Clergy gives damning verdict on Nigerian churches, says many preachers are milking gullible Nigerians

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Revd. Francis Waive

Senior pastor of Church of the Anointing in Warri, Delta state, Revd Francis Waive, has said that majority of men who mount the pulpit in Nigerian churches are businessmen who are out to milk money from gullible Nigerians and feed their bellies.

Waive told emeraldng.com in Warri that the god of these pastors is their belly, hence they mount radio and television houses preaching sermons that have no place for salvation, repentance and morality.

The clergy man who left Oceanic Bank job for the ministry work in 1996, said: “My brother, what we have in Nigeria today is religion. A religion called Christianity. This country lacks true believers.

“Majority of people who mount the pulpit are businessmen, those whose god is their belly. Listen to the average sermon on radio and television. Go to churches on Sundays and see whether you will hear any message on morality or repentance.”

Waive, who is gearing up to contest the Ughelli/Udu federal House of Representatives in the 2019 general elections, said preaching in most churches is all about wealth, money, deliverance and breakthrough and abandoning the weightier matters of righteousness and purity of life.

He said the Christian church is not impacting on the society for good, insisting that there are so many pastors and church leaders who need be born again, repent of their sins and know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

He said: “Many native doctors and oraclists have changed their sign posts to churches. This is what we are getting today. I remember in those days when we get to Iyana Ipaja, we hear the word of God we roll on the ground and pray. You see people repenting of their sins and turning to God. But churches today in Nigeria are a social business centre, it’s very sad.

“And that is why we can’t impact the society. Otherwise, most of these people who are corrupt in society belong to one church or the other. On Sundays they go to church. They give donations in church, they make thanksgiving, they give offerings, they buy gifts for pastors in the churches even from proceeds of crime. Where are pastors who can say to the criminals your money perish with you?”

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