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Nigerian Fake Pastors Who Worship Money More Than God


 

Money. it is said is the root of all evils, and it is the only reason the current trend in the Christian community has been drawing many pastors farther from God every single day. There was a time when Christian missionaries were renowned for their simple lifestyle. They would leave the comfort of their homes, often in western countries, to live in Africa. They endured the hardship the natives suffered in a bid to impart in them the knowledge of Jesus Christ as well as education that would improve their lives. The early pastors were always there for their congregation tending to their needs and this was passed across to their successors who were Africans, but the legacy of the likes of Reverend Ajayi Crowther who spent their entire lives ministering to the spiritual needs of members of their faith and widening the knowledge scope of Nigerians generally has since dissipated to a more self-centred doctrine which the pastors of these generation now preach.

The early pastors would give education freely to their congregation just because they wanted them enlightened and tower above their peers in the society which education brings, but today, rather than give cheap education to their congregation who definitely might have contributed towards the construction of these schools, the fees are placed at a range no ordinary member of the church can afford. The churches were once ministering to the spiritual, educational and even economic needs of the people, but now, it is expected by many of the churches specifically, the new generation churches that the people, even the poverty-stricken, provide copiously for the church. Offering which in the past was voluntary and meant for the sustenance of laudable church work, is now made compulsory with some pastors pronouncing curses on who ever refuses to come with one and it is hardly ever used for any positive humanitarian work.

Worse still, the lifestyles of these pastors are weird. In order to acquire all the luxuries of life, these pastors, rather than teach the word of God, have perfected ways to milk their hapless followers dry by collecting money from them through different guises all in the name of God.

Pentecostal churches advertise tithing as a condition for enjoying material blessings from God and to back up their claims, they cite Malachi 3:8-10 which says: “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and  offerings. For you have robbed me. Even this whole nation. ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’

This is part of the scripture that some so-called pastors use to collect money from unsuspecting members who so much believe in them and quickly open their purses to please God.

But rather than use the tithe money collected for the growth of the work of God, the pastors use it to sponsor themselves on expensive and exotic holidays and acquire private jets, wonders-on-wheels and mansions.

Against the practices of the early churches whose church properties are not in anybody’s name, the present-day pastor registers the church in his name and acquires properties for the church at the expense of the congregation in his own name and this informs the reason churches are transferred from father to their children or wives in the case of their demise. Pastors have also perfected several means of generating income from their unsuspecting followers aside from tithes and offering.

 

Pastor Gbenga Oso

The case of Laughter Foundation Church is another dimension. The church founder, Pastor Gbenga Osho is making millions by giving children to those who are barren.

The pastor popularly known as father of million babies is laughing to the bank every day because he allegedly has the power to produce babies for those who are seeking the fruit of the womb and with the way he parades his abilities, those who are desperate are trooping to his church to get their own share of the babies.

And in return, they end up donating different products, including olive oil, especially the one claimed to be from Israel which people rush to buy. Recently the news was agog that the purported man of God shows his other ability as he pounce on his wife beating the poor woman blue-black which first call into question his anointing and later it was reported that his supposed miracle babies are also stage-managed just to broaden his business empire.

 

Pastor Chris Oyakilome

Chris Oyakhilome, was said to have developed his style right from when he was still in school where his church was formed from his Believer’s World Fellowship which was later turned to the present Christ Embassy Church. His core preaching is hinged on “Sowing the seed”, which requires followers to give part of their earnings to the church in offering and tithes. And he knows his onions when it comes to raking in naira in millions. His church boasts of hundreds of young company executives and businessmen, and every church programme guarantees enormous revenue. Those without money are enjoined to turn in their jewellery, wristwatches and other personal items as offering. Followers fall over one another to do that, expecting God to run his tap of blessings. Others give cars, generators, musical instruments and chairs to the church.

Some of Oyakhilome’s church members have even gone as far as stealing just to meet the demand. An example is one Lawrence Agada, an assistant pastor who was a cashier with the Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers. He donated cash gifts to the church totalling N39 million alleged to be stolen from his employers.

And in appreciation, Oyakhilome wrote him a letter: “May God, who gives seed to the sower and bread for eating, multiply your seeds in Jesus name.”

But rather than receive God’s blessings, Agada became a guest of the police when his employers discovered that he had stolen from them to give to the church. Agada’s employers also insisted that Oyakhilome should refund the money but he refused.

Another member of his church, Gbenga Kehinde, who was then an assistant manager with the now defunct Eko International Bank, allegedly stole about N40 million from his employers and donated N10 million to the church to receive blessings of God.

It is also alleged also that Oyakhilome during his numerous church services asked the members to donate hard currencies to receive more blessings of God and the case of “I am not with money” is a thing of the past in his church because the automated teller machine is right inside the premises of his church for church members’ use.

Aside from collecting money from members of his church, Pastor Chris has income streams other than offerings, tithes and donations. He appears to have a sharp business sense; his face and name sell huge quantities of products which make him such a preacher of the gospel.

Some of the products he sells include books, video tapes of his crusades and miracles, audio tapes, CDs, VCDs and DVDs of his teachings, which are sold at the various parishes and through agents.

They can also be bought online, via the digital media store of the church website.

One of the church’s website advertises audio and visual materials of the Christian faith. In Nigeria, a video tape costs between N300 and N1,300 while CDs are bought for between N300 and N1,300. DVDs attract between N600 and N3,600 and there are books which cost between N200 and N450.

The most successful of these is Rhapsody of Realities, a bi-monthly devotional guide. The book which is published in 25 languages and also has children’s version, is considered a companion to the Bible. For Oyakhilome’s followers around the world, it is an important emblem of faith.

In Nigeria, it costs N350, abroad it is $5, while a one-year subscription attracts $42.20. For online purchases, video tapes, CDs, VCDs and DVDs cost between $18 and $20.

Oyakhilome’s messages are also received in pocket personal computers, mobile phones and palmtops and with his large congregation one can imagine how much his income would amount to, and these he makes use of with various investments which range from hotels into publishing house. He was said to have acquired companies both in the media and manufacturing sectors within and outside the shores of the country. He was said to have run into troubled waters with Senator Mike Ajeigbo, when he tried to lay claim to his defunct television station MBI and that according to sources was the reason the TV station was closed down.

 

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre KICC. His second name is fast becoming controversy. He was at the centre of controversy over a quarter of a million pounds he was paid to run an evangelical church which plunged him into the centre of a financial scandal. KICC was investigated by the Charity Commission which uncovered serious financial irregularities a few years ago and Pastor Ashimolowo, its founder was ordered to pay $200,000 back to the Christian Centre.

It was discovered that he used the church’s credit card to buy a timeshare in Florida and got $120,000 to celebrate his birthday while he was also alleged to have transferred hundreds of thousands of pounds abroad.

The investigations also showed one of KICC’s employees (name withheld) claiming that Pastor Ashimolowo received an annual salary of between $250,000 to $260,000. While he was alleged to be using different names to defraud the church, the pastor, knowing fully well that the British authorities may close in on him, instead of investing the money over there, he invested heavily here in Nigeria on properties.

He is alleged to have a glass skyscraper in Ikeja area of Lagos, estimated to cost several millions of naira, while in Osun State, the pastor is also said to be building an edifice which will later be converted to a university, and it is called Land of Dreams.

Aside from properties, Ashimolowo is a lover of wonders-on-wheels and he has in his garage Range Rover Vogue Sport, Bullet-proof Hummer Jeep, Porsche Cayeen Jeep and other exotic cars, while he also loves expensive wristwatches.

His show of wealth reached its peak some time ago when his father in-law was celebrating his birthday and he decided to give him a Hummer Jeep as a birthday present. It is believed that the trouble he’s been facing in the UK was the reason he decided to broaden his business here in Nigeria by the completion of his church university at Ode-Omu with an amount in the region of one billion naira. The style and tricks these pastors use differ from church to church depending on what they capitalize on in the lives of their congregation.

 

Pastor Chris Okotie

His church may not be as big as that of other pastors but the resources he pulls out of the church has been largely responsible for the acquisition of almost half of Oregun community in Lagos where he’s having his church. Pastor Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church is one of the present-day Pentecostal pastors who have made so much money for knowing what to say to their very influential congregation.

His sojourn into church business started years back when he decided to shelve his musical career that was not doing so well after returning to Nigeria for the pulpit and the decision has since turned him to a multimillionaire. Christopher is a man that knows his onions when it comes to making speeches that will backed with his law background. Okotie knows what to say to make his congregation go to the wire in fulfilling his financial needs.

He made millions with the sales of his book the Last Outcast, which was hawked by members of his church. It is also believed that he made money playing politics and that he chose not to contest for the office of the president under his Fresh Party in the last election because of the new Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) chairman’s decision not to release money to contesting parties, an amount Okotie has been collecting in the past to divert into personal use.

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare

He’s not only the most controversial amongst Nigerian pastors but also almost outspoken and he might have hit the nail on the head recently when he said all Nigerian pastors including him should be jailed for corruption. Pastor Tunde Bakare, who practised his law profession before he became a pastor, knows that he had got some money since he became a pastor that he is not supposed to have touched in form of offerings and the excesses of some of his colleagues in the ministry irked him to making such confession.

Though he looks modest, it is a fact that he rakes in millions through many other programmes and publications. His Latter Rain Assembly sits on a large expanse of land in the heart of the city which he said was sold to the church very cheap, while he rakes in money through programmes like Apostolic Training School which is an online programme said to train pastors, The Dominion Partners Global which is group of people who use their God-given resources to advance the ministry work by supporting the vision and purpose of the church and Global Apostolic Impact Network, a forum of spiritual interconnectivity of believers in various walks of life using their various vocational, occupational and professional abilities to impact the world and implant His glory. Church Development Center is a forum for Kingdom-minded ministers of the Word with a common vision where they are empowered to extend the frontiers of the Kingdom to the world at large, while International Centre for Reconstruction and Development is passionately committed to re-engineering the social, economic and political landscape of Nigeria and the nations of the earth.

All these bring money into the church one way or the other. Another source is his book ministry which is becoming more popular, as many would want to read the things he claimed he had predicted in the past that has come to pass just to further make people who really need a genuine prophetic impartation approach his church through one of the earlier listed progammes, he’s also blessed with several wonders-on-wheels which aids his movement from his highbrow Opebi home to his Ogba church every service.

 

Bishop David Oyedepo

In the league of those who are raking in billions in the vineyard of God is Bishop David Oyedepo of the famous Living Faith Ministries a.k.a. Winners Chapel. The church, touted to be the world’s biggest church building, is situated in Ota, Ogun State.

Also inside the vast expanse Canaan Land is Covenant University of which Oyedepo is Chancellor as well as a secondary and primary school.

The primary school, named Kingdom Heritage, is very expensive and is not for children of the poor. It has branches in 12 other Nigerian cities. The secondary school named Faith Academy charges N250,000 per session. The university charges different fees in three different colleges but the fees are from N650,000 and above.

Recent happenings show that the school may be bringing in more money as the bishop has taken more interest in the establishment of tertiary institutions he introduces Landmark University in his Omu-Aran, Kwara State home town and another one is under construction in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. He was also said to have announced that he will be starting seven more universities in different parts of Africa with South-Africa’s university already under construction.

Aside from the levies generated through the schools, it is also the duty of members in all the branches of the church to contribute towards the development of the institutions. Members of the church call themselves Winners, an allusion to their perceived victory over poverty, demons and diseases and their general overseer, who is affectionately called Papa, is an exponent of prosperity teaching and his followers believe that his teachings inspire them to see themselves as winners and every Sunday, they troop to Canaanland for service.

And as they stream into the vast auditorium, they are handed envelopes for offering, tithes and other donations. But according to a reliable source, that style is now archaic; the instruction to all members now is to bring their envelopes that will contain their different donations from their respective homes. The routine is also repeated during Shiloh, a week-long annual camp meeting which draws members from Nigeria and abroad.

His foreign branches are also mandated to send revenue to the headquarters, to which “Papa” has unfettered access. It was this money that caused problems between Oyedepo and his pastor in Ghana, George Adjeman.

It was said that the monthly revenue being remitted by the Ghana church was $60,000.

Bishop Oyedepo is also into publishing. According to Oyedepo, God gave him a publishing mandate and told him: “Your books are supernatural arrows for the liberation of mankind; send them forth! My presence shall go with them and they shall subdue and devour the works of the wicked multitudes…(Readers) will be saved, baptized in the Holy Ghost, healed and delivered from all oppressions of the devil. Emphasize the books and your publications; that is my task for you.”

And Oyedepo seems to have fully accomplished this task. As part of his business empire, Oyedepo established Dominion Publishing House and has written about 70 books covering various aspects on the Christian faith, teaching followers how to be successful in business. The books are bestsellers in their own right and have been translated into French. On the church’s website, the prices range between four and eight pounds each.

His wife, Faith, is also an author with a number of books about marriage to her credit. In 1998, Oyedepo established the Gilead Medical Centre at his headquarters in Lagos. Two years later, he opened its branch in Kaduna where his ministry began.

However, the church claims that the clinic provides treatment at heavily subsidized rates. Oyedepo’s church also sells gift items online. Its website bears information on the use and how to buy. “Our gift certificates are the perfect gift solution that will put an end to those tricky moments when you just can’t seem to find the right gift, or you need a gift in a hurry. Send as many as you want to let friends, family or customers and colleagues select the present they really want. We have something for everyone,” says the website.

Recently the church decided to start their own airline called Dominion Air. This according to source is because the number of aircraft in the possession of the man of God is increasing by the day and rather than just allowing it all wasting away without use as he can only travel in one at a time, he decided to commercialize it. With its long product chain, Oyedepo’s Winners Chapel is something close to corruption. The bishop himself lives like a business mogul and he owns a garage that parades state-of-the-art cars as sources claim he has a very big garage where about three Chrysler brand of cars were abandoned and not in use as well as other cars like that.

 

Bishop Mike Okonkwo

He was alleged to have left the banking industry under controversial circumstances before starting his own church the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) after defaulting from the church that posted him to Lagos. Bishop Mike Okonkwo is a pastor who will rival his mates in the church business in terms of material things; he is one of the pastors who preach prosperity above everything and this informed his decision to bring embarrassment upon the church when he collected gifts on behalf of himself and the church from Emmanuel Nwude, a man prominent for his role in the advance fee fraud and on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

It was the same love for money that pitched the head of TREM against Bishop Lanre Obembe of the El-Shadai Bible Church, during the process of world evangelical ministration of Reverend Benny Hinn, who visited Lagos some years back. In the aftermath of the crusade which was described as a flop by all that attended, Obembe declared that the failure of the crusade was because he refused to give out of the money Benny Hinn gave for the hosting of the crusade to Okonkwo who was then the president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria while Obembe was the state Chairman and Obembe’s outburst was followed by a sanction by the Okonkwo-led national body.

Just like the trend among Nigerian pastors, Okonkwo has under his care fleet of cars and cares less for what befall members of his church and where or how they make their money provided it is made available for his use in the name of the church.

 

Pastor Joseph Agboli

Apart from collecting tithes and offering, the senior pastor of Victorious Army, Joseph Agboli has devised another means for his congregation.

It is alleged that the pastor during service would tell his people that the church is in need of certain things and he wants people to contribute to the work of God. But to make people wake up to his call, he would just mention a bogus amount of money in the tune of millions depending on what mood he is.

And immediately he mentions this, the whole congregation has no option but to donate what they didn’t bargain for.

And to further display his new-found wealth in the vineyard of God, Pastor Agboli is in the habit of asking his wife how much he bought some of his accessories like wristwatch, shoes etc. He would call out to his wife, “Mummy, where did I buy these shoes and for how much?” and mummy would then reply, “I remember you bought it at Harold’s in UK for 10, 000 US dollars” and the whole congregation would then shout halleluyah.

One ex-church member told Global News that he stopped going to the Victorious Army Church when he saw the way the man of God was forcing money from his church members and while the pastor and his family live big, some of those who are donating their hard-earned money are struggling to survive.

 

Pastor Wole Oladiyun

He’s one of the pastors with eyes for business. Pastor Wole Oladiyun, the founder of wave-making Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry popularly known as CLAM, situated around Omole in Ikeja, was born to Christ Apostolic Church-attending parents but in his quest to learn more about making money through God, Pastor Oladiyun went to the Latter Rain Bible School Lagos, after which he moved to Deeper Life Bible Church, and later Victory Christian Church before he ended up with Faith Family Bible Church, Ojodu, headed by Rev (Dr.) D. K. Aboderin.

He left Faith Family Church to establish his own, and since then the church has been growing both in numbership and material gains that accompany today’s gospel work. His unique selling point is his prophetic ministry which has seen many move to the fold of the church. The church it was gathered is fond of telling people that attending the church is an assurance that the person will make heaven; this was in one of the church website that “We have a covenant with God that whosoever passes through this ministry or has contact with it in righteousness shall make heaven.”

The pastor who owns a private school, J-Nissi Children School, Ogba, is also into real estate as shown in CLAM Estate, from where the church sells properties to everybody who is interested. The church apart from these also owns a farm as well as an event centre to further generate funds. The Ondo State-born pastor also has an online store where his books and that of his wife are sold. The church in no time has grown to become a big business venture since it was formed. The church like others also has training school as well as an online medium through which the church can collect offerings and tithes.

 

Bishop Ayodele Oristejafor

Ayodele Joseph Oristejafor the Bishop of Word of Life Bible Church and the current president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), can be said to have gone a step higher than even the second richest man in the world Mr. Warren Buffet by the acquisition of his state-of-the-art aircraft valued at around N4 billion and as expected it was a gift from members of his church on his Birthday.

This will have confirmed his overbearing influence of his congregation who will stop at nothing to please their pastor who wanted to own an aircraft like the Adeboyes, Oyedepos and Oyakhilomes of this world, and since the sermon is always about giving to your pastors even when you can’t afford, the church members in order to make their pastor happy decided to give him a befitting birthday present in a N4 billion private jet, with a promise that they will be contributing enough money to pay for bill that the place they will be parking the aircraft will attract as well as servicing and other maintenance that will arise as time goes on the plane.

It will be recalled that Oristejafor deserted  his former boss in late Bishop Benson Idahosa pulling out a large chunk of the congregation of his mentor’s church in Warri just because he knew how much they realized after every. The CAN president is also one of the leading offering for blessing preachers of this era and the result of his sermon has now manifested for all to see.

 

Pastor Itua Ighodalo

Making money has always been the watchword of this flamboyant pastor. His marketing strategy has seen him build his church from nowhere in less than two years to its present state. Pastor Itua Ighodalo of the Trinity House church has shown that he is a motivation speaker any day and this is what has endeared him to his congregation who can go to any length to fulfil his immediate needs.

When he decided to form his own church after he was disciplined by the Pastor Adeboye-led Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) over his decision to marry ex-beauty pageant and event planner Ibidun Ajayi, it was revealed that for the duration with which his new church worshipped at the very expensive Civic Center, the bills were paid by a friend of the church and to the surprise of many he did not worship for more than eight months before the church acquired land where their new church auditorium is sited at the moment.

The pastor who has other establishments apart from the church gets the chunk of his money from running the church and has to his credit some monster-on-wheels with which he and his wife move around, sources revealed that the cheapest of his automobile runs into a couple of millions whereas there are so many members of his church who will have to trek or join public buses to the church only to be asked to donate from the meagre sum they earn.

 

Pastor Lazarus Muoka

This soft-spoken pastor has grown to become one of the richest Nigerian pastors in no time. His business sense will compete favourably with that of any of his business-oriented kinsmen sourcing for customers across markets all over the world. Pastor Lazarus Muoka of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Renewal Ministry has shown to all that he’s not in the church business to join the bandwagon but to make a stand for himself and the future of his family.

Just like other pastors in Nigeria who are general overseers, his book ministry is not doing bad as he has been raking in millions through this medium both online and in church bookshops. Apart from the book ministry the pastor also owns a secondary school in Imo State named after the church and sources have it that he has been working tirelessly on establishing his own university just like other churches in his league.

He also has an online medium where donations can be made into the church’s purse for his church members who are not living around, while he always ensures his church members are having access to all his church programmes by making them available live on different online media. And to generate money he makes sure there is always one programme or the other that will keep his members busy and these programmes go with names that are not only attractive but also touchy like ‘HOPE FOR THE NEEDY’, ‘THAT MY WONDER MIGHT BE MULTIPLIED’, ‘THE GOD THAT NEVER FAILS’ and many more.

His unique selling point is the availability of testimonies some of which many of his followers had come out to refute. They claim the testimonies are all stage-managed and that the pastor who sells things like oil and other things to rake in money is nothing but a cheat. It is, however, very obvious that he just like every other of such pastors have prioritized money above all things.

 

 


 

71 Responses to “Nigerian Fake Pastors Who Worship Money More Than God”

  1. muna says:

    its such a shame that we as christians are allowing such pastors to prosper. they are using christs name like a business commodity. should we not protest and refuse to allow rich pastors to preach? they must be like the disciples of christ like peter paul etc. the property of these rich so called pastors must be taken away by the govt. its better to listen to barefooted preachers than listen to these fake servants of christ. ban these preachers
    suniti

    • Billy Jay says:

      May I know which platform you are standing to congratulate the ignorant writer? Now what is he even written that have baffled you out of your sanity? I have not seen any jot of sense written down there. Why not we let God judge whosoever is the fake who, than some ignorant using their stale mentality to blaring satanic horns.

      Pastor Lazarus Mouka has no rival, as God is really using that man of God to saving souls. His preaching is right from the scriptural format and practices.

      Why not mind your verbal gorge that you might not incur God’s wrath?

      • Okpetu says:

        From what Billy is saying, we should allow all armed robbers to continue stealing and killing, that God will take care of them? Abeg Mouka and co are all deceivers! What has he done to help mankind? Invented Facebook, or Cell phone, computer? ATM? Electricity? Just tell me, noble men that God used to do all these things dont make noise, they dont decieve people.

  2. My advice is to absent yourself and opinions from such discussions when you know that these men, have worked really hard to get these things done. They are not missionaries. They are businessmen that sell the wisdom of the word of God. It is not compulsory! If you feel what they’re selling does not work for you, why pay for it? Why pay tithe and offering.

    It is not them but their congregation that has made a mess of things. The church is not a gambling house. You receive by faith and if it does not work, then try something else that you think will work. Simple!

    • Truth says:

      You remember what jesus said in the book of mathew 24:4-5 jesus answered becareful that no one mislead you,deceiving you and leading you into error,
      (5) for many will come in my name saying i am the christ and they will lead many astray. So just becareful we are in end time now, just becareful, many are false pastors

  3. osy says:

    May God forgive u agent of hell dat think U can slander our great men of God.Who are u to jugde God’s Anointed.God said to touch not his Anointed and do his prophets no harm.Repent and ask God for forgiveness.

  4. The Revd Seni Moore-Coker says:

    NIGERIANS LISTEN AND LISTEN VERY WELL. This article looks more of jealousy and negative critic than educative. What do you call success and blessing. Blessing is” successful manipulation of the environment with your brain and hard work for plenty harvest” This is what these Pastors have done. Dangote and other big business men and women did the same thing for their successes. Most Nigerians are lazy and needs miracle like MANNA from heaven, which is no more. If you do not like Dangote product, you do not buy them, if you are not satisfied with these Pastors manipulations and tricks, you do not eat from their products. They all work hard to study the environment and made use of their brain(God blessing) to fashion out how to come out with good harvest from idiots, fools and lazy Nigerians. Every Nigerians wants to pay a low price for God’s blessing. Do these Pastors forced anyone to bring money? No, it is at each persons will to receive undeserved manna of blessing. See this, the Pastors said “God will give you promotion this year” In an establishment of fixed positions and 10 from that establishment are under this prayer line that believe and said Amen. For a right thinking person, from where will the promotion come from? Positions are created by volume of work in relative to financial sustenance through growth and profit margin and also through contributions(use of blessing of God, that is your brain) to the growth of the company. Investors do not just give positions to people because your Pastors pray for you that it shall be done.
    See another scenario, in a football match, The blessing of God on the winner is the ability of one using his brain to outwit the other that resulted in goal and win. The team would have though of so many tricks against their opponent before the goal can come. This is hard work through the use of brain(God Blessing)
    I do not see any thing wrong in the practices of these pastors rather than the stupid and laziness of our people. Nigerians should now face reality and change their mindset to “True God’s Blessing which is “Think and get divine direction from God” as these pastors did.
    Nigerians stop critic, because “It is from the fools, lazy and idiots, the rich will become more richer”

    • Church In The Wilderness says:

      osy says:
      February 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm
      May God forgive u agent of hell dat think U can slander our great men of God.Who are u to jugde God’s Anointed.God said to touch not his Anointed and do his prophets no harm.Repent and ask God for forgiveness.
      Reply

      Reply To Ossys’s Comment:

      I am disappointed in people like you.
      The truth is different from being factual. What was publish so far was a review of what is happening today with most churches in the Nigerian Christian World. If you, do not want to accept that, then you are also a followers of those milking the poor in the name of God they love and worship.

      The Revd Seni Moore-Coker says:
      February 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm
      NIGERIANS LISTEN AND LISTEN VERY WELL. This article looks more of jealousy and negative critic than educative. What do you call success and blessing. Blessing is” successful manipulation of the environment with your brain and hard work for plenty harvest” This is what these Pastors have done. Dangote and other big business men and women did the same thing for their successes. Most Nigerians are lazy and needs miracle like MANNA from heaven, which is no more. If you do not like Dangote product, you do not buy them, if you are not satisfied with these Pastors manipulations and tricks, you do not eat from their products. They all work hard to study the environment and made use of their brain(God blessing) to fashion out how to come out with good harvest from idiots, fools and lazy Nigerians. Every Nigerians wants to pay a low price for God’s blessing. Do these Pastors forced anyone to bring money? No, it is at each persons will to receive undeserved manna of blessing. See this, the Pastors said “God will give you promotion this year” In an establishment of fixed positions and 10 from that establishment are under this prayer line that believe and said Amen. For a right thinking person, from where will the promotion come from? Positions are created by volume of work in relative to financial sustenance through growth and profit margin and also through contributions(use of blessing of God, that is your brain) to the growth of the company. Investors do not just give positions to people because your Pastors pray for you that it shall be done.
      See another scenario, in a football match, The blessing of God on the winner is the ability of one using his brain to outwit the other that resulted in goal and win. The team would have though of so many tricks against their opponent before the goal can come. This is hard work through the use of brain(God Blessing)
      I do not see any thing wrong in the practices of these pastors rather than the stupid and laziness of our people. Nigerians should now face reality and change their mindset to “True God’s Blessing which is “Think and get divine direction from God” as these pastors did.
      Nigerians stop critic, because “It is from the fools, lazy and idiots, the rich will become more richer”
      Reply

      Reply To Rev. Seni -Cooker’s Comment:

      From intelligent point of view, you seems to understand how to protect the interest of this pastors and their churches.But do not forget, that serving the church is serving God and not the ordinances of Men of God.
      The salvation is God and the Body of Christ which is the church are not for commercial purposes.Jesus Christ which is the church are not limited liability or Public limited liability Companies. Heaven is too rich to accommodate all these reaches of the Men of God and their churches acquiring on earth, rather they should win souls to make heaven to acquire their treasures in Heaven but if it is of God, therefore it should be use for the Sick, Poor Widows, those in prisons etc. Have you seen or heard churches creating programmes for the poor, widows etc. I will also like to refer you to the book of Mattew 19 v 23-24,Luke 6 v 22-24.

      Please, point of correction.The weak Nigerians you presumed are not lazy or idiots, they are good loving people who really love God and which to worship God in truth and in spirit, yet they have misled by those they believed they are true Men of God for their selfish interest.

      By their fruits, we shall know them.

    • mimi says:

      ma dear christz ministry was nt an earthly ministry cos he wld ve chosen to acquire properties cos jst by d words of his mind dey can b gotten bt instead he was humble. i am nobody to judge bt pls dis shld b an eye opener. pastors r missionaries meant to preach Godz word nt live in affluence and acquirte properties.

    • Joshua says:

      If nigerians are fools, lazy and idiots like u said how about those western and other countries that follow these our Nigeria pastors, the bigest church in Europe is pastored by a nigerian, UK and so many other nations of the earth, pls evry one here should watch their tongue and make sure u join one of these good God’s servants insted of using all ur precious time 2 fight the anointed. God bles u.

      • mike says:

        Which biggest church in Europe is pastored by a Nigerian? Roman Catholic Church is biggest church in Europe and Pope is not a Nigeria so why are you Lying?

  5. Sanya says:

    The list is not comprenhsive,what of the likes of adeboye,adefarasin,t b joshua etc

  6. simeon says:

    this article is nonsense, if God sees that what they are doing is wrong, then he knows what to do. Have you not seen great men who died in poverty because of there errors. Criticizers please allow nature to take its course or is God blind, deaf or dumb for you to perform his duties.

  7. collinssmit says:

    whatever you do people must talk,if these pastors are not rich people will also talk,it is not God’s intention for us to be poor,God will embarrass you with blessing if u sincerely believe him,Jesus suffered for us to be rich,was David extorting money from people upon all his riches?i believe some of these so-called men of God are bunch of thief and looters,all they preach is Money,breakthrough in business,offices,etc, forgetting to preach about HELL and how to sincerely serve and worship God. let us not depend on pastors alone,lets up seek God with all our strength.may God bless us all.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Really people have been writing aboult the churches in Nigeria.if the so called pastors are really doing the work of God things would have change in Nigeria.since the govenment deose not care aboult the citizens.many went to the church to hope for God to see them through but the worst things they will meet.My people can you see a church will have school and hospital you find out that there school and hospital is the most custly one.where did they get the money to build all this?is from the church beggers .and they can not afford to send there childeren to church school or to go hospital.
    prophet T B Joshua for now is the only pastor i know that is trying to looke afther the poor and widows despite they are accusing him of having evil power.is only God will jeorge.Pastor Lazarus Mouoka is a man of God that is preaching holiness and salvation.his preaching is just a candidate to heaven.inside him i know that he is trying to put his church inother becuaase the church just clock 10years.he is building his church and school he have the mind to help Nigerians.

  9. Dear Beloved Servants of Most High God,
    Much greetings through the saving name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
    We are a young christian fellowship in Kisii Kenya.
    We gather in every Week for prayers and worship services and have learned about your ministry work by visiting your website! We are encouraged,motivated and uplifted by the truth you have taught us through your ministry teachings on your website,thank you brethren and may you keep on the good work for the Lord.
    We hope God has great things in store for you and us and that He will do great things! We hope we will enjoy God’s kingdom as you agree to share and further it with us here on earth! Since we are a young fellowship seeking to know and to live for the truth such as you teach in accordance with the Bible we would like to request you to send us more teachings for our spiritual and daily growth.
    We believe in God’s power since we rely in His true Bible! It is our hope and prayer that God will open for you, a door to come as He may give you direction, to lay us and our community at large the foundation truth such as you teach! We hope you will be of blessings to us as you agree with us in the faith! Be blessed abundantly as you labor for the kingdom purposes.Also remember the orphans who are under my care and put them at your daily prayers so that they can be blessed and Kindly I request more teachings to assist me to teach this orphan children to grow Spiritually.We will be very happy if we can hear from you.
    Yours in the Kingdom,Bless us by responding.
    Pastor Zakayo.

  10. APOSTLE ABILITY says:

    BELOVED PEOPLE OF NIGERIA,WEALTH IS NOT EVIL BUT THE WAY U HANDLE IT PLEASE BE CARFUL HOW TALK ABOUT THIS MEN OF GOD,DO U KNOW THE PERSON OF GOD,HOW DO U KNOW HIM,STOP TO FIGHT FOR A BEING WHO MADE ALL THINGS,EVERY THING IS IN HIS POWER TO CONTROL PLEASE DONT FIGHT FOR HIM,DO U KNOW THE MAN CALLED SOLOMON, IN THE BIBLE, HA.HA.HA, ,PLEASE STOP TO CRITISE THE MEN OF GOD,U DID NOT CALL THEM,THEY HAVE A MASTER TANKS

  11. Patrick says:

    Jesus has warned us that many false teacher would come in the last days. The apostles also warned us of those coming to make merchandise of people in Jesus‘s name.
    when your call to worhip God is to seek his Kingdom&righteousness first,the Holy Spirit in your gives u the power of testing spirits. You would be able to tell who is a man of God. Though you may keep it to your self. The new covenant promises of God pouring out His spirit on those who believe that Jesus came as man and died to redeem us from our sins. Leave this so called men of God,God ll judge them and deny those that are false. Pray for the Spirit of God that would teach you things and u wouldnt need a man to tell you God‘s ways for the new covenant wrote it in our hearts. We are called to worship God in truth and Spirit. Truth is seeking His ways first and Spirit is because He is Spirit and Christ has unified our Spirit with God‘s by grace. God created this world from nothing and can/will provide all that u need not your greed. He asked us to cast all our cares because he cares. leave these men of God to their fate amd seek the Holy Spirit to guide you. Peace of God be with us in these troubled times. Amen!

  12. Silas Onwe says:

    Touch not my anointed and my prophets do no harm. Who permitted you to attack the anointed of the Lord and why judge them? Repent now oh you the writer of this piece and pray for God’s mercy

  13. Emmanuel James says:

    HAVE MERCY OF US OH LORD

  14. Emmanuel James says:

    HAVE MERCY UPON US OH LORD

  15. Francis Uwah says:

    Believe it or not – Churches where the superhero is the pastor and not the Lord Jesus Christ will be turned away on the last day.

  16. chime nnamdi says:

    there is a way that seems right in the eyes of a man but the end thereof are the way of death ..proverb 14,12.Jesus Christ should be and must be our example.We must be carefull of the deceitfulness of riches. judgement belong to God.

  17. Nnadi Jonathan says:

    did any pastor point a gun to his members head to pay tithe? we re only hating ccos dey re called pastors. God knows best. know God personally nd u cnt b deceived by any.

  18. denise says:

    read your bible from start to finish.study all the bibles. compare. look for the truth.it will set you free from lies.maY YOU ALL find the truth, in jesus name amen
    jesus does not need our money

  19. vitus Ojukwu says:

    it is very shamefull that most christian dosen’t know what christianity is all about. Remember : thou shalt not …. God bless u all.

  20. May God Have Mercy On Us All, May He (God) Speak Through Our Mouth Because On Our Own We Speak Deceit And Calumny. May We Mere Mortar Not Judge To Warrant The Wrath Of God Almighty.

  21. allen says:

    “Yawning” already conflicting ideologies.. Can we ever have a unified Christianity, i still wonder!!!

  22. charity aideyan says:

    I used to go to one of the churchs mentioned,and it was really sad to see how the word of GOD, as been turned into. all because of MONEY,MONEY AND MORE MONEY,and the only Thing they loved more than Money. IS MONEY.

  23. Heritage says:

    Well i blame my fellow Christians for nt understanding wat JESUS CHRIST prophecy in d bible must come to Pass!

  24. Israel O says:

    As christains we are made in our heart 2 b like jesus.when God comes 2 reward mankind,the question wil nt b who is a pastor,bishop,church worker,who is the richest man on earth,or member, but who worship Him in spirit nd in truth.On the last day we wil b judge nt by the colourz of our skin,or ur talent nor gift but by the content of our character,

  25. ray.ozoem says:

    why are people fooling them self for Christ sake,before i come believer i am one of those that say rubbish word words against man of God in 2006 I have nothing and i was into okada riding in lagos since 1993 after abiola crises i am poor by then,until 2006 when i join chosen my first time in oct 15 I heard a preaching from the branch pastor in ikotu egbe,the preaching is all about righteousness . i keep all this into practice it take three month to regain all that i lost before today i am outside the country .i have promise God that when i come back to Nigeria i will use microphone and preach the word of in the street and in the buses because God have bless me .stop judging pastors leave the judgement for God,tomorrow someone will wake up and to vomit that he or her was paid to give false testimonies just to terminate image of pastor and the church.or tomorrow when i come back and testifying some body will say it is a lair because i ride from mushin to ikotun for 18 good years with out any accident ,people should stop putting fire on there head .READ MATHEW 6-33 and i john5-15-21and practice it God bless you as you do.

  26. VICTORIA says:

    WHY ARE YOU JUDGING MATT 7-1-5 PLEASE BY JUDGING THAT MEANS YOU ARE STRONGER THAN GOD WHO OWNS EVERY THING YOU BETTER JUDGE YOUR SELF THAN ANOTHER PERSON ASK YOU SELF WHICH KIND OF LIFE ARE YOU LIVING TODAY, INSTEAD OF YOU THINK FOR YOUR FUTURE AND HOW IT WILL BE WELL WITH YOUR SOUL YOUR THERE HAVING GREEDINESS,BACKBITING CAUSING DISCORD AMONG BRETHRENS CALLING PEOPLE WHO REGAIN THEIR SALVATION FOOLS BECAREFUL THE WAY YOU TALK TO THIS PASTORS
    BECAUSE YOU YOU ARE NOT MADE TO JUDGE THEM AT ALL GOD IS GOD OF MERCY AND ALSO A CONSUMING FIRE IS WRATH IS UNBEARABLE BEWARN.

    • Victoria # 1 says:

      Miss Victoria .. Why don’t you practice what you “Preach” You talking about Judging and urging individuals to watch wjat they say …but you are no better. KEEP IT REAL …Lets not be a hypocrite.

  27. we are call to preach and led people souls to GOD .so try your best to do so .and not fight yourself.

  28. Mfon -Obong says:

    Riches That Come From God
    IF YOU are faithful to God, will he bless you with riches? Perhaps, but probably not with the sort of riches you expect.
    Consider Mary, the mother of Jesus. The angel Gabriel appeared to her and said that she was “highly favored” by God and that she would give birth to the Son of God. (Luke 1:28, 30-32) Yet, she was not wealthy. When Mary offered a sacrifice after Jesus’ birth, she presented “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” which was the customary offering that poor people made to Jehovah.—Luke 2:24; Leviticus 12:8.

    Did the fact that Mary was poor mean that she did not have God’s blessing? On the contrary, when she went to visit Elizabeth, her relative, “Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit, and she called out with a loud cry and said: ‘Blessed are you [Mary] among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’” (Luke 1:41, 42) Mary was privileged to become the earthly mother of God’s beloved Son.

    Jesus himself was not a rich man. Not only was he born and brought up in humble surroundings but he was poor throughout his life on earth. He once told a man who was seeking to be a disciple: “Foxes have dens and birds of heaven have roosts, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay down his head.” (Luke 9:57, 58)
    Nevertheless, what Jesus Christ did in coming to the earth made it possible for his disciples to come into possession of great riches. The apostle Paul wrote: “He became poor for your sakes, that you might become rich through his poverty.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) What kind of riches did Jesus give his disciples? And what about today?
    What Kind of Riches?

    Material wealth is often an obstacle to faith, since a rich person may trust in his money rather than in God. Jesus said: “How difficult a thing it will be for those with money to enter into the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23) Evidently, then, the riches Jesus offered his followers were not material ones.
    In fact, the majority of Christians in the first century were of limited means. When a man lame from birth asked for money, Peter replied: “Silver and gold I do not possess, but what I do have is what I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!”—Acts 3:6.
    The words of the disciple James also indicate that the Christian congregation was basically composed of poor people. He wrote: “Listen, my beloved brothers. God chose the ones who are poor respecting the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he promised to those who love him, did he not?” (James 2:5)

    Furthermore, the apostle Paul also said that not many “wise in a fleshly way” or “powerful” or “of noble birth” were called to become part of the Christian congregation.—1 Corinthians 1:26.

    If the riches that Jesus gave his followers were not material ones, what kind of riches did he give them? In a letter that Jesus sent to the congregation in Smyrna, he said: “I know your tribulation and poverty—but you are rich.” (Revelation 2:8, 9) The Christians at Smyrna, though poor, possessed riches far more valuable than silver or gold. They were rich because of their faith and integrity to God. Faith of itself is precious because it “is not a possession of all people.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2) Those not having faith are actually poor in God’s eyes.—Revelation 3:17, 18.

  29. KATE AMADI says:

    Plz our daddy’s in d LORD dn’t mind dose agent of evil dey dn’t believe d power of GOD boc u ar nt dere member our pastors do nt mind wht d enemy’s of God say boc God says whosoevr he bless has bn bless dose talkn bad aginst d men of God wht is ur faith in d promises dat give 2 his obedent servant cn u basket mouth tel us chirst suffer u he did it dat u may prosper, & God said dat dose who wrk in his vain yaild or worship him shall nt lack dat rices & glory wil dere portion so my dere gousiper of pastor may be wht u ask God is die in poverty or u belong 2 a place where some church were psr’s wear suit 2 church & dere members wear wrange or slippers & even look pity but dose pastors u crits dn’t wnt dere member 2 look like dat. pls leave our oastors alone dey are realy annointed by GOD I love u my daddy in d Lord Bishop D Oyedepo & pst Gbenga M. Oso God bless u all

  30. Patrick says:

    I believe that this article is from a person who does not love the Lord and his people. What is bad if people of Lord Jesus should live a prosperous life? I think wealth is also awarded by the Gos as he is the only source for health and wealth.

  31. ken hargesheimer says:

    This article is 100% correct. There is unlimited proof. In the local newspaper [Texas in USA] today was a notice that Paul Eghosa, Box 3317, Oredo LGA, Edo Town, Nigeria needs 12 large print Bibles. I bet my life this is a scam. Edo Town does not exist according to the internet.

  32. Modest says:

    The bible said, we should judge not, that same bible said, by their fruit you shall know them, also remember that it was recorded that corruption started from the bible, wen people turned the house of God into a market place and Jesus was angry. A gun wasn’t pointed to anybody’s forehead but preaching the false news n making people feel if they don’t donate to the house of God, they’ll be punish or worse more make them want to give out of their will n making it seems it willingly. So let us be careful, fear, love n respect God through Jesus and all things shall be possible.

  33. KL Angora says:

    God bless u, this is just to pass on the message of Lord Jesus Christ. My wife Asha was lifted up in night of 2 Jan 2014 which I could not notice and she appeared before the Lord. Lord Himself spoke to her saying GO ON Earth Back with My angels and tell all pastors, workers and everyone to whom u may reach, that something most unique will happen in May 2014. Therefore, preach at their best not at the snail,s pace but with the speed of racehorse. Take no rest no halt save the people to whom u may save and leave the rest. All the angels flew down with her and she awoke. She did not reveal this to anyone except me because already many people made calculations from Bible and somewhere else declared the tribulation but this could not come to pass. But this time He was not looking in the mood to wait any more. U may direct talk to her as she is a diplomat . So speed up of God’s work now, with no discrimination of caste, religion, race, rich or poor, gentle or sinner. KL Angora.

  34. Emurode says:

    D bible hav said it dat bcos of their unbeliving heart he wil giv dem a rebrobat mind so dat der wil be deciv, wen christ was in d widerness satan offer him d riches of d world if he worship him but he rejected it,all d followers left evrything dy hav nd fellowed hin when d rich man cam 4 a solution how he can enter into d kingdom of God jesus ask him 2 go nd sells alls is belonging nd giv d money 2 d poor but 2 day d pastors ar taking 4r d poor nd giv 2 d rich, eg d government, my brothers nd sisters dat ar in christ pls dont be anoid bcos ur pastor is doing it we must say d truth if u realy beliv in d bible, not wat u pastors say but wat d bible says matters, remamber u ar called out of d world but y going back 2 d things of d world, d same goverment dat kill christ is dsame we ar going 4 shelter bcos we ar afraid of persecution as a christian u must pass tru it, pls go 4 d messeag of d hour not prosperity God wil giv anything u want but wat does it profit u 2 die nd go 2 hell, pls saying d truth is not judging , God bless u alls.

  35. Rabbi says:

    the mother of all churches building a global audience

  36. j.a says:

    It’s obvious that we have countless fools here, from the researchers that are lacking in dept(who probably don’t know the scriptures) to the publishers who want to destroy precious destinies.
    It’s obvious that we have moree jelous people commenting here.
    Instead of this unintelligent and baseless judgement of critics, why don’t you just tell people the right thing to do.
    If you were that “righteous” you won’t have time to criticize others, you would be too busy showing others the right way to lead that you won’t have time for nose-poling.

    I know some of you readers(especially antichrists) wouldn’t understand, but make sure you ask these fools(publishers) if they can boldly say these alledged “fake” men of God never did anything good.

    It is so ridiculous to be a critic, u guys STINK… Think of something else to write…make sure it betters humanity.

  37. if truly that what i posted ar true.i have smthing 2 say with a clear heart and as a savant of jesust christ.if success arf count in terms of prosperity such as flachy cars mansions private jet and expensive school etc then my mastar jesus and the rest like john d belove,peter,james,paul,mattew to mention but a few are all failures.but thanks be 2 God they are the greatest success story we have ever.

  38. marvie says:

    This is true men, shit is really happening and its only God that can judge ,this life is somehow no one knows Gods standard we are all trying but more seriously Shit it really happening in the christian world which is not suppose to be so.Men of God could be rich fine but not at the cost of trying to extract in an unlawful way..Real men of God will never lack not until them tax their church members..Shalom

  39. ARIWO OJA KOJE KARANTI ILE-OLUWA GBA WA -YOU CAN IMAGINE ONE OF THEM WHO I HAVE PERSONALLY WARNED BEFORE, SAYING HE HAS A COVENANT THAT ANYONE WHO ATTENDS HIS CHURCH WOULD MAKE HEAVEN -WHERE DOES THE BIBLE SAYS ANYONE THAT ATTENDS A CHURCH WOULD MAKE HEAVEN-DOES THE MAN KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MAKE HEAVEN-.HERE IS A MAN THAT WILL NOT PREACH ON SALVATION SANCTIFICATION AND FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT NOT TO TALK OF THE COMING OF JESUS YET HE IS TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN.I WISH MANY OF THESE SO CALLED PASTORS AND GO’S REPENTS AND MAKE THEMSELVES READY TOGETHER WITH THEIR MEMBERS– O MA SEO

  40. Party, Politics, Politicians and poignancy
    A nation or a culture cannot endure for long unless it is undergirded by common values such as valor, public spiritedness, respect for others and for the law; It cannot stand unless it is populated by people who will act on the motives superior to their own immediate interest.
    Chuck Colson, Against the Night
    Justice exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable. Proverbs 14:34- Douay-Rheims Bible
    One must remember that this administration laid down transformation agenda with specific emphasis on the growth of key sectors of the economy and as the fourth year has gone by, only little has happened. The political class has not been sensitive to the yearning and aspiration of the populace.
    Some steps should have been taken to relieve the people and develop the sectors like power, oil and mining. While one does appreciate the commitment of the government to rapid implementation of rail corridors, a lot more could have been done to enhance sectors suffering from declining growth.

    The problem is that every statement coming from the Government even States in the recent past has been politics. The discerning must always separate reality from political statements all the time. As most statements this days are contaminated with outright lies. Who will believe a government that has been lying even when they decide to tell the truth? It has been said for the umpteenth time that government should also increase production of domestic goods and reduce dependence on imports. But the situation is the same-cancer in balance of payment

    However, a long pending demand of the manufacturing industry for an anti-dumping duty on staple goods has, unfortunately, not found mention in the budget. No change in the interest rate regime and increase in foreign debt are also major disappointments. Billions invested on textile industry has gone down the drain as there is no sound corporate governance in place and the diabetic condition of power situation never helped the issue.

    In a nutshell, the budget has never targeted the youth, the women and the poor.
    Politicians come in to government and go yet the country remains impoverished. The tide of corruption is assuming endemic nature. Its impact on our national development is cancerous and there appear no end in sight as to when corruption will be a thing of the past. The problem is corruption is being fought with lip service. Until there is a concerted effort in rendering corruption unattractive everyone will relish the game. Until there is potent legislation-until corruption attract death sentence everyone will continue to play the game. Death sentence because the future and well being of the country is at stake. Without doing something acute to check the monster the country can forget its quest to be a great nation. See this from recent news reports “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today (March 4, 2014) secured the final forfeiture of Brifina Hotel Limited to the Federal Government. The hotel which is located at Plot 1106 Cadastral Zone B02 Durumi District, Abuja is alleged to be one of the properties acquired by Dr. Sani Shuaibu Teidi, former director, Pension Accounts, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation with proceeds of fraud”.
    “ Nigerian authorities are signing off a N300 million war chest to contest what an official called “negative publicity” on Nigeria in foreign media, as the government faces increasing criticism over its handling of a rampaging terror crisis in three northeast states.
    The amount will be spent on “External publicity/media insertions in foreign media: print media, electronic media, media forum in selected cities abroad, engagement with foreign news agencies, production of specialized publicity materials for external audience”, according to the 2014 national budget.
    The N300million vote is the ministry’s single most expensive subhead in an array of media campaign lined up by the federal ministry of information. The closest will be the vote for “organizing ministerial platforms and press briefings of national events and post event documentary series”. That will cost N130 million.
    The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, told lawmakers who scrutinized the budget Tuesday that the high allocation for external publicity was to allow the ministry “respond to some negative publicity about the country in foreign media”.
    President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has a doctorate degree but obviously lacks any administrative acumen or leadership qualities. One could readily concede that Nigeria’s problem predates Jonathan and he should not be blamed for the myriads of problems assailing Nigeria. His many blames however lies in his lack of tact and seriousness. His approach to Nigeria’s hydra headed problem has not been sure footed and when he did took decisions he often complicates simple problems with politicking.
    The leadership Nigeria needs now is one that is willing to do what it takes to pull the country together in these trying times. We are fighting many wars, even though the presidency will want us to think Boko Haram is the only problem we faced. The Niger Delta militants despite billions spent placating them are still striking the poor people of Niger Delta with deadly force. Just last week another explosion went off. As usual, the presidency never uttered one word about that incident nor commiserates with the families of the victims. The war against corruption is also dead on arrival because our dear president as usual is often too busy laughing and “jollificating” over dinners with corrupt politicians while they milk the nation dry. A president that will give the nation’s centenary honors to the most corrupt and vile military head of state like Sanni Abacha is definitely not ready to fight corruption. What is more, for many months, the minister of aviation, caught with her hand in the “cookie jar of corruption”, was allowed to continue in office ostensibly so she can obliterate all evidence against her before she was rotated out of that office.
    The pivotal test of leadership’s good managerial acumen lies in response to difficult circumstances. Our president’s response to every problem often complicates and compounds the problem. Take for instance the assignment of a murder suspect as the supervising minister for police affairs. Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan was not just fingered in the deadly assassination of a former federal minister, Chief Bola Ige, he was arrested for it. In strange circumstances, the evidence was allowed to gather dust in the police force headquarter and President Jonathan has now handed over the key to that evidence room to the same murder suspect; possibly so the latter could get rid of the evidence and potentially fire the officers or otherwise demote those officers who investigated him. What in the world was the president thinking when he made this appointment?”
    It has been posited all over the place that we do not need bi—camera legislative houses, that we do not need full-time legislators, that the government we are currently running cannot sustain the future of our country as it is too bogus. Which of these narratives most closely matches your political perspective?
    We are in a situation where people live in society that is unequal and oppressive, where the rich got richer and the poor got exploited. Corporate slavery, child labour, economic inequality, tribalism, poisonous political arrangement and discriminations of all types abounded. The tradition of fairness, justice, care and equality which brings about a free and fair society is nil in our own country. Now the politicians want to destroy in the name of greed and self interest.
    Once upon a time Nigerians lived in societies that embraced values and tradition, where people took personal responsibility, worked hard, enjoyed the fruits of their labor and through charity helped those in need. Marriage, family, faith, honour, loyalty, sanctity, and respect for authority and the rule of law brought about a free and fair society. But then politics came along and destroyed everything in the name of “progress” and political machinations.
    Although we may quibble over the details, political situation in our country calls for reassessment and this shows that the great majority of people fall on clueless, directionless, rudderless and compassless tide of the current crops of politician. And the story we tell about ourselves reflects the ancient tradition of “once upon a time things were bad, and now they’re good thanks to our party” or “once upon a time things were good, but now they’re bad thanks to the other party.” So consistent are we in our beliefs that we do not care that this so called politician tells lies about everything and cannot separate the truth from falsehood. On an occasion, my friend was contesting an election in his home town and we had gone together to campaign. He was lying to his own people that this my friend(referring to me) is working with UNDP ,he is going to help biuld industries here and will employ many people. Your truly do not even know the office of the UNDP. I left him on that campaign ground as I could not stand that devilish lies he was telling.
    What are we to do? There must be evolution and mind revolution to stand up against the enemy of progress everywhere, to be in favour of free education, health care, and vote for measures to redistribute wealth and tax the rich. If you lean toward the second narrative, I predict a great future if we can banish corruption with great legislation, render it totally unattractive, cut down on government expenditure and cut legislative allowance to N25, 000 per sitting allowance. By so doing the hoodlums who are only attracted by the loot, booties and paraphernalia of legislative offices will stay back.
    Why are we so predictable and tribal in our politics? Party politics in Nigeria are not just wrong; they are righteously wrong—morally suspect, even dangerous and there is dangerous danger ahead.
    The evolutionary Rubicon that our species crossed hundreds of thousands of years ago that led to the moral hive mind was a result of “shared intentionality,” which is “the ability to share mental representations of tasks that two or more of [our ancestors] were pursuing together. For example, while foraging, one person pulls down a branch while the other plucks the fruit, and they both share the meal.” Early humans began to share intentions, their ability to hunt, gather, raise children, and raid their neighbors increased exponentially. Everyone on the team now had a mental representation of the task, knew that his or her partners shared the same representation, knew when a partner had acted in a way that impeded success or are selfish and reacted negatively to such violations.
    The problem is not in Parties but in people. A self centered person cannot achieve any meaningful success. At a point I look at those who had received National, Merit and Centenary awards in Nigeria and I suggest they also receive MMI (Me, Myself and I). As I have seen that that only a handful of them possess the true quality of a true leader which is self-forgetful, self-sacrifice and self-relegating. Without these attribute you cannot get the true leader of the people. It follows thus that people must be educated to look for these virtue in their would be leader. This can be achieved with the power of right use of Ballot. Until our people are taught to use Ballot constructively, wisely and creatively, bad leaders will always occupy the seat of power. This is the time that full scale electoral education must commence. When people are taught to use this weapon potently, the problems of the country will be diminishing gradually.
    OLUFEMI MOSAKU-JOHNSON,omojohnson@yahoo.com

  41. We need to know God personally and forget about what those men of God are up to. God will judge anyone who is not faithful. yours is to serve your God and follow his way. you might be the charge that the world is looking for. God bless you

  42. chujor j. says:

    God knows those that are his already. Concentrate on your own faith and calling.

  43. owolabi abidemi says:

    my own prayer is that may God kingdom comes as soon as fast because this deceit is too much.

  44. Wale says:

    We are all entitle to our opinion. life is all about choices. we all have the platform to choose what we believe its good for us. If such is not good for you, you have your choice to quit such churches. For me, it works. i knew how i was before i started practicing the principle of giving such as paying tithe, offering, kingdom investment and giving to men of God. It has changed my life radically from popper to a blessed man. Nobody force me to give. it is my choice and it is working for me and my family. It is the principle of the bible. If you breath in and you refuse to breath out all because others needs it to survive. you will soon die. likewise if you eat and you refuse to let go what you have inside because you feel the plants are taking too much fertilizer from you, you what will end it. A river that refuses to flow will stink. This is the principle that works for me. No matter your comment, it can’t change me. I will continue to give and give and give and give until Jesus come. it is my choice. as long as God is blessing me, I will continue to give. I have seen those were nobody becoming somebody by practicing this principle. Many of us desire good things of life, yet when we see it, we criticized it. but right in our inner mind, we want it. IF PROSPERITY IS BAD, GOD WILL NOT ASKED US TO CALL HIM AFTER THE NAME OF THE PROSPEROUS MEN IN THE BIBLE. I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC & JACOB. THEY WERE PROSPEROUS IN THEIR DAYS. YET, ABRAHAM WAS A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART. LAZARUS HEAT CRUMBS ALL THOUGH HIS LIFE, YET HE END UP UNDER ABRAHAM’S BOSOM IN HEAVEN. You have your choice to make. keep criticizing, its the choice you made and the result of your choice is also waiting for you.

  45. David says:

    worthy of note is the opening scripture quoted which is wrong. The bible did not say “money is the root of all evils ” but that the “love of money is the root of all evils”.

  46. Dear true Christians who are genuinely concerned about TITHING – as practised in GOD’s WORD and by early Christians;
    It is necessary comparing actual Bible teaching on tithing with current tithing practice, especially in Nigeria and other places where explosions of ‘one-man or woman/family-controlled churches’ have occurred.
    Do these ‘churches explosions’ reflect genuine Christian revival?

    If so, according to GOD’s WORD, there should be great increase of Christ-like righteousness within the country and of Christian love and unity across the varied and vey many available churches. But, is this the case?

    However, if these ‘churches explosion’ occurred because they only are more like worldly businesses – to enable collecting money from other people or from poorer GOD-fearing Christians in form of their ‘tithes’, then Christian love would be largely absent and there will be much in-fighting/unhealthy competition among church leaders for tithe-paying members.
    Does this rampantly occur? Are their followers being led astray from GOD? – because of the severe absence of Christian unity and love.
    Are these actually happening!?

    Therefore, understanding the exact Biblical teaching on tithing is vital and is the responsibility of each and every true ‘born-again’ Christian.
    For, every genuine child of GOD, with GOD’s Holy Spirit, ought to readily search the Word and understand for him/herself – because each one will give an account of ourselves to GOD. None can say on that day of HIS Judgement: “my church minister led me astray”. It would then be too late!

    Some very important teaching in the Holy Bible on Tithing are hardly ever mentioned or even taught by Bible teachers/scholars: Why?

    1. The LORD JESUS CHRIST is the only High Priest between GOD and man and with His new covenant, HE abolished the Levitical priesthood. Hebrews 7: 11 and 12 and Hebrews 8: 4 to 8.
    There is therefore no further basis for paying tithes to only ‘a group of Levites’.

    Furthermore, JESUS CHRIST in HIS new covenant transformed EVERYONE who becomes a Christian into a Priest – for GOD’s service and glory: 1 Peter 2: 5 and 9; Hebrews 7: 26; Revelation 1: 5 and 6; Revelations 5: 10.

    With this new covenant, GOD expects each Christian to exercise that office of priesthood according to the level of spiritual gifts HE has distributed to all born-again Christians; Romans 12: 4 to 10; 1 Corinthians 12.
    They will also derive the benefits of priesthood, such as tithes.

    Therefore, this priesthood and tithes are no longer just for a selected few Christians, as were only the Levites in the old covenant of Moses.

    2. Tithes were first paid by Abram (later called Abraham, the father of the Christian faith) directly to the LORD JESUS CHRIST who was represented in Genesis 14:20 as ‘King Melchizedek’, the King of Righteousness and Peace. The latter had no father or mother nor descent and has no beginning or ending; and HIS titles are exactly the same as CHRIST the LORD: Hebrews 7 and Isaiah 9:6.

    In CHRIST’s new covenant, tithes are to be paid directly to CHRIST’s Body – His True Church, as Abram did.

    3. The WORD of GOD commands all GOD’s people (truly ‘born-again’ Christians) to bring all their tithes ‘into HIS storehouse that there may be meat in HIS House’ (KJV).
    That is, no reason should ever exist for any sincere hard-working Christian to be hungry or destitute and not supported by his local church into which he/she pays tithes, especially if there is so much money or resources available in that church.

    Some claim this ‘storehouse’ represents only their local churches or denominations – into which all tithes should be paid by their members. (Herein lies most of the confusion/strife and divisions among churches and their leaders start; and who actually controls the tithes money?)
    In the Bible, there is indeed no support for this teaching commonly heard from the various pastors of churches. In fact, none of these many ‘churches’/denominations even gets a mention in GOD’s WORD.

    But the LORD GOD has only one Church, His Body, His household, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 17; chapter 12 verse 12; Galatians 6: 10; Ephesians 2: 19 to 22 and 1 Peter 2: 5.
    The complete Body of Christians represents CHRIST’s Body, His true Church and Household in the present world. This is the only Church mentioned in the Bible – The collective Body of Christ, HIS Church.

    4. Tithes are to paid to His Church, His Body as Abram did.
    GOD command that all the Priests, True Christians, who actually are parts of CHRIST’s Body be included as payers AND recipients of tithes.
    Any Christian qualifies and any Christians can indeed pay to a Christian in need.
    However, to ensure orderliness among GOD’s people it would be better to do so through a good church that would faithfully fulfil this obligation to especially needy Christians.
    But, if a church would not faithfully fulfil this obligation to its needy ordinary members, for conscience sake and to fulfil GOD’s Word, such tithes should be paid directly to the needy child of GOD.
    (It is a Christian’s responsibility to ensure his/her tithe contribution is correctly used.)

    5. Therefore, in the New Testament although there seem to be no tradition of tithe paying, the early Christians actually contributed more than the nominal one-tenth of their money/resources, sometimes giving their all; 2 Corinthians 8: 2 to 5.

    Tithes were, and should always be to uplift, sustain and honour the Body of CHRIST – the true Church, Colossians 1: 18 and 24; and for helping poorer Christians in the Church: Galatians 2: 9 to 10, 2 Corinthians 8: 3 to 5, and 13 to 15.

    6. Tithes are also for the upkeep of ministers of Churches (their ‘servants’) in the true Church, who, from their fruits/conduct ought always to be real born-again Christians, 1 Corinthians 9: 9 to 16.
    But under no circumstance should the church leader also act as ‘the controller of tithes monies’ – to prevent the temptations of lack of accountability and abuse of church funds.

    Even Paul the Apostle would direct his trusted brethren, such as Timothy and Titus, to ensure collection of money/resources from one group of Christians, but only to have them equitably distributed to other Christians in need; 2 Corinthians 8: 1 to 4.

    And he (Paul) supplemented his personal resources with his own labour – such as tent-making Acts 18: 1 to 3 – so as not to be an undue burden on the brethren in the various churches that he had established; Acts 20: 32 to 35.

  47. bholuwatife says:

    What are they doing with their Riches

  48. Rebecca says:

    What amazes me is that these pastors have really not contributed anything tangible to the society. If they make so much money why don’t they contribute to the society? The schools and universities they build are the most expensive and don’t even offer concession to their members. So where has charity gone to? They don’t build orphanages, help the poor, widows or people who really need charity. My people gospel without love is no gospel at all, if these pastors cannot show any selfless form of charity work then their ministry has not started at all. Mind you even the devil can preach, quote the bible and do miracles but what differs is act of true love and charity works.

  49. Money controls most of the Nigerian pastors; when they gets’ on stage, they forget the truth word of God(bible), and embraced money, as we all know that Jesus Christ did not advertise himself to the public like our now adays pastors.

  50. Ollychin says:

    First and foremost the Bible does not say money is the root of evil but the love of money.
    If we are true christian that we need to know the mind of God concerning this matter and what is the expectation of heaven as regard our response to this. Are we passionate for souls as our father God is?

  51. Very very soon, Christ will separates Delilah from Deborah. God will separates Goats from Sheeps.

  52. Moses says:

    ROM 12:1-3.pls stop judging pastors n their congregation let’s focus on our own salvation which is d most important thing Matt 6:33. forget about church or pastor doctrine n try to discern n follow d doctrine of Almighty God.Live by the word(Bible).

  53. Emmanuel Garniah from The Gambia says:

    God is not looking judges, Who made a judge over God’s Servants. If you are a Christian, how many souls you have ever won for God? You speak like the devil itself, because the scripture call him the accuser of the Brethren. Who told you Financial prosperity is sinful before God? what good will it be to you, if you forget your responsibility and waste your precious time, thinking negatively against God’s will? I pray that God will forgive you and deliver you from blindness that you may see clearly what your assignment on earth is. Let God alone be the Judge and try to find the proper meaning of your life. the purpose of your life is not to sit and speak evil against God’s people but win the lost at all cost.

  54. Emmanuel Garniah from The Gambia says:

    Slander is not pretty. It means “to defame someone; to harm their reputation; to disgrace; or to accuse.” Slander is a tool of the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). Consider this: the word slanderer in 1 Timothy 3:11 is the same word for “devil.” When we slander someone, we are acting like devils. We are mirroring the character of Satan. We can’t walk in the anointing God has for us and mirror the character of Satan at the same time. We just can’t.

  55. Dapo says:

    Glory be to God.
    I thought they said narrow and difficult is the way. Apparently it has been rehabilitated by some. Let’s just hope it still leads to heaven sha. ;)

  56. ALFRED says:

    My only contribution is that judge not so that ye may not be judge let God fight whoever that is using his name to make wealth

  57. Pastor Don says:

    Dear reader, I am so surprised that most of those who coment on these post are Bible scarlers. If you are God then go ahead and judge,. If yo want t receive curses upon your life then continues. If God has blessed them why can’t you tell the same God to bless you! Deut 8:18 read it you will surely understand the key.

  58. pastor P says:

    If you think been in to ministry will easily make you wealthy (reaches) them try it and see it the Grace of God many have tried and have fail and many are still trying .So please don’t be Jealous of them or judge them live them on to God you are not a lower for God. God does not need man to talk or judge for him he is capable of doing all.

  59. pastor P says:

    If you think been in to ministry will easily make you wealthy (reaches) them try it and see. it’s the Grace of God many have tried and have fail and many are still trying .So please don’t be Jealous of them or judge them live them on to God you are not a lawyer for God. God does not need man to talk or judge for him he is capable of doing all.

  60. prince says:

    all i hav to say is that, this race is personal, i may love my pastor bt i must run my race cos every 1 will stand on that day, bt lets look at it, what if this our Pastors re really fake, just do some findings, u can Neva tell what u will find.i can go to Hell cos i love a Pastor ed d ministry. lets nt deceive our selves.

  61. prince says:

    all i hav to say is that, this race is personal, i may love my pastor bt i must run my race cos every 1 will stand on that day, bt lets look at it, what if this our Pastors re really fake, just do some findings, u cant Neva tell what u will find.i can go to Hell cos i love a Pastor ed d ministry. lets nt deceive our selves.

  62. ohiafi tunde says:

    GOD BLESSING MAKETH RICHES AND ADDED NO SORROW TO IT
    THOSE MEN RE BLESSED BY GOD BEYOND HUMAN IMAGINATION
    SO U OWNS UR MOUTH,U RE FREE TO SAY WHAT EVER U LIKE SAY ABOUT THEM
    THAT DOSE NOT REMOVE ANY THING IN THEM
    FOR ME THOSE PSTS RE THE ABRAHAM OF OUR TIME, ALL U NEED DO PRAY TO BE COME ONE OF THEM
    I LOVE U ALL,GOD BLESS U ALL.

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