CAN President’s Address: Today’s Church suffers from indiscipline 

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The full text of the Address Read by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Baptist Convention, His Eminence Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle at the ongoing Virtual Convention of the Baptist Convention.

The theme for the Convention this year is “Moving Forward: Becoming a More Disciplined Church.” This theme is crucial to the state of the present-day church. The church is now in a state where lack of discipline has led to many instances of sexual immorality, gluttony, financial impropriety, laziness, court cases, etc. The name of the Lord is being maligned in our society today because of the way Christians are behaving. Obscene dressing and all forms of impurities are happening in our midst. Some Christians cannot be trusted for any noble assignment.

There appears to be no difference between them and the unbelievers. Money in particular has become the god of some (if not many) Christians, including Church leaders! What a shame to the Church! The Lord of the Church is sad concerning the state of the Church. We are robbed of our powers and molested by the children of Satan because of our careless living!”

We came into the year 2020 with high hopes and aspirations. As individuals, families and organisations, we made plans and set goals for the year. In the month of February, the Covid-19 virus, which started in Wuhan, China, has become a Pandemic. One after the other, nations of the world were shutting down. Nigeria was not left out. In the month of March, we experienced various lockdowns and different measures put in place by the Federal Government among which is non-gathering of large numbers of people in Public place. This was why our Convention in Session scheduled for 24th to 29th of April was postponed.

The rising number of cases of those infected with Covid-19 has made the Government not to lift restrictions on public gatherings, thus the Executive Committee of the Convention deeming it fit to hold a virtual Convention which is starting today, 29th August, 2020; four months after we would have ended the Convention if it was held in April.

You would agree with me that this year’s Convention is a peculiar one in that it is the first virtual Convention in Session we are holding in the history of the Convention. I appreciate all who have joined us from different parts of the country and various parts of the world. Blessed be the name of the Lord for His unfailing mercies over our lives.

Where it not for the global pandemic situation, this year’s Convention would have been a unique one too as we would have held the Convention at the BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE (BICC), a thirty seven thousand seater auditorium in our BAPTIST INTERNATIONAL CAMP at Lufuwape in Ogun state. Since we began work on the auditorium on the 6th of June, 2019; work has not stopped on site. The Admin building has been completed, over 100 toilets have been completed, bore holes have been sunk and the auditorium is about forty five percent (45%) completed.

We wouldn’t forget to make mention of the fact that some people have sacrificially made themselves available for this project to come to reality and at the stage that it is presently.

The Theme for the Convention this year is Moving Forward: Becoming a More Disciplined Church. This theme is crucial to the state of the present-day church. The church is now in a state where lack of discipline has led to many instances of sexual immorality, gluttony, financial impropriety, laziness, court cases, etc.

The name of the Lord is being maligned in our society today because of the way Christians are behaving. Obscene dressing and all forms of impurities are happening in our midst. Some Christians cannot be trusted for any noble assignment.

There appears to be no difference between them and the unbelievers. Money in particular has become the god of some (if not many) Christians, including Church leaders! What a shame to the Church! The Lord of the Church is sad concerning the state of the Church. We are robbed of our powers and molested by the children of Satan because of our careless living!

We, the body of Christ known as the Nigerian Baptist Convention, though we have come a long way, but if we would move from where we are presently to where we ought to be, if we would not be swept away by the wave of indiscipline and immorality that is daily tearing the fabric of our society and the world at large, we must continue to emphasize discipline in the House of God. It is through discipline that we would remain holy and enter the kingdom of God! Hence this year’s Convention is a call to self-examination as individuals, family, church, Convention.

It is a clarion call to be more disciplined in areas where we have shown discipline and exercise discipline in areas where we lack such. It is my prayer that none of us would leave this place without experiencing the touch of God and the determination to go out there and make a positive difference for Christ in this corrupt world, in the name of Jesus.

I welcome all messengers from within and outside the country to this year’s Convention-in-Session. Bro Gbile Akanni, a reputable Baptist and Set-man of Living Seed Ministries also known as The Peace House, other ministers of God on programme and present in this Convention-in-session. Thank you for your gracious presence and brotherly love.

It is my prayer that our fellowship during these two days Convention shall be fruitful beyond measure.

When we embrace discipline as a Convention, we will soon discover that:

Where we have been crawling, we will begin to walk;

Where we have been walking, we will begin to run;

Where we have been running, we will begin to fly;

Where we have been flying, we will begin to soar.

For the King,

Rev. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, Ph.D

President, Nigerian Baptist Convention

29 August, 2020

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