Corruption in the Nigerian Church: Confronting Sin

There is no end in sight to the corruption found in Nigeria.
The extent of the corruption was expressed by the Deputy National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria:

“Corruption has eaten so deep into the society that it is no just about politicians alone. In the church, you have to almost always pray with one eye opened because in some of the places, even some ushers and finance people steal the offerings. It is terrible.”

This kind of corruption can be seen as shocking, but it comes as no surprise to those who know the signs of the end times. This kind of corruption was warned against in the last days, as found in 2 Timothy 3:

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Although it may come as no surprise, it is saddening and a cause for anger, none the less. The level of corruption in Nigeria’s government has been frustrating throughout the ordeal concerning the Chibok girls’ abduction; to learn that it has spread to Holy places– the very meeting places of the body of Christ– expresses that sin and corruption are indeed like a virus that quickly spreads without reflection and repentance. Continue reading

Raising Money for the Search: Loving Christ, Loving Others

Today has been full of refreshing news pertaining to the Chibok schoolgirls, the Boko Haram, and the welfare of all of Nigeria.
Watching this short newscast, I’ve become aware of a Church of the Brethren church in Indiana that will match $500,000 to whatever can be raised around the country, to aid in finding/releasing the Chibok schoolgirls. Not only is this church raising money to aid in the girls’ release, but a young boy by the name of Preston Andrews is also raising money to help Northern Nigeria in it’s search for the girls. It warms and encourages my heart to know that there are still people working all over the country– and truly, all over the world– to bring the Chibok schoolgirls back from captivity.
The importance of keeping those battered and bruised by the evil of this world, such as the Chibok people, in our hearts, minds and prayers, is stated by Christ Himself in Matthew 25:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 “The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:31-40, NIV)

When we truly realize that what we’re doing isn’t only for others, but is ultimately for and towards Christ Himself, our whole attitude towards helping those in need changes. May Christ help us to love those who are hardest hit by the world with our time, money, skills and resources as the need arises.

Please pray for those apart of this campaign to raise money for the Chibok girls; pray that much money is raised, but also that whoever receives this money would use it faithfully and carefully, so that it actually does help the search for these girls. Pray for Preston Andrews, that the works of his little hands would prosper as he continues to raise money for the cause of these precious young women. If I can find the link for giving financially to this worthy cause, it will be posted here.

Pray for all those who are still rallying for these girls’ release; pray that they wouldn’t grow tired or apathetic, but would remain faithful to Christ’s call to “give [ourselves] no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7, NIV).

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
(Galatians 6:9, NIV)