Read 2 Timothy 2:24, Northern Christian Group Tells Pastor Bakare
A Northern Christian group has responded to Pastor Tunde Bakare and referred him to the bible which says in 2 Timothy 2:24 which says a servant must not quarrel. Below is the statement from the group.
Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria: We Commend Pastor Tunde Bakare to 2 Timothy 2:24
Our attention has been drawn to Pastor Tunde Bakare’s comments over the weekend on the person of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Sadly, his comments were replete with ad hominem attacks and insults against the first family. Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria (CHAIN) is glad that the first family have chosen not to respond to Pastor Bakare in kind but to be guided by the principles taught by Christ which center on tolerance in the face of provocation.
Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria, however wishes to make known that while we respect Pastor Tunde Bakare, we do not wannt the impression created that he s speaking for the body of Christ in Nogeria. We are immensely grateful to Pastor Tunde Bakare that he conceded in his sermon that the “God factor” made President Jonathan President. Seeing as he admits this, we would like to commend Numbers 23:8 to Pastor Bakare which says as follows “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?”.
We are also appreciative of the fact that Pastor Tunde Bakare said any agenda to “balkanize the nation would fail”. It is curious however that Pastor Tunde Bakare never thought it wise to make such a comment in all the multiple times that Boko Haram threatened the unity of Nigeria but rather chose to make this prayer in respect of the so called ‘Ogoni Declaration of Self Governance’ which Mr. President condemns and which the governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, has rightly described as treasonable. Are we to take it that Pastor Tunde Bakare is not as concerned with the activities of Boko Haram
Reading Pastor Bakare’s comments where he said “Now, it is the turn of Otuoke people, and they are declaring autonomy”, we feel it might be pertinent for him to study the map of Nigeria or take a crash course in elementary Nigerian geography because Otuoke is not in Ogoni Land. Otuoke is in Bayelsa state while Ogoni land is in Rivers State. Not to hold a brief for the President, we however do not want to people of Otuoke to think that we support this hasty generalization. Perhaps after soberly considering the statements he made, which libeled a whole community, Pastor Tunde Bakare may think it wise to apologize to the people of Otuoke for maligning them unjustly.
Finally, we appeal to President Jonathan to be open to constructive criticism and take time to consider and learn from constructive criticism especially coming from a man of God, however, based on our reading of the Holy Bible, Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria does expect that such criticism should be truthful and calculated to help the target grow. Certainly, our reading of the scriptures does not prepare us for intemperate language from a man of God. We wish to say to Pastor Tunde Bakare what the bible says in 2 Timothy 2:24 which is that “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
We note the language that Pastor Bakare chose to use against the President, but as the President is also a Christian well acquainted with the message of self control taught by the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge him to pray for Pastor Tunde Bakare that God in His infinite wisdom would continue to bless him and his and increase him in the knowledge of God.
Pastor Caleb Ma’aji
Christian Awareness Initiative of Nigeria (CHAIN)