The Essence of Congregational Worship by Prof. Sabitu Olagoke

Prof 3An assembly of people is said to be lawful when their activities are productive and it is said to be unlawful, when foul play is suspected form their dynamics.

Religious assembly must be strong enough to command what is good and pure, and prohibit what is bad and impure.

This extends to the enforcement of moral discipline, dignity of labor and legitimate earnings as against indolence, waywardness and frivolities as well as corruption.

The failure of any religious system to promote peace and development through moral reformation and good character building will ever endanger the society into a state of insecurity whereby people will shun due process in doing things but uphold illegalities taking the law into their hands to endanger other people’s lives.

The religious system is expected to have role model heads who uphold virtues, rather than the ones that would continue to illegally acquire wealth, taking advantage of the peoples’ weaknesses and vulnerability.

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The Holy Bible is a good reference point, John 6 : 26–27, revealed the love of man for materialism rather than truth and God.

‘’Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.’’

In the same manner, the Holy Quran, 7 : 157 admonished that adherents of all religions must seek the kingdom of God first, rather than sheepishly following religious leaders because of their fame and wealth.

The Holy Bible Matthew 11 : 28–30 states, ‘’Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’’

In the same manner, the Holy Quran promises sincere worshipers of some benefits and admonishes on the need to maintain perfect God/man relation.

The Holy Quran 7 : 157, therefore, summarizes the essence of congregational worship, ‘’Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him — it is those who will be the successful.’’

For our nation to have peace and accelerated development, the religious sector must be worked upon to have productive congregational assembly of just worship with love.

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