Opinion: Why Nigerian pastors will continue to grow richer


The economic situation in Nigeria has forced Nigerians to think that their problems are more spiritual than physical, and the only way out is the church. We agree that Africans especially Nigerians are very diabolic, but most pastors are taking advantage of vulnerable Nigerian citizens to enrich themselves.

So they organize church programs every week all in a bit to extort money. If they are not asking for tithe, they are asking for seed. Not like it is bad to pay tithe or sow a seed, but it should be done willingly and not be cajoled into it.
In the parish where my mum worships, they are always contributing money for one project or the other.

If they are not contributing money for the priest to buy food, they are contributing money for a seminarian or the diocese or one church project or the other. These are old women in the village whose only source of livelihood is from their farm produce.

Pastors Matthew Ashimolowo and Alex Omokudu live in sprawling seven-figure mansions while their huge congregations are told to hand over money often straight from their salaries.

Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the founder of the Salvation ministry with headquarter in Port Harcourt, during one of his sermons, said that he will never be poor again. He said that he has made so much money that he can never experience poverty no matter what happens.

This pastor built a church complex that can accommodate 50,000-seat known as ‘Faith Tabernacle’, which is listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest church auditorium. In keeping with his Word of Faith guidance, Pastor Ibiyeomie commissioned the construction of a 426,820,sq. ft. worship center conceived in the shape of ‘The Hand of God,’ with five “finger” halls projecting from the ‘Palm’ of the Main Tabernacle. The compound encompasses the Youth Hall, the Children’s Church, the Kingdom Heritage Model School, the Faith Academy Secondary School, and the Covenant University facility, which accommodates over 7,000 resident students.

These guys are so rich that they even have private jets. Just last month, Prophet chukwuemeka Odumeje sprayed Destiny Etiko, a Nollywood actress 1 million naira during her father’s funeral. The question is where did he get the money from? And the answer is from his church members.

Some of them use their church members to enrich themselves, and do not even care to assist the poor in their midst. Rather they take from them and tell them that God will provide for them. Will God come down from heaven to do that? Isn’t human beings that he will still use?

Even the bible says James 2:15-17; Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Most of them own schools that only the children of the high and mighty in the society can attend. In as much as I am not a fan of TB Joshua, he remains one of the best philanthropic pastors. If all the pastors who claim to be better than him were like him, Nigeria would have been a lot better today.

Last month, a friend told me how she went to sow a seed in a popular ministry, the usher asked her how much she came with to sow seed, she told him N50k, the usher ushered her in to see the man of God. When she came out, another usher approached her and asked her how much seed she went to sow, when she told him, the usher said no wonder.

When she tried to enquire from the usher why he made such a statement, he said if the money was below that amount that she would not have been allowed to see the man of God. Can you imagine that?
It is just very few men of God who are after the wellbeing of their members. The others are just there to enrich themselves.

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