Thursday, July 9, 2009

When Criminals Pose As Church Pastors

Those who are conned, swindled, duped or ripped-off in church should be held accountable themselves because they have refused to heed to the Holy Spirit. The Bible is very clear on the traits of a false prophet. Let me tell you why people are conned in most cases. Their hyperopia propels them into some vaulting ambition that their faith slips from God unto their self-made god of the pastor. "I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread" (Ps 37:25). No pastor will ever deceive you if you do not believe in quick riches or mysterious gains which is bait to most who fall prey. Why is this thing of “my father has died and was a rich man; he left a lot of money that I want to transfer to Europe or America succeeding?" Because those who fall prey are ingrained with theft that they want to reap where they did not sow but when their machinations go kaput, they cry foul.

It is the same with the church. Never go to a pastor for a special prayer and do not ask Christians for one. It is preposterous to be sowing seeds in the pastor for a special prayer. Where in the Bible does it require sowing seeds in a mere mortal? More so, even when the Bible talks of seed, it requires mustard seed and not monster seed (Mt 13:31). Where in the Bible do you see that before someone prays for you, you must give them some money? Does it not say “freely ye have received, freely ye shall give” (Mt 10:8)? Where in the Bible does it say we should buy handkerchiefs and keep in our houses to use? There should be less sympathy for those who wallow in their ignorance. The most dangerous is that most of these people obstinately refuse to heed this proverb, "If you carry your problems on your head, you will be the bait of evil men." The Bible says cast your cares upon him for he cares for you (I Pet 5:8). Why do Christians think that the pastor has a special solution to their problems that God does not have?

The ministers and pastors equally have a daunting task of staying true to the gospel, leading the people they preach to discern falsehood, putting Jesus first to themselves and studying to show themselves approved (2 Tim 2:15). Now, to study you do not only need to go to the Bible school or seminary. I did my Bible studies at home. Before I went to the seminary, I had already known the Bible. I was able to discern truth from fallacy and to make the right judgment. The only CD that played in my car was the Bible. I read about other religions and read the Qu’ran just like I read novels by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Alan Paton or Wole Soyinka. When some of my Christians found me reading the Qu’ran, they asked me if I wanted to become a Muslim. How would you say Islam is bad or good if you don’t know a thing about it?

I sat in a church and heard a pastor cite Matthew chapter 35. Matthew has only 28 chapters. Many ministers today need to be taught first before they go out to teach. As such, they don’t even know what they are talking about, but because of the Episcopal Church polity they have in their various churches, after God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, they come next. This is where the failure and deception start. This is the cause for all these crookery.

The pastors have deceived the people that they are here to represent God, and the people too have failed to discern who is fake and who is real. A true pastor does not need a special place to pray. A true pastor does not charge you to pray for you? He does not require appearance fee. He does not sell his handkerchiefs or crucifixes. A true pastor does not hoard wealth; instead, he distributes the wealth to his parishioners. A true pastor does not preach to please his congregation. A true pastor does not steal from his parishioners. He does not seize the women of his staff or sleep with all the young women in his church. A true pastor does not practice sorcery or witchcraft. A true pastor does not build a personality cult. A true pastor must not turn the worship of God into business (Mal. 1:6). The rebuke there was for the decline of godly services which were now in favor of business activities contrary to what Ezra intended and fought for.

To substantiate the biblical position of what I just said please read the following passages: Deut 18:1-8; Ezek. 34:1-6; Mi 2:11; Mt 10:8.

Until then, beware of criminals posing as Men of God.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

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