• Nnaemeka Ali, O.M.I - Black and Missionary

The Moment Dunamis Pastor Paul Enenche Renounced His Prophetic Call


Last Sunday, some youths wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts were arrested at Dunamis Church International Gospel Centre, Abuja. The youths attended one of the three services officiated by the Church on Sundays. They were said to be demanding that President Muhammed Buhari go. Though some media houses had it that either the church handed the protesters over to the the elements of the Department of State Security, DSS, or invited the DSS to arrest the protesters, they claimed they had no hand in their arrest.

Assuming the church is right, should we believe the pastor's declaration aligns with his role as a prophet? I said a prophet because all Nigerian "men and women of God" generously attribute to themselves the role of prophets and prophetesses. But is it right that Dr. Enenche disassociates himself from those fighting for the truth? Does he really mean that the temple is not a place to denounce a corrupt and mortiferous government?

One might quickly answer yes, but it is essential to think twice before replying. During Israeli exile in Jerusalem, to be left alone, many prophets and priests continued misleading the people to believe that things were right. At the same time, they aligned with the ruling class, abandoning the people's cry. And the prophet said:

"Because they (the prophets) lead my people astray, saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, 'Where is the whitewash you covered it with?' (Ezekiel 13:10–12).

So, the real question is, who should be speaking against this devilish regime holding Nigeria in chains? Whose duty is it to denounce the rampant killing going on in the whole nation? What is Dr. Enenche preaching in those three services he holds in Abuja while, like Nebuchadnezzar, Buhari keeps sending young Nigerians to their early graves? Do we think that those youths would have endangered their lives if Enenche and all the other pastors and bishops were doing their job?

Therefore, let pastor Enenche and the other bishops, priests and pastors, hear what prophet Ezekiel had for their colleagues:

'If the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn't sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.' (Ezekiel 33:6).

Hence, even if the pastor didn't call the DSS, the simple fact that he aligned with them to prosecute the people asking for an end to a regime destroying the nation, he failed in his prophetic call. For Ezekiel, even if the people are sinners, the prophet should sound an alarm. He has to be a watchman and not take sides with the enemy.

How can he pretend like "No one knew the organization they represented or their ultimate agenda until the DSS apprehended them?"

How can he say they don't know their plan when it was boldly written on their T-shirt that they represent the voice of the truth? This government is devilish, and keeping quiet is already going against the truth Enenche claims to be the objective of his church. So, the protesters were, as a matter of fact, at the right place since they represented the truth: any government that defends only the people killing or rubbing the nation is not worth supporting.

Besides, he pretends that “No standard rule of engagement was followed as they merely sneaked into the church and swung into protest on a holy day of service.”

Which day is the right day to fight against injustice? This government is holding the people down and like Jesus asked, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?", (Mark 3:4), we also ask Enenche what is wrong in protesting against injustice on a holy day?

Furthermore, the pastor also claims that “the church is not an activism ground but a centre for the projection of truth against all forms of evil.” Which place should they have projected this eternal truth than at a church ground? What does he call asking Buhari to go if not speaking the truth to the authority? Shouldn't he have thanked these young fellows for doing the job he was supposed to do? Dr. Enenche, like every other shepherd in Nigeria, has abdicated from their duty. They have abandoned their call and are now serving their own interest. And so, the prophet denounces them, saying:

Nigerian pastors, bishops, priests are blind, they are all oblivious; they are all mute dogs who cannot bark; they are dreamers lying around, loving to slumber.
Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied. They are shepherds with no discernment; they all turn to their own way, each one seeking his own gain: "Come, let me get the wine, let us imbibe the strong drink, and tomorrow will be like today, only far better!" (Isaiah 56:10–12)

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