By Bunmi Eze
The Arm of God Reconciliation Outreach (AGRO) has tasked the new leadership of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) headed by Bishop Wale Oke, to restore righteousness in today’s church.
The group convener, Pastor (Mrs.) Clara Alao, lamenting the effrontery in which immorality and other evil go from leaders to laity in the church, said there was need for genuine repentance and revival.
AGRO through its media aide, Dr. Wole Olarinde, stated: “The Arm of God Reconciliation Outreach (AGRO) heartily congratulates Bishop Francis Wale Oke on his election as National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Bishop Oke is a respected and experienced spiritual father with a sterling leadership quality. AGRO is confident that his experience and leadership quality as a respected spiritual father will bear positively upon the body of Christ in Nigeria.
“However, AGRO appeals to Bishop Wale Oke to imbibe the spirit of Nehemiah to rebuild and lead the Church in Nigeria back to righteousness, love and unity. Bishop Oke has been raised by God for such a time like this as PFN National President to rebuild and lead the Church in Nigeria back to righteousness.
“The present state of the Church in Nigeria is too worrisome. Like Nehemiah was concerned with the situation of Jerusalem after the captivity, Bishop Oke should be concerned with the present situation of the Church in Nigeria.”
When Nehemiah heard about the broken wall of Jerusalem, he sat down and wept, mourned for certain days, fasted and prayed before the God of heaven, the group cited.
Adding:”He (Nehemiah) was sorrowful for the great affliction and reproach and the wall of Jerusalem that is also broken and its gates burned down. And he took up the task to rebuild Jerusalem. In like manner, AGRO urges the Bishop Wale Oke-PFN leadership to also take up the task of rebuilding the broken wall of the Church in Nigeria, especially of the Pentecostal assemblies.
“Charlatan preachers and practices, inordinate ambition, self-aggrandisement of church leaders, corrupted sermons, immorality on both the pew and the pulpit, loss of love and unity in the body of Christ are evidence that the wall of the Nigerian Church is broken, and which allows the enemy to attack the Church. It will take righteousness to revive and rebuild the Church. Therefore, AGRO appeals to the PFN leadership to lead the Church back to righteousness.”