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10 Ways Nigerian Christians Are Killing Christianity But Don’t Know

"Christianity today is under treat in Nigeria. It is gradually losing it’s value and taste as a result of some negative attitudes of the believers."



2000 years ago, a new way of life was born. A way of agape love, simplicity, righteousness and truth. A way of imitating Jesus Christ who suffered to redeem mankind from the power of death. A way of life introduced to us by unselfish missionaries from Europe. This way of life which is called Christianity today is under treat in Nigeria. It is gradually losing it’s value and taste as a result of some negative attitudes of the believers. Let me quickly identify 10 ways Nigerian Christians are killing Christianity but don’t know.

1.       False Prophesy: Simply put, any prophesy that did not eventually come to pass is a false prophesy. Many Christian leaders in the country are fond of making predictions out of their own imaginations or dreams claiming they were revelations from God. Failure of such prophesies makes caricature of Christianity. 

2.       Hypocrisy: This is the worst killer. Majority of Nigerian Christians are hypocrites. Some pastors, reverend fathers, bishops and so on give sound preaching but don’t live by their words. They do opposite of what they preach. Also, our Christian politicians are not Christ-like in their leadership. How can a Christian governor owe workers and pensioners for over six months even after the federal government has released bailout funds. They still go to church on Sundays to raise their hands up in praise and worship. Church ceiling fan will cut off such hands one day.

3.       Mixing Christianity with paganism: Reading Zodiac signs, osu caste system, animal and human sacrifices and other superstitious practices are still rampant despite the numerous churches in the nooks and crannies of the country. Some Christians would even go to any length to defend such practices in the name of preserving their culture and tradition. What about Christians including pastors who patronize native doctors? Some use charms to perform signs and wonders and to win souls for their churches. Some belong to occult societies and still go to church. It is very common in Nigeria to see someone who is both a member of a Christian denomination and Ogboni confraternity or any other evil cult. This is destroying the Christian faith.

4.      'Men of God' milking their shepherds while living ostentatiously: Our pastors are cruising expensive cars, acquiring private jets and living in multimillion naira mansions while majority of their followers live in poverty. No wonder they lay too much emphasis on paying of tithes and seed sowing. They lick the asses of corrupt politicians instead of telling them the truth point-blank. This lifestyle is gradually killing the credibility of the Christian faith.
5.       Fornication receiving little or no condemnation compared to other sexual sins: Sometimes I wonder if gays and lesbians will go to a hotter part of hell fire than fornicators and adulterers. Boyfriend and girlfriend relationship is on the increase among the Christian youths. Baby mamas are now celebrated. Pre-marital sex is no longer viewed as a taboo. It is very common to hear of a Christian thanking God for delivering him from the spirit of masturbation while the person is still a fornicator. This is self-deception and a distortion of Christianity which strictly condemns all sexual immoralities. 

6.       Praying and wishing evil for their enemies: Christ, who Christians claim to follow, taught them to love and pray for their enemies. On the contrary, Nigerian Christians hate and pray for the death of their enemies. “Die by fire”, “holy ghost fire them” and so on are common prayers in many churches today. Judging our enemies and wishing them dead is fake Christianity.  

7.       Lack of charity: When last as a Christian did you help the poor or someone in need without looking for something in return? Many Christians show less concern for the less privileged. They show more interest in tithing and seed sowing for their progress forgetting that agape love is the most important thing in the Christian faith. 

8.       Associating God with prosperity: Nowadays, if you are rich, it means that God is with you. Poverty is seen as a curse. Most churches now preach prosperity more than salvation. The rich are being celebrated as those favoured by God. This stupid mentality promotes corruption and is gradually killing Christianity in our country. 

9       Weird church adverts and programs: Just in the name of attracting members, many churches have devised somewhat weird means of seducing people to their church services. Some use popular celebrities to draw crowds to their churches. For instance, of what spiritual value is it to feature Terry G, Mama G, Wizkid, I Go Dye and so on in a Christian program? Some churches also use funny posters and attractive themes to lure people to their church. I have seen church posters with themes like ‘miracle extravaganza’, ‘prison break’, ‘auntie wetin I do you’, ‘who tie the goat’ and so on. This makes Christianity look like a joke. 

10.   Denominations fighting one another: Some Christian denominations believe that they are the genuine Christians and members of other Christian denominations would all go to hell. They fight one another with hate words and sometimes the fight goes physical. Instead of thinking of ways to dialogue and unite, more Christian denominations are being created. Sometimes, I begin to wonder if there are more than one Jesus Christ.

Have You Entered One Chance Motor Before?


“See where greed landed you. You wanted to make quick money. You should thank God that they did not use you for money rituals.”
 

 

I have entered "one chance" bus once. It was in my secondary school days. My school teachers went on strike and all the students were asked to vacate from the school. I went to the park in search for a bus going to Onitsha where my parents live. I met one bus loading in the park with only two passengers seated. Due to impatience, I decided to stand along the Awka – Onitsha road to see if I could see any car that is already on its way to Onitsha.

After a little while, I saw a bus coming and the bus conductor was shouting “0nitsha one chance! Onitsha one chance!” I waved at it and shouted Onitsha. The driver of the bus which was almost full stopped for me to enter. I entered and the driver drove off. As we were approaching upper lweka, the driver said that there was a serious go slow in the front and he diverted to another road which he said would be better for us.
 After the diversion, he drove for about 5 minutes and stopped. "Who get that big blue ‘Ghana must go’ bag in the boot?” the driver asked. One man responded "na my bag o”. The driver asked the man about the contents of the bag but the man refused to talk. The driver stopped the car and opened the boot. He unzipped the bag and shouted “Chineke mere mmadu ebe re o!” which when translated means “God have mercy on man“.
We asked the driver what the problem was but the driver asked us to come down and see for ourselves. We all came down to look. What l saw in the bag were bundles of 1000 naira notes packed in a big ‘Ghana must go’ bag. The driver said he would take the bag to the police. The man who claimed to be the owner began to beg the driver and said “I beg don’t take it to the police.” The man claimed that the money was given to him by a politician to share to people for their votes. It was that period Mbadinuju’s tenure was coming to an end and Chris Ngige was to take over as the governor of Anambra state. The man who claimed to be the owner of the bag of money asked the driver to share the money into 2 instead. The owner would take half of the money while the driver and the rest of us share the remaining half.
Oh my goodness! I was so excited. I began to thank God for this wonderful bus I entered. My share of the money would not be less than 100, 000 naira. The driver insisted that he would call the police but we begged the driver not to involve the police. Later, the driver agreed but said that we have to go somewhere to cleanse the money and also take oath. All of them agreed. I taught that they were all passengers like me but I don’t know that majority of them including the driver and the owner of the bag of money were all working together.
The driver drove us to a place that looked like shrine. He asked us all to come down from the bus and follow him into the shrine. I was scared but since other passenger were not afraid, l have to be brave. We went into the shrine which was an uncompleted building. One man dressed like a native doctor came out and asked “what can I do for you people? “ The driver told him that we have a bag of money that needed to be cleansed before shared and to take oath that no one among us would report this to the public or authority. The driver gave the bag of money to the native doctor. The native doctor began to do incantations and told us that the cleansing and oath would cost 120,000 naira. The driver asked the native doctor to take the 120,000 naira from the bag of money. But, the native doctor said it was an abomination to do so. Since we were about 12 in number, the driver asked us to contribute 10,000 naira each for the exercise.
Immediately, one market woman among us brought out the sum of 10,000 naira and gave the driver as her own contribution. One other woman there said she was the secretary of her church group. She said she has 10,000 naira belonging to the group and would go home and bring it. Other passengers made their promises. I wondered why it was an abomination to pay the native doctor from the money bag and the reason for the cleansing but I was not bold enough to ask the driver or the native doctor. All I had was 1000 naira so I promised to go and search my dad’s room and would surely bring the 10k. They seized my phone and asked me never to talk to anyone on the road nor tell anyone about this deal including my parents. “You will run mad if you tell anybody or if you fail to bring the money” the native doctor said. They told me that I was lucky to have this opportunity to be rich at my young age and should not mess up this opportunity. The driver wrote down a phone number on a paper and asked me to call the number when I get the 10k.
I rushed out and took a bike to Awada Onitsha where my parents live. Luckily, when I arrived home, my parents were not around. Only my junior brother was there. I gave him the 1000 naira note I have and asked him to buy 20 naira Omo detergent for me from mama Okechukwu’s shop. Mama Okechukwu’s shop was 5 buildings away from my home. And before they would get 980 naira change, I must have finished my mission.

As soon as my brother left, I began the “Guilder ultimate search.” I searched my dad’s wardrope, opened all his drawers and checked all his bags and pockets. I found no money. “Which kind poor man be this?” I asked myself. But he used to keep big amount of money in his wardrobe. I ransacked everywhere including my mum’s bags, wallets and baskets. I found no penny. I was frustrated. My junior brother came back with the detergent but said that Mama Okechukwu could not find change but we should come later to take the change. I asked him to send the detergent back and bring my 1000 naira for me. When he left, I then searched the entire house and found no money. Governor Mbadinuju was owing teachers six months’ salary. My parents were both teachers and it was a very difficult period for them.
When my brother returned, I took the money from him and went to a call center. I called that number the driver told me to call when I get the money and he picked. “You don get the money?” he asked. “I no see any money o” I replied. He asked me to go and borrow from somebody so that when we share the money, I would pay the person back. He asked me to get the money as quickly as possible before madness descends upon me. I was overwhelmed with fear. Who would lend me 10,000 naira? I asked and asked and asked. But no one agreed. Someone asked me what I wanted the money for. But I refused to tell. I don’t want to go crazy. Who would save me from this kind of situation? I cried. I decided to keep it to myself. There was nothing else I could do. I made up my mind. I did not call them on the phone again. The only thing I lost was my Motorola mobile phone which they seized. I had to lie to my parents that robbers stole my phone at gun point.
However, the trauma I had that period affected my WAEC studies. I was preparing to seat for my WAEC examination. I found it difficult to concentrate when I read. “You will run mad” kept echoing in my mind. The outcome was that I had three F9 including English and math, four P7 and two C6.

As one of the most intelligent students in my class, everyone including the teachers and students were surprised at my poor results. That was when I finally narrated the story to my parents. My dad said “see where greed landed you. You wanted to make quick money. You should thank God that they did not use you for money rituals.”
Since then, nobody, I repeat, nobody could entice me with material things again. The following year, I took another WAEC exam and cleared all the subjects. Today, I am a university graduate. I did not run mad and would never run mad.

Have you had a similar experience? Please, share your own story.

25 English Words Borrowed From Igbo Language

                            ''Before English there was Igbo. Igbo is the lost tribe of Israel''
                           


Igbo kwenu! I always feel like crying whenever I see teachers or parents flog their children because they were speaking Igbo language. They want their children to speak English not knowing that the English they want their children to speak was borrowed from Igbo. Do you know that there are more than a thousand words in English, French, Latin, Hebrew and other languages that were borrowed from Igbo Language. Did I just hear you say ''na lie'' ? Ok. Because of space, let me only give you 25 English words stolen from Igbo language. If you need more, you can contact me.


1.       Cherubim – Borrowed from Igbo phrase ‘’chere ubim’’ which means ‘’guard my home’’

2.       Book – Borrowed from Igbo phrase “bu uka’’ meaning ‘’carries the facts’’

3.       Water – Stolen from Igbo word ‘’wuta’’ which means ‘’pour’’

4.       Nurse – Coined from the phrase ‘’noro nso’’ meaning ‘’stay near’’

5.       Animal – Coined from the Igbo phrase ‘’anu malu’’ which when translated means ‘’meat that knows’’ or ‘’flesh aware of life’’ or ‘’meat is conscious’’

6.       Bank – Got from the phrase ‘’uba na aka’’ meaning ‘’wealth at hand’’

7.       Harlot – Coined from ‘’ha laa otu’’ meaning ‘’they had sex’’

8.       Say – stolen from Igbo word ‘’Si’’ which means say

9.       Answer – got from ‘’nsa’’ which means ‘’response’’

10.   Carpenter – coined from the phrase ‘’ka apita’’ which means ‘’carve out’’

11.   News – got from ‘’nu zuo’’ which means ‘’hear it all’’

12.   Soccer – coined from ‘’oso ka’’ which means ‘’running is greater’’ or “there is more running done’’ or ‘’greater at running’’

13.   Patrol – got from ‘’puta uli’’ meaning ‘’come out for strolls’’

14.   Sabbath – coined from ‘’Asaa bu taa’’ which means ‘’today is seventh’’ or ‘’seventh is this day’’

15.   Amen – got from ‘’ya mee nu’’ which means ‘’may it be done’’

16.   Genesis – coined from the phrase ‘’jee na isi isi’’ meaning ‘’go to the very beginning’’

See also 8 Igbo Words/Phrases Used In The Ancient Bible 

17.   Conquer – got from ‘’nku ka’’ which means ‘’break down’’

18.   Queue – borrowed from ‘’kwih’’ or ‘’kwunye’’ meaning ‘’join in’’

19.   Music/Musical – got from ‘’mee uzu ka’’ which means ‘’make the greatest noise’’

20.   Quote – got from ‘’kwute’’ which means ‘’make mention’'

21.   Page – coined from ‘’pia jie’’ meaning fold

22.   Boy – got from ‘’bu oyi’’ which means ‘’be friend’’

23.   Girl – coined from ‘’ga alu’’ meaning ‘’will marry’’

24.   Embassy – coined from the phrase ‘’mba zie’’ which means ‘’nations message’’

25.   Catastrophe – coined from the phrase ‘’akata asi tufia’’ meaning ‘’when mentioned the Igbos eject saliva from the mouth and say ‘tufia’ ‘’ 

      Hope you are now convinced that before English there was Igbo and Igbo is the lost tribe of Israel. For those who don't know, Igbo is a tribe from south eastern part of Nigeria. Read more about them here. How una see am. Igbo Kwezuo nu!

From Owerri To Calabar, I learnt A Very Big Lesson

“Do not make mockery of any stranger because of his looks, dressing, character, tribe, religion or accent”


By 6 am, I was already at a park in Owerri looking for a bus going to Calabar. I heard a man shouting “Akwa Ibom!  Calabar!” I rushed to that direction, paid and entered the vehicle. Passengers were coming one after the other. But there was this passenger who paid and sat beside the car door while there were still enough empty seats inside. He was blocking the entrance making it difficult for coming passengers to enter. He looked like an Hausa man and wore a white kaftan. Other passengers began to shout at him asking him to shift so that other people can enter easily. But the man neither shifted nor responded to their ranting. After much pressure, the man came down to allow coming passengers to enter before he sat back at his seat.

When the car was filled, the driver closed the door and the journey began. As the driver was driving, he and the passengers made fun of the Hausa man. They said all sorts of things. “If say na Igbo man do dis kind thing for North, they for kill am” A passenger said “Hausa and Fulani do business here without lgbos disturbing them but they won’t allow lgbos to do business freely in the north”. The Hausa man said nothing but was busy looking at each and every one of them as they were making fun of him. One elderly woman in the bus said “see as him face be like nnama own, ewu Hausa” Another passenger replied “They all behave like their cows and rams” they all laughed. I never said a word. I was rather busy watching an American movie on my mobile phone. The Hausa man was the topic of discussion in the bus till we reached somewhere in lkot Ekpene where he said he would drop.


“Driver! Na here l go stop. My bag dey for your boot” the Hausa man said. The driver stopped and the man came down. The driver also came down to open the boot for him to carry his belongings. However, there were about six soldiers standing on the road where the car stopped. When they saw the Hausa man, the six soldiers shouted in excitement “Oga Musa! Welcome sir.” They stood at attention and saluted him. As soon as the driver opened the boot of the vehicle, two of the soldiers rushed to carry their oga’s bag from the boot. Suddenly, the next thing we heard was “everybody come down”. Already all the passenger were overwhelmed with fear when they saw the six able bodied soldiers saluting the same man who they have been insulting and making fun of all the way from Owerri to lkot EKpene. He must be a higher ranking army officer. “Chineke mee, we don finish today” a passenger sitting beside me said.

“Una no dey hear. 0ga say all of you come down!’’ the soldiers shouted. As the passengers were coming down one after the other, they were receiving their slaps and beatings respectively. When it reached my turn, their “oga” told his boys that “this one no follow” This was how l was saved from the notorious beatings of Nigerian soldiers. They beat the driver mercilessly and ordered him to frog jump in a pool of dirty water. They used the passengers to do military training that faithful day as they beat, punch, slap and kick every one of them until their oga asked them to stop. Finally, the soldiers and their “oga” left the driver and passengers alone, walked to their military truck and drove off.

Already, I have gone back to my seat. The driver and passengers later entered the bus. They were all shouting at me saying “so you know that this man was a soldier and you didn’t tell us earlier. I told them that l did not know. And actually, l never knew he was a military man. It was just God that saved me.


However, l learnt a very big lesson that day which was “silence is golden”. Do not make mockery of any stranger because of his looks, dressing, character, tribe, religion or accent. You never can tell who or what the person is in the society. He could be an armed robber, a terrorist, a witch, a babalawo or even your future boss. I believe you learnt from this story too and don’t forget to drop your comments.