Nigerian Pastors More Of A Nuisance To Country and the economy
I’ll be sharing my opinions below; they are gathered from my personal experience and my own study of the Bible.
Note: All scripture qoutations are taken from the New Living Translattion.
The Real Problem
The real problem started when preaches stopped pointing people’s attention to the Bible. Most of them chose to be relevant in people’s lives up to the point of helping them decide who to marry. This has been for generations, and today we have a body of ‘religious zombies’ being referred to as ‘Christians’. What ever a preacher says to you, no matter how great he is, you should always follow this simple principle:
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. – (Acts 17:11)
Check the truth value of any teaching.
Giving is a Universal Principle
As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” – (Gen.8:22).
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. (Luke 6:38)
Giving is one of the many principles that are operational on earth. However, like any other principle, it can be twisted or abused. It is good for Christians to give; it should be done willingly, not out of a sense of being coaxed which we today find in many churches.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” – (2 Cor. 9:7).
Overcome Evil with Good
There are many false preachers that are gone out into the world as predicted by the Bible:
But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves… In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed (2 Pet.2:1,3).
False preachers have distorted the principle of giving, and because of this many genuine ones refrain to talk about it; they don’t want to be seen as being extortionists. This must not be so. Don’t bow for evil. It’s a divine principle that should be taught to all Christians. It’s over-emphasizing it that the Bible speaks against. In the words of Christ,
What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. (Matt. 23:23).
Giving Truly Provokes Blessings
Giving, whether financial, skill or time truly provokes blessings. I have a lot of personal experiences on this. There are so many of them.
But what is blessing actually? It is not all about placing money into your lap (sometimes it can be, but is far beyond that). It’s about having favourable circumstances that could help you achieve more than you ordinarily can. Your skill and discipline will still be required to make the most of blessings. Giving does not cancel out other principles of life such as hard work, honesty, fairness, etc. Many who are hoping for blessings do not even recognize them when they come because they are awaiting some monetary miracle. It’s rather unfortunate that a very large percentage of so-called Christians live in mediocrity. For goodness sake, if God starts dropping money in peoples’ laps, there will be counterfeit money in circulation.
Back to the original question: Nigerian pastors more of a nuisance to Nigeria(ns) & the economy than a positive influence?
I cannot give an express yes or no, I’ll rather answer with a verse of the scripture:
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. (2 Tim. 4:3,4).