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Your learning is worthless without godly character, Pastor Oladele tells Students at 2021 Academic Summit

 

CAC President, Pastor Samuel O. Oladele


By Boluwatife Oparinde


The President of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Samuel O. Oladele has urged students to develop goldy character, saying that learning is worthless without godly character.


Pastor Oladele, represented by his Personal Assistant, Pastor T. D. Asokeji, in his Fatherly charge titled "Religion without Character" stated this at the ongoing Academic Summit at Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State.


According to him, "talent is good but never enough. Character is everything. You must have been found worthy in character and learning before you are graduated from the University. I don't think it is a coincidence that character comes before learning because your learning is worthless without character."


Exploring his textual source, Genesis 4:1-15, the cleric identified Cain as a man without character such that, "it is instructive that God has respect for Abel and his gifts which implies that God is interested in the giver and not just the gift".


He also said that, "so many of us are busy with religious activities, fellowship activities, moral activities and Christian activities. And try to live good lives without relationship with God. The level of your commitment is commendable but the question is, do you have a relationship with Him who has sent you?"


Pastor Oladele, citing Biblical models of character like Joseph who refused what looked good but not right; Daniel, who abstained from the King's delicacy; counselled the students that the campus is a place of preparation for the actual activity of the world.


He buttressed that the only people with major focus in the Bible in the days of Daniel were men who were tested and whose characters were not deformed.


Charging the students, the President stated that character is the ability to do what is right when nobody is looking or when nobody is there.


According to him, "For you to have an enjoyable future and secure the future, Cain must be removed from you."


Furthermore, the cleric highlighted that the desire of the CAC President is that "every Christ Apostolic would shine and not only shine, but be burning arrows."

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