In an Easter Message to Nigeria, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), under the leadership of Bishop Francis Wale Oke has sent a goodwill message to Nigeria addressing insecurity, unemployment, infrastructure deficit, the rot in education, health sectors, and other vices.
The message signed by the PFN President Bishop Wale Oke, Archbishop John praise Daniel, National Deputy President, Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu, National Secretary, and Bishop Emma Gospel Isong, was made available to press on Good Friday, the 2nd of April, 2021 delivered God’s word to Nigeria while also calling for an end to the incessant mindless killings and violence in the nation, charging the government to do more.
The message by the PFN President Bishop Wale Oke reads:
The cross of Calvary where Jesus of Nazareth died was the Centrepoint of history.
That was where the only sacrifice that effectively addressed man’s sin problem was offered. That was where the cleansing blood of Christ, the only effective detergent for man’s sin-stained soul was shed. That was where God’s wrath against humanity’s sinfulness was effectively appeased. That was where God’s mercy for all mankind was released. That was where the wall that separated man from God was removed. That was where the gate of heaven was opened that anyone who believes in what Jesus Christ has done may enter into the glory of God. That is where your sins can be forgiven and your soul saved.
Without the cross of Calvary, there is no possibility of salvation for anyone on earth. You will be lost forever except you come to the foot of the cross and accept what Jesus Christ has done for you.
This is ridiculous, you may say. How can the death of someone on one funny tree, some two thousand years plus ago, affect my life today? That exactly is where the power of the cross of Christ lies, in its absurdity. It is in this foolishness of the cross that the awesome power of God to save man was demonstrated. God let His only begotten Son taste death for you. He took your place on the cross so that you will not die again. It was on the cross of Calvary that God’s great love for you was poured out. He gave up His only Son, who was sinless, to die for you because of your sin. Now that His Son has been judged for your sins – sins that He did not commit, but you did – you are now free, only if you believe. In every legal system, you never punish the same offense twice. Since Jesus bore your punishment on the cross, you can now receive God’s pardon and grace, and His free gift of eternal life meant for all who believe.
All who have received the crucified Saviour into their hearts have experienced real forgiveness, total release from guilt and deep peace in their hearts, and a completely transformed life. This is the testimony of countless millions since Christ died on that cross and rose again on the third day. It is still my testimony today. It can become your testimony too – only if you believe with all your heart.
Believe it today with your heart. Confess it today with your mouth: Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and took away all my sins.
Now I am a child of God. Alleluia.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT).
“To the President: We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to do more to secure the lives and properties of all Nigerians. We appreciate the sacriﬁces being made by the Police, the Armed and paramilitary forces to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians.
We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his promise to guarantee the security of all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity or faith. We appeal to him to do more, as the Father of all, to rally Nigerians and ensure that the walls of the divide that has polarized Nigerians are brought down.
“The National Assembly: The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) calls on the National Assembly to do more in addressing the issues of insecurity, unemployment, infrastructure deficit, the rot in education and health sectors, especially the issue of out-of-school children. We believe that the legislature can do much more to deliver better governance through the use of its oversight powers, rather than dissipating energy on diversionary bills that do not address the challenges holding Nigerians back.
“The Judiciary: The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) appeals to the Judiciary, at all levels, to continue to live up to the tenets of fairness, transparency, equity and justice in all that they do. We restate our position for a balance in terms of appointments into the Judiciary at the national level, so that there is representation across the different states, geo- political zones and religions, to ensure that justice is not only done, but seen to be done by everyone.
“The State Governors: The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) urges all the State Governors to do more in guaranteeing the security of their people and pay more attention to the needs and welfare of their citizens. We believe that there is a lot more that can be done at the State level, especially in areas such as Education, Health, where they have concurrent constitutional responsibilities.
“Violent Non-State Actors: The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) urges the diﬀerent individuals and groups engaged in all forms of terrorist and violent activities to stop this wanton killing of Nigerians. We urge Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations to lay down their arms and table their grievances so that resolutions can be explored. We appeal to the Bandits, Herdsmen, Kidnappers, and the diﬀerent elements to desist from their criminal activities and give peace a chance.”
“The Church wishes all Nigerians a Happy Easter.”