“These pastors are failures! Monumental failures! These pastors are what the Yorubas call ‘àbíkú’ — a baby that will still choose to die despite all the efforts of its parents to keep it alive.”
Man is a purposeful animal. We do things for reasons. That’s the basis for business. That’s why you invest. It’s for a reason. You put in some capital, time and effort so that in the end, you can make some profit. Similarly, Christians have worked very hard in investing in the lives of their pastors. God can not be seen but his servants can be seen. They have taken care of their men of God like they would if they saw God physically. Workers (the audacious name for serving devoted church members) in the different churches have worked free of charge many hours per week towards the growth of their respective churches. People have given different portions of their incomes (some of them have even dropped whole salaries) towards these pastors in the name of tithes, offerings, first fruits, pledges, bonds, gifts, etc. Some people even gave their only cars and landed properties to these churches and have remained poor forever thereafter. They’ve been told to invest and invest, they have done.
And the investment has yielded immense profit. Now we have multi-million dollar church empires all over Lagos and environs. This commitment by the members has put Nigeria on the map of ecclesiastical greatness. Or financial ecclesiastical greatness if you like. With the help of and at the expense of these poor Nigerian citizens, five of the ten richest pastors in the world are now Nigerians. The average Nigerian worshipper deserves an applause for this effort. But did he do all these just to be applauded?
No way. He has bigger plans for investing his time, energy, and resources into this endeavor. The ‘seed time and harvest‘ principle is everywhere but it’s most often spoken about in church. Just as I said here, these pastors are the last hope of the common man. They all have TV outfits and on the programs that show, you can see how the lowly and the downtrodden of the society scamper for survival in these megachurches. They assemble in large numbers to receive basic miracles for day-to-day living. Most of them have had their life expectations reduced to the barest minimum. Some of them don’t think of owning mansions or riding the latest cars: they just want God to use these servants of his to provide for them, two or three meals a day (they don’t have to be square), ‘journey mercies’ on the dangerous Nigerian roads, security from terrorists and bandits, and grace to wake up every morning. Some of them just want God to prevent their marriages from crumbling and prevent their petti-trading businesses from collapsing under the weight of the economic downturn.
But unfortunately, the immense investment of these poor masses hasn’t made them gain these small, basic blessings. They can’t get the big things of life and they still can’t get the small things of life. So many of them have still suffered failures in their marriages and businesses. So many are still dying on the roads: some of them even die on their way to or from the different programs organized by these men of God. Personally, I’ve lost senior and junior colleagues and family members in road traffic accidents on their way to or from Redemption Camp and other church conventions. So what’s the point?
“But unfortunately, the immense investment of these poor masses hasn’t made them gain these small, basic blessings. They can’t get the big things of life and they still can’t get the small things of life…So what’s the point?”
Let’s look at some of the things these pastors have ‘contributed’ to Nigeria. Let’s see how much these celebrity pastors have earned their pay.
The citizens are suffering a severe fuel scarcity as we speak. They queue endlessly in petrol stations to buy at expensive rates. In this video, one frustrated, hopeless citizen wants to commit suicide and in fact, wants an apocalypse because of the unbearable hardship. In response to this, we can refer to Daddy G. O.’s testimony of driving over 200 km on an empty tank. Is there a better time for him to bless his church members with the same grace to drive their own cars too on empty tanks? If he can’t, why then has he encouraged them to pay their tithes and offerings? What have they got in return? And when his members would’ve loved him to call the fuel crisis to order just like Jesus called the raging storm to order, all Daddy G. O. did was to lead others in praying against fuel crisis. Yeah, you heard that right: he prayed against fuel scarcity! But two weeks after that prayer, we’re still queuing up in filling stations. These pastors are failures! Monumental failures! These pastors are what the Yorubas call ‘àbíkú‘ — a baby that will still choose to die despite all the efforts of its parents to keep it alive.
The Naira has fallen to an all-time low with the economy gasping in a moribund state. This is a situation that has made the President rush to China for help. The citizens have defied this economic depression in supporting the luxurious lives of their pastors but what have they got in return? One of these men of God has now offered an explanation for why Naira has lost against the dollar. He said the Naira crashed because Nigeria attempted to elevate its cultural heritage. That’s all Baba has to offer in return for what the citizens have contributed towards his life and ministry. As for Pastors Chris Oyakhilome and TB Joshua, they were revealed by the Panama Papers to also have ‘legitimate’ businesses at the tax haven.
As per civics, these monumentally influential icons have ‘contributed’ a lot. In December 2014, Papa Oyedepo said he’s the one in charge of the country. He cursed Boko Haram from the roots and declared that he was commissioned to empower Nigerians. And has he exactly done this? He said he held the keys to the gates of hell and he could open it on anybody. In the same video, he said Northerners inflated census figures by numbering cattle with humans. And why has someone that made such treasonable statements not been prosecuted in a sane country? Did Nnamadi Kanu say worse things before landing in the custody of the DSS? And another one that goes by the name Apostle Suleman verbally assaulted an innocent serving governor in the country. Of course, over a month after the Apostle slayed the governor using spiritual weapons that are deadlier than physical machetes and rifles, nothing has happened to the politician. For all the troubles of the poor masses who pinch their own lives to support the celebrity status of these pastors, this is what they get in return. Disorderly, egomaniac, unpatriotic behaviour! Men of God are the only set of people that will be so disappointing and still continue to garner this utmost level of respect from the same people that they have disappointed. They appear on lists of the most influential people globally but they’re yet to positively influence the state of their nation in any palpable way.
“Men of God are the only set of people that will be so disappointing and still continue to garner this utmost level of respect from the same people that they have disappointed. They appear on lists of the most influential people globally but they’re yet to positively influence the state of their nation in any palpable way.”
Nigeria has been facing the Boko Haram insurgency for years now. It has made life unbearable for the dwellers of those parts of the country directly and indeed the rest of Nigerians indirectly. Nigerians won’t hesitate to do anything that will just put an end to this problem. Once again, the pastors in whom Nigerians have invested immensely have ‘swung into action’. Bishop Oyedepo has cursed Boko Haram so many times — in 2011, 2014 , and even in 2016. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has the supernatural power to fling a crowd of people to the floor just with a wave of the hand but he has not thought of facing the terrorists and waving them to the ground. So of what use is that ‘Force‘ (pun intended)? Should he continue to boast of being endowed with divine power when he can’t even attempt to solve a major problem facing the country he has profited so much from? If they’re not prepared to take their gospel of Jesus Christ to the Northeastern part of the country, why should we keep listening to their stories of them possessing great supernatural powers?
And they all give fake prophecies and sugar-coated messages just to enslave the unsuspecting gullible. So-called ‘New Year Prophecies’ that don’t make any sense whatsoever. They speculate and pretend to predict what will happen in the country. Bàbá Ìjẹ̀bú lotto kind of things. They prophesy that a popular politician will die, a new disease will be discovered, and a natural disaster will befall the world but they can’t use their powers to avert any disaster or provide any solution. TB Joshua always foresees planes that will crash and football clubs that will win matches but he couldn’t foresee the collapse of his own building that would kill more than a hundred people. Why should you, the poor masses, be satisfied with fraudulent foretellings when you should actually be demanding for much more?
Of course, these folks help people forget their sorrows. They raise their hopes about an all-powerful being that will ‘almightily’ change their lot for the better. The sweet talking in their pastors’ messages and books soothes their pains. But they deserve more than that. For all their immense investment, they’ve been cheated if this is all they can get. Investing in very talented stand-up comedians and entertainers would lyse their anxiety better and more efficaciously than these god-hawkers, fake miracle-peddlers are doing presently. Despite TB Joshua and his cohorts claiming to heal people, the hospitals are still filled up with sick people in Nigeria. In fact, in the federal government hospital where I work, we hardly have vacant bed spaces for incoming patients. Despite multitudes paying tithes as instructed by Adeboye to avoid Mr. Devourer Illness, tithe-payers still constitute the largest percentage of the people on hospital beds in Nigeria. Despite Chris Oyakhilome’s Healing School, Christ Embassy members are not absent on hospital beds.
“If you spend a lot of money on a car but it breaks down everytime you want to use it, what should you do to the car? If you’re in a hospital and you keep spending lots of money on tests and treatments with no hope of improvement, what should you do to that doctor? What do you call someone that won’t stop making unprofitable investments? That’s what you should call yourself if you continue investing in these men of God.”
What else do these poor Nigerians get in return? Psychological abuse. For all their investment that hasn’t yielded anything, they still get blackmailed for their woes. Those who have paid tithes regularly but are yet to experience a turnaround are told that it’s because of their sin or their lesser faith. Those who sought healing from these pastors but didn’t get healed are blamed being told that God wants to teach them some lessons or that they’ve chosen to remain stunted spiritually. It’s always their fault. It’s their duty to invest their time, effort, money, and emotions. It’s also their duty to shoulder the blame. They’re the sheep: they bear the brunt. And all this is happening as their shepherds are moving up on the Forbes list.
And that’s without paying any taxes. Double-whammy for the populace and the economy! I work for my money, operate on patients and save lives: the government pays me and I pay taxes in return. On the other hand, pastors sell false hope to people and get richer but they don’t pay taxes. The only people that shouldn’t pay taxes are people who collect money from people without getting richer themselves. Unfortunately, no celebrity man of God pastors a church like that.
“What else do these poor Nigerians get in return? Psychological abuse. For all their investment that hasn’t yielded anything, they still get blackmailed for their woes…It’s always their fault. It’s their duty to invest their time, effort, money, and emotions. It’s also their duty to shoulder the blame. They’re the sheep: they bear the brunt. And all this is happening as their shepherds are moving up on the Forbes list.”
I’m very angry right now and I’m not smiling at all. I’m disturbed by those people who follow Pastor Adeboye, Bishop Oyedepo, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Kumuyi, TB Joshua, Olukoya, just name it. All of them. I’m angry and if you personally know any of those pastors, you can tell him to raise curses on me and ‘open the gates of hell over my head‘. If you invest your money, time, effort, and emotions on these men of God, you’re not a smart investor. And that’s me trying to stay very courteous in this write-up. If you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is read a book written by any of these people, your liberation is still far away. I’ve gone through the book called ‘Open Heavens’ so many times and I’m left with only one conclusion: a country where millions of the citizens read that book first thing in the morning can NOT develop in any way! Let me leave that story for another day.
Fellow Nigerians, we will surely overcome all these challenges and these pastors will come later to say it was their supernatural powers that solved the problems. That’s why I’ve put it on record now that when we needed them, they came short and disappointing. My people, it’s time for us to wake up. If you spend a lot of money on a car but it breaks down everytime you want to use it, what should you do to the car? If you’re in a hospital and you keep spending lots of money on tests and treatments with no hope of improvement, what should you do to that doctor? What do you call someone that won’t stop making unprofitable investments? That’s what you should call yourself if you continue investing in these men of God. I don’t want this to be too long. In a subsequent article, I will discuss where I think you should be directing your resources and energy. There are better places where you should put your money for investments that will be profitable for you as an individual and for the society at large.Facebook CommentsLoading...