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In my longest title post, I am sure most of you must have read articles revealing the richest men of God on planet earth. If you did not notice, let me duly bring to your notice that four of those men are Nigerian pastors with three resided in Nigeria and the top of the crown is the general overseer of Winners’ Chapel ministry; he is the richest man of God on earth with a net worth of… wait for it…$150,000,000.

Well I will make no pretence that this does not seat well with me just as the idea of an individual owning fleet of private jets is not any appealing. However, I assure that I will write without showing how irate I am and without prejudice bare my thoughts while I project the Christ like philosophy Brother Paul espouses after Christ laid down his life and telling us with his resurrection, we have the life of Christ for his is the Life. I am hoping that our religious bigots will see through this piece and objectively discern rather than dub me intransigent.

The first thing that hit my head when I heard of that staggering figure was “oh my world; is this stockpile of gargantuan money holy? That is enough to give every Nigerian if we go by our last population count a million bucks each.” I can stomach it if it is Bill Gates because I know it is Microsoft money or if it is Adenuga, I know that is globacom money but is it not church money the pastor owns. I mean that is his work; he pastors, does he not? Moreover, he does not own an oilrig somewhere in the Niger; does he? Hence, definitely, he has church money from congregation’s money. Please correct me if I am wrong.

In addition, I for one cannot dispute that this is a stupendous wealth; the type I am going to use for charity soon. It is the type of money that scares poverty to death or at least makes it naked. There is nothing bad if you ask me again, but then from my understanding of Jesus, who these men work for, he described himself as meek and lowly. Actually, aside the fact that he was born in a manger and died to give us Life becoming a living sacrifice through crucifixion, he refused the offer of the devil to have the world. He did not amass so much wealth but rather invested it in the multitude and manifested his glory in us. Jesus did not keep this type of wealth to himself. He gave everyone an overflowing abundance. He turned few loaves of bread and two fishes into thousands leaving an excess despite feeding the thousands. He turned water to wine and it was the best ever brewed, which did not run dry.

Similarly, I remember in the bible when a rich man had asked the same Christ who is our Lord and Saviour what he needed to do to make heaven and Jesus Christ answered by telling him, he needed to sell all he had, give it to the poor, and then follow him. We all know how difficult it is to part with money so I do not then understand how teachers of the word who are supposed to be Disciples of Christ are not Christ like. In fact, the first set of disciples chosen by Jesus sold things they had to propagate the gospel.

In my opinion, everything seems wrong about him being the richest man of God in the world. Firstly because he is a Nigerian and 70% of his congregation are impoverished, cannot afford to send their children to the universities owned by their church, can barely eat, most of them spend more time walking to their destination than flying in the air, or own a car. Secondly, how does he mentor anyone to be Christ like when compared to Jesus who walked the deserts, sat on mountains in blistering sun, he flies in one artificial bird and parks three others in hangers with Church payers’ money? If the report of Africa’s richest presidents is authentic, then he is even $50,000,000 better than our unenviable Mr President is. Gosh, how does he sleep at night?

Jesus Christ never raised funds to expand his ministry. What he did was he affected lives through his ministry and leaving them all with a life changing experience. He raised the dead, head the sick, chased out demons, and gave fishes that broke Peter’s nest after he had toiled all night to no avail, he even washed the feet of his servants. His action of chasing those who used his Father’s house for business out of it should be a lesson to our men of God. The church is supposed to be a place of succour not one that brainwashes to collect all from its congregation until they are left with no hope.

I just hope and pray that the people will wake from their slumber and abandon simulating their Pastors for the new life of being Christ like. This religion is killing and more people are drifting away from God because they idolise men of God. No wonder some will abandon their families only to go serve their pastor or his wife. What the congregation should be doing is reminding their leader that the love of money is the root of all evil and money has wings. I did not say that, the bible did. Where the shepherd sleeps, the sheep goes missing. Thankfully, the Living Shepherd knows his sheep and his sheep listens to and follows him.