The National Day of Prayer (On Tour)


Saints in the Stadium is the North West National Day of Prayer (NDoP) event due to take place on the 12th October.  As can be seen from the above promotional image the coordinators speak of a day of “Repenting, Rejoicing and Seeking God”.

Involved in this event is the Roman Catholic Church via the Evangelisation Team from the local St. Helens Deanery which, according to the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, “have been involved in the organisation”.

The Steering Group for this event ( has three members of Operation Hope (House of Prayer England). HopE believes that through its methods there will be great revival in the land:

When we pray we release the power of God into that given situation…..

One preceding event that God used to lead us to pray happened in the summer of 2008. God had stirred us up with an incredible hunger for God, He had repeatedly given the word to “Get Ready”. He called us to corporately do a three week Daniel fast (water, fruit and vegetables) at the end of the three weeks God spoke and declared ‘revival is coming.’

It is probable that had we not gone through this time of fast over the three weeks we would have missed this wonderful and incredible word given to us for our country. We have received this Word by faith and it has been confirmed by other believers given similar words through fasting and prayer.

I recall similar words of “prophecy” given back in the early part of the 1980’s when I was part of a Charismatic church.  35 years later and we have yet to see evidence of this promised “revival”!

Co-chair of Saints in the Stadium (SitS) is also the Chair Person for “Together for the Harvest”.  According to their website:

TFH is an association of churches, organisations and individuals that are working together for a spiritual harvest and social transformation. TFH is made up of people who have agreed to work together to see the Gospel reach every man, woman and child in the Mersey Region.

They also state:

“The Month of Mission is a region wide opportunity for every church and network to reach out with the Christian message of life, and to do so in an expression of unity across the whole Church. Together for the Harvest exists to see every man, woman and child reached with the good news of Jesus. The Month of Mission is part of this vision.”

In October, churches across the Mersey region will be participating in a Month of Mission: Together for the Harvest is working with churches, networks and organisations to support evangelism across the region.

In fulfillment of this exercise of “unity” they state:

Churches are already planning student curry nights, quiz nights, music events and comedy evenings. Half term occurs in October and youth organisations are planning holiday clubs, Fun days, and street outreaches. The Month of Mission is about linking the events and outreach projects across the region to gain greater visibility for the message of the Gospel and awareness in communities of the message of Jesus.

Also part of the Steering Group are a couple who believe that the key to this “revival” is to “Unblock the wells of revival”.  According to their publicity:

We had a sense we were to call a meeting of people in the town to seek God and pray, to worship him and see the wells of revival, healing, salvation, restoration etc unblocked. To see the power, presence and love of God released in our lives, in our town and beyond.

In Genesis 26 Isaac unblocked the wells of his father Abraham and also dug new wells.

These meetings are not about a particular church or denomination but a desire to see the Kingdom of God saturate our town in every area of society. Our desire is to see Gods kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven…….

As we meet unity has been key.
We are so encouraged by the number of men at the meetings and see men and women working together having a great impact.
Also we have been calling the generations to be together in this, we need one another, young and old alike and all in between!

We never know what God will do, every meeting has been different. We have had awesome times of worship and prayer and we have the occasional speaker.

We have a sense that as well as unblocking wells to release the living water we are digging up gems, treasure hidden in the midst of all the rubbish. Unearthing those treasures in the darkness.

Right at the beginning sensed the Lord saying:
                      Prophetic Prayer followed by Apostolic Action

We believe that will take place as we seek His face and enjoy His presence we will hear His voice and do what He asks of us.!the-best


The National Day of Prayer (NDoP) was the brainchild of Dr. Jonathan Olyedi, pastor of City Chapel, Beckton in East London.  Dr. Olyedi is, by profession, a Medical Practicioner.  The Mission Statement from City Chapel begins with the following:

Using the Great Commandment to unite people from all cultures and spheres into   the Great Commission for personal and social transformation.

Joining the dots to each of the members of the Steering Committee we can see that this theme of “Unity and Prayer” are central to the NDoP philosophy.

The NDoP aims to draw together Christians and churches from all denominations in Unity.  The key inspiration for this is Christ’s own prayer:

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21)

The Unity that Christ speaks of is the oneness of all believers in Him and in the Father.  This is a unity of spirit that goes beyond a simple unity of purpose and basic doctrine.  The Unity that Christ speaks of can only exist as a Unity of Spirit AND Truth, these are the result of fundamental truth in obedience to the foundational truths of the  Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is very clear on who we can have unity with and who we cannot:

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11)

Any man that is called a brother means anyone who claims to be a Christian.  There are Christians and churches that are given over to covetousness, amongst whom are all those that subscribe to what is called the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel.  The Holy Spirit instructs:

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (1 Timothy 6:5)

The Roman Catholic Church is built upon a foundation of idolatry.  The Holy Spirit teaches us what comprises idolatry:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.(Exodus 20:4-6)

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (Romans 1:22-23)

Whereas the Holy Spirit has stated that salvation is by Grace received through faith, the RCC declares that salvation is by Grace which is received by the Sacraments of the RCC.

Dr. Olyede seems to have deliberately disobeyed the instructions of the Holy Spirit for many years now by entering into fellowship with leading RCC priests and Bishops:

From the Goodnews archives, March/April 2006 

After the Signs and Wonders conferences in England and Catholic Miracle rallies in Africa, the Cor et Lumen Christi community are holding a Catholic Miracle Rally in central London at the Friends Meeting House from 4-5th March 2006. The speakers will include Damian Stayne, Fr Pat Collins CM from Ireland and Pastor Jonathan Oloyede, a Nigerian Pentecostal leader from Glory House in East London, where they have monthly all night revival meetings. Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ from India will also be participating. Over the last couple of years Cor et Lumen Christi have seen many healings and physical miracles, some quite extraordinary, the majority of which they have kept a video record. (See coming events).

The Cor et Lumen Christi community is typical of a number of Catholic Charismatic groups that have sprung up around the world.  These groups are believed to have a common experience with non-Catholic and Pentecostal Christians who over look the gross error of doctrine that underpins Roman Catholic dogma in order to embrace Roman Catholics as true brethren in the Faith and the RCC as just another denomination of the Christian Church.

The Cor et Lumen Christi community states:

At the Transfiguration, the Trinitarian communion of love, always present in the heart of Jesus, is revealed. We too have access to this communion of love, above all in the Holy Eucharist which is the tabernacle of the Trinity – divine love and light in our midst. That is why the Eucharist is the heart of the community, just as it is the heart of the whole church.

This is the heresy of Transubstantiation, that the substance of the Host (wafer) is changed into the very flesh, blood and bones of Jesus Christ which the Catholic Priest has the power to bring down from heaven onto the altar during the Mass.  By eating the host the Catholic is literally eating the flesh of God and receiving saving Grace from God:

1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church Article 3 THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST, V. The Sacramental Sacrifice Thanksgiving, Memorial, Presence)

The Holy Spirit states:

..the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above🙂 (Romans 10:6)

God cannot honour the prayers of such a dissolute gathering like the NDoP unless the organisers are willing to repent of their own errors and then lead others into repenting of theirs, for thus says the Lord:

Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. (Luke 6:42)

Jonathan Olyede has been approached many times over these issues and, not only does he still persist in his error, he is now seeking to lead others astray in the same error.

Hear the word of the Lord:

Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:  Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.  (Psalm 78:1-8)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)


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