiate the tremendous success of Jews in the arena of business and entrepreneurship.
Most importantly, Bishop Ngwu again affirmed blessing as central to living in the cultural covenant of God and the need for Christians to practice it perpetually. Beginning with Adam and Eve, he said, quoting from Gen. 28, “When God created Adam and Eve, the first thing he did was to bless them before giving them dominion over everything, including the fishes, the animals and every living thing on earth. Notice God did not tell them to dominate other people.”
Apostle Ngwu then went on to reveal the secret behind the astronomical level of success Jews attain in relation to Hebraism. “When a Jewish child reaches the age of puberty, usually the age of 12, the father calls six of his prominent friends together, and each promises the child that in the event of any calamity befalling the father, they would be responsible for the child’s upbringing and needs, until he or she becomes independent in life. Therefore, the child doesn’t have to worry about getting a scholarship before going to college. He or she knows that when that time comes, one of the father’s friends will take care of that.”
“The culture of God is blessing. God is not vindictive. When we miss that, we struggle in life. Before you, he is; after you, he is. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. As Paul says in Roman 10: 10-12, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness. And with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation . . .. Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek. For the same Lord is rich unto all who call upon him.”
He lamented that the profound unity of faith that binds Jews is what is lacking among Christians. In Christendom, even the preachers don’t trust one another to the extent that when they go to meetings, what they do, for the most part, is to antagonize one another, especially African pastors.
Bishop Ngwu revealed that on many occasions, he received disturbing calls from the leadership in America about African preachers disagreeing and being antagonistic at meetings and wondered how they could be trusted with that kind of attitude.
He decried pastors using the pulpit to excoriate other pastors because as he put it, “As pastors, when you see that something is going awry, what you do is to pray for them; you don’t castigate them. Again, in all things bless, say good things instead of cussing.”
On faith and trust, he cited the famous biblical examples of Job and Saul. While Job’s trust and faith in the Lord were severely tested by Satan, he was unshaken, unmoved, and did not become rattled to the extent that when his own wife asked him to cuss God and die, he rebuked her and kept his trust and faith in God.
On the contrary, when God tested Saul in the second year of his reign when he told him to wait for seven days during which he would send a prophet to him to reveal his plans to him, before going to war against the Philistines, on the seventh day, Saul impatiently panicked and didn’t wait for the day to end and declared war. After his declaration of war, Prophet Samuel came with the message.
“Because of Saul’s lack of trust in the Lord, he rejected him in his second year, but he still allowed him to rule for 38 years more. God doesn’t renege on his promises. Once he has promised, it’d come to pass, so keep the faith,” said the man of God.
The Bishop minced no words when he called on his fellow preachers not to compromise the word of God in their sermons in order to sound politically correct. “Here in America, sometimes it is difficult to talk about certain immoralities because we want to sound socially and politically correct. Where I have reached in my life as a preacher, I consider myself an elder in the culture of God, so I call a spade a spade. If in the process, I offend anybody, please know that I didn’t meant it. I speak the truth with a clear conscience and a pure heart.”
The apostle of God noted that as a young man, he watched Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner) win gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the decathlon, competing in ten events, but today, she said he didn’t feel masculine enough, after he got married to three different women and gave birth to five children? The man of God wondered what has gone amiss in the world today and noted that such nadir feelings arise out of a sense of deformity.
“Present the truth firmly, and it will make you free; don’t be sarcastic or philosophical about it. In the kingdom of God, we live by establishing a relationship with God. We don’t win by arguments; you can make the best theological argument and you will still lose. We judge by sight, by what we see, but God judges by looking into your heart to find out the intent. Theocracy is government by God, of God, and for God. ” said the wonderful man of God who holds three Ph.D degrees and has never been sick in 30 years. He left for the Cameroon on Monday.
Samuel O. Doku