By Festus Ndukwe.
If certain ministers in our time (and that includes the ones in the devolved countries of the West) that live in affluence are to live by the principle of faith and contentment, they will not be controlling the kind of wealth and assets that are in their hands.
For the sake of the Downtrodden
A minister that is not a business tycoon, and does not control a conglomerate of companies, and he has got, not just one aircraft, and many properties, how did he come about it? If he is into real business and manages staff across regions, there is no problem. We even need more of such men who can be end time bankers for the harvest.
If a denomination has an aircraft, there is no problem with that as they may need it to convey relief materials to mission fields on the hills where there are no access roads. But if an individual minister buys for himself or allows few rich people in church to buy an aircraft in his name and not for the denomination, it is fearful. Certain ministers of God in the West might have fallen into this trap, how can we in Africa make the same mistake?
Where there is so much poverty around us as in Africa, we ministers must not be ostentatious or live in affluence.
The Rich man & Lazarus
If as a minister, I drive Rolls Royce in Manhattan or New York in the United States, nobody may care. But if I drive such amidst a poor rural community in Ilaje in Lagos, Nigeria without regard to this poor people, I may find myself in hell and begging some Lazaruses to drop some water to cool my tongue.
Living in affluence amidst stark poverty around us, and so much needs, is what may judge us in eternity. The Lord have mercy on His Church!
●●Ndukwe, a Lagos-based minister, can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.
This concludes the series on the life of faith as the panacea for greed, covetousness and opulence among certain servants of God in the Church.