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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Nigerian Pastor Boasts He Is Taking Tithes And Offerings From His Congregation To Keep Them Out Of Poverty


Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, during the 4-day annual convention of his church which was held about 3 weeks ago, boasted to a crowd of at least a million Nigerians in attendance, and millions more watching worldwide via live stream, that he was still in the business of collecting monies from them to keep them out of poverty.
In his own words:
"Let me tell you the truth, the only reason we still take offerings is to get you out of poverty. From today if you’re not sure of your salvation don’t ever give when it’s time for offerings in RCCG. When you give offerings you’re sending money to heaven."
Mr Adeboye, having gorged himself on his congregants' contributions to his church's coffers, has become so conceited, and his conscience so desensitized that he had the temerity to stand in front of millions of worshippers and not only insult them, but also make a mockery of their grinding poverty. How much more contempt and disgust can he show to these gullible millions who sadly do not know better and have continued to enrich him? 
Mr Adeboye also told those who were not 'saved' that "from today if you are not sure of your salvation don’t ever give when it is time for offerings in RCCG." Adeboye is not biting the fingers that are literally feeding him and his family, and maintaining their affluent lifestyle; far from it, his megalomanic statements will no doubt have drawn applause and of course more offerings from these same people who believe they will reap the benefits of giving money to Adeboye, and therefore heaven. They will also be expecting to reap the 'fruits' of their offerings here on earth.
The average prosperity preacher is a businessman/woman who understands that they have to make an investment in order to receive dividends. Their smooth words and glib lies are part of this investment, as well as their lifestyle. They dress in expensive apparels - designer clothes, perfumes, and watches, drive expensive, top of the range cars, and then lead their congregation to believe that all these are blessings from their god for their faithfulness and services to this god; this is why people like Creflo Dollar could publicly appeal for funds for a new $65 million private jet so he could "safely and swiftly share the good news of the gospel worldwide." They go further to blame anyone who is poor for their own poverty, because they either do not have what it takes to call riches upon themselves, or that there may be something, or someone, in their lives that is a hinderance t o their getting rich. These people continue to pray and tithe, and all they do is continue to enrich these pastors who heartlessly continue to collect these monies while telling them to continue to pray and tithe. It is an endless cycle; a vicious circle.
Adeboye, a former professor of mathematics before he took over the leadership of the RCCG full time in the early '80's, has admitted that he has so enriched himself, he now collects money from his congregants as a favour to them. He has not only been enriching himself from their offertories for over three decades, he has been doing this on the back of many of Nigeria's desperate poor who have seen his prosperity gospel as a sort of lottery in which they can buy tickets in the hope of winning millions. Like gambling addicts, they continue to give while hoping against hope that they would hit the jackpot. There is no jackpot and Adeboye knows this. He is the only one hitting the jackpot, at the expense of millions of Nigerians and in the over 100 countries he has 'planted' his church (or more appropriately, ATM's).
Seventy per cent of Nigerians are poor, and a great majority of these are also poorly educated or uneducated. It is easy to see why they desperately want to lift themselves out of their present abject and deplorable situation, and super seasoned con artists like Adeboye are on hand to 'help' them. An Igbo proverb when translated goes like this: "one does not tell the deaf that there is a stampede"; but Nigerians are not only stone deaf, we are blind as well. How do you tell someone who is deaf and blind that there is a stampede?