By Our Reporter
Following the rising cases of killings in ‘churches’ for ritual proposes, Christians have been advised to be mindful of the churches where they worship and the kind of pastors they patronize.
Speaking to Christian Voice, an Anglican priest, Ven. Ezenwa Uchehara, lamented the rate at which fake pastors carry out their nefarious activities.
“No single day passes without an unfortunate tale of one fake pastor or the other”. They deceive, steal and even kill”, he said.
He recalled a recent incident in Enugu State where the police arrested a pastor for allegedly killing his lover for ritual purposes, removing her body parts and burying her near the church.
Also recently, a pastor, Oluwatobitoba Ipense, of the Holy Gathering Evangelical Church of God in Ewekoro LGA of Ogun State was arrested for allegedly killing his secret lover, Railat Sanni, for ritual purposes.
The pastor, however, alleged that an occult group that had been wooing him for membership was responsible for the killing.
Speaking, Rev. Canon Chris Mejuru of St. Silas Parish Ama-Waya, Uratta, in Owerri North LGA, attributed the phenornenon to a fulfillment of the prophesy on end times which indicated, in the Bible, that the “false prophets would rise to enrich their stomach”.
“They peddle false gospel and deceive the people who, most times, seek to hear the sweet things of life from their pastors”, he said.
According to him, the true gospel is one centred on the power of God unto salvation which makes people to feel guilty of their sins and, therefore, run to Jesus Christ in penitence, seeking true salvation.
He said that the false “men of God” give counterfeit gospel and urged Christians to always search the scriptures and know what God says, which is the truth as knowing the truth is what saves every Christian.
He advised every Christian to be alert in spirit.
In the same vein, the Archdeacon of St. Mark’s (Ang.) Church Amakohia, Ven James Onyekwelibe, said that the fake prophets cash in on the people’s ignorance of the gospel of Jesus Christ to create confusion among the faithful.
He called on the government to check the false prophets by enacting a law that empowers religious bodies, such as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to supervise operations of every church.
The Archdeacon of Eziama in Isi-Mbano Anglican Diocese, Ven. Justice Ndukwu, who also saw it as signs of end time, accused politicians of promoting and patronizing the fake men of God, believing that they have power to turn things in their favour.
“Such powers, he said, are entirely fake”.
He urged Christians to return to the faith of early Christians and to pray when confronted with challenges.
One man, he said, does not own a church, adding that Jesus Christ, who is one perfect sacrifice, is the owner of the church.
Whosoever performs other forms of sacrifice is crucifying him the second time, he warned.
Adding her voice, a retired university electioneers,lecturer Lady Lilian Nkwoada who worships at CATOL Owerri, advised Christians to obey the teachings of the Bible they read, just as Rev. Mejuru urged Christians to always search the word of God as the scriptures have answerers to every problem that confronts man.
Our reporter recalled that 2 Peter 2:1-3 states. ‘But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them, the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep”.
By Our Reporter