By Comrade Ubon Marcus
I don’t like writing or talking about “men of God”. The reason is simple. It is not my place to determine if they are truly called of God or are true to their calling. There is a day for judgement and God knows what to do. Secondly, everyone has a right to choose which “man of God” he/she wishes to follow. So its a matter of choice.
I am not a member of TB Joshua’s ministry neither am I a fan of his numerous broadcasts. The reason? Well, no particular reason. I bear no ill feelings towards the man neither have I been interested in controversies which have surrounded the man overtime. I guess I have just been minding my business.
So why am I writing about Prophet TB Joshua today? I came across a publication recently about him which sparked my curiosity and directed my critical mindedness towards the man of God as I pondered upon the tenets of our Lord Jesus Christ vis-à-vis TB Joshua’s philanthropy, taking Nigerian Pastors’ version of Christianity into consideration.
It may interest you to know that Olayinka Oduwale, a Unilag graduate is at the tailend of a Ph.D. program at Kellogg College, Oxford, after the completion of a successful Master’s degree at University College London, UK. The story of Olayinka is inspirational to say the least. From a poverty-stricken home, she was working diligently in church when spotted by Nigerian Pastor and philanthropist, T.B. Joshua. Recognising her academic prowess and her meagre financial backing, the cleric sponsored her tertiary education in its totality and has so far sponsored the young student with £100,000 (N45,000,000) to pursue her Ph.D. in Oxford.
This is so commendable and laudable. How many Nigerian Pastors could do this? I am aware that there are Pastors who are giving back to society, some doing so quietly. However, most of them are only interested in expanding their empire and profiteering from the gospel as religious capitalists which they are. There are pastors who dedicate their new exotic cars each sunday, fly private jets to choice locations, and brag about the millions they receive as seeds yet you look around them and find a faithful and committed member who needs just N45,000.00 to renew his rent yet no one cares.
How would they give back to society when “to the typical Nigerian Pastor,
the only way to prosper is by paying your tithe and sowing seeds in the church. So they will never talk about those who have through hardwork and dedication placed themselves on the world map.” (Copied)
How would they genuinely help others when “the Nigerian God only blesses the first 30 people that rush to the altar to drop 100,000NGN as seed”? (Copied)
Does the Nigerian God abhor hardwork and creative thinking and only gives to those who sow seeds, offerings, and shout “I am a millionaire” every morning and do nothing the rest of the day? (copied)
Christ cared about the needs of people around him. That’s why the feeding of over 5,000 people with few loaves of bread and fishes was apt.
World over, religion has become a tool of suppression and control. Karl Marx was indeed very right when he opined that religion is the opium of the masses. The Nigerian version of Christianity is as interesting as it is appalling. Pastors have become so interested in acquisition of wealth and more wealth to the detriment of the tenets of Christ and makes me wonder what happened to the scripture that we should seek the things above, as earthly possessions all come to ruin.
In conclusion, I leave you with the following words: if you want instant harvest plant maize, if you want to make profit sell goods, but if you want a reward that lasts a lifetime invest in people. God bless you.
Comrade Ubon Marcus