Before you get into reading this, just bear in mind that I don’t qualify at all to be a CRE teacher. Those who went to school during ‘Maziwa ya Nyayo’ era would relate to those abbreviations. I mean, these are just plain thoughts put down on paper by someone- that someone is me of course- observing pure madness going on in small mabati structures as well as buildings that are termed as places of worship.
Pastors have told their congregation time and again that God isn’t a God of noise… ‘Mungu hapendi kelele’ so dare you not put coins in that offering basket. Oh, some of them even have different offering baskets for different denominations of money.
Preaching money, how you need to pay (a small addition to your offering to God and the church) for you to get that dream house and car after praying. I mean, for some weird reason God must have changed aye? Nowadays all you have to do is treat your pastor like His equal for you to get that ‘YES’ as the answer to your prayer.From claiming to have power over life and death then ‘resurrect’ departed souls to selling tickets to heaven. Yes, a ticket that’s meant to take you straight to the upper deck (Heaven). Well, your guess is as good as mine, like how now? Surprisingly, guys bought the tickets. They spent a clean 5000 for a small printed piece of paper written in ink, “ticket to heaven.”Don’t quote me on that though, I’m just assuming because I don’t see any other way it would have read just to lure people into buying it. Can you imagine, 1…2…3…4…5 ‘saosand’ to buy that piece of paper. Ah ah, I can’t anymore. How desperate are we?
In the words of an author Rick Warren, he pointed out that reaching the lost is the ultimate purpose of a church, everything the church does—from preaching to worship to the design of the building—should be determined by the perceived needs or desires of the unchurched.
So, I guess that’s where the tables turned.
Though Charles Spurgeon pre-dated the church growth movement, he was well aware of the temptation to allow the world to influence the church. He said, “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.” And again, “The very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors.”
How do we not see that all they are doing is liken themselves to the Man above and not see it as blasphemy?Churches with pastors that take so much pride in the building and how much money the congregation is putting into their ‘preaching’ business, a church whose pastor loses it and boldly stands in front of his congregation to scold people, among them, his fellow bishops.For real though, before you take a spirituality leap, be sure to ask God for help. Nothing is greater than the gift of discernment in regards to religion. If you honestly want a very close relationship with the Creator of Heaven and Earth, ensure to counter check the facts in order to lead in the right direction for the right kind of guidance before you find yourself in a congregation that’s ingesting bleach to disinfect their sinful selves internally.