By David Akinadewo
Few years ago, I paid for a residential accommodation in the high brow area of Akure the Ondo state capital, having been pleased with the compound and the environment of the building. The estate agent in charge of the building insisted that I must see the landlord before packing my belongings into the apartment. I eventually met with the landlord on a Sunday evening in the month of December. He asked series of questions including the church I am attending and I replied that I am a Cherubim and Seraphim Prophet. His countenance changed immediately and I noticed that he was no longer comfortable. Lest I forget, I was in the company of my wife, and we departed after we thought we had passed the accommodation interview.
Few minutes after we departed his house, the estate agent called me on phone requesting to know what transpired at the landlord’s house and I told him everything. Then he informed me that the landlord just instructed him to refund the money I paid for the one year rent because he was no longer willing to accommodate my family in his house. It was later I got to know that he rejected my family because we worship in the Cherubim and Seraphim church. The rest they say is now history.
This man who rejected my family from taking abode in his building is a Christian and not an Ogun worshipper nor of the Islamic faith, yet he could not stand a fellow brother in Christ for reason of difference in denomination. Things have gone so bad in the church today to the extent that nobody cares about the precious blood shed by the Lord Jesus Christ to reconcile mankind back to the Creator of the heaven and the earth.
Many Christians are no longer comfortable with fellow brothers and sisters because of trust issues and clear attributes of hypocrisy that have taken the center stage. They have rather chosen to make friends with the unbelievers, all because they are now thought to be more trustworthy than most people who profess to be followers of Jesus.
Also, there are people in the modern church who have turned themselves to institutions and perhaps God whose views cannot be upturned by any group, not even the pastor or minister in charge as the case may be. They dish out instructions at will and decides who gets what in the church. The emphasy now is mainly on money. The fatter your purse or bank account, the better your recognition in the house of God. All these are part of the reasons for the sharp divisions in the Body of Christ.
Why on earth should a pastor be consulting an herbalist or joining an occultic group in order to have a large congregation? Is he doing that for the evangelism Jesus mandated His followers to spread up to the four corners of the world or to enrich himself? Some were even alleged to have buried human beings in their churches. Haba! Why won’t the church be divided in the face of these ungodly acts.
It is a common knowledge that a serious factor causingthe unprecedented division in the church today is ego. No one wants to serve under a leader. Everybody wants to be General Overseers, Founders, Prelate, Baba Aladura and so on. One cannot but wonder why this cankerworm is being allowed to eat deep into the very foundation of the church.
Due to this highly embarrassing problem, it has become increasingly difficult rrid the leadership of churches of some miscreants and rogues that have infiltrated the system, masquerading as shepherds. All they are concerned about is money and position, no time for soul winning and charity.
From the first indigenous church in Nigeria, the Cherubim and Seraphim(C&S) to Celestial Church of Christ(CCC), Christ Apostolic Church(CAC) and the rest, none is without leadership crisis today, all traceable to ego and money.
Then what becomes of the message of Jesus Christ in Gospel according to Saint John chapter 10 verse 16? “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”.
Instead of finding means of uniting the church, pastors and prophets are fighting daily on money accruable from the government or the leftover from crusades organised by foreign evangelists. What a pathetic situation!
What is now envogue is that the pastors of nowadays are ready to engage in any fetish thing, provided it will provide the means to outdo each other in all things. At a time they were all buying expensive cars, later they moved to jeeps, along the line they started building big auditoriums and recently it was jets. Only God knows what next they’ll be venturing into, whereas there are thousands of worshippers in these churches who cannot afford two square meals per day. No clear provisions for the widows, widower, orphans and the less privileged in the society. Was this the leadershipstyle of Jesus? NO!
In another account of Jesus written in John 13: 12-17 “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them”.
So, it was not the teaching of the Lord that a leader should be stepping on his subjects or impoverish them. Jesus was a selfless leader who lived His life daily to bless and benefit others. That was what he taught, that was the example He laid.
He proved this on many occasions, one of such was quoted in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew chapter 14 verses 16 to 21.“But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children”.
If the master was selfless and the church leaders of today are selfish, then something is wrong somewhere. It’s either the church needs genuine revival or the church leaders should go back to the source for firebrand deliverance.
The church leaders have lost respect in many quarters to the extent that some wealthy members of the church that have been elevated unjustly have become thorns in their flesh. Truth, honesty, holiness and teachings of salvation had taken flight from the church, but deceit, love of money, selfishness, ego and immorality are having a field day.
Remember that Apostle Peter, the man saddled with the task of establishing the church by Jesus said in 1 Peter 4:17-19 that, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator”.
It is therefore clear that there’s no hiding place for those covetous souls deliberately creating problems in the body of Christ, thereby making things difficult for the few that are sincere about making genuine impact in the world, using evangelism as a tool.
It is my opinion that if the church is united today and truth is put at the front burner, the society will be healed. Don’t forget that all the people in positions of power either worship in the church or mosque. The power of religion cannot be underestimated.
Unless we are one, Nigeria cannot make reasonable progress.