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How Nigerian Pastors Breed Corruption in Nigeria!

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Nigerian-born Pastor Sunday Adelaja is the founder of Embassy of God Church, Kiev, Ukraine, the largest Pentecostal church in Europe.  He spoke with Sunday Oguntola on the wrong concepts that churches in Nigeria are promoting. Excerpts:   

During your last visit to Nigeria, you were emphatic that the church was the major problem with the nation’s stunted growth. Do you still maintain that stance?

I wish to state categorically that I am not talking about any particular ministry. There is nothing personal at all. I am not against any man of God or any denomination. I’m just pointing out what I believe is the truth about the situation in our country.

I wish to appreciate all the men of God that have labored in our country. I think they did their best. I believe they taught us what they know. But we still have to admit that things were wrong and these things have to be corrected.

What are some of these things?

In my opinion, the leadership and the structure of the church in Nigeria are as guilty as the politicians. We Christians like to judge, condemn and point fingers at the politicians. In some cases some churches are worse and some of the practices in churches might be worse than what the politicians do.

I am a strong believer in the fact that whatever is happening in any country, the number one cause of it is the damaged value system of that nation.  I think we have a faulty and perverse value system in Nigeria. That is the root cause of all our problems, not just political leadership.

The political leadership comes from our society. Our leaders are not been imported from Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau or from some exotic places like Fiji totally different from us. They are not bringing their strange fire to our camp. No!!!




How do you mean?

For us to have a corrupt value system as a nation and then be hoping to produce godly leaders is hypocrisy of the highest order. It doesn’t just happen!

It would take a miracle to have such leaders, what would normally happen is that even when such leaders emerge they would be largely opposed.  They would be criticised because what they are doing will not make sense to most of the citizens. Most of the people on the ground profess different value systems.

The value systems the reformed leaders are bringing to our society would conflict with the ones that people are used to. The people would be condemning them. The conflict equals clashes. That means there would be controversies and disagreements.

That is what happened when we had a quite disciplined, god- fearing, pious leader in Muhammadu Buhari in the ‘80s. He was overthrown and the people rejoiced because the discipline and order he was bringing to our people was totally strange to them.

We are used to living the way we like to live. We are used to keeping our freedom, our liberty, our way of doing things. If we now have a god -fearing leader that wishes to develop the country, he would have to first alter the way we do things. Until we change, nothing changes. We didn’t want to change, so when Babangida who was more like us overthrew Buhari, we were happy.

How does the church come in then?

The truth is that our value system comes from our pulpit. Our value system comes from our religious beliefs. Our value system comes from our religious practices. Our value systems come from our educational system. In Nigeria, the authority of the religious institutions is much higher than the authority of the educational system.

So, most of our value system is influenced by faith and religion. That is why I am saying it is the faulty and corrupt messages we have introduced to our pulpits that is responsible for producing corrupt practices in our society.

Can you give examples of this?

A pastor could say that somebody would be a millionaire before the end of the year. Whereas we are in November or December and there are 500 people in that auditorium. All of them will shout amen!!! Yet Pastors don’t correct them saying that no, you would not become a millionaire before the end of the year even if you shout amen for the whole day.

The only person that would become a millionaire is the person that has worked for it. The only person that would become a millionaire is the person that has at least signed a contract. When pastors don’t clarify that, everybody begins to believe that some miracles would happen.

So when such a member goes to his office and he sees an unsigned check, for a million dollars and nobody is claiming responsibility for it, he claims it. He believes that it is God that has provided for him. That is how corruption gets from the pulpit to the society.  That particular member would claim that God has answered his Pastor’s prayer.

He would boldly come to give testimony the following Sunday while the naïve and ignorant members would shout hallelujah! Meanwhile they too are expecting similar miracles and on and on. That is how the vicious circle of corruption from the pulpit to the whole country runs.

But isn’t breakthrough real?

Breakthrough is a word from breaking forth. Water, springs or streams break forth from under the ground. For it to break forth, it must have been forcing its way for ages or for years before it all of a sudden breaks through.

The breakthrough that we see all of a sudden is as a result of hard work, invincible hard work. Yet we don’t emphasis the hard work aspect, we don’t emphasize the preparation aspect. We only emphasize the breakthrough. We think that those breakthroughs only come through prayers. That is another root of corruption.

Everybody goes out of the church looking for a breakthrough. So any opportunity they see, even though they are not legal, which they didn’t labor for, they want to take advantage of. We are promoting through our preaching and teachings from our pulpits the culture of getting something for nothing.

That means, I don’t need to do much but I can get something I can become rich. That way we are promoting corruption in the whole country. Instead of us to promote the culture of hard work before profit, we rather promote frivolity from our pulpits.

So, all miracles have to be worked out?

The rule of life is that you work hard for your results. You don’t wait for grace or favor to give you results without working for them. We don’t teach people in our churches that truth.

If you don’t work for wealth even if you get that wealth through your parents, relatives or spouse, you are still a thief (Prov. 28:24). You are robbing the people who gave you that wealth.

That is because somebody worked for what you are claiming. How can you just be going to church and claiming something for yourself? That is another faulty doctrine we have, that promotes corruption in the country.

When you teach that people can claim anything, how can they claim when they are not qualified for it? How can they just claim simply because they have greed for it? We are promoting greed, we are promoting lust.

There is no product without the process of production. We tell people they can get something by faith, to only believe. We tell them to just give offerings. We teach them about faith offering. We teach them about tithe and offering. Not that I don’t believe in tithe and offering but that is not the way of receiving wealth. It is the way of preventing curses from coming to your resources.

For you to really have wealth, giving tithes and offerings are not enough. Tithes and offerings open up heaven to you. God doesn’t send money from heaven. You have to go to work and be involved in the process of production. It is only that way wealth and riches will come to you.

Another problem we have in the nation that is contributed by the church is that we teach millions of people that they should expect miracles. Pastors teach about miracles without telling them the truth about the order of life.

The way we are all supposed to live on a daily basis is not through miracles or by miracles. We are supposed to live by laws and principles that God has placed in the laws of nature, in the principles of life and order.

Life depends on laws and rules. But we tell people about miracle, miracle, miracle. No matter what you talk to a Nigerian about, they will tell you about the fact that God will do it. We are asking God to do for us what he has asked us to do for ourselves. There is no way God can do for man, what man is supposed to do for himself. There is no way man can do for God what God can only do.

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Most of our prayers in Nigeria maybe about 80 percent are a waste of time. This is because we ask God to do for us what he has asked us to do for ourselves or we ask God to do for us what he has already done.

Thanks to that deceptive teaching, our people expect miracles from morning till night. Our people are looking for miracles. So, any opportunity that presents itself godly or ungodly we take as God’s miracle or blessing. That is a major factor encouraging corruption in the land.

In the real sense we don’t teach people that the possibility of miracle is not the order of the day. It is only two percent of our daily life that should depend on miracles from God. The order of life is the observation of God’s laws and order. Obedience to the laws of God and the society brings wealth and blessings.




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A friend who worked in the bank once told us a story, that one of the banking officer mistakenly posted some money about 300k to the account of another customer becuase the original beneficiary shared the same surname. They put on their watch list and keep waiting that account owner will come to lodge a complain. After a month, they noticed that money is being drawn from the account, they tried in vain to convince the account owner to visit the bank for some meeting but he refused.The bank management has no alternative than to go after the customer with law enforcement agents. The account owner turn out to be a pastor of a church, after some drilling by the police, the man mentioned that he has prayed so fervently concerning the school fees of his children and suddenly money was paid to his account, so he has no reason not to believe it was a miracle.
Please lets ensure that we learn to search the scripture by ourselves to reconfirm the words being preached by Pastors. This is what the bible recommends we do always. Remember that Pastors are human and some of them also need money to run the church and take care of themselves and families.
"unless the Lord builds a house, the labourer labours in vain". Yes pastors need money too, but why would someone find money in their account and not check the source, pastor or not? That is faulty reasoning. Added to this, the bank repeatedly tried to get him to come in and resolve it and he refused, and then when law enforcement is involved he wants to use the excuse that money in his account was an answer to prayer? Thats nothing to do with being human, it is simply criminal minded. And that is one of my problems with Nigerian Christianity, how selective we are with the truth, honesty and integrity.
The society any where is a reflection of the belief system of the people perpetuated by the religious institutions that are established there in. What Pst. Sunday Adelaja has just send here in this interview, is telling a people that had heard a lie for such a long Truth, that can give genuine rest to their hungry souls, starved the more by those assigned by King Jesus to feed but not to feast on. Gradually the night of such leaders and their style of leadership is turning to day for all to see its flaws, failures and fraudulent nature. The message simply this 'repent for the Kingdom of heaven, not heavenlies where demons resides to cook up another gospel is come. Those who have ears should hear what the Spirit of God is saying to all. God' s Philips are here with the true gospel of Christ and the Kingdom of God to all mankind. Therefore all sorcerers like Simon in Samaria be wife and repent inorder to free those you've held bound by your sorcery all there years by your distorted and demonic gospel
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This is the truth of the matter. How I wish there can be a summit of leaders and pastors in Nigeria where this should be discussed thoroughly, without prejudice! Then we can be able to address the issue and get detailed clarity. In the event that this does not happen, I hope fresh leaders and upcoming pastors can be mentored with this truth - if they will respond. God will help our nation. I also think this message somehow is a result of teachings from USA, except that we stretched it in Nigeria. Thank you Pastor Sunday.
Everything has it root from USA, what concern USA with this, the message is direct to Nigeria situation
I don't know why some people believe that everything evil must have its root in America. You will be amazed that there are many great believers in Nigeria as there are fake ones in Nigeria. We need to change our stereotype way of thinking that Nigerians Christians are more spiritual and committed to believers abroad without any solid basis of conclusion. There will be surprises in heaven
Summit of leaders and pastors??? Laughs!!! Are you talking about the same leaders and pastors whose primary objectives are to acquire filthy lucre? Yeah right!
Hi Pastor Akindele, pastor Adelaja does not live the USA, he is resident in Ukraine and comes to the US to preach and to teach.
I meant to say that Pastor Adelaja is resident in Ukraine and comes to the US to preach and to teach. I have sat under his teaching and mentorship on many occasions whenever he visits my town, so I know quite well that his teachings did not result from the USA. Quite frankly, many ministers and ministries in the US do not like his teachings and what he stands for.
A truthful writeup.
Thanks for this post that came at the time I needed a reassurance that we still have church leaders who preach the truth. Though I'm facing persecution for standing for these truths you have explained, my strength is renewed to know that there are preachers who have not comprise. A good example was when I was ridiculed for not bringing a certain amount of money to church as contribution even when I was jobless and had two little children to care for with no support from non but GOD alone. I was amazed that they were not bothered how or where i got the money from, rather they 'prayed' whenever I brought money whose source they don't care to know. I choose to follow JESUS even if my leaders are doing otherwise .
Good dramatic photo at night — they seem to be working there round the clAon.cmazikg how all of NYC bounced back so fast, even the nearby areas to that site. That area and the very near environs tho still seem very empty.
may God bless u daddy.
Thanks you very much Pastor. May the Lord continue to enrich and bless you, your family and ministry. For years i have thought like this but it always seemed as if i didn't have faith or was too secular. But now i am realising that money does not come through claiming but by being productive.
I am familiar with churches in Nigeria that slogan "pray and wait". Churches that interest me would slogan "work and pray", "work as if success depends 100% on work and pray as if success depends 100% on prayer". I am familiar with pastors that would give you practical guide to achieve a productive success. That would tell you not to remain at home when you don't have anything visibly for you out there on the street. That would ask you to do whatever you can lay your hand upon, no matter how lowly it might be. Obviously, there are social and spiritual challenges you as an individual can not help such as marriage, changing social status etc. in such cases, you can only help yourself by depending absolutely on God. But there are still practical actions of faith that you would still be guided to take by faithful and sincere church leaders. Nigerians from what we are though by our home institutions are not lazy or indolent anywhere, whether at home or abroad. We obviously have challenges, most of which are self inflicted on Nigerians by fellow Nigerians. This inflictions created bottle neck of narrowed opportunities in a supposed land of abundance. Pastors and church leadership obviously did not created this inflictions. There is an Indian saying or proverb that "when a prince is prevented from entering through a door, he jumps through the window" it is a criminal that jumps through window. But many Nigerian princes have been tagged criminal because they are ready and are jumping the windows of bottle-necked opportunities. Nigerians are known as aggressive and hurried personalities not because they don't like the comfort and luxury of been gentle. The nature of an average Nigerian has been altered by the agenda of the evil and selfish opportunist political and their accomplice bureaucrats class. Nigerian pastors and church leaders, many of whom are also victims of this inflictions are equally victims of this pervasion. Many, you may choose to deny, are contributing in helping lifes. Though the altered gene is in most of us. Our can only come from a purpose political leader chosen by God for purposed direction. This can not come from any single church nor can the churches at any time can come together for this purpose. Governance is not in the hands of the church. But a good governance in the hands of a good government chosen by God. We stop wearing for ourselves a sack-cloth for a sin we can not redress. Thank you.
Truth be said ny brother, you just said my mind. Well done
Yes I may understand your arguments but I don't agree with your reasoning. God desire that we shine forth in a darkened society not basically with material wealth but with high morals, faith in God, love (virtues) etc. That is why we are called salt of the earth and light of the world. To overcome it will require the blood of the lamb, words of our testimony and we must not be afraid to die. The burden is on all God's children.
I am not familiar with churches in Nigeria that slogan “pray and wait”. I am more familiar with churches that would rather slogan “work and pray”, “work as if success depends 100% on work and pray as if success depends 100% on prayer”. I am familiar with pastors that would give you practical guide to achieve a productive success. That would tell you not to remain at home even when you don’t have anything visibly for you out there on the street. That would ask you to do whatever you can lay your hand upon, no matter how lowly it might be. Obviously, there are social and spiritual challenges you as an individual can not help such as marriage, changing social status etc. in such cases, you can only help yourself by depending absolutely on God. But there are still practical actions of faith that members are been guided to take by faithful and sincere church leaders. Nigerians from what we are thought by our home institutions are not lazy or indolent anywhere, whether at home or abroad. We obviously have challenges, most of which are self inflicted on Nigerians by fellow Nigerians. This inflictions created bottle neck of narrowed opportunities in a supposed land of abundance. Pastors and church leadership obviously did not created this inflictions. One may argue that many pastors are profiting from these situations at the expense of weaker species. I personally believe it ends there. There is an Indian saying or proverb that “when a prince is prevented from entering through a door, he jumps through the window” it is a criminal that jumps through window. But many Nigerian princes have been tagged criminal because they are ready and are jumping the windows of bottle-necked opportunities. Nigerians are known as aggressive and hurried personalities not because they don’t like the comfort and luxury of been gentle. The nature of an average Nigerian has been altered by the agenda of the evil and selfish opportunist political and their accomplice bureaucrats class. Sometimes I do think that Nigerian society is one of the most valid place to proof Darwinian Mutation Theory. Though not in physical mutation but in behavioral mutation. Nigerian pastors and church leaders, many of whom are also victims of this inflictions are equally mutated personalities. It is often comically said that there are 3 races in the world - the. white, the black and the Nigerian. Comically indeed but lined with some truth about the mutation that has taken place in a Nigerian person that makes him different from a white and indeed from other known black man. The search should be the cause of this apparent mutation rather than blaming the fair gathering of churches. Many churches and church leaders are contributing in helping lifes. Though the altered gene is in most of us. Our genuine redirection can only come from a purpose political leader chosen by God for the purposed direction. This can not come from any single church nor can the churches at any time can come together for this purpose. Governance is not in the hands of the church. But a good governance in the hands of a good government chosen by God. Leaders in bible time like Moses, David etc that made visible changes in there time did not only carry religious status. Whereas Our Lord Jesus Christ that is the historical most influential man did make much changes in the politics of his time. His followers are worried and filled with anxiety at the time of his departure from earth that he has to promise them the "Comforter" just because he didn't wear the political garment. We should stop wearing for ourselves a sack-cloth for a sin we can not redress. Thank you.
I know so little of the Bible. But the little I know tells me that Jesus was and is not here on earth to effect a political change. All of the unions between the government and the church that I know are usually shortlived and end in disaster. Permit me to say that they are parallel governments, church and state. Maybe it's because of my limited knowledge but I can't name 10 presidents from anywhere in the world that are solidly born again and are able to rule with their total conviction of God. By design it doesn't work.
The truth will definitely sets us free.
...also, the issue of the Church can be traced back to how Christianity entered the country. What was the then missionaries message, ... what did they preached to us? Christianity in Nigeria/Africa eventually becomes what you can get from Jesus Christ/ Church, NOT what you can give God or do for God's sake. Again, that is why in the developed country like The UK, most of the people are not interested in church/pastor, etc. because they don't have any need the church can meet. The Govt., system, structures, etc. meet those needs, e.g. health service is free [ even if one got ill for one year and admitted to the hospital ---it is free], in fact if you lost your job or choose not to work, the system will take care of you [you might not have a great life but ... you won't beg]. We do not understand Jesus Christ and His message, in fact too many Christians do not understand the central message of the Person [Christ] they claimed to follow. God, please help your creatures, give us an understanding mind, heal our heart for your sake.
I am sure going back to find out where we missed it might be an herculean task but we can begin to retrace out wrong foot steps that brought us this far left in order for us to correct many of this issues that have confronted out mind and might as a people. The church accept the responsibility of reforming the system irrespective of our many religion our faith are available within the system, I believe God has given the church that mandate(Out of Zion shall proceed the law). Many of our church leaders are just after empire building and not God Kingdom minded. We have confuse kingdom mandate for personal career and ambition. One comment said Nigeria are not lazy people, true but over the year with these kind of orientation and sermons laziness has crept slowly that a student would rather be praying for miracle to pass exams than spend more time studying and search books for answers. You sack a Christian from work because of indolence and corruption he calls it witch-hunting and demonic attack thereby going from one prayer house to another looking for solution to problem he/she carries every where in the pocket and hand bags. When people wake up early to open then business for early morning patronage they would go to prayers houses to come later when sale are finish and then accuse their neighbour for witch craft... continue on my facebook page.
Well said Daniel. We need to amend our ways.
I am beginning to have a Paradigm Shift. Thank you so much sir.....
He who will point an accusing finger should not do it with an inky hand. As much as I respect pastor Sunday, this write up is a reflection of imperfections present in a man striving to be perfect. It is not outrightly untrue that some of his observations are correct, but pastor Sunday has also fallen a victim of what he postulated in paragraph one of his write-up. Although his 3rd to the last paragraph is a quote from TL Osborn book titled Soul winning.-A classic on world evangelism, he shouldnt have stood on that logical conclusion that 80% of our prayers are waste of time. Who did the analysis. From Ukraine or where? With love sir. Shalom.
You totally missed the point sir. Adelaja doesn't claim to be perfect but he just told Nigerians the truth. We may find it difficult to accept because we love the statue quo but the fact remains that religion and it's leaders especially are very much part of the problems facing the great nation. Christ is not a construction worker, he won't fix our roads, our lights, our schools et al. The work of your hand I will bless is not talking about thiefs and indolent people. Infact, he doesn't even give mana to the Israelis anymore. Let's add unto our faith: work, compassion, love, steadfastness, fear of God and it shall be well with us. Thanks u sir.
For so many years we have said this but then people will say its becos we are not as annointed as those preachers breeding corrupt membership. Am so happy reading this and am going to print it out to circulate to some few friends. Pls sir,can and do a conference on this same topic so our people can be liberated and those preachers involve can be caution. I can volunteer myself for the venue sir,if you will come and train us in Nigeria(North)
Thanks Pastor Sunday for this sharing. I believe 100% in miracles and I believe 100% in hardwork. These are the two prongs with which I approach things in life. The church really need to teach the two completely. Miracle is when God makes you successful in an interview where some people are more qualified. Discipline and hardwork are been able to deliver on the job and rise in your career. We must be able to balance the two. We must work hard and expect miracles too because not all that works hard becomes successful. A university graduate who is riding Okada for a living is working hard. He needs a miracle to get a better job because that Okada work doesn't match his status as a graduate.
True talk indeed.
Let's do it right!
Wow thank God.there are still honest people who are still preaching the truth. I South Africa there are preachers who claim its Gods power when people are drinking petrol or eating snakes and actually there are people who are following them.yes are people are power nd anything that brings them hope they will follow. I hate these false prophets because they are taking advantage of our people. Thank Hod that there are people who still out there and speak for the voiceless people. Sometimes we a scared to speak againts the man of God.when other speak againts other pastors we are happy because he speaks with authority.thanks Pastor Sunday for speaking the truth.
Pastor Sunday, as much as I agree with this blog, so as much disagree with many points because of generalization that compass the topic and title. You have left the country for decade, the interviewer said when you "visit" that is like many of us that have left the country for a while. There was a time your ministry has problem in your region, no one as true believer will use that as a point to generalized the whole body of Christ. Many churches in Nigeria teaches hard work, truth, righteousness and Godliness. Your interpretation of Pro 28: 24 is wrong, you are only a thief if you steal from your parents but if your parent give you or after they pass you don't rub them. God has bless your ministry in a foreign land. You don't generalize the demise of a whole nation on the Body of Christ. The church in Nigeria has her problem so also the church any where in the world. You said quote...80% of our prayer in Nigeria are waste of time.....is that what God told you. The prayer was not even direct to you how do you know. Please Pastor let take it easy and pray for our country. Thank you. Pastor Stephen Osunkeye .....USA
Sir I agree with you. Some churches are corrupt but not all churches. I also went through the prov 28:24 but what my bible tells me is different from what he is emphasing. The truth is some of us are failing to seek God personally
Thank you Pastor for this interested write up.Every man need two suportive forces to be perfecly succeed in life.The physical and spiritual forces(The Political and Spiritual leader)Today all over the world no country meet the full standard with this two forces but any country that can meet up with one and lack the other,things go normally.Those countries that missed this two forces will never balance.This is where many africa countries particularly Nigeria fall.The two forces fail us woefully below 40% that is why things dont work here.For every man to live a balance life,he need a balance physical and spiritual food and in absent of this,life remains unbalance.Maybe because none of the two forces is ours,borrowed or imposed on us anyway.If you look at China and India they make a difference.
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I also know of a ministry where a member returned nine million naira paid to his account mistankinly and honoured by the church.So to generally say all churches are encouraging evil in our country I do not accept.Depending on the teaching in the church and how the members yield themselves to transformation by God.Every miracle is not by your hard work they are several miracles in the bible like that I stand to be corrected the bible is our standard..It my personal opinion that I do not totally agree with the pastor.Thank you.
more knowlege to u.
I am blessed with this.
With much respect sir. I live in Nigeria and i have never seen any pastor who preached that people should depend 100% on miracle, It may be true that most pastors emphasize on miracle but no pastor ever encourage laziness,in my opinion, it is not wrong to expect a miracle in a situation that is beyond human remedy, of course not everybody receive such miracles, albeit miracle does happen. the only problem with churches is that most of the churches have lost their purpose, churches are meant to preach the kingdom of God and salvation of souls not prosperity. many churches now a days want to own the biggest auditorium in town, the pastor wants to own a private jet, these are the thing they now run after neglecting their primary assignment given to them by God, which is the salvation of souls. may the Lord help us all
This is a better write - up. I love your conclusion.
I think you would do the body of Christ better by presenting the Gospel...the good news. Thank you pastor. Thanks 's for the issues you raised. There are points we ought to highlight. Christ emphasized on living by the miraculous,challenged us to live miraculously; raising the dead, healing the sick and reversing the laws of nature etc. The Christian faith is strongly rooted in miracles. Christians in as much as being rooted in the miraculous, are expected to work hard in love to be the salt and light of the earth. Christians ought to excel in all things AND humbly submit to the circumstances in accordance with God's will. Stealing ,scamming ,racketeering and other corruptive vices are not in keeping with the New Life we have in Christ. By the seal of the Holy Spirit, we exude the love of God and we appropriate all that the Lord has prepared for us in love. I didn't bother with scripture references to the above because they are quite clear.
You are so right Sir. Thank you and God Bless you for always speaking truth. I live in Nigeria and I read your article carefully. Nowhere in your email did you generalize or even allude that all Nigerian Pastors were corrupt or all Christians were perverse. However, I must state that our society is a reflection of the state of the Church in Nigeria and we cannot escape liability for the corrupt state of our nation. The same is true of Ukraine but at least the Government is now taking steps to bring change to the Nation. We need to be completely transformed by the renewing of our mind as our thinking is so corrupt so that what comes out of our mouths and in our actions is also corruption. Irrespective of what is taught in our churches by the various men and women of God, it is either that what is taught is wrong or we the congregation are corrupt because we are not practicing what is being preached. I lived outside Nigeria for many years and upon my return over 5 years ago I embarked on the journey of finding a suitable church. It was quite an experience!!! On the whole (generally) what I experienced was corruption and manipulation at its worst and myopia and pride at its best. I found many believers more concerned about position and title in the Church (which they ultimately abuse) than evangelism and caring for the poor and needy (unless this of course means access to funds which can then be converted to other purposes). Many churches I visited were no more than "social clubs" with announcements being more about "aso ebi" or "uniform" for women's day or Pastor's new car for his birthday celebrations than anything of spiritual value. Yet, just down the road were ghetto's filled with many people that could have benefitted from a cooked meal that day, or training to get a new job, or clothes for their children. Even the "poor" Christians were corrupt as they had learned to lie about their needs to get help from the Church or the congregation. Everyone was suspicious of each other because they all knew what was in their own hearts. You only have to drive past our churches on a Sunday after Church and witness the indiscipline, pride and lack of self-control that pertains. Christians with stickers on their cars will leave their lanes and drive against incoming traffic - that is corruption. A perversion of our traffic laws. The men and women who stole billions of dollars from the nations coffers during the last administration were mainly Christians and Born again Christians at that! so were the many that won contracts without following due process or even meeting the criteria for the bid. And the many that won contracts that they did not perform. So what does that say about our Christianity. So do we stop believing in Miracles, absolutely not. But God does not work miracles through unrighteousness acts or principles. Therefore a person who receives a "Miracle" because he/she lied, stole, misrepresented himself or herself in relation to qualifications, experience etc. to get a job or contract, manipulated etc. did NOT receive a miracle from God. The Bible clearly states that whatsoever a man sows that will he also reap. There are many proverbs in the Bible regarding laziness and Miracles do not come to lazy men or fraudulent men. True change can only come when we repent. Acknowledge our corrupt ways and not make excuses (or shoot the messenger as so many have in their comments above) and turn from our wicked ways. I have personally taken ownership of the state of the nation and of the Church and taken steps to amend my ways - obeying all laws, including all traffic laws, not giving bribes to gain an advantage, waiting my turn in line even where I know the owner of the business/bank, not cutting corners, giving my employer my 150%, not "borrowing" pen, paper, toner etc. by doing my own private business at work, letting my yes be yes and my no be no, not turning in false expenses and not stealing the hundreds of millions I have access to. I have made Integrity one of my core values and daily introspect and ask myself if I have acted throughout the day with integrity. May God help us all to change so that we can have a Nigeria that we can all be proud of and a Church that the devil can be afraid of.
God bless you Ps Sunday ... I am a missionary evangelist and I have been in Uganda for near 15 months. What you have written is not just for Nigeria .. Let me suggest Uganda falls into what you said about corruption, and most probably all of Africa. I was in a big church in Nairobi a few years ago and the "bishop" who was dressed in all his finery, declared while preaching "there is an anointing here for new hows by Christmas" , "put your hands up to receive the keys" ... that was in June and a few moments later he blurted out that there was an anointing for "new cars" by Christmas. I couldn't get out of the place fast enough. who has trained these people? CERTAINLY NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The truth uncovered.
There is a solution to the corruption in the Nigerian Church. Please let's stop speaking tongue in cheek. The number 1 corruption in the Nigerian Church is financial corruption,and that is why it is the same with the Nigerian society. Arguably,the root cause of this corruption is the issue of GIVING,especially TITHING. Until the fundamental error of 'TITHING TO THE CHURCH DOCTRINE' is corrected,no amount of talks or accusation and counter-accusations can remove the stain of financial corruption in the Nigerian Church. We have to deal with the root to take care of the fruits.And here is the solution :(http://wp.me/p5Rdzi-6j), if you have the shock absorber to withstand the truth of God's word. GOD FORGIVE US!
Before, I read this, my belief about the Nigerian situation had been identical to this publication. To be candid, it is as if we had compared our notes before now. As rightly pointed out, the Pastors in Nigeria are not foreigners. They are Nigerians as well. It is the same blood flowing in the veins of all normal Nigerians that is flowing in their veins as well. However, the truth is that every Nation gets the leaders (spiritual or political) it deserves! If we love, appreciate and accept the truth, we will experience it in our daily lives. But if we hate the truth, our "desperate" leaders (whether political or spiritual) will find a way to survive without it. It's not all our spiritual leaders that are teaching error. I am a beneficiary of an undiluted gospel message from a pulpit in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the few pastors who preach the undiluted messages are not popular with the political/elite class neither are their views published by the media in Nigeria as much as expected. And, because majority of Nigerians do not stand for the truth, the voice of the few who are for the truth is almost unheard. It is one thing to preach an undiluted message but another thing to get the people to accept it. As the saying goes, you can only force a camel to the stream but you can not force it to drink the water. That is one of the difficulties faced by the few faithful Christian voices in Nigeria! The fault is not totally that of our spiritual/political leaders as much as it is with ourselves as a people with a depraved or corrupt value system. By the way, how many Christian presidents have we produced as a nation since independence? And, what are their tract records about corruption as compared to that of their counterparts from other religions? The value systems bequeathed us by our founding fathers influence both our religious and political beliefs. Our Christians leaders need the help of all of us to be able to influence us positively with the undiluted Godly principles for a truly prosperous/successful life as God defines it. Another question which will help us understand the complexity surrounding the predicaments of Nigeria's value system is, "how many Nigerians truly believe in the Nigerian project? The root cause of corruption in Nigeria is likely the result of lack of a collective believe in "One Nigeria." Most Nigerians view the so-called country as a market place where buying and selling takes place. In a market place, it is the individual interests of the people coming to the market that are important. Everybody grabs as much as possible at the slightest opportunity and abandons the market to its own fate. Very few believe in the well-being of the market place. Every section of the country is concerned with grabbing as much as possible from the center with the slightest opportunity. Yet, nobody cares for the general good of the entire market. Who then will sincerely built it (the center) for all? We must all have equal stakes in the Nigerian project for it to survive! Injustice is in itself, a faceless saboteur to the Nigerian project. And, we must face the fact that we are all not yet ready for a true nation building!
This pastor is always saying the truth, Nigeria needs more of these kind.... Nigeria is full of corrupt and corrupted people....
Oh my God!.The scripture has simplified it."Ye shall know the truth,and it shall set you free". There is hope that my country could be better if and when people seek and know the truth. God bless you Pastor ADELAJA for this and more.
thanks for the correction man of God, we need to practice biblical truth in the pulpit
This is true. I can't imagine a youth corper who just passed out (NYSC) and start professing that He/She is in a favor market and not labor market. It is wrong! But most Pastors made them to feel that way. There is no such reality as "something for nothing". Youths should be made to understand the labor market comes before the favor market, by the men of God. This will calm their nerves for "I must be favored", when you have not put in any labor. "Work hard before pleasure."
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Brethren all glory belongs to God for this message. But I want to assure you that God in heaven has not forgotten His Holy and righteous children. God is using a Christian Movement in Nigeria called Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW) with headquarter at Abuja led by international director Pastor Paul Rika. I don't have much to say I will just advice anyone seeking true Doctrine of Christ in Holiness and Righteousness to google the movement and listen to some of the messages. God will shine His Holy Face upon you everyone of us.
Proverb 28 vrs 8-10.He that by usury and unjust gain, extortion, etc increaseth his possessions ,he shall gather it for him that will give it to the poor (not for the pastors, ministers ).Lord Jesus in Luke 18 vrs 22 told the rich young ruler to do the same. Grace of God makes us to know the truth, guide us into it daily and not otherwise (Romans 6 vrs 1-2 ,15. The yard stick to measure success in the churches today is the same as worldly views and ways by which they come. God said freely we are giving and freely we should give matt 10 vrs 8;1 corinthians 9 vrs 18,but today preachers make people pay for all :-prayer, prophecy, anointing oil,posts in churches etc. The days are evil, so saints of the Lord watch out, check scriptures daily and pray without season. Thanks past.Adelaja and remain increasingly blessed forever, sir .Shallon.
This is a true saying,but we also need to remember the biblical prediction of the end time.It does not affect pastors alone but other religion leaders as well.May the eyes of understanding of we pastors be opened to see the danger embeded in prevalent miracle and prosperity messages.
God bless you Sir. I think we need people like you to let us know the reality in christianity...
thanks for saying the reality in Christianity CU's it will surely give us the certainty of gaining the eternity..
This is quite true Pastor, now with this erroneous practices! please sir with due respect how can this be corrected? because most of the churches in Nigeria are in for this truth.
Absolute Truth. If not we be blaming politician of corruption and yet majority of the source is from the pulpit. The fad is becoming common on Facebook recently, pastors, prophets making baseless declarations for people to type Amen to claim the promise. God help the church and that is why God through the Bible has said that HIS judgement will start from the church.
Does the true congregation of God mingle intricately with the government of the world? Daniel 2 v 44. What does the scriptures say about the false religion that mingles with politics and the merchants of this system? Rev. 18. Pastors want money, they gather people who see money as everything (by their actions, even if they say otherwise) and tickle their ears with the falsehood they want to hear. 2Tim 4 v 3-4 The TRUTH is still out there. God still brings the truth to your doorpost. If you are hungry for it and you are humble and honest to admit it, you will find it. You may not like it but that it is the TRUTH. It alone will set you free. John 8 v 32. Listen the next time God directs them to you to advertise the King and his kingdom. Mathew 6 v 33
Thank you... Worth sharing
Dear pastor for over 15years of being a xtian, this is the most balanced message I have ever heard about God dimension of xtian prosperity. Remain blessed as you keep doing the good work. Please keep it up the unscriptural messages from our pulpits on prosperity is cancerous. Little wonder in spite of our religious nature, one cannot reconcile it with the level of corruption that abound in the Land. Keep saying it because it's only the truth that sets free. Nigeria cannot be highly religious and unimaginably corrupt at the same time, it's unacceptable, Somebody is not saying the the truth. Remain blessed daddy.
This is where godly and skillful wisdom is needed to rightly decern what to do. Success takes a process. The process itself is much more important than the manifestation because through such process we learn things that will enable us to maximize the abundance God has given us. We should never take the process for granted even though it seems tiresome and trying sometimes. I believe the average Nigerian is hardworking. Its clearly reflected with Nigerians who travel abroad. Here in Canada, alot of foreigners say good things about how determined Nigerians are and optimistic they are with things( if we clearly focus on the good reports not the bad reports the media shares about how dubious some Nigerians are even though we have some). The average conductor works all day and all night or the average seller in the market does the same etc. Some work really hard and nothing to really show for it. This is where grace comes in. Because it is not about how hard you work but doing the right work because one can even be successful with the wrong assignment. Our problem is leadership. Our leaders have not fully reflected what a true leader should be. A true leader is not self conscious but people conscious. Any average Nigerian would love to join politics. Wealth is seen as the number of cars and big houses one has. We need to deconstruct our mentalities(minds). Just like the children of Isreal having left Egypt, did not allow the mindset of Egypt to leave them. The battle of the soul takes time and its a pity the church hasnt fully scrutinize the intent of the soul. That does not mean the church isnt doing its best. Sometimes we just focus on the wrong things. We are distarcted and conformed to the situations in the country instead of been transformed. It is not an overnight solution. It's a process. I am sure we can learn a lot from these process.

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