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‘Eradication Of Corruption Will Make Nigeria Great’ (2)

By AYOYINKA JEGEDE
17 October 2015   |   11:26 pm
CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK Rev. (Dr.) Olasupo Ayokunle is the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention. While in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, recently, for the foundation laying ceremony of an ultra modern permanent site of First Baptist Church in Eket, and a two-day crusade, he spoke with AYOYINKA JEGEDE on his mission to the state, as…
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Rev. (Dr.) Olasupo Ayokunle is the President of Nigerian Baptist Convention. While in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, recently, for the foundation laying ceremony of an ultra modern permanent site of First Baptist Church in Eket, and a two-day crusade, he spoke with AYOYINKA JEGEDE on his mission to the state, as well as the state of the nation.

Has the Church been helping to fight corruption?
What we need are church members that know who Jesus is by heart and not by mouth. We need people that can say like Joseph when temptation comes, ‘how can I do this and sin against God’s people?’ Integrity is the hallmark of Christianity. I just wrote a book entitled, “Integrity: key to success in leadership.” Whether in Christian or secular leadership, when you lose your integrity, you have lost your effectiveness. People should be able to say like Samuel ‘witness against me, whose goat have I taken? Whose oxen have I taken since I have been in the leadership of you people?’ This is why I emphasise the need to discipline our members so that they will know there is a difference between what they profess and their actions. Somebody that embezzles does not know God. He/she only has the identity of a Christian or the church’s he/she is attending. When you are passing through a church, but the church does not pass through you, your product will be unacceptable. Jesus Christ said, ‘by their fruit we shall know them. Not all that call me Lord belongs to me, and not all of them will enter the kingdom of God.’ The church should be meticulous enough to take members through a systematic Bible study.

How is the Baptist Church contributing to Nigeria’s growth?
Baptist is helping to build the nation and society at large, through undiluted Biblical sermons and theological education that will lead to production and graduation of sound ministers of God. We are also investing in secular education with the fear of God. That was why we established the Baptist University (BOWEN) and secondary schools such as Obanikoro Academy, Baptist High School, Jos, Port Harcourt, Mbubi and Olivet Baptist High School. We have our schools all over the nation so that people might study with the fear of God. If you give people education that lacks the fear of God, you are only giving them the wisdom to destroy the system.

What was your mission in Eket?
I came for evangelistic outreach because the strength of Baptist is small in this region and people are thinking that Baptist is a small or new church. The Baptist denomination has been in this country for 165 years. It is one of the foremost churches, one of the biggest three in Nigeria. Our effort is to double church planting here. We already declared First Baptist Church Eket home mission field and we have about 29 home mission fields in Nigeria. We have a missionary here, who is working with the pastors and mobilising them to identify areas, where they should plant churches so that people can worship God. My coming here was to dedicate a new church — Faith Baptist Church, which cost several millions to build. It was the mission Church of First Baptist Church, Eket. I also performed the foundation laying of an ultra modern auditorium that can sit thousands of people.