Cler­ics ‘not prac­tis­ing what they preach’

Preach­ers come un­der fire for not ad­dress­ing needs of their flocks

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WHILE Prophet Paseka Mot­soe­neng, pop­u­larly known as Pas­tor Mboro, is cur­rently on the warpath with the Com­mis­sion for the Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion of the Rights of Cul­tural, Re­li­gious and Lin­guis­tic Com­mu­ni­ties (CRL), an­other pas­tor has given his opin­ion on the issue.

Mot­soe­neng de­manded that com­mis­sion chair­per­son Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva apol­o­gised to her for un­fairly tar­get­ing her dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings.

How­ever, pas­tor Apos­tle Paul Akarigbo lauded the com­mis­sion rec­om­men­da­tions on re­li­gion, say­ing he was will­ing to as­sist it in its ef­fort to curb un­eth­i­cal prac­tices.

Akarigbo was speak­ing at the launch of his book, My En­counter with TB Joshua: Chris Oyakhilome’s se­cret vis­its to the Prophet re­vealed and Chris Okotie’s pre­dic­tions on the Catholics and Pope Fran­cis, in Rand­burg at the week­end.

“In terms of the com­mis­sion, I rec­om­mend it and want them to in­vite me so I can sup­port them and lead young pas­tors to sup­port their call be­cause the pas­tors re­ceive tithes and some are left with noth­ing.

“If the mem­bers can pay tithes to the pas­tor, the pas­tor needs to help them when they are down… a lot of pas­tors show off and do not help those who gen­uinely need the help,” Akarigbo told The Star.

Dur­ing the re­lease of the com­mis­sion re­port, Mkhwanazi-Xaluva said re­li­gious lead­ers and in­sti­tu­tions must be reg­is­tered and pay tax like any other business, and for­eign na­tion­als wish­ing to open churches in South Africa should un­dergo a strict vet­ting process.

The fi­nal CRL re­port into the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of churches in South Africa con­tained some of th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions.

She fur­ther said there were se­ri­ous gaps in the Home Af­fairs Depart­ment’s sys­tems in that those claim­ing to be re­li­gious lead­ers from out­side South Africa con­duct the business of re­li­gion with­out pro­duc­ing the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion and this tends to cre­ate ten­sion with the lo­cal re­li­gious lead­ers.

Akarigbo said the church and the com­mu­nity were one and com­mu­ni­ties own the churches not in­di­vid­u­als and not the pas­tors.

“Pas­tors need to look at the com­mu­ni­ties they are in and help with al­le­vi­at­ing poverty and other is­sues they are fac­ing. You will see pas­tors point­ing a fin­ger at politi­cians but they are the ones who com­mand mil­lions in their bank ac­counts,” Akarigbo said.

He said Nige­rian re­li­gious cir­cles were in tur­moil, plagued by flam­boy­ance from re­li­gious lead­ers who have large fol­low­ings and churches across the con­ti­nent.

“Th­ese are lead­ers who are meant to be lead­ing the cru­sade against so­cial ills fac­ing Africa. We are talk­ing about is­sues such as xeno­pho­bia, Chris­tianopho­bia, Is­lam­o­pho­bia. That is why I said ha­tred and pol­i­tick­ing, when you find pas­tors giv­ing awards to politi­cians for mil­lions of dol­lars and fail to tell them the truth be­cause they give them money,” he said.

He said the re­la­tion­ship between pas­tors and politi­cians was di­lut­ing re­li­gion and shift­ing the fo­cus away from its in­tended pur­pose.

In his book, Akarigbo re­veals Pas­tor Chris Okotie’s pre­dic­tions on the Catholic Church and Pope Fran­cis. For decades, Akarigbo has been closely fol­low­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Syn­a­gogue Church of All Na­tions. Akarigbo nar­rates en­coun­ters and shock­ing rev­e­la­tions about Prophet TB Joshua and the Church of All Na­tions.

In some cir­cum­stances he gives an eye­wit­ness ac­count of the group­ings and dif­fer­ent be­liefs within the pen­te­costal. He dis­sects the os­ten­ta­tious life­styles of some pas­tors and asks about their con­tri­bu­tion to the poor’s uplift­ment.

His work is avail­able at lead­ing book­stores for R250.

MAT­TER OF FAITH: Apos­tle Paul Akarigbo hit out at var­i­ous church lead­ers over their os­ten­ta­tious life­styles and lack of sup­port for the poor dur­ing his book launch in Rand­burg this past week­end.

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