The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken about his late son, Dare.
It was the first time the revered man of God would speak on his son’s death. He spoke on Tuesday in a pre-recorded message played during the Farewell Service in honour of his late son at the Youth Centre, Redemption Camp, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The General Overseer also thanked those who have sent messages of support to his family after his 42-year-old son died suddenly.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Dare died last Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, where he was based with his family. The 42-year-old was the Assistant Pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35 before his death. He was father to three daughters.
Speaking on Tuesday, Adeboye described his late son, who was buried in the presence of friends, family and church members on Tuesday afternoon, as a “champion”. He added that nothing happens in life without God’s knowledge.
In the 10 minutes video posted on YouTube and reshared on Twitter, Pastor Adeboye said that when God talks, you submit and cannot refuse him, even when it’s not convenient for you.
He added that his son’s death at 42 is not unusual.
“Death is not a function of age. Young people die, old people die, children die,” he said, adding, “We have also learnt it’s not how long you live, it’s how well.”
He used Jesus Christ and John The Baptist as examples of people who died young. He continued:
“We have lost a champion… Let us consider him as a seed that we have sowed… Let us prepare for a very special harvest.”
Sharing the video to Twitter, his caption reads: “We lost a General but we didn’t lose God. One man down, we regroup and advance!”
Also speaking at the farewell service, the 79-year-old father said,
“Cry if you wish but don’t cry for pastor Dee (as Dare is fondly called) because he is resting in glory. Cry because you are the one still fighting the battle. Anyone who has caught a glimpse of heaven will not be crying for Pastor Dee because there is no comparison between heaven and earth. But then fight courageously because, on the resurrection morning, we shall meet again.”
“I want you to know that God who knows the end from the beginning knew long before the foundations of the world that what has happened was going to happen. And because his word is forever settled, he said all things work together for good to them that love God. We may not understand now, but what has happened is going to work out for our good.
“In one of his sermons, Dare himself said God does not need a visa to pay you a visit or to do whatever he wants to do in your life.
“And I have told you before, death is not a function of age. Young people die, old people die, children die. And it is not about how long you live it is how well. Even Jesus Christ himself died at the age of 33. John the Baptist never lived to be 34 and yet he was the greatest.
“We have lost a champion. You would agree with me on that. Let us consider him a seed that we have sown and let’s get ready for a special harvest. I want us to join our forces together and produce many champions like Damilare that would go round the whole world and shake the world for the Lord Jesus. That is how we can honour his memory,”
The general overseer stated,
“The church of God is marching on. It doesn’t matter what the devil is thinking now. The devil was rejoicing the day the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross but he never knew what was coming. The devil was rejoicing when Job lost all his children but if only he knew what was coming.”
Adeboye also urged Christians globally to pray for his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye, his children, grandchildren and the entire family.
We lost a General but we didn’t loose God. One man down, we regroup and advance !https://t.co/pJkBZMfWEd
— Pastor Adeboye (@PastorEAAdeboye) May 11, 2021