‘Nige­rian pas­tors live like Hol­ly­wood stars’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ben Atonko

Over­seer of United King­don-based World Har­vest Chris­tian Cen­tre, Rev. Wale Ba­batunde, has urged Nige­rian pas­tors to turn a new leaf or end up with­out see­ing the king­dom of God.

He made the call at a sum­mit at the Transcorp Hil­ton, Abuja last week­end held to ed­u­cate and in­spire par­tic­i­pants on the role of the church in Nige­ria as well as chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants to get prac­ti­cal with their faith as “faith with­out work is dead”.

The cleric who opened his ser­mon with the hymn “Im­mor­tal, in­vis­i­ble God only wise” told the gath­er­ing that some men of God live like Hol­ly­wood stars.

“A lot of pas­tors are de­ceiv­ing God’s peo­ple. They’re hold­ing them (fol­low­ers) in bondage… they’ve turned the church into a house of re­quests - Give me! Give me!” he stated.

Rev. Ba­batunde who said his pas­sion is to make men and women ful­fill their des­tinies and get to heaven noted that, “if there’s de­cay in this na­tion, it’s the prob­lem of the church.”

He said Chris­tians should be so­lu­tion bringers and stop look­ing up to gov­ern­ment for an­swers.

“Church is about solv­ing prob­lems,” he main­tained.

Tak­ing his read­ing from Matt. 5:13, the pas­tor re­minded Chris­tians that they are the salt of the earth and should live the life of sac­ri­fice.

The cleric said he came to speak the truth, not to lay hands on heads or legs.

The event tagged ‘Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Sum­mit’ is an an­nual gath­er­ing. The lat­est is the sec­ond edi­tion.

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