A video where Bishop David Ibiyeome of Salvation Ministry Port Harcourt took a swipe on ace OAP Daddy Freeze is currently circulating and generating more negative reactions against the church.

In the said video, Bishop Ibiyeome hurled curses and invectives on Daddy Freeze because he said he insulted Bishop Oyedepo his father-in-the-Lord.

While we should verify the claims and nature of Daddy Freeze’s alleged insult on Bishop Oyedepo, it is proper we make it clear that the barrage of racist invectives on the person of Daddy Freeze and the threat made to his life by Bishop Ibiyeome is reprehensible and scripturally faulty.

He crossed the rubicon.

In Scripture, when Peter used the sword to cut off the right ear of the high priest’s servant in an attempt to prevent Jesus’ arrest, Jesus condemned his action.

Jesus told him, “No more of this!” Jesus restored the man’s ear and healed him.

Jesus is against us becoming emotionally agitated towards anyone or taking on anyone because of what he did or said against our spiritual leader.

The best way to defend any minister of the Gospel is to make a case for the Gospel. We are not taught to use one extreme to fight another extreme.

We must resist the temptation to become emotionally irritated towards those who censure or disagree with our pastor.

Jesus was called all manner of evil names – Beelzebub, glutton, drunkard and a friend of corrupt public servants and sinners (1 Peter 2:22, Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34).

So as long as you preach the Gospel, insults from the world is supposed to greet you.

When Peter chopped off the ear of the high priest’s servant and put up a defence for Jesus against those who came to arrest him, Jesus asked him,

“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

You see, there is currently a growing resistance to the Gospel amongst the younger social media generation of Nigeria because of the dispositions of churches.

Irrespective of what the world says to distract us, we must always be smart not to descend to their level.

A word is enough for the wise.

Martin White-Ufuah