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    PEACE IN MIDEAST IN SIGHT?

     

    In our Press Release on the recent Israel/Lebanon Middle East crisis we write, “Against the backdrop of the presented scriptural illumination in Deuteronomy7: 1-15, it is therefore our logical findings that at the heart of all crisis in the Middle East is the tendency to view the issues at stake in relation to possession of the disputed land from the prism of the default Old Covenant of Promise instead of on the basis of the New Covenant of Grace.  We strongly believe it will be safe to state till date, introducing Roman pagan practices into the Christianity, which was formally legalized with the enactment of the Muratorian Fragment or Canon (800 AD) brought the tendency to interpret the scripture in line with the default Old Covenant of Promise rather than the New Covenant of Grace.  The singular act has produced the catastrophic consequences, which are glaringly visible in the body politic of the world by way of the Middle East crisis.  It is solely responsible for the obnoxious war activities, which have resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property in their billions all over the globe.  So in line with Isaac’s prediction when Esau has become restless and violet enough he would break Isaac’s yoke off his neck that the Arabs especially the Palestinians rightly or wrongly believe the Holy Bible was written to permanently relegate them to the background and make them losers in the game of chess affairs of the world.  They reasoned head or tail in both spiritual and general affairs of this world that they are the losers.  That is the crux of the matter.  Come to think of it, the Almighty God is a merciful God and after all, He is kind to both the unthankful and even to the evil elements in the society. 

    We also do know the Almighty God has changed the old rules that gave the upper hand to the Jews under the aegis of the Abrahamic covenant and the Law of Moses.  Therefore, we call on all those who have influence to bear on the Middle East to be merciful to those who are not of the same faith and belief with them.  They should not consign them to hell here on the planet earth as our heavenly Father, the Almighty God, is a better Judge. So, in line with the tenet of the New Covenant of Grace, let us realize the Lord Jesus Christ died for both the Jews and Gentiles.  Therefore, the so-called mischief makers are included among the peoples the Lord Jesus Christ died on their behalf; let everyone reach out in love to them with the Good News of the Christ so that the world will be much more secured place for us to live!  As a pragmatic step towards achieving a long lasting peace and harmony in the entire world, we strongly recommend that the Jewish State of Israel should formally accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  The Israeli Government should also endeavor to build a non-denominational Cathedral in the State Capital, Tel Aviv, where Christians all over the globe will be very proud to be associated.  Without any iota of doubt in my mind, Israel can be rest assured everybody in the entire world worth the name of a Christian will gladly contribute financially towards erecting such a structure.  Apart from peace and harmony the venture will engender in the Middle East in particular, Israel should think of the tourism potentiality of the recommendation.  Mr. President, members of my Foundation strongly believe until both the immediate and remote causes of the mayhem are identified and amicably resolved, there is very little or nothing anybody can do to eradicate the menace of the man-made malady in the globe.  To say the least, we foresee an escalation of the crisis around the world.  Critically examined, what can one do to a man who due to despondency decides to become a suicide bomber?  Kindly pardon we, sir, in our little estimation, until the cause (s) of the despondency is removed and their minds reoriented the situation seems very bleak and hopeless.  To that extent, it will always be a re-occurring decimal.  …  Furthermore, the Great Bishop of the soul of the Gentiles beautifully summed it up when he declares, “But before the time for faith (tenet of the New Covenant of Grace) came, the Law kept us all (Judaism Practitioners) locked up as prisoners until this faith should be revealed.  And so the Law was in-charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith.  Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in-charge of us.  It is through faith that all of you are God’s sons in union with Christ Jesus.  You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ himself.  So there is no difference between the Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free men, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ.  If you belong to Christ, then, you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised (Holy Spirit that gives eternal life.)”  Galatians3: 23-29.  Therefore, we passionately appeal to one of the most illustrious sons of Nigeria and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to use his good offices to join hands with us to ensure the Old Covenant of Promise completely vanishes away as envisaged in the era of the New Covenant of Grace and to give her the due pride of place.  Thank you and God bless.  Yours-in-the-Vineyard of the Lord – Paul Omo Umane. 

    x.         The Report on the Study Group on Iraq:  Commenting on The Report of the Study Group on Iraq in a letter dated December 7, 2006, Cross of Calvary Foundation of Nigeria, Incorporated sent another letter to the US President as follows, “Dear Sir, the most respected President of the United States of America, we bring you Calvary greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As concerned Christian Citizens of the world who are highly interested in the restoration of peace and harmony in the Middle East in particular and the entire world in general, we write to refer to our previous letters on the Middle East crisis.  We write to specially say the tortuous laudable marks being made by your Administration towards resolving the Iraqi and Lebanese crisis that is gradually sliding into a regional conflict cannot slip away without commendation. Therefore, we resolutely salute your courage and sagacity, Mr. President.   Having so stated, we also wish to inform you, the most powerful man on the planet earth, we have followed the setting up of “The Study Group on Iraq” and its subsequent submitted Report with keen interest.  In the same manner, we have keenly monitored the reactions emanating from all parties directly and indirectly involved in the crisis.  Worthy of note is the reaction that emanated from the Prime Minister of Israel, where he stated Israel had always in the past broker peace initiatives, which did not work in the region.  

     

    Of a truth, the Prime Minister is very correct in that connection but we, the entire members of Cross of Calvary Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) Incorporated, urge him to view the current peace initiatives as the finger of the Almighty God in action!  If the parties involved fail to do so, we are forced to say with regret that the status quo will ever remain.  In order to remedy the ugly situation, we passionately appeal to the Israelis in particular to dispassionately look at all issues involved that seemed to have bestridden the whole region like a colossus with a view to involving an amicable solution. We also candidly advised whatever peace initiative would be brokered must be followed by a complete reorientation of the minds of the people in the region. 

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