In a continent where darkness overshadows light. In a country where satanic wickedness is enthroned and godliness greatly dethroned. In a state where traditional and animistic belief reigned supreme. In such a darkly place.
In a time when the people of God needed the apostolic fire. God raised a prophet for his people who was a conqueror of the devil and a fervent crusader against the predominant idolatry practice of that time. Archbishop Benson Idahosa was very fiery and bold.
During the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Archbishop Benson Idahosa broke several protocols against the military junta and they tried to muzzle him but to no avail. By 1971, he had established churches all over Nigeria and West Africa. Known for his boldness, power and prosperity-based preaching, as well as an enormous faith in the supernatural, he was instrumental to the strong wave of revival in Christianity in the 70s, 80s and 90s in Nigeria.
The Archbishop was known for many notable quotes including “my God is not a poor God”, “your attitude determines your altitude”, “it is more risky, not to take a risk, I am a possibilitarian”, “A big head without a big brain is a big load to the neck”, “If your faith says yes, God cannot say no”, amongst others. Many of his messages on faith, miracles and prosperity remain a classic among Pentecostals.
Undoubtedly,he is regarded by the christian community as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, and was the founding President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Many prominent Nigerian pastors like Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, Bishop David Oyedepo, Apostle Johnson Suleman, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare, Rev Felix Omobude, Bishop Fred Addo, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev Chris Oyakhilome, Archbishop Duncan Williams,Bishop Francis Wale Oke , Bishop Ojo, Bishop James Saah, Bishop Christianah Doe Tetteh were his protégés.
Before his death in 1998, Idahosa had visited and preached in 125 countries of the world
Source: GhanaPa.com | Obiwest Utchaychukwu