The General Overseer Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International headquarter situated, 108 Charles Street, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area, Prophet Joseph Igbodo has called on clerics to desist from acts of using annual harvest thanksgiving festival to amass wealth which according to him is not scriptural.
Prophet Igbodo made the call while giving a sermon at the 2020 harvest thanksgiving service, held on Sunday December 13, 2020.
According to him, “Giving should be from the heart and not under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver. On this special day of harvest thanksgiving, it is expected of everyone to give willingly.
Despite the quality of your thanksgiving offering, it is very important to know that thanksgiving is only meant for righteous people because God detests the offering of the wick
Irrespective of your personality, what matters most in life is your relationship with God. The message is calling on all to live a Christ – like life by keeping God’s commandments. Living a righteous life brings God’s favour”, he said.
Prophet Igbodo, who doubles as the Proprietor of Job Orphanage Home and the Proprietor of St. Stephen Trust Widows Home, pointed out that because of their blessings; many people have forgotten God who, through his grace and mercy has favoured them.
Continuing, the clergy condemned the attitude of some church members who borrow money just because they want to impress their pastor with their giving during thanksgiving. He said God does not accept such offering.
He admonished that it is God’s expectation that we should give to him that which comes from our heart.
He said, because of the shame of giving offering from their widow’s mite, many do absent themselves on the day of harvest thanksgiving. He reiterated that harvest thanksgiving is not a forum for fund raising for the church unlike what is being done in so many churches today.
He used the opportunity to call on the good people of Ika nation to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivals with their limited resources and not go about borrowing just to celebrate it big. He advised all to be close and thankful to God for saving us in the midst of 2020 challenges of life.
Prophet Joseph Igbodo