It is fast becoming an established practice for ministers of the gospel to be the mouth piece of political leaders. They sing their praise and canvass for support for them from the people. Ordinarily, I don’t think anything is wrong with that, but in a case where evil, poverty and corruption permeates the land and yet nobody seems to be noticing, then there is a big problem.
Minister of the gospel are meant to be oracles of God and speak up against evil in the land but when they begin to sing the praise of corrupt and ungodly political leaders, who will correct them? Many of them will be quick to make reference to Prime Minister Daniel, but they seems to have forgotten that Daniel did not become prime minister on a platter of gold, his integrity and unwavering commitment to God and His kingdom earned him the position. He did not condone the evil of Nebuchadnezzar rather, he condemned them. He only became a prime minister when king Nebuchadnezzar submitted to the supreme ways of Daniel.
Daniel did not pursue or run after contract or political appointment in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar, he stood for godliness even when his life was at risk. He did not keep silent in the face of oppression. Anointing today is commercialized. These are the days prophets prophesy for money, pastors preach for gold and teachers teach for silver. Guest ministers invited for ministration either in churches or conventions now fix their price. Imagine a minister of the gospel called and anointed to bless the body of Christ demanding for a particular sum of money before he or she can honour invitation to minister. That is the level of moral and spiritual degradation in the church. Do you blame them? They are freelance ministers without access to any church purse while they see church leaders spending tithe payers money without any form of restraint. Since they have no access to the treasury, how else can they have their share of the national cake than to fix their price?
What of corrupt political leaders who set pastors against pastors by giving money to support projects. Is it not absurd when men of God pray for corrupt political leaders to continue in power, they assure them that the people are right behind them. Unfortunately, these are the same people wallowing in poverty; they can hardly eat twice in a day. Yet, in their poverty they manage to pay tithe and offering to commercial ministers who feed fat on their tithe and offering. Anointing is not for sale but rather to serve the purpose the kingdom. God did not anoint His ministers to make merchandise of His people, but to minister to their needs. Those making merchandise of the people are not called of God and their end is destruction. 2 Pet. 2:3, (Living Bible), “These teachers in their greed will tell you anything to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago and their destruction is on the way.” 1 Tim. 6:5, “These arguers – their minds warped by sin – don’t know how to tell the truth; to them the Good News is just a means of making money. Keep away from them.” Apostle Paul said some are in ministry just to make money. They were not called by God. They are in ministry not to obey the calling of God but rather to obey the calling of gold and these are the commercial pastors, commercial evangelist, and commercial prophets. Apostle Peter said these commercial ministers of the gospel will tell you anything just to get hold of your money. They organize more than 10 different special programmes within a year with different bizarre names. Motivational speakers and fund raisers are the invited guest ministers. Roman 16: 17,18,(Living Bible), “And now there is one more thing to say before I end this letter. Stay away from those who cause division and are upsetting people’s faith, teaching things about Christ that are contrary to what you have been taught. Such teachers are not working for our Lord Jesus, but only want gain for themselves. They are good speakers, and simple-minded people are often fooled by them.” How many of these programmes are recording salvation and transformed lives. However, one thing is certain; financial profit for the church. Charisma, fluency in English language and good look are not signs of godliness neither are they heavenly approval of a minister and his ministry.
The church is now preoccupied with building of cathedrals when they are actually meant to build the people. I am not saying we should not build church buildings but when such is motivated by competition, then there is a problem. Little wonder an average Christian sees Christianity as a way of gold and silver. We are gradually introducing capitalism into the church where we believe money could do all things. One can hardly spot any difference between a capitalist and our religious leaders as both parties are driven by the same motive; financial gain. To give legitimacy to their evil ways, they quote Eccl. 10:19 out of context. They are found of saying, “The Bible says money answers all things.” Is that true ? Eccl. 10:19, (KJV), “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry, but money answereth all things.” The Scripture did not just come out of the blues to declare, “Money answers all things” rather, “…but money answers all things.” Feasting and wine are two different things; you might have to attend a rich man’s party and a poor man’s party, like naming ceremony to spot the difference. A poor man can still go ahead and have his feast in the absence of wine simply because he could not afford it just that the party will not be glamorous, but for a rich man, money will answer everything: both the feast and the wine. The ‘all things’ money answers in this Biblical context is feast and wine and nothing more. You and I know that money can never answer all things, not when the rich also cry. Mammon cannot take the place of God because it is only God that answers all things irrespective of what it is. The devil is still desirous of exalting his throne above the throne of the Almighty just that he is doing it in a more refined manner. The day money begins to answer all things then we have another God (god) in the temple. As a child of the kingdom, when next you say money answers all things, you are simply telling God that you have found a replacement for Him. It will be unfair to quote this passage out of context and claim it as the stand of the Scripture. Some of us quote this Scripture wrongly to justify our insatiable desire for wealth and material acquisition. The Scripture is not subject to personal interpretation. Interpreting the Scripture to suit our selfish motive is not godliness.
What of Bible teachers who demand for honorarium before they honour invitation; commercialized anointing. Some will even go as far as fixing their price. Almost every pastor now want to be called General Overseer (G.O.) even if they have only one branch with less than 200 worshipers. I once heard of a man of God who took offence because he was not addressed as Reverend Doctor but simply as Pastor at a function. Some who are supposed to still be Sunday School teachers are now General Overseers. Churches are springing up every day yet evil is not abating. Competition among ministers of the gospel is another big problem in the body of Christ. At times I wonder if we are all going to the same heaven.
To all commercial and political ministers of the gospel, hear the Word of the
LORD,Jer. 6:13,“For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them
every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest
every one dealeth falsely.”
Jer. 23:11, “For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I
found their wickedness, saith the LORD.”
Jer.28:15, “Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet,
Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this
people to trust in a lie.”
Jer. 14:14 – 15, “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies In My name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke unto them: they prophesy unto you a falsevision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning
the prophets that prophesy in my name and I sent them not, Yet they say, Sword and famine shall not bein thisland; By sword and famine shall those prophets