By Samuel O. Doku
Bishop Chris Ngwu’s faith in God is boundless; his trust in the Lord is profound and non-negotiable, and righteousness defines his being as a teacher, minister, motivational speaker, and consul of God. With impeccable oratory, he explicates the bible with eschatological and hermeneutical brilliance to illuminate and manifest God’s glory. However, his journey as a Christian, dedicated and committed to the work of the Lord meandered with its own contours before he made it straight.
Apostle Ngwu is an only son, and his birth was strikingly similar to that of Prophet Samuel. Before his birth, his father, a teacher in a Catholic school, didn’t have any male child, but he had a powerful conviction, like many fathers in Africa, that he would need a son to succeed him to bear the last name of Ngwu so that the name would be extended onto succeeding generations. Notably, the Ngwu family had a history of idol worshipping, so Bishop Ngwu’s father thought that possibly, it was the reason God didn’t want him to have a son.
As a result, not only did the father yearn for an extension of the family’s last name, but also, he elevated his thought into a spiritual realm and like Hannah, teacher Ngwu promised God that he would dedicate his son to worshipping him, if the Lord was graceful and merciful enough to let him have one.
Not long after promising God, his wife became pregnant and gave birth to a son. The dad named him Christian, partly in fulfillment of his covenant with God and partly to remind himself of the promise.
His story and birth then are strikingly similar to the manner in which a childless Hannah established a covenant with God by promising him that she would dedicate a son to serve him the rest of his life, a son whose hair wouldn’t be trimmed if the Lord gave her one. The Lord did and Hannah named him Samuel who became a great prophet in the Bible.
But, growing up in an extended family, some of whom were idol worshippers, was not easy for the young Christian. He witnessed anthropomorphism firsthand, as he saw stones and other idols assuming the voice of humans and uttering sentences. It was an unbelievable sight for him to behold. Bishop Ngwu recalls the travails of his youth: “My experience as a young Christian was not easy. I came from a background of idol worshippers, so I was tested in many difficult and different ways.
“While Christians may be reading the Bible, an idol worshipper’s culture is in the manifestation of the devil. But, I said to myself, ‘I will keep following the Lord, no matter what happens.’”
True to his own promise, he continued to follow in God’s way until he became an ordained preacher in 1985. When he became a preacher, the debut mission he assigned himself was to extricate his entire family from the worshipping of idols. In the process, a bird came and perched behind his window, mocking him in a clear sentence that he had escaped with his life, but there was no way he could rescue his family. On hearing that, then Pastor Ngwu proclaimed, “If the Lord I serve is a living God, you will not escape with your life.”
After uttering those words to proclaim the power of God, he opened his window, and there was the bird lying on the ground, as lifeless as a carcass. The next time, the devil sent a vulture sartorialed in a coat to challenge him. Again, he uttered the powerful words, and the vulture became a carcass. Indeed, those were insightful and revealing testimonies that authenticate the power and glory of God, so I asked him what his secret was.
To my question, he seemed a little surprised, but he quickly regrouped and responded, “There is no secret. Life comes in degrees. An infant also is symbolic of the man and the father. If the infant is not allowed to develop normally, he would remain an infant. The more we know the Lord, the better we get.”
He quoted Hebrews 5:12-14 to accentuate his spiritual growth and maturity: ”For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and have become such that ye have the need for milk, and of strong meat. For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
The exercising of the senses to discern both good and evil took the apostle of God back to the golden days of Adam and Eve when God gave them the injunction not to eat from the tree of good and evil, but the devil stepped in to deceive them. Bishop Ngwu said the injunction gave the first couple a discretionary power, containing both milk and strong meat, and it was up to the first couple of the world to choose either to be matured or to remain as infants in adult bodies.
“Solid food belongs to the matured mind. The tree of good and evil was a probationary tree. God gave them the order because he meant for the tree to be of one of judgment. God wants you to enjoy discretionary rights because he says whatever you bind here on earth is also bound in heaven,” said the man of God.
The message was clear. As Christians, we have the power to grow and mature as believers or to forever remain stagnant and refuse to uplift our faith to the next level of glory. “Life is in the living; you have to train yourself to be great. Keep following the Lord through thick and thin, and you will experience his glory,” said the apostle of God and founder of the Living Word Fellowship International.
Bishop Ngwu, in an answer to another question, responded that although the founders of this nation did not believe in revelation and miracles, the Puritans were Christians, who believed in the redeeming power of Christ and saw this nation as a “shining city on a hill.”
“America is still a strong Christian nation. Although some of the oracles of God have been compromised in this country because preachers teach love but are afraid to speak the truth, has led to suffering due to sin being allowed to abound and fester, but this eagle will fly again,” said Bishop Ngwu, holder of three PhDs, with two in theology and one in international leadership.
In modern day America, where an individual like Dyllan Roof mercilessly gunned down African Americans worshipping God in the sanctuary of a church in Charleston, SC, after he had been invited and welcomed, it is not surprising that the Bishop was concerned about the oracles of God being compromised in the country. He mentioned Micah 5.
The man of God appealed to the Church to connect to rising trends globally and lead the rest of the world as it should. Analogizing America’s position with the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, the Bishop observed that if you are faster than Usain Bolt, but in a race, you run in the opposite direction, there is no way you can beat him. Bishop Ngwu ended the interview by predicting that “the next wave of great achievers in America will come out of the Church.”
Indeed, Apostle Chris Ngwu has stood and passed the test of divine time through his conquest of the demon and sickness.