The Catholic Church in Nigeria remains, as I’ve written for many years on this blog and earlier newspaper weekly essays, almost the only Christian faith where excesses of those in government have always been called out. Bishop Kukah remains true to that calling by turning the searchlight on another segment of Nigerian society where bilking, as in government is as bad as the looting in government. He calls out the prosperity “men of” what I’ve called “Nigeria’s god” to turn to following the example of He whom they claim to follow from their insatiable appetites for wealth.
In Nigeria, it is done by bilking their congregations to build monumental wealth for themselves and their families. One day, hopefully, the “sheep” being led, would wake up and open their eyes to what is close to being in cults.The ill-gotten wealth is converted into big businesses, including schools and universities to which the majority of their congregants cannot send their children because they would have to pay the same exorbitant fees that non-church members pay.
Jets, lives of opulence are the marks of these church OWNERS, a THING described in the words of little Pollyanna in the eponymous movie of yester-years: “no one owns a church”! OWNING Churches in Nigeria these days are the fastest-growing businesses.
“The embarrassing billions being committed to spiritual matters is an act of outright criminality and has nothing to do with the Christian faith. This is one of the damning betrayals of Jesus Christ.”
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CHRISTMAS DAY 2015. 3:20 p.m. [GMT]