Tuesday, July 30, 2019

CAN's Israel Akanji justifies going to visit Fatoyinbo

Reverend Israel Akanji, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, North-Central chapter, who visited the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly recently, has prayed to God to restore the glory of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, even if he is guilty of r-pe.

Akanji, said this at the First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, while delivering a sermon at the church last Sunday.

According to Punch, Rev. Akanji, said even if the allegations were true, he will still pray that God will restore Fatoyinbo fully to the work of the ministry.

He said, “I still pray for that pastor (Fatoyinbo). I am not sure he erred; I have no right to judge because I don’t know whether the accusations against him are true or false. It has yet to be determined but even if t is true, I still pray that God will restore him fully to the work of the ministry.”

The cleric further stated that he did not regret paying a solidarity visit to Fatoyinbo, who has been facing allegations of r-pe for over a month.

Akanji and the Chairman of CAN, FCT Chapter, Rev. Jonah Samson, had come under fire recently for visiting COZA and drumming support for Fatoyinbo.

The National President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, had also dissociated the national body of CAN from the actions of Akanji and Samson.

However, Akanji, said he did not regret visiting Fatoyinbo.

He said even a condemned thief was pardoned by Jesus Christ at the Cross of Calvary, adding that the COZA pastor was not beyond redemption even if he was guilty.

The cleric argued that if one church is in trouble, it becomes the concern of every church.

Akanji said, “Individuals locked up by the EFCC who are seen to be the worst people on the face of the earth… we pray for them. And that church, we needed to go and speak and pray with them because of what they were passing through and that is what we did.

“Now, people may have different opinions but I hold the bible as the pastor, First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja. I have no regret that I went to that church (COZA). I didn’t go there to endorse evil but I wanted to say that even if you are the worst sinner, Jesus Christ still has a place for you.”

He said critics should always ask, “What will Jesus do?” before making judgments.

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