The rate at which new churches roll out in Nigeria has been alarming for several years and in almost every community, you are kept up at night with churches blaring their speakers on night vigils or the noise in the day from services which hold almost every time. It’s weird to see churches holding programmes on week days as I find it hard to understand who these people are that attend these programmes. Does it not raise the question as to how many people do not have jobs to go to in the week day? How do these people make a living?
It’s no surprise how much poverty is in Nigeria today when people would rather pray than work. What exactly being taught at these churches? When the bible was clear on faith without work! With a grossly unproductive economy such as ours, it is counter intuitive that we’d rather build more churches than factories. How exactly are we hoping to build our nation and make better living for our people? I’m guessing all these preachers are not looking to export faith so church member could eat and send their kids to school, but then you know the answer. A lot of religious leader understand church business is serious business and it’s the only industry you don’t need any qualification or experience; with just a bit of salesmanship, and showmanship you could be flying a private jet in just a few years.
When you go to church this weekend, ask yourself who have you gone to meet?
When would our people stop being gullible, raising money to build more buildings for ‘God’? When he clearly stated that God no longer reside in temples, mountains or Jerusalem but time has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. So again, I ask, why are we building more churches?
The headquarters of the Dunlop Nigeria Plc, in Ikeja, Lagos which was once a beehive of business activities providing hope for hundreds of young minds playing a leading role in emerging tyre markets is now occupied by a church. Along with a lot of business spaces in the countries, churches now occupy and it’s hard to see how this improves the economy. Faith leaders would tell you this makes more sense but what they wouldn’t confess to is whose point of view it makes sense from. From the church leaders making a lot of money, they are deluded into thinking it adds value. No doubt a handful of church members are inspired into breakthroughs in thinking and business, but the larger percentage of congregations are no better off in all their years in church. With so many churches, why is Nigeria ranking above India on the world poverty scale? Our preachers rank some of the richest in the world, so if you’re asking me, just like Nigeria, only a select few are benefiting from the church business. This is the reverse of what the bible teaches when people brought offerings to the feet of the apostles as these offerings was shared and no one was poor among them. In the church today, the offering isn’t shared, it goes into building more churches or private jets for the church leadership.
God or Pastor: Who is in church?
Do you reckon it’s God you’ve gone to meet in church or your pastor? Consider this, when God himself said in he only seeks true worshipers who would worship in spirit and truth. He left the building, but we keep coming back into the building. When you go to church this weekend, ask yourself who have you gone to meet?
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