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A BellaNaijarian has shared this message and as we head into 2017.
It is worth reading.

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Dear Men & Women of God in the Nigerian Christian Community,

I am writing this article from a place of deep respect, love and concern, and as a Bible-believing Christian. For a few weeks, I have felt a strong urge to share an important message with you as we all prepare for 2017 and work towards building a better Nigeria.

I have noticed two trends.

First, we are overscheduling the faithful and negating their critical roles in the marketplace!
Every Monday, employees start off the week exhausted and through the week struggle to give their best as “apostles in the marketplace. “ When asked how they spend their weekend, they often state that they went for Friday night vigil, workers meeting on Saturday, and Church on Sunday. If they are “workers” they often attend more than one service and cell group meetings or evangelism on Sunday evenings. During the week, they attend morning prayer sessions from 6 to 7 a.m. and mid-week service on Tuesday or Wednesday night. Many of them also commute to work listening to sermons from other churches, and hours at work online following their favourite pastors. For example, one born-again Christian – Aisha, a banker, recently mentioned that she struggles with severe guilt when she misses a single church activity. A doctor – Ade – disclosed that his pastor often counsels that anyone who spends more time working, instead of praying or serving in the church, is making work and money his idol.

While I recognize the importance of fellowship among the brethren, communal prayer and worship, I am increasingly worried that the churches are compelling their members to treat their “day” jobs as mere sources of income – instead of recognizing that the “world of work” is also a mission field. Today, we desperately need Christians to start work early, work late on weekdays and even on weekends in order to transform our nation and heal our land! We cannot afford to continue to live in a decaying society, as mediocre contributors and to be mocked for a declining economy, where the only thriving industry is religion.

Second, we are competing, instead of collaborating!
I have noted increasing competition between churches, within and across denominations, with marketing campaigns that rival the fast moving consumer goods industry, selling a worship experience or a special event! The use of comedians, concerts, cooking and fashion competitions to draw converts, who often Church hop or switch from one congregation to another – all in search of the next trend, or the snazziest experience (looking to be entertained) – is comparable to the search for the “most-happening” spot in town! This in itself is a dangerous trend.
As depicted in the picture below which was shared recently on social media, something is not right!

I strongly believe that Nigerians have common sense. However, we need to wake up to our responsibilities as Christians and leaders in the faith and as citizens of this nation. We urgently need to rebuild and expand our primary healthcare systems and our hospitals and ensure that there are capable doctors and nurses who work diligently to provide care with compassion. We need committed and skilled teachers and world-class schools to train our children and profitable businesses to employ our youth. We need effective social services, infrastructure and safe communities. Indeed, change is required in every sector and at every level of society, and we as Christians must step up to change our societies, provide solutions to our most pressing problems and heal our land.

Men and women of God, as we enter 2017, I have five simple requests:

  1. Continue to encourage members of your congregation to discover their life’s purpose. If they are called to become full time workers in the Church, encourage them to do so and maximize their potential as co-laborers. If they are called to be “Apostles in the Marketplace,” encourage them to give their best in that mission field. Accept the fact that this means they will miss many of the weekly and weekend activities and may not be able to serve as traditional church workers, but ensure that they never feel guilty or ostracized for their personal decisions. In fact, recognize and applaud their service as Christians in difficult industries and sectors – as teachers, doctors, construction or factory workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, civil servants etc.
  2. Recruit the large numbers of unemployed youth in the communities in which you operate – estimated at about 45% of the youth population. These individuals should become active volunteers in the Church. This practical work experience will equip them with critical life and leadership skills which will position them to start businesses or obtain jobs in future.
  3. Utilize your church buildings and compounds to fill critical gaps in the social fabrics of our society – free schools, health centers, literacy and vocational training centers for the unemployed, recreation centers for the elderly and homeless shelters for victims of abuse and neglect. Engage your youth volunteers in these social initiatives and you will be amazed at how the light of this good work will so shine before men and women, that they will seek God and find Him.
  4. Ensure that every encounter that the faithful have in the House of God is authentically rooted in holiness, righteous doctrine, where they are given the unique opportunity to eat spiritual food! Resist the temptation to dwell on the prosperity gospel, and the message of instant miracles without hard work and persistence. Work diligently to prepare for and deliver spirit-filled and divinely inspired teachings, rooted in the Bible. Through your words, actions and support, equip each believer for the work ahead, enabling them to be people of integrity, battle-ready to overcome all the obstacles that they confront and conquer new territory to ensure that we can collectively change our communities, states and country.
  5. Finally, stop competing and start collaborating! There is so much work to-do, and we can only do it if we work together, leaving our egos and logos at the door, and committing to join efforts with humility and a shared vision for transforming our land! Men and women of God – reach out across the divides, instead of waiting for politicians to bring you together, and pray for each other and for our nation. Jointly organize health and education outreach events. Share resources! Share knowledge! In doing so, you will not only achieve more, but you will serve as excellent earthly demonstrations of what the Body of Christ really represents!

I wish you all a fantastic 2017, filled with more love, peace and joy!

50 Comments

  1. Babe

    December 30, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Dear Writer, God bless you!

  2. Amaa

    December 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Drops ?!!!!!!!??

    • LemmeRant

      December 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Lol

  3. Aace

    December 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    The painful thing is that you really didn’t write this stuff to be read by and impact the ‘men of God’. You simply wanted to air your opinions and be praised.

    • chinenye ngozika

      December 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      @Aace u are so myopic.dear writer,GOD bless u

    • Ada_ugo

      December 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      and in the off event that she really did want it to be heard by men of God, how else was she to pass this message across? Perhaps go on the radio, or TV?

    • Henry Nwaeze

      January 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      its sad that this is all u could pick out from this. theres more to what d written is saying

  4. X-Factor

    December 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!
    I hope they get to read this!

  5. EE

    December 30, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I’m torn on this. I agree with the general tone, but………

    First off, this strikes me as more of a message to fellow protestants, but we’ll get to that.

    “Today, we desperately need Christians to start work early, work late on weekdays and even on weekends in order to transform our nation and heal our land!”

    That is not the way it works, long hours negatively impact productivity. Saying religion is the only thriving industry is an exaggeration to say the least.

    You should know memes are never nuanced. First off, nothing can be free, beautiful churches in the long run cost significantly less than hospitals. To put it into perspective, France’s budget for healthcare is 2.7% of its $2.8tn GDP, that is $75,600,000,000 which I’m not even going to bother translating into Naira. That’s for a population of 66m, talk less of the costs for one of 180m. Ignore memes, they are stupid. Besides Catholic hospitals are all over the country, so we are doing our best, can do better, true, but not free.

    ” In fact, recognize and applaud their service as Christians in difficult industries and sectors”
    This doesn’t already happen???

    “Recruit the large numbers of unemployed youth in the communities in which you operate ”
    You say recruit like we’re an army that can press-gang people, all we can do is invite, but to be blunt, often unemployed youths don’t want to come to church.

    “Utilize your church buildings and compounds to fill critical gaps in the social fabrics of our society”
    Already doing this, but not for free. When you people call for free stuff, try and realise that unless its produced by force, it cannot be free. This is basic economics, so either go full tilt and call for the dictatorship of the proletariat or drop the free appeals. The piper always gets his due.

    “Resist the temptation to dwell on the prosperity gospel, and the message of instant miracles without hard work and persistence.”
    I agree, today’s responsible psalm asked us to fear the lord and walk in his path, to labour hard, that we may be happy and prosper. But then again, doubt you had us in mind????????

    “Finally, stop competing and start collaborating!”
    I agree, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
    Matthew 16:18

    Ignoring the seat of St Peter and the universal nature of the church his successor leads, can only have one outcome. The competition you so despise. Heed the words of Christ ehh.

    • ST

      December 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Actually EE it seems that you just have a big ego and just needed to sound better than the original message…

      The message is clear and definitely a valid point of view. The window dressing critique you offer is fringe criticism…

      And you further provide fodder for division than unity. You need to really, honestly, look in the mirror. The original message is far bigger than any of the points you academically try to make.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 2:28 am

      I didn’t think I sounded better than the original message. I felt I had opinions on her viewpoint that needed to be aired.

      I’m sorry for assuming that views are meant to discussed, not breathlessly assented to.

    • Egusi soup

      December 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Ahah. This one is longer than the write up oh. You should have sent it to Bella Naija to nah.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 2:51 am

      I’m curious, are you reading it on BellaGhana???

      ????Technically speaking, it was sent, no?

    • Common Sense is rare

      December 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      ‘Heed the word of Christ’????
      That advice should be taken onboard by you and the numerous Church Ninjas that jump to defend the indefensible.
      A country where church goers cannot afford to attend the universities ‘their’ church built?
      A country where basic health care is unavailable but churches turn over astronomical profits from the toil of the oppreseed?
      The writer is not asking for much – only that our new fangled ‘new generation theatres of ostentatious and vociferous worship’ should step up and do more for the people they claim to serve.
      ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’ should not be a selective process…..those neighbours should include those that lack.
      Heed the word of Christ….

    • Lesly

      December 30, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      How about mosque goers have you thought about that

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Please note that I said that we all need to do much better. So I’m not defending the indefensible, I’m tempering sky high expectations that do not mesh with reality.

      They are two aspects to university education, one which is that sending everybody to school is simply inefficient and will lead to diminishing returns; the second is that its expensive, that is the reality. One has to give, either cost or quality.

      The above also holds for healthcare, I don’t have access to the books on church finances, but google tells me, the richest pastor in the world is worth $108,000,000. This might shock you, but regarding healthcare, even basic healthcare, that is negligible. There is also the problem of the lack of consolidation generally, Nigerian churches don’t have the economies of scale to even begin to come close to solving these issues.

      Your comment on the toil of the oppressed is extremely paternalistic. I’ve never understood the logic behind telling people how to use their money. All humans are rational, making decisions based on their perceived gains, which differ from person to person.

      “The writer is not asking for much – only that our new fangled ‘new generation theatres of ostentatious and vociferous worship’ should step up and do more for the people they claim to serve.”
      Do you see me disagreeing??? I agree with her and with you. I’m merely pointing that their is always a different between reality and wishes. Tempering expectations as it were.

      ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’ should not be a selective process…..those neighbours should include those that lack.”
      Its already being done. You just have an unrealistic expectation of what that looks like. Humanity in general is richer than ever, healthier than ever. Yet people still starve, people still die. There is more nuance to the issue than simple handwaving.

      That was the point I tried to make.

    • Sis Happy

      December 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      EE/EC……in other words,we should all come back to the Catholic church…..you remind me of one of my dad’s friends. The solution to every problem of the church as far as he knows is for everyone to be a Catholic. because every other church is not built on the rock…..when are you going to accept that it won’t happen?
      Some valid points in the write up,,though i disagree with some points…..my prayer is that we become better Christians who hear and honour the Lord without waiting for Pastors to push us…the reason for all these issues is that a while lot of Christians are mere church goers..not true to God and to themselves,not heeding His word,not doing His Will…
      Some Churches and Pastors are just taking advantage of the lack of knowledge.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 3:15 am

      Its rather simple. Do you believe that Christ walked this earth? Do you believe he had apostles who walked the earth? Do you take his word for fact, when he singled out Peter, not John who he loved, not James, his relative, not his Mother, not all of them, but Peter to lead his church?

      Do you agree that the all the texts that make up your bible were decided on by the church Fathers at the councils from Nicea to Chalcedon? Now, that is fact. The standard texts of the bible were decided by the four church fathers of Rome, Jerusalem, Alexandria and Antioch. Then Islam happened, wiping out 3/4. Only the church of Peter survived intact. There is only one church that traces itself back, anointed to anointed head back to Christ himself telling Peter that he was the rock on which his church’d be built. That church is the Roman Catholic.

      It has stood against persecution, Caliphs, Emperors, Kings, the failings of its human members, plagues, earthquakes. I find it and I’m sorry here funny that you’d think to compare it to churches at most 50 years old. Churches likely to pass into history once its founder is dead or commits adultery. The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest institution on earth, the calendar you use is the Gregorian calendar, as in Pope Gregory 13.

      So no, “every other church is not built on the rock”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Once the early Christians were told, Christ rising in 3 days, they were told “it won’t happen”. The early Christians had faith that the persecutions of the Romans would pass, they were told, ” it won’t happen”. I have tons of examples, one of the benefits of being part of an institution more than 2,000 years old. “It won’t happen”, it isn’t in our vocabulary. Afterall is not Christ who strengthens us, anything we lose or bind on earth, remember?

      Aspiring to be better Christians is always a worthy call.

    • Moyes

      December 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      “That is not the way it works, long hours negatively impact productivity. Saying religion is the only thriving industry is an exaggeration to say the least.”
      Research shows that long hours negatively impact productivity but you need to understand that research is often done using extreme situations. In this situation, the reader is asking that workers fully utilize every second they spend at work. He is asking that workers spend less time networking and they should devote the time they have to building our country. He is asking for a total revamping of our society including the people and there is nothing wrong with that request.
      “Ignoring the seat of St Peter and the universal nature of the church his successor leads, can only have one outcome. The competition you so despise. Heed the words of Christ ehh.” I’m choosing not to engage you in a discussion about that paragraph.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 3:21 am

      When you put it that way, I read it as her (funny, I assumed he was a she) was calling to work until you drop.

      “I’m choosing not to engage you in a discussion about that paragraph.”☺️☺️☺️☺️???
      Because I’m right?? I agree.

      But dogma aside, looked at logically, divided we fall, united we stand. Its a matter of economies of scale, if we truly want to achieve OP’s goals in the most efficient manner, combining our resources is the only way.

      ‘sides, I’m right?

    • Moyes

      December 31, 2016 at 4:18 am

      “Finally, stop competing and start collaborating! There is so much work to-do, and we can only do it if we work together, leaving our egos and logos at the door, and committing to join efforts with humility and a shared vision for transforming our land!” I interpreted that as a call from the writer for us to combine resources for the betterment of our country. It however seems that you are saying something else.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 5:35 am

      I’m merely being a realist. It is impossible for their to be collaboration where fundamental disagreements exist. That is a recipe for disaster, surely you agree?

  6. ify

    December 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    i have noticed that all the countries that are very religious are the ones that are most violence and under developed. look at naija for example ppl are fighting over religion (muslim vs christian) and the worst part is this is not even our religion it is western religion. Even in churches they have sits or section for rich ppl (u know the ones that donates must money when is time for thanksgiving in churh) we need to stop deceiving our self and wake up from this deep nap that we have been taking since the missoinary step there foot in our land and stay woke and then things will get better in naija

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 3:25 am

      Correlation does not equal cause. If we made Nigeria atheist without the rule of law, industry e.t.c.
      We’d still be killing each other.

      I have noticed that in countries with dark people, there is more violence and they are very underdeveloped. Blacks, we need to open our eyes and start bleaching.

      See my point???

    • Tee

      December 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Are we so blinded by religion that we cannot see? This is bordering fanaticism but carrying bible around and posturing does not mean anything. its the deed that maters.The writer of this article has shown the 2 sides of the coin and it an indictment on our collective consciousness that in this day and age we are still living with 2000year old mindset of mama from heaven. No patriotism everyone looking to abroad; no functioning national institutions all are awashed with corruption and cronyism, nepotism is the order of the day. Its mainly because of societal pressures everyone want to be seen as a christian (keeping up with the Jones syndrome) but their act and behaviors does not relate to the doctrine of Christianity; like last time a Danish woman had to rescue a child in a community with many churches in every nook and cranny. Love is the key, love is greater than religion it can move mountain and has been show time and time again. Please stop the pretense! The computer or phone you are using now is it made by religion ? The people that gave us the religion have finished with it because it has served the purpose for which they set out to gain at the onset,(resources and to disparage) and is/was a tool for enslavement.It is a pity that we are now using the same tool to further keep ourselves in bondage. Everywhere is chaos day and night noise pollution people are deprived of much needed sleep to rejuvenate their systems they go to work dosing at their desk and so no productivity all because of religion. here food for thought:-
      1-In 1886, the first petrol- or gasoline-powered automobile, was invented by Karl Benz
      2- Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, made the first call on March 10, 1876
      3- First phone invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly
      4- Alan Turing first digital computer
      5- Tim Berners-Lee world wide web
      5- First apple computer -Steve Jobs.
      so also in medicine the list is endless were these people doing religion ? the answer is capital NO they set out to find solutions to world problems to improve living standards for entire humanity. The pastors and GOs have been found to have colluded with corrupt government officials to loot the national resources and keep the populace in perpetual penury and yet some people can still defend this absurdity. I really feel sorry for our younger generations that are being exposed and indoctrinated with this type of mindset, the impact of all this cannot be quantified. Please spare the whiter than snow posturing its nauseating!
      lets call a spade a spade!

  7. Marks

    December 30, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    The Nigerian church is a farce, a complete scam. It wont change in 2017 or even in 2025, it is already very deep-rooted

    • Missteee

      December 31, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Thou hast spoken truth. Thank you

  8. hehehe

    December 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Pls leave d health sector out of it o before dey will privitise teaching hospitals and start treating malaria for 500k saying God told dem to collect such.Plus is not d fault of the religious leaders shey some people are holier dan Christ ehhhhhh leave dem now a woman praying for fruit of d womb dat lives and sleeps in church all in d name of praying wen will she now sleep with her husband to get pregnant or a man who goes to church from Monday to sunday wen will he have time to hustle pls o leave dem let dem die in d church.upon all ,dere is still wickedness in christirndom

  9. Ozone

    December 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Excellent! The writer just communicated my thoughts.

    STOP Competing and START Collaborating.

    The Trends:
    1. Most Churches are having Schools (University to be Precise) for the Wealthy why not invest in the ‘Adopt a School Initiative’ for the thousands of Schools in Nigeria where there are no basic infrastructures.
    2. Most Churches are having Branches in South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America. What happened to South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan even our own Borno State ravaged by Boko Haram.
    3. Most Churches spend a fortune on Public Relations to attract the elites especially the Corrupt Class. What happened to Preaching Jesus? Even when they give to the Poor, there is so much noise about it on Social Media for show-off.
    4. Most Churches are building edifices rather than Winning Souls. In as much as Ambience plays a role, we should not let that be the most important thing about a Service. Let Jesus be the core.

    Some Churches are trying but we can do a lot more. This is the time to show forth the Light and let the nation know the Jesus we preach and encountered in our Journey of Salvation and Grace. Once again STOP Competing and START Collaborating.

    WHAT WILL JESUS DO?

    • La!

      December 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      1) South Sudan,Syria and Afghanistan? War torn countries with millions fleeing and seeking refuge elsewhere is where you want them to build church? Is that even wise?. Unless you are going there for mainly humanitarian services/work. The people there need help,food, clothing etc. not a church building that may not be safe.

      2) Often times people assume that some churches dont do anything for the society, Hence, i believe churches have chosen the option of showing the ways they have given back through visiting prison ministries, the shelter for the homeless, donation of items etc.

    • Oji

      December 31, 2016 at 3:00 am

      “Going there for humanitarian services” is that not what Christmas was all about, he did not go to the place that was the most luxurious he went where he was needed.

    • Ozone

      December 31, 2016 at 5:44 am

      The view I am expressing here is more like Churches going to the ‘Juicy’ locations while neglecting some other areas still in the spirit of competition. America is already saturated with Churches, if you have a special message, why not collaborate with a ministry that shares your views that is already based there.. Why are they always getting called to ‘Urban or Juicy’ locations by God? These War Thorn Countries need the Jesus we have experienced for peace to reign. Every Street in Lagos has a 2 to 3 Churches in Residential Areas. Even some of us travel every Sunday to distant locations. We We are having Churche in the same building on different floors and obstructing each other with so much noise. My understanding of a Church is that it is community-driven for maximum impact.

      The PR makes sense when you are transforming lives and not just ‘giving them fishes’. You feed someone for a week or you share a bag of rice. That is just 21 meals out of the 1095 meals he needs in a year. He hasn’t been liberated. What happened to collaboration using reputable NGOs for the transformation of these lives. You do not have to be seen, We are doing it for God since you do not include the contributors (People paying tithe a offerings) in your PR show-off.

      Stop Competing and Start Collaborating. There is so much to say.

    • EE

      December 31, 2016 at 3:30 am

  10. Ane

    December 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Where I grew up , it was a pride to attend baptist, Methodist and catholic schools likewise their hospitals because they were well equipped than private or government’s. And all these for free for both christians and muslims.
    As a child and as a Muslim my parents never had problem about me following my neighbour to Catholic Church for cross over night or my other neighbour to their Methodist church during harvest ( because of food tho?) and my parents are strong muslims. Despite following neighbours to churches, I must not miss ile kewu(Arabic school).
    Today I am happily married to a Christian and am also a born again Christian.
    Churches need to go back to the drawing board.

  11. Just saying

    December 30, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I just want to ask that tithes, offerings and donations made to the church what are they really used for . An example Joyce Meyer ministries uses donations to go to states or countries that are in urgent need of healthcare, food and Education etc . Did you know their is shortage of Food in Nigeria i didn’t know about that it was shown on BBC yesterday . The IDP camps people are starving, our hospitals need equipment, I have not really heard about churches actually taking responsibility to cater for IDP even if people make donations to that effect the outcome will be visible.
    Not to forget cooperate organisations especially banks with their poor service and competition for mobile money non of them can offer ambulatory services as CSR initiatives or help in the educational sector by building up to date libraries , partner with doctors they need money you have data available at your disposal to know if a loan will be good or bad. I am of the honest opinion that technology will change a lot in this country

  12. artklub

    December 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    if u haven’t got it now then you never will:
    those “churches” are BUSINESSES, enterprises, raised for the sole purpose of money making.
    please leave them to get on with it, if u have to advise all this can’t you see they on opposite path? duhhh!

  13. ogeAdiro

    December 30, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    So that means that Nigeria is filled with people with no common sense. The state of the nation is all the proof you need. But after all is said and done, “God is in control”.
    Oga abi aunty writer, you didn’t tell us why you “strongly believe” that Nigerians have common sense? The first step to recovery is acceptance. No shame.

  14. alwayshappy

    December 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for the post dear writer, what i love the most about your plea is they are specific, can be measured, will be time sensitive addressing a variety of needs affecting all yet bearing good fruit short term and long term. I hope the seed your message carries, falls on fertile soil.

  15. Cocoa

    December 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    There is only ONE problem, we fix that and we will progress. The real problem is that many of us are walking around calling ourselves Christians…children of God…when in truth if rapture were to happen this very minute ..perhaps not even 1% will be saved. Christianity is not something you are born into, neither will your children inherit it. IF YOUR DAILY AIM IS NOT TO BE MORE LIKE HIM EACH DAY…..You are NOT a Christian. If you do not experience a transformation of your heart…a daily increase in your compassion for humankind….you are NOT a Christian. If you do not come to the presence of your Lord in fellowship and depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in every decision making …you are NOT a Christian. If nothing in you is interested in seeking KNOWLEDGE from your BIBLE and applying that education to your daily life dealing…you are NOT a Christian.
    Christianity is not a RELIGION. It is a state of BEING….it is based on an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP. There are two factors that can not be missing….YOUR DEPENDENCY and GODS STRENGTH.

    All i can say is this: Aspire to be a follower of CHRIST….A CHRISTIAN. Because Christians have dominion over the earth… they go into a place of work and bring goodness and grace…through them nations are fed and lives are saved. They STUDY their Bible so they know that 1 John 3:17 says “if anyone has material possessions and see a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them , how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with WORDS or SPEECH but with ACTIONS and in TRUTH”
    May God give us the grace to helps ourselves, AMEN.

  16. nene

    December 30, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    i support this.

  17. Oji

    December 31, 2016 at 3:03 am

    @La! “…..going for humanitarian services” but that was what Christmas was about, helping those that needed, he did not go about with the creme of the society nor to the most luxurious place.

  18. Oji

    December 31, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Sorry *Christ*

  19. Marian

    December 31, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Competition is real mehn!! Just look at that lagos-ibadan expressway. All the big churches don buy land finish to build headquarter. Muslims don join sef, pretty sure i saw one the last time i was on that road.

    Shoutout to Catholics mehn, i really love the way they give back.

    Churches in Naija should start publishing a yearly booklet to show how contributions were spent and share it with their congregation. My church here did that 3 weeks ago, and it was actually really nice. instead of preaching the pastor gave a powerpoint presentation to show how much came in and what they spent it on and how much the church will have going into 2017.

  20. Grace Kensington

    December 31, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Dear Writer, Its obvious you love your fatherland and its obvious you lack the understanding of your religion: Christianity. I wouldnt blame you for calling The Promotion of the Heavenly Kingdom an ‘industry’, because it sometimes appear the promotion is not done for the right motive. Now whatever the motive is, its between that person and God to judge. Its the Golden rule to Love God and then Man. it is the love for man my dear that makes True believers encourage, lure, coax etc. non-believers whatever it takes to believe and be saved. And we do it for our own selfish interest too not for any other reason but for the purpose of having a mansion in Planet/ Country/Nation/Kingdom of Heaven. Now listen to the Prosperity Gospel well and clear… If you obey the commandments. Be a doer of the Word. the rules that are for our benefits truly… all things will work together for good. Dear writer leave the society and the desires of the flesh and live in spirit and bring in the sheaves so you wont be a chaff, then your soul can rise in Christ. P.S any benefit am doing to the socity right now will be to the Believer’s society. God’s Industry can never run down because it is God’s and the picture you upload of the church is nothing compared to what King Solomon built. It was completely Gold. and Heaven itself is of 12 precious stone. God is a big God. and God’s business will always thrive. If we really trullu embrace Him we wont need Hospitals. in fact there wont be sicknesses nor casualties nor calamities etc. P.S READ YOUR BIBLE EVERYDAY TO UNDERSTAND THE GOD YOU SERVE.

  21. Grace Kensington

    December 31, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Dear Writer, Its obvious you love your fatherland and its obvious you lack the understanding of your religion: Christianity. I wouldnt blame you for calling The Promotion of the Heavenly Kingdom an ‘industry’, because it sometimes appear the promotion is not done for the right motive. Now whatever the motive is, its between that person and God to judge. Its the Golden rule to Love God and then Man. it is the love for man my dear that makes True believers encourage, lure, coax etc. non-believers whatever it takes to believe and be saved. And we do it for our own selfish interest too not for any other reason but for the purpose of having a mansion in Planet/ Country/Nation/Kingdom of Heaven. Now listen to the Prosperity Gospel well and clear… If you obey the commandments. Be a doer of the Word. the rules that are for our benefits truly… all things will work together for good. Dear writer leave the society and the desires of the flesh and live in spirit and bring in the sheaves so you wont be a chaff, then your soul can rise in Christ. P.S any benefit am doing to the socity right now will be to the Believer’s society. God’s Industry can never run down because it is God’s and the picture you upload of the church is nothing compared to what King Solomon built. It was completely Gold. and Heaven itself is of 12 precious stone. God is a big God. and God’s business will always thrive. If we really trullu embrace Him we wont need Hospitals. in fact there wont be sicknesses nor casualties nor calamities etc. P.S READ YOUR BIBLE EVERYDAY TO UNDERSTAND THE GOD YOU SERVE.

  22. Concerned

    December 31, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    @Grace I think that you have missed the point of this message. Read the Word and you will see that Christians are supposed to serve as change agents – servant leaders – light and salt!. Seek God diligently, and He will reveal some of the truths that may be clouded by the propaganda that you hear.. There is a difference between an industry of religion and the practice of authentic Christianity. If Jesus lived in Nigeria today, where would you find Him? In fancy buildings with convoys or in the gutters, slums and IDP camps with those in need? He does not need to come back – because He has us – and the Holy Spirit to truly reflect Him on this earth!

    • Tee

      January 1, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Well said, some think that by just putting bible on display in their cars and sleeping in the ‘church’ and claiming to be born again makes them a Christian. it is the deeds. Jesus was humanitarian , He healed , he fed the poor and cloths and housed destitute; he alleviated suffering, but what these charlatans are doing is unchristian. They are just systematically maintaining the status quo; its the state of the nation that has contributed to the menace in our society; no functioning infrastructure and support for less privileged people, Due to poverty and helplessness many people are in effect forced to be part of the mass manipulation and fraud. Lets be vigilant.!

  23. Hariiet

    January 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Well said

  24. Hariiet

    January 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks a lot for writing this. However every employee needs to achieve a work life balance so spending longer time in the work place is counter productive as they have a family to cater for and you also need to put into perspectives what time they get home considering traffic e,t,c.
    I listened to Pastor Rick Warren today and I was shocked when he said out of the proceeds he received from his book “The purpose driven life”, he decided to pay back the church for all the salaries he’s been paid for the past 20 something years of pastoring and stopped receiving his salary and is only living off the money made from the sales of that one book.

    Some Nigerian pastors are criminals, those guys needs to be jailed. A church is a charity organization and should never be run as a private business.

    Imagine this churches coming together to build a world class hospital facility , and schools, I bet you, you will find doctors and teachers coming from all of over the world to offer free services or even subsidised services, but they are more concerned about church activities because that’s where the money comes from. They are more interested in having fancy and big auditoriums as if that pleases God.

    For those who keep supporting this pastors, can you just pretend for a few days that you lost your job and that your family is in dire need. Go to your church and see what support they will give you and for how long. If you have ears this 2017 ,better invest and save your money. I pay my tithes and offerings , but my pastor has never made it look like an obligation, we don’t even preach prosperity messages yet we are quite blessed.

  25. temitops

    January 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    thumbs up to the writer… we Christians are the most biased humans on earth.
    we choose to give all of our income to the pastors, while our parents starve in the village
    we see an homeless man around your neigbourhood, but choose to give the newly built house to our pastor that already has a comfortable home ‘s’
    We notice that there is a family of 6 in our church that struggle to attend church or work due to mobility issues, but choos to give our spare care to the pastor
    We notice that there are so many hungry people around, but we choose to take all the bags of rice, yams and food to our Pastor who already has more than enough
    I can go on n on, but time won’t permit me

    And we wonder why the crime rate is so high????

    Let’s do the bits that we can, to make the society better…

    We can do it…

    Lets do it together…

    I challenge all the pastors here, to do less of flaunting on social media n all, but channel those funds towards building health centers, evening schools, cheap and affordable schools that are funded from church offering, build water projects, food banks, charity shops among others and the SOCIETY WILL BE A BETTER PLACE…

    Welcome to 2017..

    Adetoun.

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