By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). The head pastor of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Pastor Georges Ntemi foreshadowed his sermon on Fathers’ Day last week when he hinted that he would unleash the gauntlet with his preaching on Sunday in celebration of fathers and their importance in upholding a functional traditional family structure. And true to his word, he evicted a powerful homily that stirred the imagination and tickled the heart.
The blessed man of God averred that because of the tricky nature of politics, some politicians always want to sound politically correct, so they tend to veer from the truth and resort to euphemism; therefore, it is the responsibility of pastors to boldly and courageously speak the truth at all times to correct anomalies and rectify lies in society.
Anyone who knows Pastor Georges is acutely aware that he is neither sexist nor homophobic. He is a pastor whose teachings and sermons are invariably grounded in the Bible. From that perspective, he seeks solutions to mundane and existential problems confronting humanity from the Bible because as he puts it, “Our God was the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
“Today is Fathers’ Day. The title of my sermon is, How God Views the Father. God’s plan from the beginning was family. God created man and out of the man, He created woman. After Adam and Eve had sinned, the Lord still blessed them anyway and asked them to leave the Garden of Eden to go and be fruitful and multiply. God knew the importance of family; that was why the Lord gave Adam a woman, not another man,” noted an inspired Pastor Georges.
“However,” Pastor Georges went on, “today the traditional family is under attack. The system has failed the values of the traditional family; the system encourages divorces, and fathers are not encouraged to be with their wives and children, in the face of difficulties they are confronting. And politicians have become narcissists who think more of the next election to win than the welfare of their constituents. In a way, they love themselves more than anything else.”
The consul of God asserted that many young men and women have lost their identities because they erroneously think homosexuality is the new norm, the new way of life, when the Bible in the Books of Leviticus and Romans clearly declare it as an abomination. “Homosexuality violates God’s instruction to us to be fruitful and multiply because gays don’t multiply; they recruit,” said the apostle of God.
He cited Ephesians 5: 22-28, noting, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands; as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body. . . . Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.
“That he might sanctify it and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
Pastor Georges then asked: “Did you hear the Bible saying the wife is the head of the house? Husbands, if you don’t love your wives, you are a criminal. If you are machismo and you think it’s a weakness to show your love openly to your wife, you are a criminal.
“Man is supposed to be the head of the house, but there is a struggle for authority, for the woman says, ’You have to earn that authority.’ God responds to whom should be the authority in the home in Gen. 3: 16, ‘Unto the woman he said, and I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shall bring forth children and thy desire shall be to the husband.”
The consul of God noted that “desire” in the last line is not sexual; it is for the woman to succumb to the man’s authority. “Unfortunately, some men have delegated their authorities as heads of households to women because they are too lazy to work. Such men are useless. You don’t sit down to allow the woman to work while you sit at home and spend the money just because you think you are good looking.
“The man must be the prince, the king, the high priest, and the prophet of the house. As the king, the man lays down all the rules in the house to ensure the children have some guidelines in their lives so that they are not misled by others into oblivion. As the prophet, the man loves his family and prays for them on a daily basis. The prophet sculptures the destinies and the lives of his children so that they succeed in life.”
Pastor Georges stated that a father who does not perform this basic function in his household should abdicate his role as the head.He noted that the logos (reason) for the traditional family system to stay strong is that it is the backbone of a nation’s prosperity and wealth.
“Politicians can’t change the world; families can. If each family teaches their children the ways of God, the world would be a great place. If the traditional family is dismantled and falls, the country as we know it would fall. If we are not careful, we would sink progressively and collectively into immorality and the name of God would vanish with it,” noted the apostle of God.
Pastor Georges called on fathers to teach their children the ways of God, and they will fear the Lord and his ways and when they grow, they would not depart from it. He challenged deadbeat fathers not to shirk their fatherly duties and man up to take care of the children they bring into the world.
“It is never the fault of the children. Kids need their fathers, and mothers who bar their children from seeing their fathers are witches. A family with two
is a freak just like a boat with two captains may lack direction. The need for fathers in homes is real,” observed the blessed man of God.
Pastor Georges alluded to the specter of end-times where fathers abandon their children and their women because of the love of self, are mindless egomaniacs, and thoughtlessly selfish. He cited 2 Tim. 3: 1-3 in support thereof: “This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.”
The blessed man of God asked fathers to be neither bossy nor autocratic in their homes to allow peace and serenity to prevail and for the children to have good role models to learn from. He said the need for male role models has become crucial because many young people have lost their identities. He asserted that the same vibrant urgency that propelled Alex Haley, author of the best-selling book, Root that also became a classic movie, is driving many young men to search for identities because of the absence of fathers in their homes.
Here, Pastor Georges who believes personal testimonies win fresh converts for God, stated that he is an excellent role model for his son Zion. “Zion and the children were accompanied by a nanny to a swimming pool one day, and for one reason or another, they wouldn’t be allowed in. There and then, Zion told the nanny that she shouldn’t worry because his daddy’s a fixer. So, the nanny called and the pastor in turn called the pool attendant and they were allowed in,” said Pastor Georges.
“What am I trying to say here? It is not my calling to let the kids in that matters. It is the confidence and the trust my son had in me that I could fix the situation if the nanny could call me that’s of importance. Let your kids have confidence in you in as much as we have confidence in God that when we call on him, he responds to our needs,” said the blessed man of God.
Last but not least, Pastor Georges asked fathers to always speak blessings into the lives of their children for them to realize their destinies and full potentials. “Bless your children. That’s what makes you a dad. Pray at the dining table; don’t delegate prayers to the mother. Build the self-esteem of your children. Being a dad is not just about sending child-support checks. We want to build real parenthood—parents who will stand up to do the will of God.”