Abuja - Pastor Tunde Bakare, said the
current economic recession was an opportunity for the Church to bail out the
country through God-inspired economic principles
Bakare, a Senior Pastor, Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, stated
this on Saturday in Abuja.
He spoke on the theme: “ The Church and Economic Recession ,
“ at the 14th anniversary celebration of Foursquare Gospel Church.
He said that the church had the ability to bail out nations, influence public
policy through God-inspired economic principles and strategically position
human resources to implement its principles.
Bakare, however, said that the church was yet to rise to the height mandated to
it by destiny to bail out nations and to lead them to God’s will.
“ I am convinced that the recession currently being experienced in Nigeria is
an opportunity for the Church.
“Therefore, I declare to you that the Scripture is about to be fulfilled in
your hearing as God is stirring up the church to take responsibility for the
destiny of Nigeria.
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“ That is why we are gathered here today to talk about the church and economic
“ If the church is also reeling from the impact of the recession, we must admit
to ourselves that this is against the Scriptural pattern.
“ It is the best of times to take the tenets of the faith beyond the four walls
of the church building to the marketplace and the policy roundtable, “ Bakare
He said that the nation’s economic recession was largely self-inflicted which
could have been avoided, saying “unfortunately for Nigeria, our biggest boom
experience fell into the hands of an unprepared leadership.“
Bakare, however, commended the Federal Government for its effort to salvage the
nation’s economy in the past eighteen months.
Pastor Babajide Olowodola, the Senior Pastor, Fourquare Gospel Church, Asokoro,
said the role of the church in addressing current economic recession could not
“ The church must be seen to be part of solution to economic recession not to
compound the problem,“ Olowodola said.