Gone are the days when Satan would lurk outside the churches, waiting for the believers to come out into his world, so that he could torment the weak and the erring ones. The new strategy by Satan to spread his tentacles is to worship with the believers in the church.
I read three articles within a day about pastors that crossed the boundary of God’s “thou-shall-nots'” as commanded in Exodus chapter 20, and the three pastors were members of prominent Pentecostal churches. From the summary of my scrutiny; two of them committed “raunchy” crimes (adultery) and the other one had a hand that Akwa-Ibom people love to call “gummy hand”— meaning — a hand that steals. He was caught in a very serious financial mess.
We all know where Rev. King is today and why he’s kept there with death’s albatross hanging on his neck. Odd enough, some husbands will still not know that one of their children or more are fathered by their pastors.
We all, also, I suppose, know that some of our churches now have special seats for the rich and famous, politicians and higher donors—the collective source of their dubious wealth—even though the source of huge donations by these people is very much glaring, but is of less concern to many. It is even not uncommon to find Isaiah 61:6 (ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles) being invoked for the justification and rationalization of these colossal ecclesiastic sham. What is the meaning of the word “gentile” by the way?
A “gentile” means someone who is not from a Jewish lineage or someone from other nations.
The money being stolen by these politicians or armed robbers and donated in churches is not other countries’ but Nigeria’s. Even if it is other countries’, you are accessories of crime if you are collecting such money when you know it’s source or are too complicit to inquire about its source. You have collected a Greek gift!
If you’re a good church member and you don’t see any reason to preach to your pastors when they are digressing from the path they want you to toe — because you do not want anyone to see you as judging your pastors, — then you have equally disobeyed the verse of the Bible (Proverbs 27:17) that admonishes us to sharpen ourselves: “iron sharpeneth iron.”
I believe you do not want your pastors to go astray or to mislead you and other church members and in particular the larger populace watching from afar, so make it your duty to help them. They are human beings like you and they can make mistakes if no one is there for them to lift them up when they are down.
While the issue of pastors committing most of these incredible crimes would be quickly discarded by most Christians as signs of the end time — as long as their own pastor is not the culprit—it will be disingenuous for me to jump to the same conclusion. For me, it would seem that the issue is not that the world is coming to an end but that the most infinitesimal speck of reason is not common in our ‘postmodern’ world—followers are becoming more and more incapable of speaking, and preaching back, to their pastors and thus giving Satan convenient spots to reside, and take lead roles, in the churches!
Contributed by: Abiola Oludele