Published on December 26th, 2010 | by Olumide7
Time to Close Down Some ‘Churches’…
I write this as a result of annoyance and disappointment with some ‘churches’ in Nigeria.
How do you explain a ‘church’ whose Pastor regularly asks members to attend week-long programs involving that they be camped. It happens not once in a while but almost all the time. As a result, a woman I know is effectively separated from her husband. He wants a divorce because he hardly gets to see her.
How do you explain a church that takes over your time for work ‘in the name of the Lord’ by organizing ‘powerful’ programs?
How do you explain a church that would rather keep delivering you from your ‘household demons’ rather than teaching and empowering you to succeed? Not that I’m against deliverance. It’s just that if they really believed in the potency of the name of Jesus, they would also know that it works once and for all. And my problem is that these pastors have a way of raising people who run to them (the pastor) whenever the tiniest thing is wrong instead of praying to God themselves (Pastor, Pastor, my cat died suddenly yesterday. Pastor says: oh my daughter. It must be the spirit of your wicked grandmother. We will fast and pray and pour anointing oil on you…)
How would you explain a church that welcomes obviously corrupt politicians, not to preach the gospel to them but to enjoy the benefits of their tithes, generous offerings and influence? A good example is the Thanksgiving Services organized for the illegal governors chased out of the government houses in Ekiti and Osun. What exactly were the pastors thanking God on their behalf for? For successfully stealing votes and cheating people for almost 4 years? Or for living large when they really should be in jail?
How do you explain pastors who have enormous influence and would prefer to preach ‘safe’- hurting no one in order to remain popular? How do you explain the fact that we have the largest churches in Nigeria with the most ‘spiritual’ members and heavily ‘anointed’, ‘fire-fire’ pastors and yet Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries on earth battling with total underdevelopment?
Oh! It’s not just Nigeria. In America, many churches follow only the parts of the Bible that are ‘politically correct’. When it comes to issues that their fast-decaying society approves- like gay marriages, gay priests, premarital sex… They turn a blind eye or decide that the Bible is old-fashioned at that point.
With Christmas in the air, my message is to churches. Right now, it’s the church that needs a revival. If truly, the salt were potent, it wouldn’t have a tough time sweetening the food. But when the salt has lost its flavour…
Pastors, take care. The judgment of God is coming and it would begin from his own house. What rights have we to blame our problems on our political leaders when those who ought to represent righteousness do the same things ‘in the name of the Lord’? What rights have we to blame our legislators for grossly overpaying themselves when many of our pastors milk their congregations and play god in the name of being heavily anointed?
I attend a great church and I’m a good Christian. Just worried about the state of things out there…
NB: I would understand if my post annoyed you enough to want to blast me in your reply. You’re welcome. I won’t delete it