By Maiwa’azi F. Hosea
Last year, I saw a young man who can best be described as a ‘baby charlatan’ on social media parading himself as a Prophet and asking people to sow a seed of N1,000 (One Thousand Nigerian Naira) for a personal prophecy. Immediately, I rebuked him, because what he was doing was alien to the Scriptures. It quickly reminds me of the story of a false prophet called Elymas the Sorcerer in the book of Acts 13:6-11 who perverts the ways of the Lord and went about using his demonic gifts as a tool of enriching himself.
Unfortunately the African continent and the entire world is littered with hundreds of thousands if not millions of Elymas masquerading as the Ministers of Christ. Be it known that they are of their father the devil, as they go about looking for whom to devour. And to further worsen the situation a lot of gullible men and women in search for what they call “solutions” or “breakthrough” have become their victims. They make God turn to a Gene in a bottle who is always available whenever he is invoked to solve their problems by satisfying their worldly lusts. Sad!
I want to state here categorically that it’s an error to charge and collect money from someone who has come to seek God’s help through you. That’s merchandising the souls of men for profit. The scriptures said what do we really have that was not freely given to us freely by God? 1 Cor. 2:12 equally stated clearly that: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are FREELY given to us of God”. Friends, the Gospel of Christ is not for sale! Get this clear!!!
The time has come that we’ll start saying it as it is friends. The Bible warned us in Mathew 7:15 to: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”. Our Lord Jesus Christ equally prophesied this in Mathew 24:24 that in the last days, “…there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. And if you agree with me dear brothers and sister, these false prophets are on the increase on a daily basis, and a lot of them are sleazing gullible people of their hard earned money and glory in the guise of ministering to them.
I don’t have problems with a Christian giving to any man of God material things out of their free will or as they are led by the Spirit of God. After all, the Bible encourages us to share our material things with those who keep watch over our souls, who have blessed us spiritually. But these charlatans masquerading as “men of God” shamelessly demand for different types of payments in the guise of sowing a seed as a prerequisite for them to minister to their gullible and greedy victims. Theirs is nothing but a pure business enterprise. These can also be seen in how they go about selling dangerous oil, stickers, handkerchiefs, holy water, salt and the likes, pretending that the mediums has some special magical powers to heal, protect and deliver the people from their problems. These guys are not different from the Babalawos and Sangomas we have in Africa who sells charms, magic spells, love portions, etc. Africa who has bewitched you?
These false ministers of the devil knows that majority of our African people thrives on superstitious beliefs, hence they exploit them psychologically and other wise. And unfortunately most of our women folks are more vulnerable to their gimmicks and shamanistic practices by being rape victims in the hands of these beasts who always look at how to satisfy their libidos at any slightest opportunity.
You know in Africa even if you cough or stumble on a stone, it is seen as a bad omen, every single happening with us are quick to be linked with evil, hence superstition thrives in this part of the world just like in some Asian countries.
But a true Christian doesn’t live his life on superstitious beliefs, because the Bible says, if any many be in Christ he is a new creature, behold old things are passed away. And Apostle Paul also made us understand that we (Christians) live our daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly lives in Christ, we equally, move and have our being in the Him. Hallelujah!
My beloved friends and brothers, if the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is all about sowing a seed and getting rich as many so called popular “men of god” or rather god of men so emphasize and claim, then, rich men like Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mark Zuckerbeg, Warren Buffet, Bernad Amault, etal., don’t need your Jesus. Why? Because there problem is not poverty, most of them have more than enough to their 5th generation when it comes to money and earthly riches. Little wonder, they seldom connect with this kind of Jesus being propagated on the African soil because it then means he (the fake Jesus) cannot meet their needs. What a pity!
The question still arises that, what is the common problem of humanity? Is it money? Capital No! Then what is that thing that man cannot be able to solve for himself except God help him? The answer is SIN! Yes, sin is the common problem of man, which is why, Mathew 1:21 summarized the mission statement of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ as thus:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS”.
Sin is the common problem of man, it doesn’t matter where you live or the color of your skin, whether you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, every man on the face of the earth is struggling with sin. And that is why the Scripture said that no man could save himself or his brother. In Ezekiel 22:30, God kept looking for a man among men, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before him for the land, that he should not destroyed it, but he said he found none. The good news is that our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God became that man. Hallelujah! The purpose of the coming of Christ is not to just give people money, cars, houses, etc. No! Jesus came to save his people from their SINS!
Anytime the gospel is being presented as a tool to get rich and solve your earthly problems, a lie is being sold to you, because the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is UNTO SALVATION of man. And that is why all rich men and women of this world still needs help from their sins. And only Jesus Christ can save them.
Now coming to the issue of sowing a seed to be blessed, this is a popular teaching among the Pentecostal and charismatic circles today. They reduce Christianity to getting rich and living a plump life only. And because most Africans are suffering from poverty mentality, these charlatans exploit their weaknesses by presenting a Jesus that will give them money and solve their problems. What an error! After all, who told you that the seed is money? And whenever they mention seed, they refer to money. Why? Haven’t you read were Jesus said the seed is the Word of God? Okay, lets read the parable of the sower where Jesus talked about the seed in Mathew 13:18 that:
“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the WORD OF THE KINGDOM and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way said”.
Oh! So the seed is not just money? Wow! Jesus here liken the seed to the Word of God, yet these so called false teachers equate it with money only and that is why the “sow a seed” cliché has become like an anthem among so called churches and ministries today. Sad!
Dearly beloved in conclusion, the Church must return back to the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which is the power of God UNTO SALVATION as Apostle Paul would say in Romans 1:16 that:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God UNTO SALVATION to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”.
It’s time to repent and believe the Gospel!
I’m your friend and brother, Maiwa’azi Hosea Fwangmun
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