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|Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by PediakAuthor: 11:21am On Aug 31, 2018|
Nigerian Saints: You can’t be more Catholic than the Pope.
My name is J.O.S. i.e. Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon, I am a Christian, I believe in Jesus Christ, I am not perfect, but well-seasoned with certain Biblical standards, though of a recent, my hope on “modern Nigerian Churches” is getting infinitesimal day by day. Most of all, I am an African, engrossed with the school of thought that Nigeria is a mere product of European imperialism.
I have stopped writing about religion since my last one, titled: “The Weightier and lighter matters –By PediakAuthor”, but I need to do this needful.
In reaction to Theresa May’s recent statement that Nigerians are extremely poor: I need to voice out certain things. We need to put it at the back of our mind that this report came out of the Prime Minister of Nigeria’s former Colonialist: the breed of fundamentalists who introduced Christianity to us in Nigeria.
Another weird fact is that several Nigerian Christians are well-positioned among the top ten richest Pastors in the world even more than the British Pastors.
What a paradoxical situation, let us quickly revisit the position of certain biblical standards.
The question here is that, “What Would Jesus Do” if he were Nigerian? And besides, what does it mean to be a Christian? Simply being Christ-like in every situation.
Jesus Christ during his own time had the power to turn the mouth of a fish to an ATM machine without exploiting his followers, he did not even possess a personal horse despite his abilities, he had to tell his followers to go hire a horse for him, just to ride into Jerusalem, in the fulfillment of the prophesies in the old testament.
This same Jesus Christ miraculously fed thousands of hungry ones with mere five loaves of breads and two fishes. This clearly shows that Jesus Christ himself was actively involved in humanitarian services.
To cut the long story short, I will not deny the fact that Jesus Christ himself admitted that there will always be the poor in our midst, however, it is time for us to start telling our Christian figure-heads that a single private jet can feed thousands of hungry kids in Nigeria, let us also tell them that the monetary equivalent of all those exotic cars can pay the school fees of the less privileged Nigerian kids and so on.
Matthew 19: 16-23
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”. 17, 18, 19, 20,
21. Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22. When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
I have a recommendation on how to systemically reduce the poverty rate in Nigeria: I strongly believe that revolution is looming in Nigeria; I am waiting for that moment that a fearless follower will publicly rise up and point a finger to a leader, saying: “sell 9 out of your 10 cars to feed your hungry followers for us to believe that you are a “GOOD” leader. Jesus gave such a recommendation, so, don’t call that a rebellion, don’t call that treason, that is the truth, the life and the only way to heaven, in case you don’t know!!!
It should be noted that the “CHURCH” is the “PEOPLE”, and not the big buildings, though I clearly understand that King Solomon built one of the best temples for God, so I am not against modernizing our Cathedrals, but the people must be the focus if we really want to follow the Acts of the Apostles.
Biblically, I also clearly understand that the Gospel shall be preached all over the world before the trumpet sounds; sequel to this fact, the gospel in Nigeria was fostered by Colonization. That is just my simple theory.
Now, I am so happy that Nigerians are more 'religious' than the British Colonialists who originally introduced Christianity to us, but we must ensure that we do not derail from the Biblical standards. We must ensure the adherence to the Acts of the Apostles, read how they loved themselves and no poor one was noticed amongst them. We need to call a spade a spade and not a farm tool.
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Jawolusi Oluwaseun Solomon
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by godliman: 11:44am On Aug 31, 2018|
your post made lot of sense but the title is misleading. Dont look to man for guidiance but christ. Many pastors are ravening wolves that are out to fleece the sheep
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by CodeTemplar: 11:37pm On Aug 31, 2018|
The obsession with anything that looks like luxury to the poor can be misleading at times. I support the use of private jets by people like Oyedepo who have tight schedule of commitments.
What OP is saying is more appropriate for public secular system leaders who are technically employed by the poor to serve them. Pastors are called by God and God admonishes us to know them by their fruits.
If Caesar misuses what has been given unto him like tax, excess jamb form levy, abacha loot recovered and foreign aids then that doesn't mean the church should have no meat for the sake of ceasar.
What people like OP don't realize is that the private jet cost of a pastor won't feed his poor followers for a week. So what happen after that? Will foreign mission close down because the poor must be worshiped until they become rich? Never.
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by PediakAuthor: 3:35pm On Sep 01, 2018|
oh.. okay.. though "You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope" is just like an idiom...
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by PediakAuthor: 3:38pm On Sep 01, 2018|
Let us face the reality... i am not against the men of God using exotic cars or private jet... who am i to touch the anointed one of God...? I am only being factual and practical... but wait.. why is it that church members cannot afford to send their kids to a school built by their church? these and many other things have been bothering me about the modern faith... let me just drop my pen here for now... tnx
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by DeSepiero(m): 3:48pm On Sep 01, 2018|
Suffer suffer for world, Amen!!
Enjoy for heaven, Amen!!
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by PediakAuthor: 3:53pm On Sep 01, 2018|
Allah wuakubar.. Amen...
Fela don talk am finish jooor.. lol
|Re: Nigerian Saints: You Can’t Be More Catholic Than The Pope by Jawolusy by CodeTemplar: 4:13pm On Sep 01, 2018|
PediakAuthor:The bold is true for some churches but false for most.
A church like winners gives scholarship to those they can or want to and then allow people who can afford the set standard to vie for the remaining admission slots.
If you understand the last sentence very well, you will realizes that the school is as good as free or technically free.
The church cant take average tithe of a Nigerian that's less than #50,000- for a whole year and then flip it into #700,000+ in school fee subsidy.
The wise thing to do is to set a standard for the school according to her founder's vision, charge whatever it takes to maintain that standard per student, sponsor the number of students the ministry or church can sponsor by offering the scholarship equivalent, and finally select the best of those who can afford the set standard from among those who didn't make the scholarship. This is what some brilliant churches are doing already and they are running smoothly enough.
Even the govt that makes tax compulsory can't provide absolutely free education for all the citizens, how then can a church that is only funded by 10% of some citizens fully subsidize church owned schools where unbelievers can claim the faith(Christianity) just enjoy the subsidy the church provides?
If you think about it deeply, mega churches are the solution to our problems and not the cause as people like to claim? Other religion pay seeds regularly and spend heavily but aren't getting the kind of attention you are giving Churches and Christians.
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