Octavio Nevis calls himself both an Apostle and a Prophet. He is the pastor of Hume Memorial Congregational Church. He declared 2017 to be “The Year of Abundance” (as you can still see on the church’s website). But for him, it wasn’t a year of abundance. It was a year of tragedy. His son, Meshach, died on October 27. His son’s corpse has not been buried, and is still decaying in open sight in the church, based upon the belief of Nevis that he will raise his son from the dead.
A spokesman for the church said, “”Brother has healed several people. Aids, cancer, arthritis, migraine, and blindness. He is a mediator between god and his people. He has been gifted with powers of healing. Didn’t Jesus rise from the dead and go to heaven?”
Nevis’ son suffered from blood cancer, and passed away at the age, 17. After passing away, he remained in a coffin for seven days, as his father insisted he’d be raised from the dead. Finally, police received a tip and confronted the “Apostle,” insisting that he was desecrating a corpse by not disposing of his son’s body. The same church spokesman, named More, claimed that his father brought his son back to life two years ago, and he would do it again.
According to local news reports, hundreds of believers have surrounded the coffin and taken position in the church, doing a round-the-clock prayer vigil, asking that he might be raised from the dead. Police have not yet charged Nevis, but are able to do so under an “anti-superstition act.”
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15).
Of course, believers will be raised from the dead. There is absolutely no promise of resurrection from the dead prior to the Second Advent of Christ. Charismatics commonly (and sadly) pray for a temporal resurrection that is not coming. Nabeel Qureshi sought healing at charismatic cult, Bethel Church in Redding, California. After he died this year, his widow similarly sat by his corpse praying for his resurrection a total of seven days before he was finally buried.
Faith is commendable, but we are to have faith in what God has promised. Resurrection prior to Christ’s return is not promised, and the Charismatic movement offers nothing but strange fire and clouds without water.