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 KYIV — A number of evangelical leaders in Ukraine signed a statement, dated 29 December 2008, and sent exclusively, in English translation, to RISU’s office. The subject is the activity of Pastor Sunday Adelaja, head of the Kyiv-based Embassy of God Church. The leaders, among other things, write that “We radically dissociate ourselves from Sunday Adelaja and his activity.” The original text, with no editing changes, follows.

of the senior leaders of evangelical churches of Ukraine
regarding the activity of Sunday Adelaja and the
negative impact it has had on Ukrainian Christianity

“…and have tested those who say they are apostles,
and are not and have found them liars…”
( Revelation 2:2, Bible, NKJ)

On December, 16th, 2008 a meeting of the senior ministers of evangelical churches of Ukraine with the senior pastor of the “God’s Embassy” religious community Sunday Adelaja took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The purpose of the meeting was to lay claims and to pose the questions exciting within the churches and the public of Ukraine as well as to confront S.Adelaja about his actions and statements which do not correspond with the Holy Scriptures. In the course of the discussion S.Adelaja acknowledged many of his mistakes, asked for forgiveness, promised to repent publicly and also promised to subordinate to the evangelical position expressed at the meeting with the leaders of evangelical churches of Ukraine. From our side we, as senior leaders of evangelical churches, expected pastor Sunday Adelaja to consequently undertake definite actions in the fulfillment of the promised corrections.

To our deep regret, no actions which could be qualified as “worthy fruits of repentance” have been undertaken by S.Adelaja since the time of the meeting. On the contrary, such reports as "Sunday Adelaja thanked leaders of evangelical churches for support", or “It is unfair to give the one-sided report, said pastor Sunday Adelaja ", or " An official address of pastor Sunday Adelaja to all protestant believers" appeared on the “God’s Embassy’s” web-site. This makes it clear that pastor Sunday resorted to manipulations, untrue statements and self-justification.

We have taken into consideration the appeals for the help and council of many people from among the members of the “God’s Embassy” religious community who suffered from the activity of "King's Capital" financial company. Testimonies of these people, the close analysis of the facts, reaction to reproof of the bishops of evangelical churches of Ukraine (dated December, 16th, 2008) – all of these point out that pastor Sunday Adelaja is an inspirer and a spiritual protector of the above mentioned financial structures which finally led to deplorable spiritual and material condition of many people, and even to the point of loss of their accommodation and own habitation. The given activity has become the cause for some mass-media to identify Sunday Adelaja with all Christian evangelical churches.

Previously leaders of various Christian evangelical churches repeatedly admonished and warned S.Adelaja, but have been ignored.

In view of the above-stated and based on the Holy Bible (Is. 56:10-11; Is.57:17,20-21; Ezek. 34:1-11; Mat. 6:24; 18:17; 1st Peter 5:1-3; 1st Tim 5:20; 6:5-11) WE ANNOUNCE:

• We radically dissociate ourselves from Sunday Adelaja and his activity.

• We condemn:
— Aspirations to create a cult of personality;
— Methods and the activity, based on self-advertisement, exaggeration of personal merits and on lie;
— The false doctrine of prosperity, the sin of love of money;
— Practice to curse the church members and parishioners who disagree with his opinion.

• We ascertain:
— Sunday Adelaja is the inspirer and the spiritual patron of the para-church financial structures («King's Capital» and other);
— Sunday Adelaja evaded from the pure evangelical doctrine and is currently in spiritual seduction and error.

• We address:
— All the church leaders to abstain from brotherly fellowship with Sunday Adelaja;
— To pray for spiritual healing of members of the “God’s Embassy” religious community;
— To pray for those who suffered from the activity of the "King's Capital" financial company;
— The Board of the “God’s Embassy Church to discharge Sunday Adelaja and to compel him to leave the ministry for the improvement of the spiritual the church.

• We suggest Sunday Adelaja to sincerely repent in his words and deeds and we do believe that only a true repentance gives freedom and cleanses from all sins and delusions.
(Holy Bible, Revelation 3:18-19: “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and Chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent”.)

The Official Statement was signed by:

Bishop Mikhail Panochko – President of the All-Ukrainian Church Union of Evangelical Faith Christians - Pentecostal;
Bishop Leonid Padun – Leader of the Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church;
Assistant Bishop Anatoly Gluhovsky – Union of the Free Churches of the Evangelical Faith Christians of Ukraine;
Bishop Philip Savochka – Leader of the “Salvation” Christian Evangelical Church;
Bishop Valery Reshetinskiy – Leader of the Union of Christian of Evangelical Faith “Ukrainian Missionary Сhurch”;
Bishop Anatoliy Gavriluk – President of the Union of Independent Christian Charismatic Churches of Ukraine (Full Gospel);
Bishop Anatoliy Kalyuzhniy – Leader of Independent Evangelical Churches of Ukraine Union;
Pastor Boris Grisenko – Kyiv Messianic Congregation;
Pastor Peter Kovalenko – Senior Pastor of Kharkiv Christian Church.

Kyiv, December 29, 2008

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Gideons Celebrate 100 Years of Bible Distribution

[01.08.09] Celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the Gideons International, founded by John Nicholson and Sam Hill, stributed an astounding 1.5 billion Bibles since 1908, when the group began placing Scripture in hotel rooms reports the Associated Press (AP).

“I think there’s an untold number of people that have had their lives changed as a result of reading the Gideon Bible or New Testament,” said Steve Smith, director of communications and development for the Gideons to the AP. “We’ve been blessed to learn the details of many of those and are confident there are still many more we have not yet learned about.”

Last year alone the interdenominational ministry gave out nearly 77 million Gideon Scriptures, translated into 85 languages in 187 countries around the world. “What it’s done is actually changed our culture,” Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals said to the AP. “People expect there to be a Bible in a hotel room. There’s hardly anything that’s parallel to it.”

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Inaugural Benediction

The Rev. Joseph Lowery
January 20, 2009
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far along the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to Thee, oh God,
True to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day. We pray now oh Lord for Your blessing upon Your servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family, and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the nation and indeed the global fiscal climate.
But because we know You’ve got the whole world in Your hand, we pray not only for our nation but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink though pressed by the flood of mortal ills. For we know that Lord You’re able and You’re willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability. Mend our brokenness. Heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor, of the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.
We thank You for the empowering of Thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that yes we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seed of greed, the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in the spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.
And now Lord in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate, on the side of inclusion, not exclusion, tolerance, not intolerance.
And as we leave this mountaintop help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, wherever we seek Your will.
Bless President Barack. First Lady Michelle. Look over our little angelic Sasha and Malia. We go now to walk together as children, pledging that we won’t get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know You will not leave us alone with Your hands of power and Your heart of love. Help us then now Lord to work for that day when nations will not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors. When every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine or fig tree and none shall be afraid. When justice shall roll down like water and righteousness as a mighty stream. Lord in the memory of all the satins who from their labor rest and in the joy of a new beginning. We ask You to help us to work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead man and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen. Say Amen. And Amen. read more

Inaugural Opening Prayer The Rev. Joseph Lowery January 20, 2009

The Rev. Rick Warren
January 20, 2009
Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory.

History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation], Jesus, who taught us to pray:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”


Quote, December


·“The greatest problem for God in His redemptive mission for the world is His own people. What hurts God most is not just the sin of the world, but the failure, disobedience and rebellion of those He has redeemed.”

—Chris Wright, international director of Langham Partnership International and retiring chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, during the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization held in Cape Town, South Africa, in the fall. The meeting brought together 4,200 hand-picked Christian leaders to discuss missions strategies for the 21st century. read more


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