|Friday, September 14, 2018|
Continued from Part 1
The greatest sin of our generation is that it has lost all sense of sin (Pope Pius XII)
igeria has lost its moral bearings, because, the religious leaders, who should be our guide, are morally bankrupt. Most of our men/women of God were not morally and spiritually qualified and ready for the job they took. Many just decided to "serve" God because they did not see any other thing to do, meaning that hunger and unemployment drove many into the service of God, even when they do not have what it takes to be there. It's not by force to be a man or woman of God; it's a sacred calling, so, not everybody should dabble into it.
My father wanted me to be an Anglican clergyman, and he was seriously molding me for it until he died, untimely, in 1972 (no wonder he gave me this name). I did grow up in a Christian home. My parents, and my uncle, who were three loving and supportive people, were hardcore Christians. Even though my father, Nelson Nnah Nwokoma, was not an ordained clergy, but he was a devout Christian, and was the person running our local Anglican church immediately after the civil war, in the absence of any clergy sent by the Aba Diocese that was trying to get its act together after the war disrupted everything. My uncle, Francis Enyinnaya Nwokoma, was our church choirmaster and music composer for decades. I joined the choir of my church very early in life and remained an active member throughout my primary and secondary school years ( I was also a Chapel Prefect of my school). It only ended when I left Aba to pursue other endeavors elsewhere. Years later, when I came to Germany, I joined the choir of the British Army Church, in Monchengladbach, Germany, and I was singing with them until the military base was closed. The point I want to make here is that I did not become a clergyman, as my father wanted, because I know my shortcomings, and these made me back out. There was no need to force the "calling" upon myself when I know the "load" would be too heavy for me bear.
Serving God, in all honesty, involves a lot of sacrifices, so, if one can't withstand and defeat temptations, he or she needs not to get involved. Even though Saul later became Paul, God, first of all, saw the potential in him before deciding to use him to spread the gospel to the gentiles. After all, he was not the first or last tormentor of Christians of his time, but one of the few who had what it took to persevere in the service of God during his own time. If you're a religious leader and your life does not reflect that of God, where then is your faith? God knows His people, no matter how we pretend to belong. If we are truly abiding by His Word, then we will reflect His character.
In Nigeria, we have churches and mosques in every corner, and still evil rules the land. This should be a source of concern to all. Many religious places are disguised shrines and native doctors' places. Why many of our Clergies, Imams, Rabbis etc are morally decadent or debauched is because of who they were before surreptitiously claiming to be men or women of God. Many of them are native doctors who disguised themselves and their profession in order to deceive their followers. Those native doctors and occultists only exchange their native doctor's attires for western suits or white garments, depending on the time of day and where. They're native doctors, and do conduct their nocturnal businesses at night or behind the curtain, and are pastors or prophets or priests or Imams during the day or in the open. They buried fetish objects or human beings or human parts beneath their churches, and do wear occult rings, charms, talisman or whatever. Many are magicians, and they possess evil power as such that once they raise their filthy hand, their followers will be falling like a pack of cards. With that, their congregation will continue to grow from strength to strength, because, Nigerians always seek after signs and wonders or miracles, without asking from whom such power flows - God or Satan.
The issue of many Nigerians becoming men and women of God for survival, due to hardship, does not end only in Nigeria, as so many compatriots, abroad, are also joining the "calling" in droves. In the United States, Europe, and Asia, many Nigerians, out of the blue, are becoming men and women of God just to make quick money, even when we know that many of them are fake. In London, for example, many Nigerian evil doers have open churches and are using diabolical powers or occultic spirits to hoodwink their followers, and still, their lives stink to high heaven.
Do you know why some of the native doctors are becoming pastors or prophets in Nigeria? Because, nowadays, the word "native doctor" connotes ugly, dirty, devilish etc. It's shameful to claim to be a native doctor; it's despised by many; and due to low patronage, the native doctors must devise another means to survive, and being a pastor becomes the easiest and fastest way of making a living while still remaining a native doctor stealthily.
The social media is exposing a lot of things. We saw a video of a trader turned pastor in Onitsha, who was not doing well in his business but was convinced by his pastor friend to join the "calling". After falling out with his occultic group, he started singing like a canary, revealing how he was initiated into the secret cult, and how surprised he was to see that so many well known and powerful pastors belong to the cult. This man went on to say how they meet, where, when, and what they do - spilling and drinking of human blood to renew their power.
Being a real religious leader should not be about making money, but winning souls for God, and helping followers to avoid sins. The Bible, in Galatians 6:1, makes this clear: "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted." Many Nigerian religious leaders are swimming in sins, and must, first of all, save their own soul before saving any other person. Because many Nigerian people are following the footsteps of their religious leaders, we can then see why the land is replete with abominations.
Coming to the followers, the lives of those who claim to be "born again" or to know the Bible or Koran, inside out, and can quote all the verses in them, are not mirroring the life of Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed! Nowadays, adultery or fornication is seen as part of life; cheating, fraud, robbery, kidnapping etc have been accepted as ways of life.
This story, below, is just a tip of a giant iceberg. I can go on and on with more stories, but time and space will not permit that here: This is not a made up story or a prevarication,
but what happened a few years back. A successful Nigerian businessman from Imo State traveled to the United States for business. On getting there, things did not work out as planned, and he decided to return back earlier. He instinctively did not inform his wife of the change in his traveling plan. On getting to his home in London, the setting told him that something must be wrong; so he carefully opened the door to avoid drawing any attention, and then tiptoed upstairs, and was surprised to see his pastor on top of his wife. He wanted to shoot both of them dead, but on a second thought, he decided not to do such a silly thing, because his adulterous wife and the pastor are not worth making him ruin his own life - he knew that if he kills them, he will spend the rest of his life in prison (England has no death penalty).
Suspicious that his wife must have been engaging in such adulterous behavior for a long time, the man decided to put his five children through DNA tests. Not once, not twice, but thrice did DNA tests show that four out of his five children are not his biological children. Only the first, the only girl, proved to be his biological child.
By now that marriage has hit the rocks, and the man called the four children (4 boys) who didn't have his DNA and told them what happened - that he's not their biological father, and as such that they must leave with their wayward mother. The four kids started crying, begging the man not to send them away, because, he's the only Dad they know. The man then decided to retain them as his adopted children, but, has been very careful with them, because the children still maintain close contact with their mother. The man is afraid that the four boys might connive with their mother to poison him in order to inherit his estate since his only real child is a girl.
The world is in tatters. The above story is not something new again; such has been happening and will continue to happen. A study shows that 75 percent of children all over the world will fail the DNA test, if subjected to it, because, their mother cheated on their father for their pregnancy. As I wrote previously, Nigeria is a paradox; while the citizens claim that they are very righteous, it is a place where unimaginable crimes are happening. Everywhere are churches and mosques, and still, iniquities fill the land. The Channels Television of July 16, 2012, had this: "A survey conducted by condom manufacturer, Durex, in which 29,000 people in 36 countries were interviewed has ranked Nigerian women as the most unfaithful in the world. The survey revealed that the top two countries with cheating women are Nigeria, with 62 percent, and Thailand, 59 percent. An independent survey also conducted in Africa by AE affirms the fact that Nigeria with a population of over 160 million tops the chart for cheating women. Corruption and a general distrust amongst citizens are largely responsible for this".
The religious institutions are now debasing their worth by honoring freakish individuals who acquired wealth through questionable means. Now, armed robbers, looters, and embezzlers of people's resources entrusted to their care, ritualists, 419ners, debauched civil servants etc are getting honored by our Houses of God. The moral bereft and people of willful character in our society - vultures, swine, snakes etc - are getting knighthood conferred on them by the Churches of God.
Do you know that the politicians are not afraid to loot Nigeria's resources? Because, they have the religious leaders who will pray and bless them, after they must have given them a portion of the loot, through tithes or donation. It means that many of our religious leaders are accomplices to looting. You need to see what the corrupt politicians do in Houses of God after stealing the people's wealth. Those evil men will take the front pews in the churches or front rows in the mosques, pretending to be more religious than others, but, they will go out and embezzle the money meant for services to the people.
To be continued!
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