The Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has described the “prosperity gospel” that some churches propagate as “half truth”.
Archbishop Okoh condemned what he saw as the “get-rich-quick’ sermons that is the rave of most Pentecostal Churches in the country today.
The Primate was the guest of a television programme, View from The Top’, on Channels TV recently.
He said that it was not the foundation that was laid by the missionaries who introduced Christianity in Nigeria, adding that the pastors who propagate it aim at their personal advancement and enrichment.
“It’s not part of the way we started. It was not part of what the missionaries delivered to us, but all of a sudden, the teachings on ‘if you follow me you will become wealthy’… at best is half-truth, in the sense that it is true that God is the owner of everything.
“God is the owner of the universe, the oil we are harvesting in Nigeria and selling internationally, marketing everywhere and making billions out of, it is God’s property. So, God is rich, stupendously rich, so his children are rich also.We are princes, we are princesses, but that does not mean there are no moral underpinnings”.