Sermon by Ebenezer W. Appiah – Walk2live
” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ”. Colossians 2:8
Why is it that in the majority of our Charismatic Churches, societies and organizations, if you are not rich you cannot be appointed as a leader? Why no poor man is a leader in most of our Churches but only the well to do irrespective of their nefarious activities?
Today we have many tricksters and syndicated pastors and prophets with several others chancing upon the weaknesses and economic challenges of our time to also deceive as many as possible those who are desperate and vulnerable.
A story is told of a radio pastor who is alleged to have said this concerning a question put to him. Apparently, this pastor was marketing his brand of oil, giving lotto numbers among many others within sight. ( Back to sender oil; Money drawing oil; Commanding oil etc). The pastor was asked, ” What he would have done if knowing very well that “AB” or “TZ” was an armed robber or fraudster and had placed a huge sum of money into the offering bowl… Would he (the pastor) have called him or her and given the money back or separated the money from the offering bowl…” I would have poured anointing oil on it and pray over it before using”. That was the response of the radio pastor. This reminds me of a mafia movie I watched where one of the mafia capos donated several bundles of money to a Church before embarking on a do or die operation… The father gladly took the money and delightfully started reciting his rosary. So many televangelists on the airwaves, but the majority of them are about prefabricated testimonies- there have been many instances where those contracted to pretend were not paid their agreed amount, therefore coming out to denounce their MODI OPERANDI.
Let it be known brethren, no amount of anointing oil, powerful rings, handkerchiefs, river Jordan, stickers, lotto numbers without the true word of salvation shall lead anyone to heaven. Certain individuals have been made to believe they are untouchable and indispensable. Because they are the major financial contributors, they end up being treated with soft gloves and are most of the time disrespectful and high minded.
It is again being alleged some of these pastors or prophets send the names of their influential or wealthy members to shrines or dark places to blindfold and make them zombies or voodoo them, so they see no evil, hear no evil about the Church or their pastors and prophets. Proverb 27:5 ” Open rebuke is better than secret love”.
Only the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel of God. We should find comfort from the meanest sermon which testifies of Christ Jesus as Apostle Paul did to Apostle Peter when he withstood him to the face ( Galatians 2:11-14). ” Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter”. Isaiah 5:20. Better is plain speaking which bravely censures a fault and dares to correct what is wrong, than plain fawning, adulation and flattery. But the deadliest bane is where wives of some pastors and women leaders are rather encouraging young ladies especially to fornicate without reproof and committing abortion.
Today we see many of these prophets have turned into herbalist, traditional healers and fortune tellers. Churches are supposed to serve as teaching schools with the pastors acting as the headmasters. For we all attended school for correction, reformation and for improvement. In the same vein Churches are supposed to reform our corrupt manners or morals. Schools, where there are indiscipline and lawlessness, raises a lot of red flags. Likewise, Churches where there are no reproof, correction, order or amendment of what is defective, vicious, corrupt or depraved, is a clear indication for disaster and missing the path of salvation. I dare say”Out of a 30 mins air time, most radio pastors spend almost 25mins in between to mention their names, contact numbers and giving direction to their premises”.
Another observation is while the head pastor or senior prophets are calling out the phone contacts, the junior pastors would be repeating after their leader. “For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God… And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” 1 Pet 4:17-18
According to thy mercy, remember and forgive our sinful ways, O holy and righteous Father. May you grant us understanding and teach us how to be obedient to your commandments always. In Jesus mighty name we ask. Amen.