Overcoming Denominational Bondage And Iniquity By Pastor Paul Rika

03 Nov

Overcoming Denominational Bondage And Iniquity By Pastor Paul Rika

This book is about the current unwholesome trend in Christianity today – a trend that must be resisted; a trend that we must put a stop to. Preachers in their bid to maintain control over a people have formed religious groups. These groups exist and are identified as ‘denominations’. These denominations operate under a common name, and have a common identity. Like the Samaritans whom you would read about shortly, you can identify them by their beliefs, traditions, practices, and the sins they condone. You can tell them by the distinctive, often misleading interpretation of the Scriptures that they share.

The trend today is that many church denominations have locked their gates and isolated themselves from the Church universal. They have discouraged their members from having open fellowship with other Christians and operate independently for fear of their members being lost to other denominations.

This practice is undermining God-intended unity in the body of Christ. It is hindering the opportunity for synergy with other churches, working together as one body. Christ is bigger than any one denomination of Christianity.

Fore mostly, let me categorically state that the Holy Bible doesn’t support denominations, nor did Jesus or any of the disciples start any denominations. Denominations came from the disagreements of men on the interpretation of the Word of God. Over the years, Satan has taken advantage of these disagreements and further entrenched the denominational mindset, thereby widening the gulf amongst Christians even further, driving a wedge amongst believers, and sometimes creating disaffection amongst them.

I strongly recommend that you meditate on the warning given in the Bible against false teachings- “another gospel”. Any gospel that undermines the unity of the body of Christ, aimed at building a wall around a denomination and isolate its members from the wider Christian community and shield them from the truth of God’s word, is “another gospel” and is not according to godliness.

Beware that some of the doctrines and traditions imposed on you by some so-called men of God demanding your unquestionable obedience, the Lord Jesus is saying those traditions will not take you to heaven. Some of these pastors already know that they are not going to heaven and they also know that by imposing their traditions on you, you will not enter heaven because you are doing the will of men and not the will of our heavenly Father, the Supreme God. These pastors compel you to submit to traditions and rules that are in conflict with the warnings and the injunctions of Jesus Christ. They force you to live your life in blatant and remorseless disobedience to the word of God. Such church leaders know that they are not going to heaven. They neither care much that they are not going to heaven. They are just satisfied by knowing that they have authority over you and are happy that they exercise ungodly influence over your life. They make you subject to them and their teachings to deprive you of heaven. They know that they are not going to heaven and their sole objective is to use their authority to deprive you of heaven.

It is my fervent prayer that as you read this book, the Lord will deliver you today. He did not create you to live under crushing weight of the traditions or doctrines of any church denomination. He did not create you to be trampled under the foot of any man or any group of persons. He has not given any man the right to infringe on the rights and privileges you have to choose to obey the word of God. He created you for Himself and that you might glorify Him. He created you that you might show forth the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into the marvelous light of His dear Son. Before the Lord, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God the Father, Amen.

My earnest prayer is that this book will be of tremendous benefit to you as you prayerfully and dedicatedly commit yourself to digesting and applying the content to your life. Have a wonderful time reading this God-inspired piece.

CHAPTER ONE
THE CHURCH IS ONE BODY
Matthew 16:18, 19 And I say also unto thee, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Jesus clearly declares His ownership of the church and His responsibility towards the building of His church. He emphasizes that since He is the builder of the church, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. He raises men and makes use of them to co-build His church. He delivers the keys of the kingdom to men for them to build His church. Jesus gives the builders of His church the power to loose and bind.
The church, the ministers and all the workers, apparently from this scripture is not denominational. “My church” here refers to the body of Christ and the ministers over His church are non-denominational and therefore not segregated. Jesus did not expect His church to be split and sectioned with different ministers over different churches. Therefore, the church that Christ instituted is one and the ministers are one. He remains the Lord over His church, with authority coming from Him alone to the ministers He has set over His church. This was the practice of the New Testament church. The church that Paul had authority over, Peter also had authority over it. In the same manner, Apollos had authority over the same church. Paul said, According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, AND ANOTHER BUILDETH THEREON. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. This means the work is not given to one man only. The ministers over the church work together as in a barrack where soldiers of various ranks have their various areas of jurisdiction over the same barrack, according to their ranks and departments.
Ephesians 4:3-7
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, One faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
The oneness of the church is clearly unveiled in this scripture. The church is one because it is the body of Christ operating with the Spirit of Christ. The church has one hope of eternal life which is heaven. The church has one body of teaching and belief which is referred to as the faith. She has one Lord, Master and Savior over all. The church has one baptism (uniform transformation) for “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature,” whether he is a black man or a white man, whether he is a Nigerian or a Ghanaian, irrespective of the part of the world he hails from, the same scripture applies to all. This is the “one baptism” being preached. It is the total transformation the Holy Spirit does in those who believe the gospel. Irrespective of the name of one’s church denomination, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature having the same Spirit, the same Lord and the same hope of eternal life.
Ephesians 4:7, 11
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. And He gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.
This “one church” has diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit for individual members of the body for the edification of the entire body of Christ and for the profiting of the gifted. All these further emphasize the oneness of the church. The minerals which the Lord has deposited in the earth, no matter the part of the earth where they are discovered, are for the use of the whole world. All men of all races are made of one blood. In the same manner, the Lord has deposited various gifts in the church and whatever is the gift, it is for the edification and perfection of the “one church.” Jesus is not coming at different times for different church denominations. He is coming once for the one church called the body of Christ. This oneness of the church should open the eyes of understanding of the people and set them free from the grip of denominationalism.
It must be clearly stated that the Lordship of Jesus over His church is uncontestable and unchallengeable forever. Any minister that is privileged to be appointed by Jesus over His church is there solely for Jesus. Whatever work he is doing is for Jesus. His commission is to Jesus’ church, not his. As a member of His body, the minister is either the eye or the nose or the ear or the mouth to serve the entire body.
The preacher appointed over the church has one goal which is to make the members of Christ’s body righteous and holy, and prepare them for heaven. This must be the motive behind his preaching, teaching, counselling, the books that are published and the messages recorded for people to watch and listen to. It must be the reason why conferences, retreats, seminars and workshops are organized and invitation to preach and minister in other places re accepted. The edification of the entire body of Christ must be the motive behind all.
Colossians 1: 28, 29
Whom we preach, warning every man, teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour striving according to His working which worketh in me mightily.
For emphasis, “every man” is repeated thrice in this reference. Apostle Paul is trying to emphasize that the warning given in scriptures is intended to bring everyone under obedience. The appearances of Jesus and His prophetic revelations are for every man and woman that is in the world. Apostle Paul also said “teaching every man”. Denominational identities should not block the access of “every man” to the teachings of Christ. Denominational sects should not barricade “every man” from the wisdom of Christ being clearly exhibited in the teachings of His word. The wisdom of God for the salvation of the world should not be limited to some denominations only but to “every man” in the body of Christ.
The revelations shared in Holiness Revival Movement are for every man and every woman because they came from Master Jesus and His Lordship is uncontestable. These revelations are manifestations of His wisdom for the salvation of “every man” in the world, and therefore they should reach everyone, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Much labour has to be done to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Every method and approach is being employed by the Lord Jesus for the perfection of every man before His coming since without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Be ye perfect, even as your father in heaven is perfect.
Colossians 1:29
Where unto I also labour, striving according to His working which worketh in me mightily.
Knowing full well that his labour is not to a particular section of the world but for the whole world, Apostle Paul had to employ the wisdom of documentation and distribution of his teachings to reach the whole world to make every man perfect before the Lord.
Why are all these necessary? It is because the judgment of God over the whole world is one – the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Whether it is the soul from the Anglican Church, or the soul from Deeper Life Bible Church, or the soul from Assembly of God’s Church, or the soul from Living Faith Church or the one from Catholic Church, the same judgment applies to all. Our collective mission and effort, therefore, is to rescue the souls from perishing. Jesus did not die for a section of people. He died for all! We are laboring for all. Apostle Paul’s labour that time was limited to Palestine but the wisdom of documentation in the Holy Bible has made it available for all. If Apostle Paul had given his attention only to the Jews of his days, he wouldn’t have bothered to document his teachings. It is written down for the world to be saved. Jesus said, “neither pray I for these alone but for those that will be saved in Me through their work” and the Holy Ghost wrote through Apostle Peter, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to as many as are afar off which the Lord your God shall call.” The goal of the church of Jesus Christ is heaven and the key of love readily opens the gate of heaven for us.

CHAPTER TWO
THE BIRTH OF DENOMINATIONALISM
In chapter one, it was made clear that the church is one. How then did the denominations come? Denomination was first the wisdom of God. Wisdom is that piece of information that comes to someone concerning that which he should do at a particular time. The time has its own limit. What he does today that is wisdom may cease to be wisdom if he does the same another day. What was wisdom yesterday may not be wisdom tomorrow. Wisdom is dynamic!
It was wisdom that brought denominationalism.
Proverbs 4:5-7
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Denominationalism started with a good intention. It became necessary for it to start because the church of God entered into the hands of ungodly men. These men were blind, wicked and authoritative on the church of Christ. They led the church of God away from the truth, righteousness and holiness demanded by God. The church ran into the hands of carnal men. Unconverted people took over the leadership of the church and began to divert the attention of worshippers from the true God to images and idols. While men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and quietly went his way.
These ungodly men had occupied the place of authority and their words were final. A sinner was ordained a Pope who claimed to be the representative of God on the earth. God did not know him, neither did he know God. Strange people had usurped authority from the godly ones whose voices were no longer heard. The godly people were demoted and sent to jungles where they will not have people to speak to. Others were killed. So, it became wisdom to separate from these ungodly and carnal people and of course separate from the church which has become corrupted and carnal to form another one where the true people will have authority to preach and to teach.
The bible says, “The things which thou has learned of me, commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also.” This means the work is designed to be done by faithful men but alas, unfaithful men have hijacked the work and rendered the faithful ones jobless. It became wisdom for the faithful ones to pull out of the corrupt system and establish a new one in order to give the people the privilege to access sound doctrine. When the new assemblies were founded, descriptive names and titles were given to them for the purpose of identity, hence they became denominational. This was the wisdom employed by the Protestants to deliver the church from the pollution of Catholicism.

Martin Luther saw that the church under the Catholic Pope was a corruption of the original, devoid of salvation for the people. It was a church left with only carnal ordinance of penance where people were told to work out their salvation through self-afflictions. Salvation was no longer based on the faith of the believers on Jesus Christ and the finished work of redemption at Calvary but on suffering one’s body. Godly Martin Luther disagreed with the Catholic belief and began to preach the true doctrine of “the just shall live by faith” and the Catholic Father persecuted him greatly. Because of the persecution, the godly ones moved out of the Catholic Church and were known as the “Protestants” against the Catholic belief. The word “protestant” became a denominational name for them. Up to this time, we still protest against “hail Mary” (worship of the image of Mary). We still say no to building and worshipping of the images of saints and counting beads as a doctrinal practice.
In the course of time, others among the Protestants began to move out with their own sectional names, while some insisted on standing on the faith of Martin Luther and called themselves Lutheran Church. In this way, more churches with various denominational names began to spring up. Denominationalism was divine wisdom meant to preserve the Christian faith. It was initially devastating to Satan. He polluted the church with false doctrines to kill the truth but he later discovered that the truth was still alive among some Christian groups who had separated themselves from the polluted church.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
However, as this continued, Satan still came in and began to form his own denominations by giving various dreams to some people and making some strange appearances to others. Satan now calls and ordains ministers to preach by his inspiration all over the world. As a result, corruptions re-entered into the church. Today, we have denominational authorities who are ruling in accordance with the will of Satan taking ignorant people far away from God.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
We have today, different sects, different fashions with different beliefs and traditions all over the world who are adamant to correction. You can’t challenge them. They are like the Pharisees and the Sadducees in Mathew 23:13:
Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Denominational authorities have shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. They are not for heaven. They are blind and carnal and yet they are the leaders. They have taken over the leadership of the church from Jesus Christ. They called the church “my church”. They have absolute authority over the church. They stand at the door and refuse any one from taking any action that is against them. They make, promote and execute laws that block the people of God from God. The Lord has given the keys of the kingdom of heaven to His chosen ministers but the denominational lords say “No, all these other ministers who have been given the grace to revive the church should not come into our church,” They are not protecting the people against infiltration of false doctrine but are rather caging them from true gospel ministers so that their eyes should not be opened to the truth else they would lose them. The danger in this callous attitude is that they themselves are not going to heaven and their members who are glued to them are equally blocked from going to heaven.
The Lord made it clear that His gifts upon His chosen ministers are for the benefit of every man but the leaders won’t allow the unfortunate ones under them to partake of this grace as long as the ministers do not belong to their denomination. They blatantly declare to their members that “our church does not allow prophetic revelations.” Some of them boast that no other minister outside their denomination has ever preached on their altar. Some also claim the best ministers in the world are in their church. What a dangerous statement! This kind of church will be deprived of so many good things. When the Lord deposited minerals on the earth, He didn’t deposit everything in Nigeria. He deposited some in Europe, some in America, Asia and some in Africa. He gave gifts and talents to various people in various nations of the world. Each nation relies on the other nations to get what she lacks but which the other nation possesses. It is the same with gifts and talents. Now that they have shut the door of their church against other ministers, they will surely lack so many things that are beneficial to them. They will surely miss what the Lord is doing in various places all over the world. Things that are instrumental towards taking people to heaven, they have blocked their congregation from accessing them.
Therefore, Jesus says, “woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees.” Woe unto those ministers who have blocked their members from the end-time revival work that the Lord is doing. For blocking eternal life from souls that Jesus died for, woe is unto them. They will pay for those souls individually. Jesus asks, “to which of my creditors have I sold you?” Did Jesus sell those members to them? Did they buy their souls? Why should they block their members from the wisdom of God for this end-time? Gamaliel was wise enough to stop the Jews from blocking the people from listening to the Apostles. They have not searched the scriptures to know whether what they have heard is true or not but because of their privileged position as overseers over God’s people, they are blocking them from the truth. They have not done well.
Unfortunately, their church members think they are being loyal to Christ by submitting themselves to these apostate, erroneous and backslidden leaders. They think they are doing service to God. That was wrong thinking. Jesus said, “A day shall come when those who kill you shall say they are doing the Lord Service.”
Some women may claim that it their husband that is blocking them. Did their husband pay the price for their soul? Did God give their soul to their husband?
Ezekiel 18:4
Behold all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also is the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sinneth, it shall die
A husband does not have authority over the soul of the wife. If the wife submits to that man thinking she is doing God service while the husband is instructing contrary to the word of God, it is for the damnation of her soul. He is desecrating her soul and he has become an abomination before the Lord. It must be clearly understood that God is bigger than any marriage. If the man does not want the marriage again because the wife has submitted to the will of God, glory be to God, let it be so. No marriage is eternal. That marriage may as well end now. Let every heady man calm down and know that he is a mortal being. The Hebrew boys told king Nebuchadnezzar, “O king Nebuchadnezzar, we can’t answer you in this matter. We can’t bow to your idol simply because we are in your kingdom.” They would have reasoned: “did the king create any of the trees in the kingdom? Did he know how the sand in his kingdom came about? They refused to bow to his image in spite of the threat to their lives. They were willing to burn inside king Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace than bow to his god. They knew full well that except the Lord wanted them to burn in the fire, He would display His power to deliver them from the fiery furnace.
Why should the children of God allow marriage to cripple their lives? Why should they allow denominational authority to destroy their soul? Are they not aware that they are on their way to hell alongside their denominational emperor? Jesus said, they are going to hell and they want to make you twice a child of hell as they are. Jesus will not sympathize with or accept excuses from anyone that they acted on the authority of their spouses or denominational pastor. Have they resisted unto the shedding of their blood? Do they not know the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent takes it by force?
Let’s take a look at another dimension of denominational blockage in Matthew 23:14:
“Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for pretence make long prayer; therefore ye shall receive a greater damnation.”
Here are immoral, pretentious and hypocritical people who blatantly and unrepentantly hate the truth parading themselves as prayer intercessors. They are not ready to seek the face of God to hear His counsel concerning any matter because they do not belong to Him. My sheep hear my voice and they follow me. They neither hear the voice of God nor follow God in the revival of the end-time. Jesus is groaning and agonizing that His children have allowed Satan to take them away and He is employing every method to kindle revival in this end-time, speaking with the voice of salvation to rescue the captives from the enemy. Why are these denominational lords not hearing His voice? Many people are imprisoned in those denominational buildings by the power of the devil. They do everything to bring people in but use demons to block the door so that none could go out. They are like Simon the sorcerer who bewitched the people of Samaria with his witchcraft pretending to be a man of God. The human lords over these churches cover the members with some spiritual blankets to cage people in. They are children of hell already but they are all out looking for innocent souls to become their companions in hell. That is why they deprive their members of every light by polluting their minds against the end-time revival that Jesus is doing all over the world. They brainwash the people to the extent that even when the people hear the revelations of Jesus on their churches, they cannot understand.
Matthew 23:16-18
These leaders are only interested in the gifts on the altar. They say, “If you have sworn by the money on the altar, you are indebted to God and you must bring money to pay.” They are into ministry for money. The Lord calls them blind leaders, “ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?” They have their sets of doctrines. Their doctrine is all about money. They are prosperity preachers itching to siphon money from innocent members of their churches.
When these preachers give interpretations to some verses in Scripture, you will be amazed how they came about those interpretations. They give meanings to these scriptures as they suit their purposes. In one of my previous publications: TRUTH, HOLINESS AND REWARD IN CHRISTIAN GIVING, and you will not find any provision in scripture that a Christian organization or ministry should be paying tithe to another ministry as their mentor. But these preachers brought it out from nowhere and they are practicing it. As a Christian ministry or denominational church, the organization is God’s storehouse and men are commanded to pay tithes into the storehouse and not the storehouse paying tithe into another storehouse. It is human beings that are accused of robbing God in Malachi 3:8 and not the storehouse. The storehouse is not a living thing that can steal. Therefore, this scripture commands individuals to pay tithes to the church and not for a smaller church to pay tithe to a bigger church.
These preachers say, “if you swear by the altar, no trouble but if you swear by the gift on the altar, you must redeem it.” They bring doctrine that will confuse the people: “we are your mentors, come and tap into apostolic anointing with money.” The amazing thing is that their members who we expect to understand these things never get to understand that they are blind guides of the blind and that both of them will fall into the ditch.
I heard of a particular minister of the gospel in the 1980s. I did not hear about him again until I heard that he was preaching around Gwagwalada in Abuja, Nigeria and he was holding a crusade. I decided to go and hear him. I heard abominations. He said, “now I want you to be anointed. Everybody, come with your bottle of anointing oil. Put anointing oil on your right thumb, on your right toe, on your tongue and on your right ear,” and the people foolishly obeyed him. It was incredible! Where was his authority from? Now we can see how Satan has infused darkness into mankind such that human beings are now behaving like animals that are without reasoning. Even if a rat discovers that one of them has been killed, will the remaining ones not escape? What is the problem with man that he is not escaping from charlatans who masquerade as pastors?
The preacher went ahead to tell them “tomorrow, I want to eat your venison so that I can bless you.” He quoted a portion of scripture which says Isaac demanded venison from Esau so that he could bless him. This preacher explained ‘venison’ to mean “That currency that you want God to be multiplying for years. If you a man, bring nine of it and if you are a woman, bring seven of it.” And he gave a testimony, that a man brought him a car and he told the man “I will not thank you, the Lord Himself will be the one to thank you. Within that week, the man got seven cars.” Why do people fall so easily for such cheap deceptions? My prayer is that the Lord shall make such people wiser than their enemies. Yea, I am wiser than ancients through thy word. Surprisingly, the following day, people brought the money. The Lord sent me there to go and watch corruption in the churches as Jeremiah was sent to the porter’s house to see how the pots were marred. People came with different currencies and he told them: “just open the money and be fanning yourselves like a big man and a big woman that you are.” If it is not bewitching, how can human beings in their right senses do that? Even the people who were not there with their ‘venison’ were told to come the following day with their own and they still did.
Matt 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone

These apostate pastors give special attention to tithe payment and give tithers special treatment but weightier matters of the law that talk about judgment, righteousness and mercy, they are far from it. These blind guides have hijacked the denominational churches. Some of them use satanic powers. Let me recount a real-life story I was told to explain this point. A man organized a crusade in Aba, a city in eastern Nigeria. As the story went, somebody who was not going home straight gave his neighbor N30, 000 to take home for him until he returned. He didn’t want to be tempted to spend the money where he was going. As the neighbour was coming home, he saw people gathered at the crusade ground. He moved closer to witness what was going on there. As soon as he came to the crusade ground, Satan reported through the preacher: “there is a man here with N30,000 in your pocket. In fact, that money does not belong to you. Your neighbor gave it to you to take it home for him but the Lord said I should tell you to try Him with that money and you will see miracle.” These people use witchcraft and divination to extract information from people. The devil-inspired minister said, “before you reach home, the Lord said He will surprise you.” These pastors send demons to the markets and streets to report to them what is happening there. The neighbour believed, having expressed shock at the accuracy of his word. He gave the N30,000 but on the way home, no miracle took place. He arrived home, yet the miracle did not happen until the owner of the money returned and demanded for his money. What a deception! What a shame!

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