Criticism is allowed like what I used to say before some people will call it tenet “ILANA”.
Something is in a wrong shape and everyone seems to fold their arms as if it is normal but I want to open our spiritual eyes and ears to it.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new”. This verse is enough to serve as a pointer to my write up.
These days, I have been seeing different names among us which is not supposed to be so, we have over 2, 600 proper names with divine meaning in the Bible but to my greatest surprise we still have Woli Jelili, Woli Dauda, Woli Jimoh, Woli Bilikisu etc inside church?
Is funny right? No way! Wait a minute, take a chair and relax, let me talk to somebody who is ready to learn.
When I was in higher Institution, one of our sisters in the church agreed to marry a Muslim brother. That she only agreed to go along with the Muslim brother, they gave her a name that suits her immediately (From Sister Tosin we used to called her in church, suddenly changed to Arewa Modinat) I was so surprised because they had not even become husband and wife before this sudden change of name and identity.
(Acts 13:9 ” But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him”,) you can bear any name before coming into the light, “JESUS CHRIST” but once you’ve accepted him as your Lord and Saviour, you have a new name for the glory of God to be manifested in your life.
If you think Fisayo Joel is saying nonsense, let me prove you wrong. Show me an Imam or Alfa in the mosque that bears “Alfa Micheal, Malam Samuel, Imam Jeremiah or Alhaja Sarah, etc.
A name given to anything is what its becomes, when that verse says” if any man be in Christ” no matter whom you are, once you are in Christ you are CAPITALLY expected to have a new name in the Lord because the Bible stated “All things become new”.
Uncountable times I have seen ridiculous things happening inside the church, a Mother Celestial that still bears “ALHAJA” and the Shepherd will even be saying Alhaja give us closing prayer inside church?
Common here Brethren! Why did you give her the title “Mother-Celestial” for when you know it will be useless for her? (Hosea 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge)
This is just synopsis on this issue but let me stop here till the day we’ll have space and time to shed more light on it.
I believe a word is enough for the wise.
May the Lord bless the church and I pray we continue to wax stronger in wisdom and more knowledge in Jesus Mighty Name (Amen)
I’m Fisayo Joel.