THE DANGER OF CORRUPT MESSAGES!
Why am I talking about this if your question to me is about the church and why the church is responsible for the problem of Nigeria? The reason is that I believe everything we see in our country is a product of our defective value system. A broken value system means a broken economy, a faulty growth and a damaged political system. So what is the role of the church in all that?
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.
Another place where our value systems come from is from the families. In Nigeria every family belongs to a church or one religious group or the other, probably a mosque. So mostly our value systems are influenced by our faith and our 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.
Let me give you a few examples. 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. He who has been diligent for the whole year or years before then. 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 naive and ignorant members would shout hallelujah! Meanwhile they too are expecting similar miracles and on and on goes the vicious circle of corruption from the pulpit to the whole country.
TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW…
For The Love Of God Church And Nation!