What does God's Kingdom Society (GKS) stand for? How, when and by whom was she founded? What precisely is her mission? And what are her doctrines?
These are some of the questions often asked by people. Many of them ask with a sincere desire to know the truth, but some others do merely to find fault. Whatever the motive of anyone, the facts, no doubt, are of vital interest to unprejudiced, honest people.
There is nothing in the history of the GKS for which we the members should be ashamed. It is a record of happenings that confirm the time-honoured truth that what God has planted no one can uproot. And so, we have every cause, rather, to glory in the Lord.
The God's Kingdom Society is purely a Christian Organisation founded by the Almighty God through the instrumentality of St. Gideon Meriodere Urhobo, of the blessed memory. St. G. M. Urhobo, who was the first President of the GKS, was the instrument chosen by God through Jesus Christ, according to the election of grace, to accomplish His purpose - Matthew 24:31; Acts 15:14-18; 10:9-35; James 1:18.
Any religion or faith is literally organized by man but spiritually either by God who moves and directs the man through His spirit or by the devil. And we "know them by their fruits" - Romans 6:16; Matthew 7:15-20.
As a matter of fact, there is no religious organization that can claim that God Himself came down to this earth to set it up. God has always used men, as He pleases, to carry out His will. Jesus Christ himself, when he was on earth, said: "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him (God) that sent me". - John 6:38.
Also, the early apostles of Jesus Christ were practical examples of people chosen by God to be His vessels. All the spiritual gifts and powers manifest in them and which they exerted in the work of the ministry were derived from the Almighty Father. For that reason, the glory, honour and praise of their successes must be ascribed to God who, by His grace, fitted them to their several uses.
History: The history of the God's Kingdom Society is linked with the biography of her first President, Brother G. M. Urhobo, in respect of his career as a preacher of the gospel. He hailed from Urhobo tribe and was the second son of a kind pagan gentleman - the late Ukoli of Agbasa village in Warri, Midwestern State of Nigeria. He was educated at the Warri Government School, and taught in Roman Catholic schools as well as the Government school, Warri, in the twenties. In June 1930, he joined the Posts and Telegraphs Department as a postal clerk and telegraphist.
Undoubtedly, his strong inclination for divine knowledge fired his interest in the Holy Bible which he spent most of his time to study. The most significant experience of his life came when he fell into a trance and received the Lord's commission. It was this remarkable occurrence that brought about the radical change in his life from a civil servant to an adroit preacher of the gospel! There was never a time he equivocated with regard to his spiritual calling; rather, he ever so well made open declarations about the grace the Lord bestowed upon him - and he lived up to it. Here is his own testimony:
"After three and half years diligent and prayerful studies of the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ revealed himself to me in a vision and commanded me to go and proclaim the good news of God's Kingdom (or 'Gospel of Peace') to all nations as the only remedy for all human sufferings and woes; to expose all the false doctrines which Satan had used to deceive the people and to keep them in ignorance of God's Kingdom and purpose of creation; and to pronounce God's written judgment against all wickedness".
Under the circumstances, it was virtually impossible for him to continue to serve under the Nigerian Colonial Government. He had no other alternative than to obey the Lord's command, like St. Paul of Bible fame (Acts 26:12-20), and devote his life wholly to Christ's Ministry as "the Lord's freeman". So, in February 1933, he resigned from the Government Service and became a full-time Minister of the gospel of Christ. This was quite in harmony with the biblical injunction, which says: "For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price: be not ye the servants of men" - 1st Corinthians 7:22,23.
The resignation of Brother G. M. Urhobo from the civil service for no other reason than that he, being anointed by the Lord, was going to give his whole time to God's Kingdom service, gave cause for his own relatives and many of his colleagues and friends to view his sanity with suspicion. It was really difficult for the unspiritual to appreciate his decision and course of action in throwing to the winds, "for the love of preaching" as some said, such an enviable post in the Government Service in those days when men of his social rank were regarded as the elites of society!
Right from the start of his career as a preacher, Brother Urhobo became an object of hatred and reproach as Christ truly said would happen to the chosen ones. (John 15:18,19; 17:14-16). His relatives and friends forsook him. Some said he was mad; others called him a devil and deceiver just as Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind, was called. (John 10:20). Many false reports about him were published and circulated by certain people and the Watchtower Society warning the people to avoid him because of his teachings, which they considered to be revolutionary.
His worst antagonists were among the members of the Watchtower Society and the Roman Catholic Church.
Owing to the persecution in Warri, he went to Sapele in June 1933. There, too, it was not all roses for him. His expository lectures in which he criticised the false doctrines of "churchianity" stirred great enmity of the clergymen against him.
In October 1934, Brother Urhobo went to Lagos where, owing to his interest in the publications of the late J. F. Rutherford - former President of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of America - he came in contact with the late W. R. Brown, the local representative of the Watchtower Society in Nigeria.
Later on, there was a disagreement between Brother Urhobo and Mr. Brown over the issues of doctrine. Brother Urhobo had in a biblically constructive argument for the purpose of correction (2 Timothy 3:16,17), called the attention of Mr. Brown to certain errors in the teachings of the Watchtower Society about "Marriage", "Jehovah's Organisation", "Selection and ordination of the 144,000 Anointed Christians", "Leadership", "Memorial Supper", "Women Preaching" and their fixing dates for "Armageddon".
Instead of Mr. Brown to allow the Spirit of Christ to dominate his reason as to consider the correction of Brother Urhobo from a scriptural stand-point, he lost his temper. Yes, King Solomon said, "He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly." (Proverbs 14:17) And St. James stated, "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." - James 1:20.
The honourable course open to Brother Urhobo was to part company with Mr. Brown whose teachings, he pointed out, were inconsistent with the Scripture. It is those doctrinal issues that are the base of the vast gulf still existing between the God's Kingdom Society and the Watchtower Society whose members call themselves "Jehovah's Witnesses"