How Far Will Nigerians Go For Their Pastor?

The most cases, which are shown in media are concerning Islamic extremism, but there are plenty of things which many Nigerian Christians accept as something appropriate, just because their pastors tell them so. Maybe it is high time for these things to be analyzed.

 1) TB Joshua and a deadly collapse

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After a building belonging to one of the most rich and famous evangelist pastor in the world crushed there were several strange moments that need to be mentioned. More than 100 people died during the collapse of two-stored building. The first suspicious moment was that the church prevented rescue groups from entering the territory. The second – people from South Africa who were in building and survived refused to tell anything about the collapse. They only say that they will give no comments and that they are blessed to stay alive.

2) Weird behaviors of pastors

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Usually it is Muslim fanatics who are blamed for their anti-social behavior. But if we think a little we will see that the extremism concerns not only the Islam. Think about mothers who bring all their money to the church while her kids are not having enough food and clothes. Or when children are not allowed to stay in hospital or to take some medicine, just because pastor said that the God had already cured them? When teen are beaten in a church for “being a witch”. Or when pastors make their people to eat grass or drink petroleum? Or when poor believers hit the floor in their best clothes just to show that they are filled with glory?

3) Church becomes richer but people are not

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The wealth of some pastors is more than $150 million. They fly with their private jets, built palaces, media holdings, TV-channels and others. And all this happens in a state where dozens of people die from malaria and flu just because of lack of appropriate resources and poor living conditions.
David Oyedepo is a richest pastor in Nigeria. One of his churches can hold up to 50,000 persons.
Our continents and Nigeria in particular is a home as well for the poorest Christians in the world and as for internationally known religious billionaires.

2 Comments

  • THE WHOLE CONCEPT IS SELFISHNESS.
    Human nature is beyond religion. Greed and covetous are in human nature in different degree. Religion is training us to aspire and learn how to control them. That is why religion is seeing as the way of life.
    No religion will teach you to be greedy or covetous. Jesus preached against these in their ramifications. The ministers that are exhibiting these traits are manifesting what Jesus said about Pharisees and fake religion teachers, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Jerods.” Mk. 8:15; 13:5-6
    Jesus commented on Pharisees’ behavior, “Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithes even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law – justice, mercy, and faith…” Verse 24 calls them blind guides.
    Acts chapter 2 describe how the early Christians were do, Acts 5:43-47. That was when Christians were Christians. What we have now are mostly self acclaimed Christians at the altar. Stomach troubled ministers.
    A christian’s life should not tarnish the image of God. Any act short of good deeds is not of godliness. Rm. 12:2 (NLT) states, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…”
    If Oyedepo cannot pay tax and the common man do pay tax despite the fact that government’s present is also not felt by them, what justification is he making? The bible supports payment of tax and obedience to the law of the land, Rm. 13:1, 5 & 6.
    Anyone that will follow Jesus will not be selfish, greedy and covetous, Mt. 16:24. The scriptures do not say we should amass wealth, but people, 2 Tim. 3:12-13. We are made to understand that all that the world cherish are aborminaton to God.
    The concept of prosperity has corrupted church now. 2 Tim. 3:2-9 (NLT) state, “For people will love only themselves and their money…”

  • This is a wishful thinking.How do you compare slaughtering an innocent individual by some religious bigots to some personal religious experience devoid of forceful interference on other people’s right to life.I am very sure that lslamic clerics enjoy some benefits due

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