The General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, yesterday urged Christians not to attack the president of the country through any means.
Kumuyi, who gave the admonition during his sermon at the Deeper Life Bible Church headquarters, Gbagada, in Lagos, said that real Christians must obey constituted authorities and shun violence.
Delivering his sermon entitled The Believers’ Preservation Until the Day of Visitation, Kumuyi said Christians are strangers and pilgrims in the world and must be Christ-like in their character, conduct and conversations.
The cleric, who read from Bible passage I Peter 2: 11-25, said that Christian lifestyle must reflect Christ in the civil society, saying that government derives their authority from God.
“Don’t attack the President of the country, whether in words or in the newspapers or through Internet.
“Honour kings; don’t disrespect or dishonour the governors. Don’t disrespect leaders of the community and leaders in the church.
“If we are to honour the governors in the states, how much more the pastors! ” Kumuyi said.
He said that was the will and command of God.
He said that God wanted Christians to submit to the leadership He had given to them in the Church, community, country and corporate organisations.
The cleric, who stated that the end of life on earth is not the end of existence, urged Christians to always think of the day of reckoning in their character and conduct.
He said, as strangers and pilgrims in the world, Christians’ affections, attention and focus must be in heaven, hence the need to shun all appearance of sin.
According to him, the greatest joy and reward of Christians is not in this world but is reserved in heaven for those who would not be overcome by attractions of the world.
Kumuyi admonished Christians to abstain from fleshly lusts, fornication, idolatry, and anger, among others, that could pull them out of the highway of heaven just like Biblical character, Demas.
According to him, Christians should not give up worship of God for money- making ventures, saying “man brought nothing to the world and will not take anything out of it.”
“If we are going to heaven, we must be careful and thoughtful and run from all appearance of evil.
“Don’t be ignorant, careless, and thoughtless. Many are ignorant of the day of visitation,” Kumuyi added.
The cleric urged Christians to shine as light in the world through their lifestyles, saying Jesus Christ had given them an example to follow even when they are being persecuted in the world.