Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
While growing up, I was taught in Sunday school that the church is a collection of Christians assembling together in observing the ordinances of the gospel in a place, or even the body of believers in a locality, city or nation and even the world in general. We were also taught that the building where they meet could also be called a Church. Sometimes we see some odd persons in the church and we recognise them almost instantaneously.
It seems to me like what we call church today is the congregation of sinners pretending to be saints. No doubt that anytime the children of God meet together, the Devil likes to come around into their midst, but today the church has become the congregation of devils with a few saints scattered among them. Or, how do you explain this; on Sunday morning, some categories of sisters are humble enough to deck up in their nicest apparels and on Sunday evenings you see them in scanty wears lining the major streets of the city looking for only-God-knows-what. The other categories are bodacious enough to clad themselves in their skimpy clothing seating in the front pew, daring the Pastor with their unsubtle lap. Just taking a walk in the vicinity of those kinds of churches around their closing hours makes you wonder if such congregants are coming out of a night club or a church. In the church of today, hypocrisy has replaced integrity.
I am tired of church where we make unholy frenzy, which they call joyful noise and prayers, swinging hips to ‘azomto’ and ‘kukere’ beats, lifting up unholy hands and shouting hallelujah. No doubt, the Lord wants and deserves our praise, not even after sparing our lives despite the multitude of our sins, but should not praises be borne out of a holy and pure hearts. Psalms 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm93:5…holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, forever.
Oh! I am so tired of church where armed robbers and pen robbers go to the Pastors for blessings before embarking on their trips and they come back with tithes of their proceeds to the temple; a church where politicians make ungodly policies that impoverish the masses in their offices and feel comfortable when they come into them. They have forgotten that the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to God, especially when it is brought with a wicked mind. Proverbs 21:27. Have they not been taught that God requires that they show mercy much more than the ‘sacrifices and fat offerings’ they bring to the house of God.
Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
I am tired of church that cannot make impart on the society where it is located. We have become so much churchly and less Christianly. We see so many churches on our streets but Christ has been choked out from our minds, homes and society.
In a country where over half the population claim to be Christians and yet criminality pervades the society. Sometimes you wonder what these congregants are being taught in this prayer houses.
I am tired of church where clairvoyancy is taken for the prophetic, where every so-called Man-of-God claims to be a prophet even when they cannot see beyond their nose, where charisma is overemphasised over character. Is it not surprising that the church Pastors are those who have struggled and failed in their previous chosen careers and now see the church as a way of making easy money? How many of them are truly called of God? Anyway, let us leave that to God to judge since He is the one that does the calling.
I am tired of church where magic-like-miracle is the binding force rather than the desire to obey the God who gives true miracle. A church where the man of God has lost his conscience and will do anything to obtain fetish powers to please his congregants. A church where mammon is magnified and the Messiah is minimised. A place where each prayer must be accompanied with money for it to be easily heard by God.
A church that will use two hours for motivational speech in every service and regard Holiness sermons as ‘old school’. The church that has forgotten the words of the writer of the book of Hebrews- Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews12:14.
The church that teaches the principles of success but has forgotten to tell you to be responsible citizens. I am tired of Churches with beautiful exteriors and exquisite interior decors but few metres away from it is a heap of rubbish and bad drainages and the messed- up walls in the community with posters of their crusades. I hear some of them question, ‘What is the local government authorities doing with the moneys allocated to them? After it is not our responsibility to care for the environment.’ A church that only thinks of what the government should do for them and not what they should give back to the society.
Back then in the Sunday school, our teacher taught us a song;
How do you treat God? How do you treat God? Like a G-O-D or a D-O-G How do you treat God?
I am tired of the church of today that treats God like people treat their pets, which they send on errand as they wish; give attention to it when it is convenient and disregard when it is not convenient. The church that treats Christ as a lamb but has forgotten that he is also the lion of the tribe of Judah. They have forgotten that the gentle lamb that is full of mercy and grace is also capable of executing judgement as a lion.
I am tired of the church of today. How I long for the old time church where true commitment and fellowship with God takes priority. The church that makes the fear of God to pervade the society