“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” Psalm 85:6
I’m not referring to all churches collectively in this article, but to the large majority who have drifted away from God.
The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of the fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition.
With rapid fire changes within a culture saturated by fake miracles and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for Africa ( in light of the so-called rise of the prophetic movement)? If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a continental spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what’s inside is spilling out. But if God brings revival…if we once again set our hearts and minds on Him…there is tremendous hope.
A large part of Africa is in deep poverty, the dire economic conditions and a hunger to pull out of poverty has persuaded a great number of people to seek shortcuts to wealth consequently this has opened the doors for a tsunami of occultist who have taken to the pulpit in the church and are now initiating the undiscerning desperate crowds into satanism.
Jesus Christ now plays second fiddle in most of these churches. Money and the promises of wealth, have taken the lead and are now occupying the centre stage. There is need, in fact a desperate need to put Jesus Christ back at the centre of it all. A revival is much needed, it is long overdue.
Revival means to awaken, restore, renew, or repair. In churches across Africa, crowd appeal and pleasing the masses tends to be the goal rather than calling out destructive lifestyles, which can result in revival and renewal.
A deathlike, deep slumber, has overtaken the church: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:1). The beacon of light has faded, the salt has lost its savor, and the message of the cross has been edited out of most sermons. We have lost our fervor for the truth. Notice how most of these modern prophets focus on talking about their wealth and how they will talk about how they are being attacked by this or that person? They are using the pulpit to attack other individuals and showcase their wealth. They attribute their personal accumulation to spiritual fathers and again Jesus Christ plays second if He is mentioned at all. Have we considered that we may be offending God? Consider the following:
Money and material wealth is influencing these churches.
The politically connected and the rich are targeted in these churches. The prophets want or rather seek fame through these alliances rather than through Jesus Christ.
In these churches you can mention God as long as you don’t mention His absolute truth. You can mention Jesus as long as He was just a good teacher. And you can embrace religion as long as it’s all inclusive.
These prophets and pastors feel the need to be financially focused rather than be biblically correct to be accepted. The trend in churches is to be welcoming, but primarily affirming. Sermons are designed to tickle the ear but not convict the heart. God help us.
Additionally, many of those who follow these modern day Papas enjoy programs about the occult, vampires, witches, zombies, illicit sex, and other perversions of the truth. Is it any wonder that these prophets are competing if not putting to shame the likes of Hollywood shamed sexual perverts like Harvey Weinstein?
Christians should not be entertained by darkness. If we are, our heart needs spiritual resuscitation. “If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
Many go to these churches to seek wealth and the promised lifestyle that these prophets are selling rather than to seek Christ. They are disengaged from the true gospel of Christ and bombarded with promises of wealth and entertained by demonstrations of miracles and prophecies that expose marine spirits, spiritual husbands and all sorts of drama that is enticing but biblically devoid of meaning.
Their church service resemble Hollywood not the work of the Spirit. They choose friends who complement their worldly lifestyle, rather than friends who challenge them to live for God.
Indeed, the things of the world are exciting and the things of God are dull. Their conversations at work include how great their man or woman of God is, and at home, their words are shallow and lifeless. Their waking thoughts are either focused on promised wealth, declarations or prosperity that was prophesied to come. They are dead, or dying spiritually, and they don’t even know it. They have religion but not a genuine relationship with God. Sadly many who follow these prophets have much faith in the prophets than they have in God.
Prosperity and wealth are not bad as long as they come from God, the Bible says in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Don’t get me wrong, I thank God for good churches that teach correct principles of acquiring wealth and how to prosper in business and the marketplace …we need more of those, but there is also a trend to teach that even if wealth is acquired incorrectly, it may be cleansed if one pays tithes or a substantial seed to the prophet. Relativism continues to challenge truth, but to its own destruction. Any time we value human reasoning and intellect over God’s Word and absolute truth, we face the consequences of our foolishness.
I make no apologies for the controversial content of this article. When we fail to confront, we confirm. When we fail to confront destructive ideas and philosophies, we are, in essence, confirming them. To state the obvious, we become part of the problem…we cannot change what we will not confront.
A large majority of the churches in Africa have been desensitised one generation at a time, one fake miracle at a time, one compromise at a time, and we are drowning in a cesspool of relativism. “The wicked freely parade and prance about while evil is praised throughout the land” (Psalm 12:8). God is our only hope. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6).
The Church is being manipulated by occultist who have seen that Christians hunger for wealth.
Christians are cowering behind the door of the grossly misquoted scripture “touch not the anointed” and allowing God-hating groups to determine the course of our prophetic strength. We have allowed charlatans, fake prophets, occultist to masquerade as prophets of God.
Some good church leaders who could stand up and challenge the shenanigans paraded by these charlatans have opted for the easier route of watching in silence for fear of legal action from these money rich fake prophets. But, somebody has got to stand up for truth. Someone has to challenge these fraudsters and sexual predators masquerading as prophets.
Granted, that my trust is in God and in His sovereign control. I write and teach without fear of these masqueraders. I will challenge them one by one or in-mass on this platform. Woe be to any occultist or false prophets who seeks to remove Jesus Christ from the centre of Christianity. He is not a thought, a concept, or an idea…He is the Maker of Heaven and Earth: “Put them in fear, O LORD; let the nations know that they are but men” (Psalm 9:20).
Asante sana, God bless you all.