THE FALSE PROMISES OF THE MODERN CHURCH
I am not diplomatic particularly on issues relating to what I consider the truth. I say it the way I feel it should be said. This explains why I am pained that my colleagues have turned their congregations into money making projects for selfish gains. This is how I feel about the Nigerian church presently:
Everybody says Nigeria’s problem is about leadership but I disagree with that assertion because a nation gets a leader it deserves. Our leaders are from this country, they were born and grew up within this same environment.
They were not imported from Guinea-Bissau or Ukraine; they were brought up in Nigeria. I think our problem is really not about leadership but our value system.
Three things determine the value of a nation, the family, the educational system and the Church. I mentioned the church because nobody has the opportunity of speaking to over 40 million Nigerians every week like pastors. “When people go to Church, they are not going there for argument. They are obliged to just accept whatever the pastor says even if he is saying rubbish. Even the president of the country does not have the kind of power we have. So, we have a very huge responsibility upon us. Unfortunately, most of us instead of releasing values and information that will facilitate national progress and development, we are talking of breakthrough today, breakthrough tomorrow. What we are cultivating from the pulpit is the culture of instant gratification. We are telling people, raise up your hands if you want to be a millionaire by the end of the year and of course everybody raises up their hands.
These people however are left without an answer as to how they can become millionaires after they raised their hands in church to indicate that desire. This state of oblivion results in raising a group of people who just fold their arms without working but expecting a financial miracle before or at the end of the year. Furthermore, this ideology creates a culture of laziness in the people instead of that of hard work.
Listen to me if you are a pastor reading this; You must teach the people the process of production, perseverance, endurance and how to work with their hands.
“Miracles could happen but nations don’t get developed that way. There is no nation in the world that got developed by miracles. All developed nations got developed thanks to hard work. If we must bring about development in our nation, then our pastors must start teaching hard work instead of miracles”
Again what about the money that is coming to the man “before the end of the year”, if he gets it without working for it, is it not robbery? Because you have transferred the money from someone who worked to another person who didn’t work. That is corruption from the pulpit. That kind of preaching generates the mentality of instant gratification.
Prayers don’t develop a nation. It is the work of your hand that does. Look at China, Japan, they don’t believe in God, but they are more prosperous than Nigeria. Why? The reason is because they strongly believe in hard work. They are workaholics.
The Japanese who don’t believe in God will go to hell if they don’t repent, but while here on earth, they will be prosperous whereas Nigerians who are religious will make heaven but while here on earth, will continue to experience the challenges and economic crisis that we are going through now. God does not and will not go back on his words. He said, `I will diligently reward the works of your hands’.
We must learn the virtue of hard work if we want our nations to be developed. It is because we are void of the value of hard work as a nation that everybody wants to become financially wealthy without working hard for it. It is in Nigeria that I found out that we don’t care to know how a man makes his money, whether he is a ritualist or fraudster, we don’t want to know provided we can take from him. What a lack of values!
To be continued Tomorrow, don’t miss it.
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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.