I grew up questioning faith, God's existence and the legitimacy of miracles ... even as far back as Sunday school. Just after BECE, I had a chronic back pain from long hours of religiously pinning my butt down behind my books. I was trusting God for a miracle ... fasted and prayed. God's time for that miracle did not unfold. Then there was first year in SSS where a man of God predicted before the whole congregation of students, that I'll lead them as their school prefect ... which materialized. Why i sited these two personal examples in this article is left for the reader to decrypt.
These days, "the Church" has evolved into one of the most lucrative ventures around, considering the existence of a constant, and a tried-and-true revenue source, which of course is tax free! Most pastors these days enrich themselves with the accumulated 10% on the incomes of the congregation [of whom most struggle with paying bills]. 31st Night "Cross-Over, Leap-Over, Jump-Over, Box-Over, Sword-Over" services granted most pastors a favorable juncture of circumstances to preach about sowing seeds in cash to reap God's blessings in prosperity for the coming year.
|The grass eating congregation|
We heard the report from Uganda (20th March, 2000), when a self-styled prophet lured and burnt more than 500 members of his congregation, including children, after he had succeeded in convincing them to sell all their belongings and donated the proceeds to him as license to heaven. Then of course, the pastor who was remanded for whipping a church member to death in 2009 right here in Ghana. Just last year, there were reports of a pastor lashing the congregation for sinning, including pregnant women who visited the hospital ... again, right here in Ghana. Then the 11th January story, where a pastor in South Africa convinced his congregation to eat grass to get closer to God.
|The man of God who stands on his church members ...|
Writing long is not my style, and this article seems to be getting long. I haven't even established a point in here, but I believe scattered as each paragraph may be, readers can extract their own denotations. I leave you with this picture .. >>>
Thanks for reading.