Religion, like politics, is an effective powerful weapon of social control. For good or bad it has transformed individual societies and shaped the faith of man towards divinity. Whilst the soul of man is in constant search of hope and salvation it has somewhat found succour in heeding the good news from the pulpit pumped every now and then by those in whom some semblance of ecumenical confidence, prophesy and redemption could be extracted.
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Men and women of God (or some of them at least) are seen as special breeds, people who communicate with God or so they claim. In this modern era with so much paradisic theories in circulation even when we are not very sure where this paradise is located a whole lot of spiritual gamble and gambling is going on. While some new-generation pastors take delight in hoodwinking the faithfuls by hypocritically arrogating elusive powers (powers to heal, deliver, prosper) to themselves it is self-evident truth that Christianity is unravelling at great speed.
And those worshipping Satan are not complaining; they prosper as much as servants of God. I believe the battle for the soul of man is tilted in their favour! Many people (some frustrated and hopeless at God’s apparent slow answers to prayers) find solace in Devil’s quick fixes. Patronage of the Satanic clan ensures easy material ends but the end always sees the gnashing of teeth and regrets.
The spiritual merchants on both great divides preach according to the dictates of their Masters. The major problem here lies in the hypocrisy of both parties: some of the pastors sometimes seek power from the devil to do Christ-like miracles and the Satan agents conveniently ‘invade’ the arena of faith and snatch some faithfuls with ready-made solutions to their problems. These dark agents master the art of Biblical interpretation surpassing even the great ‘prophets’ in its understanding.
In today’s world with astonishing human accomplishments in science, IT and other hitherto unexplored complex areas of human development evangelical opportunism exists side by side with its opportunistic variants. Whilst evangelical opportunism is there for whoever claims divine calling to exploit this scenario has produced many opportunists purportedly working in the Lord’s vineyard.
A very rich established new-generation pastor in
As seconds gave way for minutes the boys out of curiosity decided to approach closer to know what was amiss. Lo and behold they caught the big man of God pants down on top of the girl who lay in the driver’s seat — disabled bed-like for the occasion! The boys recognised the pastor and as they hurried to cover their naked bodies the boys waited patiently. As the girl came down the boys ‘hailed’ the great pastor who in turn asked them what he could do for them so that what they had just seen could be kept a top secret. The boys asked for money which was handed over with a promise from the compromised ‘servant of God’ to them to come to his office the next day for more money.
And from there it degenerated into a blackmail that lasted for years. Week after week the unemployed youths would pay the ‘sinful’ pastor an unscheduled visit in his office and literally held him hostage until he ‘settled’ them bountifully. The pastor ‘co-operated’ until a time came when he felt the boys were capitalizing on that sin of the flesh to continue fleecing him, so he told them off and the boys leaked the secret to some highly-placed members of the church who were not convinced without a shred of evidence.
Here two Nigerian pastors have made it big through evangelical opportunism. Whilst the Yoruba zebra-like-necked one was formerly a dry-cleaner who has now become so rich that he has opened up branches across town with luxurious church buses that ferry members to and from the headquarters. And the Delta-Igbo-born other was a policeman in
The Kenyan Catholic Bishop who broke his celibacy oath and defiantly married an Asian girl must be enjoying the good fruits of marriage by now after stirring huge controversy over his choice. Attempts by the