Oscar Amaechina is the author of The Mystery of the Cross Revealed. The Book is available for purchase on Amazon, Okadabooks and Parousiareads.

In this interview, Oscar talked about himself, his ministry and the book.

Interviewer:

Tell us a bit about yourself sir- background, growing up, and ministry.

Oscar Amaechina:

I am the president of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network. A mission organization with the mandate to preach Christ where no one has neither preached nor heard about Him. I was born into a Christian home and grew up as a nominal Christian. My youthful life was influenced by peer pressure and I lived a very rough life and indulged in juvenile delinquency. I ventured into many religions in search of the truth until one night in the year 2001, I had a vision that brought me to the saving knowledge of Christ.

My conversion and my ministry was a typology of Apostle Paul’s conversion and ministry. In a dream, I was arrested by some forces who took me to their kingdom and ordered me to enter into the inner chamber to see the queen. I refused and a lady stepped forward and told me that before they push me into the inner chamber that they would experiment. She pointed to a clay pot on a top of a beautiful ornamental plant and said to me “If I touch this clay pot, it will break if you are a man of God but if it did not break then you are an ordinary man and you must go in and see the queen and I doubt if you will come out alive”. I told her to touch the pot in the name of Jesus and as she raised her hand the clay pot scattered to pieces and she spoke to the soldiers that arrested me “This man is a powerful man of God, we do not have power over him” and immediately I woke up with sweat all over my body. The following day a friend invited me to a program in Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry where I surrendered to the saving power of Christ. After about two weeks I enrolled in Discipleship Training School and made my choice to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.

Interviewer:

You wrote passionately about missions in your book “The Mystery Of The Cross Revealed”, please share how this journey started for you and what the transition was like.

Oscar Amaechina:

It was in the year 2003 while I was a deliverance minister with Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries that I had a vision in the night and God spoke to me saying “My son I have commissioned you to preach Christ where no one has ever preached Him. In obedience to the heavenly vision, I left Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries to kick start a missionary sensitive ministry where I can fulfill the vision of taking the gospel to the unreached peoples’ group. On the 7th day of May 2006, Christ Reconciliation and Deliverance Ministry (CRDM) was founded with the vision to preach Christ where no one has preached Him. I immediately constituted the Mission Team with the responsibilities to spiritually map and identify communities and villages where the name of Jesus has not been mentioned taking Northwest and Northcentral states as our pilot target areas.

It was not an easy task reaching the Unreached and pastoring the church. I had divided attention, some times I would be in the mission fields and my attention would be needed in the church. I combined running a church and reaching the Unreached for a period of ten years. Then, in 2016 I decided to resign from the church to exclusively focus on missions. The transition was not easy but it was worthwhile because those who have not heard about Christ should be prioritized in every gospel intervention if we are desirous of obeying the command of Jesus.

Interviewer:

You wrote against some fundamental issues in your book, like tithing, Cathedral building, and prosperity gospel, these are highly controversial issues as people always have Scriptures backing these, how can an institutionalized reader purge himself of these things, as it is what we have come to know?

Oscar Amaechina:

            I wrote to correct fundamental errors that have bedeviled Christianity. What I wrote against are not the doctrines of Christ but perversions from the pit of hell. Tithing is scriptural but it is not for the Christians, the prosperity gospel is an insidious disease with no scriptural element and cathedral building is a continuation of Nimdod’s perversion of the way of the Lord, it is a manifestation of the influence of Semiramis, the legendary founder of the Babylonian empire. An institutionalized reader can purge himself by allowing the word of God to take preeminence in all his knowledge. He should invite the Holy Spirit to guide him in search of the scripture for the truth. Truth can purge anyone and set him free from false indoctrination and lies. (John 8:32) We should not rely on men for biblical interpretation because of hermeneutical perversion which is very prevalent in our Churches today. The Spirit of God is readily available to teach us,  (1 John 2:27) This book is a sanitizer and a detoxifier and has the capacity of removing errors from the subconscious part of the readers’ mind, I encourage every reader to use the Bible as a standard for literary and biblical criticism of all that is written in this book. A clearer understanding of the word of God will inevitably bring light into the reader’s mind and chase away the darkness of false teachings.

Interviewer:

What would be your response to the reader who is asking “can we all be missionaries” sir?

Oscar Amaechina:

This question can only come up because of negligence to the mandate of the Great Commission, otherwise, every Christian should know that the spirit of Christianity is the spirit of missions. According to Charles Spurgeon “A Christian is either a missionary or an impostor” What Spurgeon meant is that any Christian who is not a missionary is a pretender. The mandate for missionary service is given to every Christian and no Christian is exempted. All of us may not be able to make it to the mission fields but every Christian must be actively involved in missionary service. If you cannot go, you can give, groan or send. All of us are called by God through the go ye command which is not an appeal to be considered but an instruction that must be obeyed. Every Christian must give an account of his missionary stewardship when he returns to God.

Interviewer:

Who is your greatest influence as a missionary sir, someone you’d call a mentor or father?

Oscar Amaechina:

Apostle Paul’s missionary exploits are what galvanized me to do what I am doing and the Acts of the Apostle is where I draw my inspiration. Apostle Paul is my mentor and spiritual father.

Interviewer:

A lot of people say they have been called into different ministries: some into relationship ministry, some as church planters, some into prayer, how would you as a missionary justify this with the Go ye command?

Oscar Amaechina:

Many believers have carved niches for themselves not according to the leading of the Holy Spirit but according to their hearts’ promptings. The ministry of God is holistic with a primary mandate to make disciples of all nations. Ministries should not be fragmented, relationship ministry, praying ministry, church planting ministry, giving ministry and any other ministry must be integral parts of go ye commission. Apostle Barnabas had a relationship ministry that he was known as an encourager, he had a giving ministry that made him sold his property and gave the proceeds to the church yet he embarked on the first missionary journey with Apostle Paul. Ministries should not be compartmentalized to operate in isolation, church ministries are programmed by God to train, equip, and send Christians to fulfill the mandate of go ye. Marriage ministry that does not teach husbands and wives how to fulfill the mandate of go ye has been perverted by the devil. Every ministry must play a complementary role to the go ye command.

Interviewer:

Your book mentioned that you resigned from the church, what does that mean sir?

Oscar Amaechina:

What it means is that I voluntarily left the pastoral office and handed over the church that I founded to others to enable me to give the missionary service the needed attention. I am no longer working in the church and do not have any church position.

Interviewer:

What would you be found doing when you’re not on the mission field?

Oscar Amaechina:

I am always reading/writing or carrying out research/survey on how we can improve on our Conventional, Ecclesiastical, and Diaspora missions.

Interviewer:

Please share one experience you will never forget from a missions trip

Oscar Amaechina:

My first missionary Journey has left an indelible memory in my mind. On the day of our first journey, I drove for five hours and when we could not continue because of the dead-end of motorable road, we had to use a motorcycle for the remaining part of the journey which lasted for another two and half hours.

As we are approaching the village, I noticed a seizure of my breath, I was dehydrated because of the intense heat of the sun, and immediately that I alighted from the bike, I fell down and fainted. I was resuscitated by the water that was poured on me and when I opened my eyes, I requested for water. They brought a bowl of dirty brown water with spirogyra and mucous swimming on top; I saw the swimmers on top of the water but could not resist the urge to drink because I needed it for survival. I drank and emptied the bowl and told the man that took me to the village to mobilize the villagers so that I can preach Christ to them.

To my greatest surprise, I saw women coming out from their huts with leaves and rags covering their pubic regions and all breasts exposed, children with protruding stomachs, naked and malnourished while the men were all dressed on dirty rags, famished and frustrated. I opened my Bible to the book of John chapter 3 verse 16, I wanted to tell them about the love of God but my tongue clave to the roof of my mouth as the vacant hopeless look on their faces kept on tormenting me as I gaze at their faces. I just noticed hot tears flowing down my cheek; there was no correlation between the love of God and the degraded status of my target persons. I ended up not introducing Christ to them, I did not know when I opened my mouth and promised them that I will come back to give them food, clothes, drugs, soap, and detergent. I also promised them that I was coming to dig borehole for them. We left in a psychological and emotional mess with the vacant hopeless looks of the villagers constantly tormenting me.

As we returned, I was hospitalized for two weeks; I had typhoid, diarrhea, and gastric intestinal infection because of the contaminated water that I drank in my mission field. When I recovered I summoned all my team members for a strategy meeting, we developed seven forms of strategic interventions for the unreached – Gospel Intervention, Feed the hungry program, Clothe the naked program, Clean water program, Orphan and vulnerable children program, Medical mission and Education program. This mission trip was what informed the missiological strategy of my ministry.

Interviewer:

What is your advice to young missionaries?

Oscar Amaechina:

My advice to young missionaries is to stay focused and dogged in carrying out their assignment, they should not compare themselves with those who have decided to reject the cross and enjoy the world as ministers of the other gospel. They must know that the work of missions involves lots of sacrifice, suffering, hardship, persecution, and deprivation but they must also realize that it through all these that we can access the kingdom of God. Young missionaries should never allow anyone to pity them because they are where the real action is where life and death, sin and grace, heaven, and hell converge. They are the real God’s general. Lastly, every young missionary must not forget the words of Jim Elliot     “He is no fool who gives what he can keep gaining what he can lose”

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