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The way Linda Ikeji posted it:
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, at the Mountain Miracle and Liberation Ministries, a.k.a Liberation City, a dead child was prayed back to life in a suspense-filled movie-like scenario. The six-month old child said to have been ill for weeks was brought to the church by her parents for prayers. Unfortunately, the child gave up the ghost as soon as they arrived the church. 
Her frantic parents eventually wept and pushed their way through to the podium where the man of God ministered to other people, and he immediately took the child from them and prayed fervently. Then he dropped the child on the altar and commanded her spirit to come back and the child moved! The congregation exploded in tumultuous praise as the child continued to move and even later drank some water!

In August of last year as well, the same scenario played out in Kogi State, at the Chris Okafor World Outreach Ministries Crusade venue, in Lokoja. God used Dr Okafor to bring the child in question back to life! By the grace of God, Dr. Chris Okafor is known for accurate prophecies and the unusual ability to proffer solution in every occasion.


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Yesterday news of the baby raised from the dead in Liberation City circled the Internet. I deliberately numbed my mind and shielded it from forming any opinion. I strongly believe in miracles. Also being a spiritual christian means that you have faith and faith has been defined as a conviction in things not seen (Hebrews11:1). What this means is that even in the face of illogical or questionable situations, you believe and not ask questions. This is sometimes difficult for educated and enlightened persons. Either way, I chose to look the other way and not think. However today I paid a visit to Linda Ikeji's blog and my numb mind began to thaw and question. Many on different platforms believed this to be a staged miracle, many praised God for His greatness, I have no opinions here. 

But a sponsored post? "Sponsored" connotes money changing hands; cash (or its equivalent) was paid for this to be put up on public media. That's an advertisement, right? You know, even in law it's unethical to advertise, so it's probably my legal background that's got me feeling some type of way. Or not? I'm confused guys, is this ok? 

Comments

  1. If Linda decided to post this because she found it news worthy, it would have been fine. Now, it's paid for so tables are turned. This is all shades of wrong for me. He should wait for God to announce him to th world. He doesn't have to help God.

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  2. If I'm not tired of lamenting, I'm lying. Even in my lack of interests, these guys still find a way to take it up a notch higher. Oh my!

    Instead of seeing industries and warehouses, for economic wellbeing on the Expressways, we now take pride in having multi billion naira mansions and architectural buildings representing churches.

    How bad can it get? Yet we lament abt Naira value.

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  3. Lol. Church is big business so they paid several blogs to advertise the story. Me i personally dont have the tolerance for pentecostal miracle and prosperity preaching churches.

    www.pynk360.com

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    1. If only you understood what Jesus brought for us then you won't be sounding like this. Jesus performed many miracles. He's the same yesterday, today n forever meaning what he did years ago He can still do today. The difference is that He works through men. Even Jesus declared that greater works than shall we do giving us authority to do great things. Read mark 16:17 to know the signs that follows a believer. It's got nothing to do with being pentecostal or not. My advice for you is that when you need a miracle, you'll then believe. As for the prosperity preaching part, read the book of 3jhn 1:2. You'll know that God desires you to prosper. Tell me how you can help someone that's in need if you yourself are in need. study the word and you'll know more. Lack of knowledge is why people perish.

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    2. "Pentecostal miracles" Its jaskolomi till you need one.

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  4. If its true and the miracles go on long enough, you'll surely get free publicity cos such things cant stay hidden for long. That said, I think paying to publicise a miracle is all shades of wrong... no wonder I kept seeing the story everywhere. It is well o

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    1. Why seat back wait for something to happen to you when you can "happen things"?

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  5. Like Thelma says, "...you believe and not ask questions...". It's difficult to apply this statement in this era. People will ask questions, and some (like me) will be indifferent. I can neither approve nor disapprove what just happened so it's best I don't analyze this to spare me the danger of mocking GOD.

    As for the sponsoring of the Post, we're not sure who's responsible for that. Just as people advertised JESUS miracles without HIS consent, so it's safe to assume the same thing happened here.

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    1. You're the most reasonable person on this blog. Thelma be careful what you say. Do you know if reading the post will stir up faith in the heart of someone who desires a miracle? Whether sponsored or not, the message of healing through the power of God is being sent out. You can not work in the flesh and understand the things of the Spirit.

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  6. I dont think there is anything wrong with advertising the Church. If the advert is saying the truth, that they study the Bible and believe in Jesus. As long as the advert does not guarantee what they cannot deliver. As long as the advert does not guarantee miracles and salvation.

    We need to understand that running a Church is a business. Its a business of number of people. Not necessarily money business. Every Church or pastor wants a large congregation (Thats evidence of the growth of the Church/pastor) Fastest way to get the numbers is to put the word out on every platform.

    Peace.

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