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Cleric decries prosperity messages

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—THE Bishop of the Anglican Communion of Benin Diocese, Rt. Reverend Peter Imasuen, has admonished men of God, particularly pastors in the Pentecostal churches, to preach more of salvation in their sermons rather than prosperity.

He lamented that the over emphasis on prosperity in their preaching had affected the society negatively, stressing that the only way to cleanse the society of immoral activities, including armed robbery and kidnapping, was to enlighten the people that they will go to hell if they don’t change their ways rather than telling them that they will make more money even when they have no means of doing so.

Bishop Imasuen, who also used the opportunity to break his silence since he regained his freedom in the hands of kidnappers, spoke weekend in Benin City, during the dedication ceremony of the ultra- modern church auditorium of All Souls’ Chapel Church.

According to him, “the only way all these problems of killings, kidnappings in the society can stop is when the church tells the people the truth.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to my fellow clergy men, pastors, that we should preach salvation so that people will repent instead of a message of prosperity, prosperity. Prosperity without Christ is crisis.
“We should preach salvation so that people will give their lives to Christ. I think that is the only solution to these problems.”

Commenting on his experience when he was kidnapped recently, Bishop Imasuen asserted that “the Bible says we will pass through the valley of the shadow of death but He will not leave us.
“It was an experience and God just allowed me to pass through it so that I will know how to direct even my messages. So it has also helped me spiritually. For the church, we are praying that these people should repent. We are not interested in the death of anyone. We are interested in their repentance so that they can also make heaven. They are human beings like us.”


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