“RELIGION” ever really asked yourself what those eight letters mean? There is a God if you like to admit it or not..but is there really religion?
The Nigerian case study…
Welcome to Nigeria where 80% of the population always have rice as lunch on Sundays. Same way they believe(Christians now) that they should be in a church on Sunday mornings not because they want to be there but just because its tradition. Believe it or not churches in Nigeria now are more of social meeting places. Religion there is non-existent but was religion ever existent before or was it simply a chain with which to hold on to the feeble minded. One question I always ask people(usually Christians and Muslims) is “What if you were born as a Sango-worshipper? Would you be thinking as you are now?”..always ask yourself this question each time you step into a church or mosque. Sometimes I get the stupid reply that they were fortunate to have been brought up in God’s path. God’s path? Like seriously? God’s path as told by who? Religious leaders that can’t tell the truth? Religious leaders that are more concerned with material things than building spiritual fortresses?
Came across this saying recently “Everyone wants to go to heaven not for the love of God but for the fear of hell” which is quite true. But can you blame them? Churches nowadays are filled with sermons of prosperity and not of salvation. And since people now worship their religious leaders and not God,they tend to follow in their footsteps. Bishop Oyedepo of Winner’s chapel is a proud owner of four private jets(would someone kindly point out to me what business he engaged in asides church business to have acquired this luxury toys?)..oh,sorry I forgot he owns two private universities that were built with tithes and offerings of the church members yet over 80% of the church population can’t afford the school fees. And I don’t think I have heard of any of his universities giving out scholarships. Pastor Adeboye of the redeemed Christian church’s also in the same shoe. The crowning moment came on December 31st 2010 when the Chris Oyakilhome led Christ embassy church started charging one thousand naira gate fee for its cross-over service. Like seriously?! Do u need any more proof that these churches are business centres? And no one seems to want to speak up against all these business centres called churches? Why? Ooo,sorry,no one must speak against the lord’s anointed. And just who says the lord can’t anoint you? Or are they saints? Simple truth-you are worshipping your pastors not God! Has any of these pastors come out in support of the Nigerian masses during any entanglement with the Government? Can they really do so when they are always receiving huge donations and back door favours(remember the waiver granted the Redeem church at the port during the Obasanjo regime or have you forgotten that Erastus akingbola former Intercontinental CEO was a pastor in Redeem also).
TB Joshua probably has the largest mass communication system among them yet do these TV stations/radios project the view of the average Nigerian? Though I do believe he does a little more for the masses than his counterparts. His football academy has at least provided footballers for our various under-age teams, His scholarship program. Does any religious organisation in Nigeria pay tax? No! Yet these are the biggest commercial entities in Nigeria. And every Sunday,they would tell you Nigeria would be better. When?! When they have finished robbing Nigeria blind along with their political cohorts? Or has any Muslim leader actually come out in tough stance to speak up against the Boko haram extremists? Or has any spoken up in support of the #ChildNotBride campaign? Who tells you that they aren’t in support of Yerima’s marriage? Is it that they are scared for their lives or they simply believe inwardly that they are carrying the ‘Holy’ Jihad?!
Ask yourself this,if the world were to really end today,would any of your religious leaders make it into heaven? If not,then is it possible for a blind man to lead a fellow blind man into the promise land? Why can’t you lead yourself? It’s just plain common sense that isn’t actually present with Nigerians. Rather than pay tithes(salaries) to these thieves in religious clothings,give that money to the deformed you meet by the roadside everyday. Trust me,that would be more rewarding.
Though if I am not a multi-millionaire by age 30,I am opening a church ASAP!
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