IS CAN’S SYMPATHY GENUINE…? CAN’s Inequity Condolence between SCOAN and the Islamic Community

wpid-oritsejafor-sultan-300x200.jpgIn the month of September this year, two major sad incidences occurred to the world Islamic community which is the ‘crane crash and the stampede’ that both took place at Mecca and the Jamrat Complex (Stoning site) in Mina, respectively at Saudi Arabia; this led to the death and injuries of hundreds of pilgrims that went for this year Hajj in the Holy Land. Coincidentally, the same month last year, on September 12th a building collapsed at the premises of the Synagogue, Church of all nations (SCOAN) Lagos, Nigeria which led to the death of visiting SCOAN pilgrims who were mostly South African nationals.

During the period of the unfortunate incident that took place at the SCOAN, different nations, leaders, groups, and religious bodies from all around the globe sent condolence messages and others even had to visit the Prophet to sympathize with the SCOAN family on the tragic building collapse. But during this period, it is worthy to note that no single word of condolence was sent from the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nor did any representative of the association pay a visit to sympathize with the head Pastor of the SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua.

Yet it beats our imagination when it was gathered by the media that the leadership of the same CAN, headed by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, sent a condolence to sympathize with the Islamic community on the recent crane crash and stampede that occurred in Saudi Arabia. The truth is that, there is nothing wrong for the leadership of CAN to sympathize or send a condolence message to the Islamic community, because the Holy Bible as clearly instructed us to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15), irrespective of religion, race etc. However, the question is “why did the same CAN leadership choose not to extend their heart of sympathy to a fellow Christian ministry that professes Jesus Christ, but rather chose to sympathize with the Islamic nation, Saudi Arabia with a contrary doctrine/ faith?” Irrespective of the fact that SCOAN and CAN are situated in the same nation, Nigeria.

The truth of it is that, till date the CAN leadership has chosen to remain mute on the September 12th incident at SCOAN, neither condolence message nor representative of the body had been sent to the SCOAN and this makes one to wonder if the leadership of CAN is pleased or displeased about the SCOAN tragedy. It is said that actions speak louder than voice; their actions so far has brought about this question; what could an apex Christian body as CAN hold against its ‘Christian’ brother and other brethren who were in one way or the other affected by the last year, September 12th tragic incident?

Looking at the stands of the ministry of SCOAN, having alleged that the building collapsed as a result of terror attack, isn’t it wise for the CAN leadership to get involved in the matter since it’s a body that supposed to stand and protect the interest of the Christian community in Nigeria? And also, Since the SCOAN tragedy seems to reveal that the entire Christian community in Nigeria is under a great threat, isn’t it wise for the CAN to be interested in ensuring that what happened to the SCOAN shouldn’t repeat itself in any other ministry in Nigeria as a way of taking proactive measures?

Now, where is the love in the church of Christ? Is this the kind of love Christ preached when he was on earth? This is sheer hypocrisy! At this point, we would love those with independent minds and persons of good heart to judge this action of CAN. Let the good Christians, Muslims and those of other faith in the world judge this. Is this action from CAN godly or ungodly? May God unite His Church…Amen!

2 thoughts on “IS CAN’S SYMPATHY GENUINE…? CAN’s Inequity Condolence between SCOAN and the Islamic Community

  1. Amen.The good thing is,whether these fake Christians aka CAN will sympatize with Prophet TBJoshua or not,they won’t change anything in the fact that God favours our Rophet TB Joshua more than them!! They can die of their Jealousy and envies then!


  2. Greetings brethren,
    A very interesting story. Indeed it leaves a lot to be desired when one looks at this article and the alleged behavior of CAN. If indeed the writer of the said opinion piece is correct that CAN never passed any condolences or showed any care or issued a statement empathizing with SCOAN, its leader, prophet TB Joshua and the families of the different families whose relatives lost their lives, then one would be left with no option as to whether they stand for God or gods. I for one, would not hesitate to say that that kind of behavior is not consistent with a God-fearing body, entity or person. I can easily say “they do not belong to God”. Love begins at home, Mark 12:30-31New International Version (NIV)

    30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
    “Neighbour here refers to anyone closest to you, one within your reach, one whom you can see immediately”, it is logical that you love the person next to you before you can extend your love to a stranger. Just like our Lord God says how can you claim to love me whom you have not seen when you fail to love your own brothers and sisters whom you have seen,

    1 John 4:20 ►
    Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

    By and large, not only do we need God’s Word but we need God’s spirit. God is love, therefore let love lead. Lord forgive all those who plan evil against us, for it is not by their thought or flesh that they do so but through the evil spirits within them. Your Word says that “our warfare is not against the flesh and blood but against the principalities of darkness”, the evil spirits, eradicate that, cast out those evil spirits within them, give them a loving heart, make them make your word the standard for their life, be merciful, forgive them, make them repent from their evil ways, may your mercy favour and grace fall upon them. Thank you Lord for their salvation and deliverance, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen!.


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