Akinadewo: Writing a devotional book, takes the guidance of the holy spirit
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His Most Eminence, Dr. Israel Akinadewo, known as Omoeri, is the Baba Aladura of Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim, Worldwide (MCCSW), as well as, the Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos chapter. The forensic accountant recently spoke to newsmen on his daily devotional about to be released, as the first of its kind in the Aladura movement and his ministry. Chris Irekamba was there.
How did you come about the idea of writing a devotional Daily Contact With God (DCWG)?
The inspiration came last year, when we were marking the anniversary of the death of the founder of the church. God spoke to me concerning the project and I remember I announced in the church then, but I just left it at that. A few months ago, one of our people that God is using in the Diaspora encountered Him through some of our publications. She suggested that we should have publications on periodic basis for people to learn from.
She was just God-sent, as it opened my eyes to what God already told me to do.
Is DCWG solely for members of Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide (MCCSW)?
You know Jesus Christ is the head of the church. He is not a Messiah of some denominations, but the head of all churches. Coincidentally, it is a Cherubim and Seraphim leader that is writing the devotional, but it is not meant for Aladura members alone. It is meant for all denominations, and not even only Christians. It is for people that want to learn more about how to get closer to God. On what is different about it, I don’t want to dwell on that. If you look at what others have written, it means you are trying to copy, but divinity is way above secularity.
But there are two or three features that are common to this devotional. There is what we call Proverb for the day, as well as, Psalms for the day and thoughts for the day, which are not things people have said in the past. These are original thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Is the devotional strictly about spiritual issues?
One thing that is very important is that no matter what we do, we require the direction of the Holy Spirit. Invariably, when you treat the spiritual aspect of life, it takes more than 90 percent of what we want to do in this world.
However, it is not about spirituality alone, as it covers such areas as how to live, treat fellow human beings and some others, where we need God.
Most Christians have devotions they are already committed to, and might want to ask, ‘why should I add this to my list of devotionals for the day?’
As a matter of fact, we always need more of God. I know there are many devotionals, but we need more because the inspiration God has given to individuals is different. There is no devotional or church that has it all. Anything that can lead us into the Lord’s way cannot be enough.
Aladura preachers are not known to do this. If you were talking about visions or prophecies, people would understand…
The word of God says, ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge.’ If you look at the primary set up of the Aladura, you will realise that some uninformed successive members, changed the initial make up of the movement, as founded by Saint Moses Orimolade. The Aladura of old, we were told, had to do with praying and taking people from darkness into light.
There were no strange practices. Yes, the founder down to some generational leaders, were illiterates, but they were truthful and obedient to the ministry, as commanded by God. Nonetheless, being educated is advantageous in fulfilling the concept God has given one, and structuring it appropriately. Sadly, because the early leaders did not have formal education, they couldn’t document the original formats, which gave rooms for many strange practices you find among some Aladura churches and members these days.
Meanwhile, the reason for the devotional is to enlighten people the more. Aladura churches tend to focus more on helping people solve their problems. We do that so well, but do not really prepare them for life hereafter. Many of us have woken to this challenge and I can assure you things have started changing for the better.
Is it true you are working on a public presentation for the devotional?
Yes. When Jesus Christ was on earth doing His ministry, He did everything in the open. He wasn’t doing all those things inside His inner house. Sometimes, He went to the mountains and people followed Him, which means He was well known. He wasn’t an obscure leader. He wanted to reach as many people as possible. He knew He had something the world needed. It is the same with me. I am inspired by God to do this. So, how can you cook a good food and expect the aroma to stay inside the house? That’s the essence of this public presentation.
However, it is not for pride. Writing a book is another form of evangelism. One of the assignments He gave to us as Christians is: ‘Go Ye into the world and evangelise.’ Imagine the number of homes that will get the devotional book and how it is going to transform their lives, with corresponding benefits to the larger nations.
You are Baba Aladura, CAN Secretary, an academic, chartered and forensic accountant. How do you combine all these?
I’m an introvert and I don’t go out. I don’t have time for social engagements. So, it is easy for me to make out time for most of these important aspects of my life. Being CAN Secretary in Lagos State and Baba Aladura relates to my spiritual assignments. So, it is also easy to combine both. Most times, I just concentrate on reading, philanthropy and so forth. Anything that takes me out of these is nothing.
Is this devotional going to be a yearly publication?
Yes, by His grace. It is a lifetime project that one will even pass on to the next generation. The word of God is always new and the inspiration will always come. It is different from writing other secular books, but when you are writing a devotional book, which is spiritual, it takes the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always available. It is not about me, but about God. As long as one is in Christ, and God liveth, this project will stand.
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