I prayed for COVID-19 not to end because even while resting, I acquired my third jet -The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Man of God!, Really?
Praying that a disease dreadfully wiping out millions should not end because of the huge returns on your investments? Is that not conforming to the ways of the world and capitalists, which the scriptures warned us against?
There is nothing that says that a man of God must be poor and cannot invest. No! After all, the sons of the devil possessing the best of things in life should not possess the inheritance of our Father more than us. But the questions are, is the FIRS well informed about this super inflow and therefore properly taxed or they were in the name of the church? If in the name of the church, are church members also stakeholders in the business?
I know metaphorically, our reverred Apostle might have meant, ‘while majority complained of economic squeeze and nations slumped into recession, the Lord smiled on him.’ So, just like us testifying before the congregation to prep others up, he found it worthwhile to testify before his congregation. No problem!
But no matter the intent, flaunting that type of wealth, boasting about it in a pandemic, and in a town where majority have no electricity, water, good roads, schools and healthcare facilities, etc., does not show respect and empathy for the poor, and COVID-19 victims. You cannot be praying for the elongation of the pandemic for personal gains and the expense of innocent lives. No naaa.
Before bible scholars remind me, I know the Bible says in Matthew 7, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – NIV. It even becomes more difficult when what we say relate to a man of God.
But I take solace in James 4:17, which says “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” – New Living Bible. Secondly, my Lord said in 1 Peter 4:17 and Hebrew 12:4-17, which among others cautioned that ‘judgement will start from the house of God,’ which means that when His children do not follow the footprints of humility as laid down by the scriptures, He would visit us with disciplinary measures.
Juxtaposing the “do not judge”, with speak out against anything that does not not bring justice to the poor, I believe we should call the attention of our leaders to a deviation from the right things, so that we can prevent the casting of aspersions on the the body of Christ.
Grace and peace!!!