Chris Steven, Abuja
A United Kingdom based inspirational clergy man has declared that the church should be held responsible for the decay in the society, even as he called on Nigerian Christians to be the agent of change in any given dispensation.
The founder of World Harvest Christian Center based in the United Kingdom, Rev. Wale Babatunde made the declaration in Abuja during the 2015 edition of a transformational summit organised by the church, just as he called on Nigerians to change their value systems in order to actualize the change mantra of the present government.
Babatunde who spoke on the theme: “The Role of the Church in Transforming Nigeria”, also emphasized on the need for Christians to focus more on the poor as exemplified by the founder of Christianity.
“If there is decay in the society, it is a problem of the church. Most of the revival meetings are not reviving the people. The presence of the church should bring about unmistakable change in Nigeria, ” he emphasized.
The man of God who hinged his teachings on the book of Matthew chapter 5 vs. 13 charged Christians to be light and salt of the earth, observing that modern day Christians see the church as a solution center rather an avenue to transform the society.
Babatunde who also lampooned his fellow clergymen in the Pentecostal movement described most men of God in Nigeria as “Nollywood stars” who are after modern-day fashion and accumulation of material wealth, even as he urged them to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and simplicity as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
According to him, “sacrifice and simplicity must be the guiding principle of men of God because Jesus Christ made sacrifice and he was simple. The church must focus on the poor. Our hearts as Christians should be directed towards God, while our hands of giving should be directed towards men especially the less privileged in the society. The definition of the church must be upgraded. Many believers are useful inside the church building, but useless outside.”
The man of God who commended the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his involvement in active politics, also tasked other Christians not to isolate themselves from politics, saying that when a righteous man is on the throne, the people rejoice.
He, however, frowned at the level in which the church imitate the world, rather than the world imitating the church, adding that the aim of the summit is to educate and inspire Nigerians on the role of the church.
“As a matter of fact, we are here to educate and to inspire us on the role of the church in Nigeria. We also challenge the participants to get practical with faith because faith without work is dead” he said
Chris Steven, Abuja