AS the 63rd annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, reached crescendo on Thursday night, church members as well as first time worshippers at the spiritual fiesta were stunned to watch Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, regarded by millions of admirers as one of the meekest men around, turned combative.
Even long time members of the church were also astonished by the growing number of babies delivered at the church’s major programmes with not a few participants wondering why heavily pregnant women often travel, sometimes, long distances to the Redemption Camp to have their babies.
The large crowd of worshippers that included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Benue State Governor, Deacon Sam Ortom and his wife, the Speaker of Ekiti House of Assembly, Pastor Kola Oluwawole and a motley of traditional rulers were shocked as the church General Overseer led them to pray some very dangerous prayers, calling down Holy Ghost fire on all unrepentant evil doers like biblical Elijah did.
It was the 4th day of the ongoing annual convention and the programme was the deliverance service which began with a warning to his listeners not to be afraid, that “today, we are going to fight and recover all that the enemy had taken from us. All of you who had been leaving on bondage shall be set free today!
“Every door that has been shot against your success shall be forced open tonight because our God can destroy any yoke. At His names all knees including those of all the witches and all the occultic agents who have been hibernating in our homes must bow,” he said, adding “don’t be afraid, we are going to pray together tonight.”
Shortly after a brief sermon, titled “Free Indeed”, the soft-spoken general overseer explained that one cannot be free from an enemy except such enemy becomes one’s friend or died. He then initiated an extremely violent deliverance prayer session which drove the large crowd hysterical, resulting in several undescribable demonic manifestations. Repeatedly, he warned the congregation against any form of fear, assuring them that the blood of Jesus would protect them, “as I lead you to war against these evil forces tonight”.
It was a night of instant deliverance from the powers of darkness with diverse of miracles at the Deliverance Hour of the 63rd annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Majority of participants who needed divine touch of the all sufficient God were led in an uncommon prayer warfare.
Adeboye had earlier admonished the ushers to be on high alert and carry all persons under the influence of unction to the front of the altar to prevent them from injuring themselves or harming other innocent worshippers. And it took the ushers several moments to salvage the situation and restore order to a chaotic environment characterized by men, women, boys and girls violently rolling, rocking and shaking off numerous ushers trying to calm them.
Before his sermon, Pastor Adeboye announced that a total of 66 babies including 31 boys and 35 girls, had been delivered within a few days of the ministers’ conference culminating into four days of the convention. According to the medical doctor who oversees the affairs at the Redeemer’s Maternity, Pastor Femi Adeyemi, most of the pregnant women give birth with minimum or no assistance from the over 44 doctors, 101 nurses, nine pharmacists, four laboratory scientists and two social workers as at the time of this report.