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As the nation, Nigeria marked her 49th independence anniversary in 2009, history was being made in Lagos when the Deeper Life Christian Church shed some of its conservatism by formally launching its own satellite television station to be at par with its more liberal counter-parts like the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, The Synagogue of All Nations, SOAN, Believers LoveWorld Ministries a.k.a. Christ Embassy and lately Word of Life Bible Church.
Set up over 30 years ago by the Ilesha-born former University of Lagos mathematics lecturer, Dr. Kumuyi, the DCLM which started with 14 members in a house at the varsity campus, prided itself as one of the foremost holiness preaching ministry and as a result, members were enjoined to do away with all worldly elements in their voyage to heaven including the most powerful communication tool in this generation (the television).
Members threw away their televisions while others who were not too financially comfortable were taunted by more religious members for daring to sell theirs instead of out rightly throwing them away. Today, it is still regarded as sacrilege for a church worker to own a television. Those whose homes are used for house fellowships have been reprimanded by church authorities for daring to disobey laid down church regulations by being 'worldly.'
Strangely enough, recently we heard reports which went viral about a yet to be released movie where the Founder of the Deeper Life Church Ministry, Pastor Williams F. Kumuyi had featured in a £1 million thriller Christian movie titled 'Snare,' where he played a role of a pastor. The movie, 'Snare,' which has been in the making since 2010, is dedicated to the late Hubert Adedeji Ogunde, a Nigerian actor, playwright, theatre manager and musician who died 24 years ago.
At present, the church has more than one million members in over 60 countries of Africa, Europe, Russia, Asia and America. We recall that when the church took off in his living room at the Unilag, the focus was on holiness and as the church grew there arose the need to do away with distracting worldly things like the television which some of the critics believe is responsible for mass exodus of youths from the church.
With the yet to be release movie, the question on many lips will be, which television should his church members use in watching the movie? Though they now have their own gospel channel, but should people be expecting movies from the staples of the Deeper Life church? It's left for you to decide.
Snare, was shot with world-class actors; both Nigerian and international actors such as Branston Cosby, Steven Baldwin and Phil Tan Carl Cameron amongst others.
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