CHURCH AND IMMORALITY: ISSUES AND THE WAY FORWARD

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CHURCH AND IMMORALITY: ISSUES AND THE WAY FORWARD – A CASE STUDY OF CAC OLUSHI ZONE, LAGOS.

The church of God today, especially Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide should already prepare herself to separate from the world of sin. God is not God of confusion that would want His church to be wallowing in immorality and see herself as holy before God who does not play with sin. Such evil acts sink the good image of the church in the mud when necessary steps to curb it are not put in place.

Therefore, the chapters one of this study have revealed through its background the utmost need for the church to embrace and encourage discipline with the church setting. The purpose of the study established the standard for discipline.

Chapter two was mainly based on the review of related literatures in order to have a guide and proper understanding of what discipline entails. It indicated a high rate of misconduct in the secular and sacred settings as its impact cannot be thrown under feet.

Chapter three took a look at the various immorality in both Old and New testaments, and the disciplinary measure God took on each of them.

Chapter four exposed the immorality of Christians in CAC Olushi zone. It also revealed the adopted measure to stop the menaces.

Chapter five dealt with the summary, conclusions and recommendations based on the biblical injunctions in the findings.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  • Background of the study
  • Statement of the problem
  • Purpose of the study
  • Significance of the study
  • Delimitation of the study
  • Limitation of the study
  • Research Procedures
  • Definition of Terms

 

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

2.1     Foundation of Immorality

2.2     Immorality in the History of Man

2.3     Forms of Immorality

2.4     Causes of Immorality in the Church

2.5     Church Discipline: as against Immorality

2.6     Dealing with Unrepentant Immoral Believer in the Church

2.7     Restoring Repentant Immoral Believer

2.8     Prevention against Immorality

 

CHAPTER THREE: BIBLICAL FOUNDATION OF DISCIPLINE FOR IMMORAL CHRISTIANS IN THE CHURCH

3.1     In the Old Testament

3.2     In the New Testament

3.3     The Exegesis of 1 Corinthians 5:1-5

 

CHAPTER FOUR: CASE STUDY OF CAC OLUSHI ZONE, LAGOS.

4.1     Short History of Christ Apostolic Church World wide

4.2     Brief History of Christ Apostolic Church Olushi Zone.

4.3     Cases of Immorality at CAC Olushi Zone

4.4     Challenges of Immorality to the Church

4.5     Effects of Immorality on the Community

4.6     Way out of Immorality in the Church

CHAPTER FIVE: FINDING, CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATION

5.1     Findings

5.2     Conclusion

5.3     Recommendations

APPENDIX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

  • Background of the study

Immorality has been on increase today both in society and church.  Ethics as a way of ordered living which propagates ideal communal life and human relationship is speedily declining. There is concern in several quarters that at the rate immorality is making waves in both society and amazingly, church. This is why sound morals and ethical standard have been the concern of many churches in this present generation. In Nigeria, some churches, especially Christ Apostolic Church, and few others are presently taking leading role in curbing and preventing immorality in their churches through regular teaching of the words of God, seminars, and pronouncing disciplinary measures on offenders when eventually occurred.

 

According to Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in the time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God – NKJV.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away – NKJV.

However, the church is guided by the word of God which is against all forms of immorality.

Statement of the problem

Without doubt, there is an increasingly low level of morality and ethical standard in the society today, even in the church. Some preachers had lay blame on perilous time which brought about modernism and developments, especially the advent of modern technology and the internet.

According to Adebule S.O. “It has become the main stay of the peoples’ behaviour.”1 Also, sexual immorality has eaten deep into the fabric of the church and society at large. Fraudulent accumulation of wealth has also been the order of the day in the society, surprisingly even in today’s churches.

It is generally believed that sexual immorality and corruption have thousands of destructive effects on the society. However, this research is examining the issues of immorality in church with the hope of identifying the way forward – A case study of C.A.C Olushi Zone, Lagos.

The questions the researcher intended to investigate and find solutions into in this research work are:

  • Purpose of the study

The following are the objectives of this study:

  1. To examine the issues of immorality in churches.
  2. To identify the factors encouraging immorality in churches.
  3. To show that immorality has great effects on the growth and non growth of the church.
  4. To showcase the effects of immorality on the church.
  5. To highlight the patterns of discipline on immorality in C.A.C.
  6. To enumerate the challenges of discipline for immorality in the church.
  7. To determine the way forward on the issue of church immorality: introduction of disciplinary measures.
    • Significance of the study

The following are the significance of this study:

  1. Outcome of this study will educate the church leaders on the issues of immorality in the church and identifying the way forward on the issue.
  2. This research will also serve as a resource base to other scholars and researchers interested in carrying out further research by bible students, church historians, etc in this field subsequently, if applied will go to an extent to provide new explanation to the topic.
  3. This study will help the researcher to realize his long awaiting vision of the need for good disciplinary standard that will help to sustain the vision of the Christ Apostolic Church Olushi zone.
  4. This research would be an eye opener to the church fathers of the need for proper disciplinary measure, and help them to put in practice.
  5. The work would be of great encouragement to the Christ Apostolic Church Olushi zone, Board of Elders on how to go ahead to strategize and move the church forward.
  6. This study will also be useful for the purpose of conducting revivals, seminars, couples fellowship, bachelor programmes, spinster’s fellowship, bible expositions and study and workshops on the subject matter.
    • Limitation of the study

This study on immorality in churches will cover some forms of immoral activities that exist in churches today with a view of finding a lasting solution to the problem.

  1. Difficulty was encountered in getting the questionnaires and interview questions to the people concerned, because some served with questionnaires refused to collect them as a result of fear of their leaders.
  2. Some leaders and members who were interviewed and served with questionnaire were withholding relevant information for reasons best known to them.
  3. Some did not return their questionnaire because they could not meet up with the time given to them by the researcher to return them.

In spite of these limitations, the research works still achieve its purpose by consulting other sources for adequate information.

  • Delimitation of the study

The research work deals with Church and immorality: Issues and way forward – A case study of Christ Apostolic Church, Olushi Zone. The research work is mainly and majorly on the principles of the subject matters.

  • Research procedure

This section of the research works deals with the method and procedure used in carrying out the research work. An average number of fifty (50) copies of questionnaire were given out and five (5) interviews were conducted for the purpose of this study. The population used for this research work includes members of the church, and few people in leadership position in Christ Apostolic Church, Olushi Zone, Lagos. The criteria for selecting these groups of people include age, position, educational qualification and occupation.

However, the main instruments used in carrying out this research work are oral interviews and questionnaires. The researcher also conducted a survey of related literatures such as historical books in Christ Apostolic Church, text books, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, newspapers, magazines and Christian journals. The survey was done in the following libraries:

  1. I.F.E Theological Seminary Library, Ikorodu, Lagos.
  2. The researcher’s personal library.
  3. A.C Olushi’s library.
  4. The use of internet facilities in which the appropriate references were made where applicable.

Definitions of Terms

Church: Christ Apostolic Church

Homosexual: A person, usually a man, who is sexually attracted to person of the same sex.

Heterosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to person of the opposite sex.

Bisexual:  Sexually attracted to both men and women.

Gay:  Of people especially men sexually attracted to people of the same sex.

Lesbian:  A woman who is sexually attracted to other women.

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