There has been much clowning in the Nigerian media lately.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND THE BURDEN OF THE CROSS
2000 years ago, there were two groups of men representing different interests. One group comprised of unlearned, poor, unknown, and ordinary men. The other group comprised of the movers and the shakers of the society, those whom you might refer to as the men of timber and caliber.
This piece started as a comment in response to a very thought provoking and excellent write up by Nosa Idahosa, a childhood friend, brother and classmate of mine back at Edo College who is now resident in the US. In that piece He talked about the message by Pastor Bosun to the Nigerian Church and I wish everyone could read what Nosa had to say. Quite a beautiful piece it was.
ON THE VERGE OF A HUMUNGOUS REVIVAL
By Abduyusuf Rufa’i Prepare for revival. Revival is coming to Nigeria and to the world. Revival is also coming to the body of Christ – the Kingdom of God on earth. We are actually on the threshold of a mighty and lasting revival, one that will lead into the return of the Lord, the Day of the Lord – Rapture to be precise. One day, the Holy Spirit while teaching and revealing to me, gave me an illustration. He said, ‘‘Yusuf, it will be like a fruit that on getting ripe for consumption, it is immediately plucked. I will pluck my Church from the world as soon as it is ripe and ready for me’’ (Mark 4: 29). Revival is God’s will and it predates our times. Revival has its origin in the Old Testament, precisely to the time of Moses. Moses was the first Revivalist. Revival in simple English means reviving what is dead or gone comatose. The dictionary defines revival as a process in which some thing becomes active or strong again. In other words, God and His ways become popular again. Another synonym for Revival is AWAKENING. Revival is not a man’s idea, it is God’s. The scriptures say, “Known is all the works of God even prior to the beginning” (Acts 15: 18). The scripture also have it that, “God declares the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46: 9 – 10). God has arranged Revival for seasons and certain generations. What He does, is that, in His wisdom, He looks for a man that will take up the gauntlet as Revivalist. When God calls or raises His servants, it is not all He designates as revivalists or calls to fulfill this role.
The ministry of Revival is a special call with special responsibilities. Every revival most often ushers a new dispensation in God’s agenda or time table and stamps the will or ways of God for that generation or dispensation. Nothing is new, every revival is meant to shine forth the light of God in a dark world and point and direct men back to God in order to avoid or escape the judgment or curse of God. No genuine Revivalist activities points men to himself but to the Living and Just God. If you study or observe keenly you will find out that Revivalist who did what they did ended up being reformers, transformers and change agents.
The revivals that have cascaded from the Old Testament to the New Testament to the 19th Century and to our present times all carried the same theme: the knowledge of God and the return of man to God.
Before I talk about some revivalist let’s look at a few scriptures that point to revival:
- Genesis 49: 10:
The rod of authority will not be taken from Judah, and he will not be without a law-giver, till he comes who has the right to it, and the peoples will put themselves under his rule. (BBE)
- Isaiah 52: 10:
The Lord has let his holy arm be seen by the eyes of all nations; and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God. (BBE)
- Psalm 110: 3:
Your people give themselves gladly in the day of your power; like the dew of the morning on the holy mountains is the army of your young men. (BBE)
These scriptures have Messianic themes but they also satisfy and point without any ambiguity to revival. That is, God’s raw power and awesome manifest presence or move that pierces the hearts of men, pulling down every wall of partition between God and man and bringing about repentance and the reverential fear of God or the dread of His severity. With revival, we see a glorious shinning forth of light and the dispelling of darkness on a massive and compelling scale. Revival is not only contagious, it is inspiring. Revival has often started in one place and spread to other areas even to other nations.
When God called Moses to be a Revivalist, He said, “Go and deliver my people and bring them to this mountain to worship me.” Moses gave Israel the Law of God and taught them the ways of God. What about Elijah. He stamped God’s righteousness in Israel, wiped out about 950 false prophets and turned the hearts of men back to God. Elijah was a fearless and confrontational man of God, and equally jealous for God – qualities that every Revivalist must posses. For Elisha who carried the double anointing of Elijah, he walked in the paths his master and mentor trod. How about Jonah, a Revivalist whose fiery preaching turned a whole powerful and very sinful nation back to God, just in a couple of days. Let’s put Ezra in focus. While Nehemiah his counterpart rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and offered selfless and purposeful leadership, Ezra as a spiritual leader rebuilt the walls of the hearts of men. As a ready scribe he restored the consciousness of the precepts and laws of God to Israel such that all of Israel wept profusely and vowed never to forget the Law again. Israel repented and sought God in tears. Enter John the Baptizer; he was the last prophet and Revivalist of the Old Testament. John preached the same old message God had always sounded to Israel through His prophets and priests, “Repent” for the remission of sins. John was in the order of Elijah and was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. Absolutely fearless and unperturbed, his only concern was to preach repentance to the people and make the way straight for the Lord to emerge. John was a revivalist to the core. The prophecy concerning John from the mouth of an Angel detailing his primary assignment is recorded in Luke 1: 16 – 17:
And through him great numbers of the children of Israel will be turned to the Lord their God. And he will go before his face in the spirit and power of Elijah, turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and wrongdoers to the way of righteousness; to make ready a people whose hearts have been turned to the Lord. (BBE)
(This is important because another Revivalist in this order with the same assignment is coming; and I mean it because scriptures say so and revelations from the Holy Ghost have revealed it). Having had the way prepared and made straight for Him, when Jesus emerged on the scene, He started off from where John left off. In the course of Jesus’ ministry, many were healed, set free and ultimately turned back to God. The core of Jesus’ revival message was “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand”.
Let’s zero in on Peter, that bold, fearless and outspoken Apostle of Jesus. In his impromptu sermon, he thundered to the people to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus...” The scriptures tells us that, “when they heard this, they were cut to the heart… and said men and brethren what shall we do?” In that day’s preaching 3, 000 men without counting women and children gave their lives to Jesus. Their hearts were turned back to God. In subsequent preaching 5, 000 men repented; in another, the scripture simply said multitudes turned to God. Peter in deed was a Revivalist who spearheaded the first revival after the ascension of Jesus Christ.
Then came Apostle Paul, New Testament’s greatest Revivalist. Workaholic Paul and his cohorts literally turned the then world upside down. Paul was a non-compromising and no nonsense Revivalist. His messages and missionary journeys of repentance were fiery, far reaching and are still reverberating today.
In contemporary times the world has experienced powerful revivals. Examples include the revival that started in Germany after Martin Luther pinned to the wall of a catholic church a piece of paper inscribed ‘‘the just shall live by faith’’ notice and his subsequent spat with the catholic church establishment over their false teachings. There is also the Azusa Revival spearheaded by William J. Seymour in California, USA in the 1900s.
Evan Roberts spearheaded the great Welsh 1904 – 1905 revival; Roberts turned the whole country of Wales back to God. In Nigeria we have had the revival spearheaded by Joseph Ayo Babalola in the 1930’s. Apostle Babalola’s revival gave strength and new look to Pentecostalism in Nigeria. In the 1970’s we had the revival spearheaded by Archbishop Benson Idahosa. It was the time Christians were known as ‘‘SU’’ an aphorism for a fanatic. During this era many people made a positive decision to follow Jesus, as the consciousness was high in Nigeria.
Archbishop Idahosa as a Revivalist was not only bold and fearless, he was confrontational. It is obvious that he was in the order of Elijah and Nigeria and the nations miss this man of God.
At the moment a silent revival is on, began a couple of years ago by the iconic man of God, Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Yours truly is one of those who has had the fire of God ignited in his bones by this great vessel of God.
Elijah turned the hearts of the people back to the God of Israel (1 Kings 18: 37, 38 and 39). He prepared them for God. John the Baptizer turned the hearts of the people back to the God of Israel (Luke 1: 16, 17). He prepared them for Jesus Christ.
God is about to implement His strategy again. Like they say, “You don’t change a winning team.” You don’t change a time tested and winning strategy. Another Revivalist, a prophet, a teacher, an evangelist, a man of God in the order of Moses and Elijah is coming. He will lead the people like Moses and go in the power of Elijah. He will turn the hearts of the people to God and prepare the way for the return of the Lord – the Day (rapture) when Jesus shall say to His bride on earth: “Come up hither.”
As the last prophet in the last days, he will tell the people of the visitation and the curse of the Lord. Bible prophecy agrees and contemporary revelations of the Holy Spirit confirm this.
Malachi 4: 4 – 6 says:
“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Sinai for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great day and dreadful day of the Lord (this refers to the Rapture and tribulations that will follow immediately on earth when Jesus finally touches down visibly and physically on Mount Olives). And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come (that is, Jesus) and strike the earth with a curse.”
This is what John Maxwell, a respected Bible Scholar and Christian Leadership Expert said concerning the prophetic scripture above:
“…God promises to send Elijah the prophet before this terrible day of the Lord. Like so many prophecies, this scripture has two fulfillments. The first came after Jesus was born in Bethlehem; as the Elijah figure, John the Baptizer prepared the way. The ultimate fulfillment of this passage will occur in the last days, when God will send another Elijah figure to prepare the way for His second coming. God practices the Law of Timing, making sure everything is in order when He makes His move…” Revival is coming; anticipate it and prepare for it. I rest my case.
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We are coming into an era in the global oil industry that I will describe as an "abundance of oil." The last time the world saw this era was in 1973, during the oil glut. In recent times, there have been large new findings of oil, and newer sources are springing up in Russia, Papa New Guinea, Qatar, Canada and in smaller countries such as Ghana, Mexico, Tanzania, and in established plays such as the Gulf of Mexico
What this means for global consumers is good news as the laws of economics will drive the price of oil down in an era of abundance. What this will mean for oil producers such as Nigeria is a squeeze. Currently we are struggling to find markets for our crude and the established destinations are closing up. The United States used to be a trusted destination but now the channel is shrinking if not closed up altogether. It appears every country is being blessed with oil now and focusing on their own internal markets. With no local refineries to pick up the slack for us, the outlook seems a bit grey for Nigeria...
...Except we pray. Pray for wisdom for our leaders for a Pharaoh/Joseph collaboration that will see us through this tide. The easiest route open to the government will be to increase the price of fuel at the pumps which will be resisted by the populace. World oil production may be curtailed by OPEC in the near term to manage the glut. With curtailment will come falling revenues and unpaid wages as State Governments put a squeeze on salaries. Businesses will slow down as people limit spending.
I am not one to spread fear neither do I want to start a panic but this reality is slowly picking up pace...we are too dependent on oil not to be affected. And the sad thing is nobody is paying any attention to the markets and the trends. With oil at over 90% of GDP, the tremors of an oil abundance will be felt as buyers of our crude oil begin to position for less crude or willing to pay cheaper prices beneath what we have benchmarked in the budget
What does this mean for us? My gut feeling is people will wisely slow down on discretionary spending, limit nice-to-have capital purchases, and hold cash. In unusual periods such as this, assets gradually become liabilities to the man who has not eaten for days. And like the Egyptians in Joseph's day, some will beg to sell their assets for grain. Transference of assets take place during this time. Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world say, "when you buy what you don't need, you soon will sell what you need." The IMF President said recently that new oil discovery will only hurt our economy...not a lot of people are taking her seriously
This scenario may or may not likely happen, but the trend is not going in the right direction currently. And our leaders are not fixated on the matter. It may be too late when they realize the pendulum has shifted. Just a word to get us prepared for an eventuality as the Shemitah year begins
ISLAMIC TERRITORIAL EXPANSIONISM
- Rev. Dr. Moses Aransiola
Islam is a religion, but it is more than that. It is an all-encompassing civilization, ideology, philosophy and world-view; with judicial, military and economic tenets. Its ultimate goal, as well articulated in the Quran and perfectly expounded by respected Islamic scholars, is a world caliphate. To deny that Islam seeks to dominate the world is to be incurably myopic. The modus operandi of Islam could be violently militaristic, as epitomized by Osama Bin-Laden, or insidiously stealthy. The latter is the cancer; the former is just a headache. It is quite worrisome that it is the stealthier Islam that most Americans and Westerners are unaware of. Stealthy Islamic ideology, through calculated immigration into Western nations, exploitation of their civic privileges, local colonization of geographical areas, massive propaganda, government infiltration, physical symbolisms of places of worship, indoctrination of young minds etc, seeks to destroy Western civilization from within. Islam is indeed a formidable civilization that sees Western civilization as irredeemably dirty, corrupt, immoral, impure, and godless. The only hope for the world is therefore a caliphate under the rule of Sharia.
Indeed, the current 'Arab uprising' in many Arab countries has been linked to the clandestine activities of The Muslim Brotherhood, a crusading force trying to take over many Islamic countries. The ultimate goal is the same.
The crystal-clear evidences of the intentions – and the progress so far – of Islam are visible all over America and the West. The most annoying is the pacifist posture of political leaders in the West; Islam is undeservedly treated like a sleeping dog that must just be allowed to lie; in the interest of 'peace'. You dare not voice an opinion against Islam or any of its prophets or ideologies lest you be accused of 'hate speech' or 'racism'. Why should Islam deserve a state shielding, a special privilege of touch-not in lands where the foundations were laid in Christian freedom? You could say anything against Christianity, Buddhism, insult their prophets, burn their books and places of worship; with no consequences. Make an uncomplimentary remark about Mohammed or cast any form of aspersion on Islam and watch global cataclysm! Ask Salman Rushdie (author of 'Satanic Verses'), Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other prominent critics of Islam. Jesus has been depicted as homosexual, there are even films that portray Jesus and Christianity in less than complimentary manners (Watch 'The DaVinci Code', 'Angles and Demons'). Our society is doomed if we cannot criticize any religion.
SUBTLE ISLAMIC COLONIZATION AND DOMINATION
All over the West, there is an almost imperceptible colonization of Western lifestyle; Islamic way of dressing is not only displayed, it is been enforced as the dominant fashion. There are areas in Europe where you must not go in your Western attires. They are fighting to wear the full face covering in Europe! McDonalds would alter their menu to pacify Islam. Jesus and anything Christian are expunged from school curricula to pacify juvenile Muslims. Mosques and minarets are erected defiantly as testaments to islamization, Sharia is being debated as a possible alternative to the constitution, barbaric acts like honour killings and female genital mutilations (sanctioned by Sharia) are flagrantly practiced.
Much of Europe is a danger of Islamic takeover much sooner than anyone has considered. Most European nations not only have large Muslim populations now, but traditional Europeans are aborting their children at such a rate that most now have negative growth rates. At the same time, Muslims are having very large families, and are migrating to Europe in very alarming numbers. By this attrition alone, many Europeans nations will have a Muslim majority in a short time particularly France, Britain and Spain. However, there is another factor that will speed this up even more. When Turkey joins the European Union, the floodgates to Muslim immigration in Europe will be thrown wide open, because there are open borders between all European nations.
Increasingly, however, immigrant Muslim populations in Europe are growing to the point that they have become a major cultural and political force affecting their host countries. Rather than assimilate, they are testing the limits of European tolerance – social tensions are growing. It has been speculated that at current rates of Islamic migration and explosive birth rate in France, that the Muslim population will grow to a majority in 25 years. The authentic French citizens will become the minority, while the immigrant Muslims become the majority.
The pattern for Islamic takeover of a country has been seen repeatedly in Africa. The Muslim population remains very docile and compliant until a majority is reached. Then they became ruthless in their subjugation of the rest of the population. Anyone who does not understand the basic purpose of world dominion by Islam does not really understand Islam. Europe is their next main, natural target, and it is very likely that they will succeed to a great degree.
Perhaps the most annoying, most provocative, most interminably sickening part of all is the plan to erect a 13-storey 'Islamic centre' near Ground Zero in New York. This is undertaken by a group called 'The Cordoba Initiative'. Quite unfortunately, it is becoming progressively difficult to define what it means to be American, British or Western; in the face of the present admixture. Curiously, there is no doubt as to what it means to be Arab, Middle-Eastern or Saudi. Multiculturalism will not work! It is gratifying to note that Angela Merkel of Germany and other Western European political leaders are suddenly waking up to this harsh reality. Political correctivism is as worthless as it is disingenuous. How can anyone in their right senses deny the civil, free and in most cases, Christian, ancestral roots of the West? It is as silly as denying the Arabic roots of Saudi Arabia. To secularize the West by deleting her ancestry is a pitiable attempt at suicide. Pacifism will not work either. The West is for human freedom and Christians, and if you want to live under Sharia, go back to Saudi Arabia or Iran.
For the records, I have no axe to grind with Islam. It is a valid religion in its own rights. There are great adherents of Islam, some of whom are my friends. When practiced as just a moral window to living life, it is as beautiful as a morning dew. Howbeit, I shall with utmost passion speak against and pray against any religion, ideology or philosophy that seeks to subdue and subjugate the human will and freedom of choice through any means other than the volition of the proselytes. Christianity would be as evil if it employs intimidation and coercion to win converts. I am indeed pained by the blatant denial by Muslims that Islam does not advocate violence or stealthy take-over of the lands of 'infidels'. Christianity seeks predominance as well, but it’s proselytizing (winning converts) is in tandem with recognition of the sanctity of the human will.
Yes, there are Muslims whose interpretations of Islamic passages in the Quran are moderate and is in tune with modern times, but empirical research has shown that even the so-called “moderates' are sympathetic towards the “terrorists/ fundamentalists”, and if given a choice, they would like to substitute Sharia for democratic constitution. This is precisely what is going on in Nigeria today in the battle between the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists and the Nigerian state. The former seeks to overthrow the government by violence and replace the democratic constitution with the Sharia. It has been said that not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are, or at least claim to be or draw inspiration from Islam. Other religions have internal processes of self-criticism, self-judgment, and self-appraisal, I am yet to see these clearly demonstrated in Islam.
Christians of all lands must in view of all these, rise up to the present challenge, growth and the gradual dominance of Islam, moderate or militant.
(This article is an excerpt from the book Breaking the Power of False Religion by Revd. Dr. Moses Aransiola).
BOKO HARAM: DENYING THE OBVIOUS
We were at a meeting in Jos when someone pointed him out of the crowd and asked us to listen to his story.
Pastor John was living in Wase, in Riyom Local Government area of Plateau State. He used to have a wife and six children and he was the pastor of a fairly large congregation in the community. On 7th July, 2012, Islamic militants invaded the village by 7.00 a.m. and started attacking the mostly Christian community. By the time they left, they had killed the wife of Pastor John, all of his six children, and forty members of his congregation that fled to their pastor’s house for refuge. After killing them, they set their corpses on fire. In that early morning attack, 67 Christians were killed.
The Christians in Dogo Nahawa village did not fare any better. On 10th March, 2010, the Fulani Islamic Jihadists attacked the village in the middle of the night and indiscriminately killed 501 Christians. The elderly were not spared, neither were little children pitied. The heads of children were split open with machete. The footage is gruesome to watch. We visited the mass grave of the victims and the village chief informed us that ten of his children were buried in the grave.
In Yobe state, 164 people were buried in a mass grace on 4th November, 2011, due to direct attacks by Islamic militants. Thousands of Christians have fled from their homes in Yobe state to safer areas in the country.
In its official report on the 2011 Post Election Violence, which occurred in the northern parts of the country, Christian Association of Nigeria catalogued the occurrences of Islamic attacks on Christians in the North as follows:
$1i. The 1987 Kafanchan and Kaduna crisis;
$1ii. The 1990 Kano, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Bauchi, Katsina crisis;
$1iii. The 2009 Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Borno, Yobe and Bauchi crisis;
$1iv. Tafawa Balewa, Adamawa, Plateau crisis. This was repeated in 12 States in 2011, earlier listed.
In all of these attacks, the Muslims were the aggressors and perpetrators of the killings, maiming of Christians and destruction of Christian places of worship, business locations and houses. In the past 25 years, Muslims have been attacking Christians in the northern parts of Nigeria. They have in recent times, through Boko Haram, graduated into a full blown terror organization.
Boko Haram has raised the terrorist state status of Nigeria to an all time high, second only to the Taliban and steps higher than Al Qaida. Thousands of Christians have been killed, maimed, displaced and dispossessed by the Islamic terrorists.
As terrible as these terrorists’ attacks are, there is another growing threat creeping into the fray and that is the threat of denial. There are obvious worrisome signs that Muslims are subtly seeking to re-write history, even while it is being made. There are noticeable attempts to absolve the Muslims of any wrong doing and to portray them as the victims of the terror attacks while the Christians are being portrayed as the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity.
Recently, it has been noticed that news agencies are attempting to portray Nigerian Christians as the aggressors and the Muslims as the victims. Such attempts are not only dishonest, but an abuse of freedom of speech and expression.
One of such ugly attempts to distort the truth of the persecution of Christians occurred in the city of Jos on 28th November, 2008. During the crisis, Muslims killed over 160 Christians in Nasarawa Gwom, Congo Rosha, Salisu Adamu, Rikwos and Dilimi. After killing the Christians, the Muslims carried their corpses to a Mosque and claimed that Muslims were being killed by Christians.
The same diabolical plan was repeated in 2010. From 17th to 19th January, 2010 the Muslims killed over 300 Christians in Nasarawa Gwom area of Jos and carried the bodies to a Mosque. They invited BBC to record the incident of Muslims being killed by Christians. It is rather unfortunate that BBC did not do a thorough investigation before going on air to broadcast the misinformation.
The other areas affected in the January 2010 attack on Christians include Yankaji Sarkin (Mangu Street), Angwa Rogo, Congo Rosha (Chalnyap), Rikwos, Dogon Karfe/Abattoir, Zololo Junction and Dilimi.
In similar vein, deceitful and defective articles are beginning to appear from international news agencies. In a subtle manner, the articles are hinting at the innocence of the Muslims and the culpability of the Christians. It is a twisted joke.
In the inhuman January 2010 incident in Jos, the Nigerian military was complicit in the attacks. Eye witnesses insist that the senior military officer in Jos at the time, himself a Muslim, was identified as personally directing and supervising the attack on the Christians. The Muslim army officer was identified by many of the survivors. The issue became a subject of litigation as the Christians went to court and sued the military officer for genocide. He was immediately transferred out of Plateau State.
The involvement of Muslim leaders in the activities of Boko Haram can no longer be denied. A Senator was arrested for having links with Boko Haram and was accused of actively supporting the terrorists. The exigencies of politics probably prevented his prosecution.
Before President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian was elected into office, notable Muslim leaders like Adamu Ciroma and Abubakar Atiku promised to make Nigeria ungovernable if President Jonathan won the election. They were not joking.
It is clear that Boko Haram has many sympathizers, supporters and outright disciples in many government establishments, including the military. Shortly after the State of Emergency was declared in Borno, Bauchi and Yobe States, the military high command arrested some Muslim army officers for leaking information to Boko Haram.
In another incident, a Muslim Major in the Nigerian army absconded after leading a contingent of the Civilian Joint Task Force into a Boko Haram ambush. The Civilian JTF is made up of youths in Borno state that formed themselves into a vigilante group supporting the Nigerian army in their efforts to combat the terrorists. Over twenty eight of those youths were killed in the ambush.
There is no historical antecedent that Christians have been engaged in acts of terrorism and wanton destruction of lives and properties to propagate their religion. A prominent American citizen said, “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” While there are moderate Muslims that do not support the actions of the terrorists, the fact remains that every terrorist in the world is a Muslim.
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying, “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
The obvious cannot be denied. The Muslims are the terrorists in Nigeria.
Now it came to pass that there was a group of people who called themselves fishermen and behold there were many fish in the waters around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish and the fish were hungry. Week after week, month after month, year after year, those who called themselves fishermen met in meetings to talk about their call to fish, the abundance of fish and how they might go about fishing.
Year after year they carefully defined what fishing meant, defended fishing as occupation, and declared that fishing was always the primary task of the fishermen.
Continually they searched for new and better methods of fishing and for new and better definitions of fishing. One thing they didn't do however. They didn't fish. Large, elaborate and expensive training centers were built, whose original and primary purpose was to teach fishermen how to fish. All through the years, courses were offered on the need to fish, the nature of fish, where to find fish, classifying fish, and the psychological reactions of fish. Those who taught had doctorates of fishiology but the teachers didn’t fish. They only taught fishing.
Year after year, after tedious training, many were graduated and were given fishing licenses. After one meeting on the necessity for fishing, one young fellow left the meeting and went fishing. The next day he reported that he caught two outstanding fish. He was honored for his excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the main meetings possible to tell how he had caught the two big fish. So he quit his fishing in order to have time to tell about his experiences to the other fishermen and also to make a movie on the big catch. He was also placed on the fishermen's general board because of his considerable experience.
Now it's true that many of "the fishermen" were truly sincere and really sacrificed and put up with all kinds of difficulties. After all, were they not following the Master who said "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men".
Imagine how hurt some of them were when one day a person stood up and suggested that those who didn't catch fish were really not fishermen no matter how much they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct.
Is a person a fisherman if year after year he never catches fish?
Is one following if one isn't fishing?
Are you a genuine fisherman?
Or, are you a fishless fisherman?
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