Pastor Paul Adefarasin of the House on the Rock has appealed to his critics to calm down and pray for a smooth political transition instead of attacking him for his message about ‘Saul and David‘, adding that even though he shares in their pain, he is resolute about what God has told him about the outcome of the election.
The respected cleric has come under serious criticism following a sermon he delivered in relation to the outcome of the forthcoming presidential election.
In the viral video, Adefarasin is seen telling his congregation that the elections might not go as they expect.
While citing a parable, he said: “Saul will come before David” but encouraged the people to pray for a peaceful transition of power.
Reacting to critics, the popular cleric who did not come out openly to endorse any presidential candidate in a series of tweets said he stood by what God told him.
He said: “Friends, you have kept me busy with your tweets, posts, and comments. Though many are harsh, I appreciate your feedback and I still want to take a minute to share my stance with you again, in the hope that you may gain a clearer understanding.
“As with all of you, I identify as a Nigerian and a patriot, so undoubtedly, I share in your pain. Living in Nigeria, I share the desire for a working country and that is why we all consider this election critical in our collective quest for a New Nigeria
“I really believe that it will happen, and I wish that you could see what I see – the hope that the parable of Saul and David brings – the after-victory. I understand that there are varying interpretations of the parable of Saul & David, and that is fine.
“However, remember that the giver of the parable is the One that can give meaning to it. God gave me that parable and even as I released it, I have continued to search for it’s applicable meaning to the present Nigerian circumstances.
“I feel blessed to have your ear, however, I will ask that you listen deeply for understanding, so that you do not miss the message.
“Saul, instead of trusting in God, tried to manipulate things and even discountenanced his mentor, Samuel. David on the other hand stumbled, but never stuttered, he was delayed but not too late.
“So, whether Saul represents our past or our present, only God knows. Whether David represents the future or now, I can’t tell. In any case, the ‘wise’ will wait for the election period to play itself out, before concluding or judging the messenger.”
“Finally, kindly remember that I shepherd people of all parties, and if that parable was taken in offense, my intention was not to offend you.
“However, I stand by what I heard God say to me: that Saul came before David. This means that even if this election does not go the way that you want it to go, don’t be disappointed.
“Every election will produce some disappointment for the camps of the candidates who lose. God’s will shall still come to pass in Nigeria. It will happen and His ‘David’ will rise to the role. We will get there. Remember, we are all in this together.
“If you have your PVC, it is a token of your faith in a New Nigeria. Go out and vote as your convictions lead you, and watch God Almighty do what only He can do.”