Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Swindlers In Churches Of Today

I, the writer of these words, I'm a Christian. Therefore, neither am I writing these words to criticize nor to promote my opinion.

I just seem to find myself amidst development that somewhat seem non Christlike.

The commonly quoted verse when it comes to this matter of collecting from members or congregation is Malachi 3: 8 "I ask you, is it right for a person to cheat God? Of course not, yet you are cheating me. 'How?' you ask. In the matter of tithes and offerings."

I kind of feel that this subject has been politicized in churches of today. Excluding the Jehovah Witnesses.

I think tithes and offerings have become the major driving force of churches.

You see priests hunting for members capable of gigantic tithes and offerings because it determines the priest's income, the church status, and even the church growth and welfare.

Nowadays, tithes and offerings are in bidding form. The priest announces a very huge amount of offering (e.g 1000 naira) and some showoff members will rush to kneel at the pastor's feet and the priest will rain a 15 minutes prayer on their heads. After which the priest will announce a less huge amount of offering (e.g 500 naira) and some other showoff members of the congregation will rush to the pulpit and receive a 10 minutes prayer. The priest will continue to announce lesser amount of offering with lesser and weightless prayers to prove that salvation nowadays is no longer free.

I still will not love to ascertain that salvation has been monetized but why do most churches collect Sunday Service offering thrice within the space of 9:00am - 1:00pm; excluding the offering collected at the end of Sunday School session of 8:30am - 9:00am.
Whenever it's offering time, the priests, the officers, and the CCTV become excessively vigilante; monitoring the movement of the ushers as if offering is the only thing that matters in the house of God.

During the sermon, giants fraction of the congregation are either engaged in member-to-member gossip or chatting on social media, streaming videos online, listing to secular podcasts on their devices; since churches are democracy, none cares to caution the distractions.

Although, offering and tithe have been so glorified, yet their impacts are not felt on the communities where churches dwell.

How I wish someday, tithes and offerings will truly become tools for churches to glorify God and Christianity rather than a selfish means of income generation.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Christianity: A Matter Of Profit Or Loss

It is a matter of profit or loss. If someone makes heaven, such a person has made profits but if someone makes hell, such a person has attained losses.

It is as simple as been privileged to have one's name written down somewhere called THE BOOK OF LIFE.

"And I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing before the throne. Books were opened, and then another book was opened, the book of the living. The dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books." [Rev. 20:12]

Actually who will write the name isn't clear to me (whether God, Jesus Christ, Angels, etc); all that matters is the name written

Did I just mention that having someone's name written is simple?

It also requires hardworking determination.
You must be determined to forsake your sinful ways.
You must be determined to give your life to Jesus Christ in respect that Jesus Christ had also laid His life for you on the cross of Calvary.
You must be determined to pray ceaselessly, meditate days and nights, forsake not the gathering of the righteous, seek for mercy with faith for it is written that many are called but few are chosen.

Why Is The Book of Life important?
To make worthy of the fact that after death is judgement
To make worthy of the fact that forgiveness is the reward for repentance
To make worthy of the fact that heaven mansions and abundant eternal life awaits the names written in the Book of Life while Hell awaits those names not found in the book.

The process to begin preparing one's place in heaven is by finding a quiet place to kneel with eyes closed and heartily confess sins and accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

The Tale Of Two Kingdoms

This is a tale of two kingdoms, the biblical tale of two kingdoms.

The scripture has made it clear that there are kingdom of heaven and kingdom of hell.

The word Paradise is synonymous to the kingdom of heaven where God, Jesus Christ, Angels and the beloved dwell. It is the best of all the places (according to scriptural description) full of peace, delight, splendor, riches, etc.

The opposing kingdom is the kingdom of hell where Satan and his evil cohorts reside. It is described as the worst of all places in terms of suffering, regrets, and gnashing of teeth.

Lucky for you and I, the journey to either kingdom is not physical but spiritual.

The process entails dying_ either dying in Christ Jesus or dying in Satan.

"Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it." [Matt 7:13-14]

So therefore, choose from this day who you will follow.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Why Christians Must Win Souls

Why Christians Must Win Souls

Soul-winning is the major goal of Christianity.

Sometimes, as a result of the burdens some Christians shoulder in attempt to win souls for Christ, one might be forced to seek the reasons why soul-winning is so important to a devote.

No wonder the scripture says in the book of John 15:8 that you bear much fruit so that you will known as disciple of Lord, Jesus Christ.

Before I dive into the benefits of soul-winning, I will love to point at few of the benefits of being recognized as a Christian.

1. Being recognized as a Christian does increase the chance of prayer becoming answered.

2. Being recognized as a Christian does increase the chance of joining the rapture.

3. Being recognized as a Christian does increase the chance of enjoying a rightful deliverance.

4. Being recognized as a Christian does increase the chance of enjoying Christian brotherhood.

5. Being recognized as a Christian does increase the chance of approaching every situations of life with confidence.

From my personal perspective, I will now list few reasons why Christians shoulder the responsibility of soul-winning:

1. Winning souls for Christ adds value to the religion called Christianity.

2. Winning souls for Christ shows Christians appreciation for Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

3. Winning souls for Christ strengthens a Christian's hope for eternal life.

4. Winning souls for Christ further promotes the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

5. Winning souls for Christ shows that the message and teaching of Jesus Christ is effective and everlasting.

Monday, March 5, 2018

How Hopelessness Enters Christians' Life

How Hopelessness Enter Christians' Life

Hopelessness is serpentine. It is deceptive. It is a friendly foe. It is an uninvited guest that burgles into a brighter soul and cart away all potentials; leaving the victim with unfulfilled destiny.

Have you ever wondered what could be responsible for someone's decision to commit suicide?

The answer to the question is hopelessness. Yes, a chronic hopelessness.

Everyone was divinely bestowed the heart of gold. Synonymously, you can use other words such as bravery, heroism, confidence, etc.

Satan or maybe carelessness is responsible for replacing people's heart of gold with hopelessness via unforeseen disastrous circumstance(s).

Thank God that people's hopelessness can diagnosed thus:

In a victim, what are the symptoms of hopelessness? Where can hopelessness be found in a victim?

In the faith (not trusting the scripture nor believing in God)

In the face (an always frowned face)

In the act (a constant inferior act)

In the heart (always afraid of everything)

In the tongue (negatively oriented)

In the status (totally resigned to poverty, dislikes reading and learning)

In the health (never physically fit yet hates the gym)

In the hygiene (always with smelly armpit, feet, teeth, plus odour emitting underneath the panties)

In the grooming (habitual unkempt hair, bushy beard, musky skin)

In the wardrobe (wearing crumpled clothes and unpolished shoes)

For any christian with the opportunity to see this post, it's never too late to start making changes.

For the scripture says in Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for HE who promised is faithful".

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Have Come A Long Way

Have Come A Long Way
I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing...

For the sake of this post, lets assume that life is like a teritory and for the sake of this post, lets agree that seeking the face of Jesus Christ is like a very long travel. When the journey is long, the distance will matter-less in as much as the journey is rewarding.

According to the scripture, Jesus understands the joy of been rewarded after a very long journey. Therefore, HE said, in the book of Mark 8:2-10

Whose Minds Are In Dark?

Whose Minds Are In Dark?
If we see a rapper with dark sun glasses, long beaming pendants, rapping in and...

Starting from our early exposure to religion, we were made to know the difference between good and evil. We hear things like Jesus Christ is good and Satan is evil.

Even in those early days, we were made to understand that the good treasures white color while the evil treasures black color; that is the reason why angels wore white with trumpet in their mouths whereas the devil was painted black with horn above the head.

If we see erotic movie and the characters are dressed in black top and black jeans_ trust me, we'll care less because they are secular characters with secular goals.

The Best Tool For Any Christian

The Best Tool For Any Christian
As wealthy as monopoly has made many nations, organisations and individuals; there is yet...

Many nations of the world, many organizations and many business people have taken seriously the use of monopoly. The truth is that monopoly has helped the adopters of such economic system in amassing wealth except that such wealth doesn't circulate.

Monoply always implies greediness and self-centeredness_ yes, that's one of monopoly's demerits.

As wealthy as monopoly has made many nations, organisations and individuals; there is yet any that surpass the wealth of King Solomon

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Darkness Inside The Fish Belly

The Darkness Inside The Fish Belly
A person will be left with shambling acts and groping tracks or trails...

You sure know the story but if possible you don't already know the story then here is it.

Jonah 1:1-3 says, "The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

But Jonah ran away from the Lordand headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord."
By the time the story got to verse 17, Jonah landed in the fish belly; "Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."

Jonah's disobedience earned him nothing but suffering and waste of time and energy. An errand from God is never a suggestion but a command_ the wise messengers simply comply while the arrogant ones suffer bruises from wraths of God before they comply.

When God askes someone to do something but the person refuses, such a person will be left with shambling acts and groping tracks or trails. Except or until compliance, the person slumbers through life and lives through fish-belly-like darkness as Jonah did.

Most errands from earthly authorities are tasks leaving the messenger with choice of  either success or failure (examples of such earthly errands are found in Odyssey).

How To Get The Best Wine

How To Get The Best Wine

From experience, I'm guessing most people response would be "the wine is good..."

Life is occasion and occasion is life. In any earthly gathering of celebration, wine is one of the things that set attendees in a party mood_ meaning that wine is good.

If our living on this earth is like an occasion or a party, then it's time for you to examine your life and tell how awesome has the wine been so far. From experience, I'm guessing most people response would be "the wine is good", "the wine is not so good", "the wine is sometimes good and sometimes bad".

John 2:1-10 says, On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

Looking At The Wrong Directions

Many nations of the world are suffering. The suffering in question doesn't even limit to non-christian nations but mixture of both Christian and Non-Christian nations.

The major cause of the suffering is less to do with bad governance or wrongly administered policies. The cause is that nations are looking at the wrong direction_ what they see and focus their attention on aren't what they supposed to focus their attention and glorify.

Few of those are Apocalypse, Illuminati, Same-Gender Marriage, hoodies and fraternities, etc. The one dollar question is "despite the attention given to the listed above, which nation has positively transformed from the glorification of such subjects?" Rather they motivate greed, expand the scope of criminalities, hijack all channels to morality, drag nations and humanity backwards by unearthing the arts that were long buried (example: witchcraft and wizardry, idolary and paganism, historical mysteries and ancient lores, etc).

Luke 19:1-7 says, "Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."

Not until all living souls start  looking inwardly to Jesus Christ, the trouble s of life will be softened. The life of Zacchaeus was positively transformed the day he focused his attention on Jesus Christ.