by Paul Chika Emekwulu

Let me make myself clear right from the beginning. This article is not about people not being allowed to testify to the Glory of God. I am not against people testifying before the congregation. What I am against is giving fake testimonies. That said, let’s continue.Years ago, specifically May 17, 2015, I was touched by the Holy Spirit _(a wonderful experience by the way)_. My gifts included speaking in tongues, laughing in the spirit and singing in the spirit etc. When I shared my experience with one of my sisters she had this ro say, “He who has experience has a message.” My sister is here telling us that as we navigate through life, lessons are born out of experience, and he or she who doesn’t have one has no message, and therefore, no testimony. Don’t fake it.Years ago I wrote about the need for booth space at religious conventions where I emphasized the need to share testimonies expressed in books, CDs, documentaries, DVDs or acted as movies. There are different views on this topic as there are different individuals.In the light of this, someone reacted to say that some people are in the habit of giving fake testimonies as a way of belonging to a select group of people who experience the Glory of God. If you have to fake a testimony, you have no conscience. How can one cook up a story and dress it with a garment of truth and subsequently testimony? One of the reasons why we testify is to encourage other Christians (Proverbs 27:17) and in the process testify to the Glory of God.Why should one then fake a testimony? How can one then have the courage to look people in the eye and lie knowing that God he or she is lying. The word of God says, “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.” (Proverbs19:9). In Colossians 3:9-10, the word of God affirms, “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a new knowledge according to rhe image of one who created him.” My brothers and sisters, giving false testimony should not be anything comfortable for any child of God. Let me share this personal experience. Years ago I had an angelic encounter at a traffic light. Specifically, it happened on December 4, 2004 at the junction of Main Street and NW 24th Avenue in Norman (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers from Oklahoma City) in the state of Oklahoma, United States of America. On the day in question, the light was red and I stopped. That’s the law, still the law and will continue to be. When the light turned green, I didn’t move even though I had the right of way. Having the right of way means you have the legal permission to proceed. Why didn’t I move? I didn’t move because I heard a voice in my right ear and not like people usually say, “a voice from within.” I heard a voice that said, “Do not move.”I didn’t.What happened next is what I am about to share with you. Few seconds after the light turned green, a big truck ran the red light. Had I moved immediately after the light turned green, it is not even necessary to predict what would have happened judging apparently from the speed of the car. However, If we must have to predict we know that I would have lost my life or maimed for life. Fortunately, it was averted. Praise God.Now on that day I was the only one in the car. Why is this aspect of my testimony very vital? What’s the similarity between my story and fake testimonies? It is vital and relevant because there was no witness.In mathematics it takes two points to determine a straight line. While I was the first point there was no second point in the form of at least one human witness, though in this case such a witness wouldn’t have been possible.Since there was no witness, was that not an opportunity for me to invite all kinds of embellishments to my story.- a story which is no more my story but everybody else’s (public domain). – a story that gave me an opportunity to have an angelic encounter- a story that helped me to experience the catechismal definition of spirit as that which has no form, cannot be heard, cannot be seen and cannot be touched- a story that helped me to understand the Bible even more, because without direct spiritual experience, your source of what is truth could be wrong.- a story that helped me figure out that quite unlike the Saducees, the Pharisees are right and we know why. They are right because the Pharisees believed in spirits, and therefore, angels. This kind of novel experience places one in a state of joy and excitement. That joy, that excitement and consequent spiritual insights need to be shared and never to be cuddled as if it were a personal property. That is what edification in Proverbs 27:17 is all about.My brothers and sisters in Christ, on December 4, 2004, my conscience was my witness and conscience is one of the reasons why it is said, *”Do the right thing when no one is looking.”* Let your conscience be your witness by confirming your testimony in the absence of a human witness.When it gets to the point where you have to fake your testimony, you are lying and when you are lying you have no conscience.

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