Our esteemed Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, takes time to answer questions for his congregants all the time. It is especially reassuring during these uncertain times to know that we can all turn to our dear Pastor Chris for guidance, help, and support. It has certainly been a challenging and difficult year to date, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing socio-economic devastation on a worldwide scale, but it is still our ‘Year of Perfection’.
“There will be no aborting of your ideas. You will produce results with your ideas. In 2020… No abortion of your plans. They will all come to fruition. You will bring your babies (dreams, ideas) to fruition, in the mighty Name of Jesus. It’s still our year of perfection! The Name of Jesus has been named upon you… you’re blessed today… You’re blessed with His love… You’re blessed with His grace, you’re blessed with His kindness… Hallelujah!” – Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.
This leads us to the question: “Does God judge or punish unbelievers now by bringing painful experiences in life (poverty, sickness, etc)? What if these painful situations lead them to salvation, is it from God?”
Pastor Chris answers this with a resounding “No!” He goes on to explain that although this experience is painful, hurtful experiences are never from God. “According to the scriptures, God always seeks to save anybody. So, no matter what they go through, if they’re going through these difficulties, the difficulties are arranged by Satan but the angels of God always look out for the opportunity to lead someone to Christ. So, they will take advantage of any situation to guide you into the knowledge of the truth. They guide you into a situation where you can receive the word, receive the gospel. But those hurtful, and painful experiences were not organized by God.”
The bible says in Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and the power: who went about doing good and healing.” Pastor Chris explained this by saying: “He anointed Jesus to go about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him. Jesus never went to heal those who were made sick by God, nobody was made sick by God, it was Satan who always took advantage of life situations to make people sick. Now you say like some people ask do you mean that the devil is responsible for all sicknesses, not necessarily but he is the remote cause, he is the remote cause. If you study the history of these things you will understand that, Satan is the remote cause for example what about germs, bacteria, viruses, and so on and so forth attack human beings and make them sick were never made to make people sick and these things were infused by satanic power that now caused them to be negative through the cause that they brought into this world.”
God’s anointing of Jesus is clear. Matthew records Jesus’ baptism: “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him, and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased'” (Matthew 3:16–17).
How and why God the Father anointed Jesus with power is more confusing. Jesus is God the Son who “took on” the flesh of humanity so that He is fully God and fully man. He had to do this to be a suitable sacrifice for our sins.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus blessed the vulnerable and held the powerful responsible (John 2:1–11, 13–16; Mark 10:13–16), He healed the demonically oppressed (Mark 1:23–26; 5:1–13; Matthew: 17:14–18), and brought the dead to life (Mark 5:39–43; John 11:38–44). Most importantly, not only was God with Him, He is God with us (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
For more questions and answers, you can visit www.pastorchrisonline.org/qanda_categories.php