Church of Nigeria

The Kingdom Of God Is Not Hierachical – Bishop Minns

The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, one of the Bishops at the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) has classified the kingdom of God as an undivided kingdom, where the kings and Queens have crown of thorns in place of golden crowns and where there is no hierarchy. He made this classification at the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee Meeting which took place at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church GRA Adesuwa Benin, Edo State. According to the Bishop, the kingdom of God is an undivided and supernatural kingdom. He said it is not a creation of man therefore it is like no other kingdom. He further explained that unlike manmade kingdoms that have a specific hierarchywhere there are those on top and others beneath, a privileged class and the underprivileged, the kingdom of God has no division. Therefore, he opined that there should be no separation between Christians because their primary identity is not tribal, ethnic or national; for they are citizens of a new kingdom that is founded in Christ Jesus. Bishop Minns called on Christian leaders and Christians alike to be aware that they have been called to proclaim the kingdom of God and to demonstrate His power. He stated that this kingdom is not for the ambitious and power hungry but rather for those who are willing to give away all they have. The Bishop added that even the Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church were not asked to go to the Dioceses or Cathedral where they might find a favourable hearing, but they were asked to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel; the very people who had been and could be the most resistant to the announcement of the Messiah. Hence, he enjoined Christians to realize that this is a high calling with an even higher path and as such it is most definitely not for the faint hearted. He concluded by stating emphatically that Jesus came to turn the world around by replacing the standard of the world with what is decidedly counter cultural and Christians must do same. The Bishop charged all Christians to emulate the Apostles who after they had received the Helper (Holy Spirit), went out into the world, confronted the power of darkness that tried to destroy them and performed miracles. He said that this same Holy Spirit is theirs today only if they are willing to humble themselves before God and admit their weaknesses.