6. Evangelical Prosperity Preaching
Though there are genuine men and women of God, it should also be recognised that the emergence of the Evangelical movement and prosperity preaching has caused more harm than good to the growth and development of many Black people. It has introduced in people an element of laziness, self-centred approach to life, quest for unmerited wealth, false belief in overnight success and faith in supernatural blessings without laying the required foundations. It has turned God’s house into full-blown business and church services into cash-cows. On television, crusades, conferences and Sunday meetings, miracles, healing and prosperity preaching dominate allocated times. Many have entrusted their faith in the hands of pastors and surrender their daily/life changing decisions to pastoral approval – marriage, business, education, travels, etc. Valuable times are spent in churches serving the interest of pastors rather than investing in personal development and growth. Unproductive hours are spent in lengthy night vigils. Members are brainwashed into accepting a correlation between lengthy hours in church service and God’s attention. Moreover, despite the ritual of lengthy night vigils and church service, many return to their homes in the same condition they arrived at the service; church coffers keep swelling. Consequently, many travel from one convention to the next crusade in search of supernaturally induced wealth and miracles. In conventions, at a shout of “who wants to be a millionaire” you see, for example, Nigerians standing, jumping as high as they could, lifting up hands, shouting at the top of their voices and claiming and hoping on unmerited wealth from God (see Video 7). Black people are the only race that fold hands waiting for divine solution to every problem, including the ability to self-love and unite around a common cause.
Nigeria’s millionaire preachers
Prosperity preaching or the gospel of materialism associates faith to acquiring wealth, fame and power. It is fueled by lost and sustained by lust (Pastor Cherry). It is a gospel targeting the spiritually gullible or scripturally ignorant; and “designed to profit one person, and one person only, the preacher, and of course his cronies!..a spiritual 419 designed to con people of their honest, hard-earned money ” (Bodé Adeboyejo). Prosperity gospel:
is a gospel where the preacher, using scriptures out of context, promises you financial blessings because that’s your covenant promise as a Christian. However to get that blessing you have to sow a seed into the kingdom or the vineyard. And the more seed you sow, the more prosperous you become, regardless of your lifestyle”.
I am a firm believer in miracles, the power of the Almighty God and salvation through Christ. My life is surrounded by miracles as my book “The Journey of Tragedy & Hope” will reveal when published next year. Those who know me can testify to my misfortunes and miracles. The foundation of my miracles is kindness, taking risk for others, hard-work in my personal development, supporting the weak and discouraged, volunteering to serve, humble fruitful and honest living, investing time and money in search of a greater tomorrow for my race and country and standing for the truth without fear or favour. The foundation of my miracles is the abuse, humiliations, and deceit I suffer in return for my kindness, unconditional love and trust, even from loved ones, immediate relations and pastors.
7. Lacking spirit of appreciation, encouragement and sacrifice
The mother of all challenges nailing the Blackman to the floor, is the lacking spirit of appreciation, encouragement and sacrifice. Envy, jealousy, tribalism and religious fanaticism bar many in the Black race communities from sacrificing and supporting efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of others. The same factors chain many from appreciating and encouraging those willing and working to make a difference in the Black peoples’ communities. Rather than see the good in what is being accomplished, some Black people direct their efforts at bringing down those willing to sacrifice and initiate change for the benefit of all. Dream killers in the Black race communities spend more time devising and mounting smear campaigns and propaganda against concerned citizens willing to devote time and effort at tackling the problems of the Black race. Many Black people, no matter their ranks professionally / religiously, are unwilling to give to charity, unwilling to volunteer time and money for a good course, unwilling to work for the betterment of their race, unwilling to enrich themselves with knowledge through constant reading, unwilling to unite around a common cause and unwilling let go the selfishness and greed that never pays long-term. In America and Europe, the rich are appealing to their governments to tax them more to help the nation, and students, professionals and activists are occupying Wall-Street, London, Madrid, and Rome in hash winter weather and under mounting police pressure, FOR IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL. You can see why we are in the situation we find ourselves today economically, socially and politically and will remain in that state until we change our mind-sets. These are prominent reasons why the Blacks are leading in every negative area of life. Genetically and biologically we are not inferior to any other race but our actions and behaviours are telling a different story.
Many African rich, politicians, professionals and students see Europe and America as solution to their personal problems and an escape from the realities of life in their respective home countries. Such people are short-sighted and lack a sense of history. Please note – when one’s right in a nation is guaranteed by nothing else but laws made by man or by institutions created by man, then one’s future remains in the hands of man. Such future needs be approached cautiously and strategically, for somewhere along the line, it will fail since man has the right to alter laws. Most Africans in Europe and America have their rights guaranteed by manmade laws and nothing else – e.g. employment right, dual nationality law, naturalisation, permanent residence, nationality by birth, equal opportunity, UN charter, etc. It is only one’s homeland that provides dual guaranteed citizens’ rights – (a) by manmade laws and (b) by birth in one’s natural homeland (son/daughter of the soil).
Have you ever considered the fact that the life of the Black-race is presently in the hands of European and American powers and the American controlled United Nation? Right from Biblical times, though God continues to honour his covenant with Israel, the truth remains that the Jewish people realising their vulnerability, the hostilities surrounding their geographic location, and their size both in population and landmass, took an oath never to allow a second holocaust. Militarily, scientifically, economically, socially, politically, Israel has fortified its existence and reduced by a huge margin any chances of extermination. To the elite and blessed of the black race, remember, in this new world order, it is not your wealth, letters behind your name, professional titles or colour of your passport that defines you. It is your race/country that place value on your worth in the minds of other races. It is not what and who you think you are that matters to the world but what you can offer the world. Let’s join hands and work for a better and greater tomorrow for this and future generations. Our children and grandchildren will continue to provide the slave labour that powers the engine of development and prosperity in foreign lands, unless we change our mind-sets. Our natural resources will continue to be exploited to fuel the development, prosperity, economic and military power that may be employed one day in our extermination by foreign powers, unless we change our mind-sets.
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