The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has declared only the gospel of Christ can bring about the much-needed transformation in the nation.
He said no human wisdom, how matter lofty, can change the nation.
Osinbajo spoke at the Kingdom Summit 2017 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Kings Court Parish Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday.
He therefor urged Christians to live by the gospel for the nation to witness change.
According to him: “I am so pleased and happy and I believe that the Almighty God has a plan for our nation by putting us in strategic positions in politics, business and everywhere.
“But, the strategic positions He has placed us, we will be of no effect there unless we are prepared to live by His gospel.
“There is no wisdom of man that can change men or change nations; it is the power and wisdom of God that can,’’ he stated.
The vice president, who titled his remark, “Neither Jew, nor Gentile’’ noted that the gospel of the Lord was transformational, meant to turn the market place around by uniting God’s people.
According to him, the only way to transform the nation is to obey the gospel and to do so that citizens must free themselves from the canal and simply return to the gospel in their practices.
Osinbajo noted that sometimes people thought that God did not achieve His purpose in man because God’s gospel contradicted the purpose of man.
He said that many times, Christians interpreted the gospel to suit their purposes, which explained why it was easy for them to pray against their enemies that prayed for them.
“This canal nature cannot save us; we are completely different from God because the gospel is not a canal word,’’ he stated.
The vice president pointed out that the Bible was not just a book but the wisdom of God, which could not be trampled upon.
He noted that the power of the church lay in its unity.
He traced the history of creation where God made man in His own image, and that man fell apart because of sin, but salvation still came when Christ was born.
Osinbajo said that at creation, there was no difference in the nature of man and everyone related in an atmosphere devoid of tribe or other differences.
“The canal nature of man is that he places his tribe above others but the only basis for the power and unity of the church is that there is no Jew or Gentile.’’
He advised the faithful to avoid divisive issues as much as they did to foolish disputes.
He remarked that corruption in the country still existed because the church had failed to speak against it simply because those involved in graft had relationships with them.
Osinbajo added that it was wrong to seek vengeance as the gospel did not give Christians the power to habour hatred.
According to him, when the disciple, Stephen, was killed, if the Apostles had retaliated, there would not have been the gospel.
“The gospel of the Lord says you must overcome evil with good.’’
Osinbajo prayed for the country and the people and asked God to grant Nigerians faithfulness to Him and give everyone the grace to avoid every form of disunity.