Why Nigerians should turn to God for solution to recession, says cleric
A clergy and resident Pastor, Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Reverend Julius Msheliza, has urged Nigerians to seek divine intervention over the current economic crises.
Speaking at an event to announce the 14th anniversary of the church, which comes up on Saturday, October 22, the pastor urged Nigerians to remain resilient while seek God’s face in prayer.
Msheliza also insisted that the Church of God in Nigeria has not failed in its responsibility towards nation building, stressing that Nigeria would have been worse off without the numerous contributions of the churches across the country.
“The church, by its nature is supposed to be the light unto the people and the source of positive change. If the church has not been in existence, it would not have been a good story to tell.”
He further enjoined believers not to see the recession as a new development, stressing that it was part of the fulfillment of the scripture.
He said: “Our message is that the solution to the ongoing problem is to return to God. When people come to the knowledge of God, they will enjoy abundance.
“As a church, we are not unaware of the situation on ground as the scripture has long predicted that we are going to go through famine, hardship, earthquake and the rest. But when we seek his face, he will intervene and save our nation.
As part of the activities lined up for the anniversary, Pastor Msheliza disclosed that the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, would be speaking on the topic, the Church and Economic Recession.
“I believe the choice of this topic is because of what is on ground. We are indeed going through economic recession and trying to see what the church can contribute in helping our people and Nigerians to cope with the prevailing situation.
“I think the invited speaker is going to help to see where we have not done well, what we can do as a nation and of course, for the members of the body of Christ, how we can go through the recession without actually feeling discouraged”, he stated
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chairman, Local Organisating Committee of the church, Engineer Oluwatoyin Jokosenumi, said a new branch of the church in Karu, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, has been planted as part of the activities building up to the anniversary.