By Anthony Ogbonna
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has warned its Pastors and members against participating in the ponzi scheme, Mavrodi mondial Moneybox, MMM and others like it.
In a memo issued by the General Secretary of the church, Pastor Johnson Odesola, to all Pastors in charge of regions and provinces, it said any pastor or member found participating in any of the ponzi schemes or found to have used the churches name or platform to participate in any of the schemes would be vehemently dealt with.
The memo which said the doctrine of the church does not support “get rich quick schemes” equally said that its members had no course participating in any of the ponzis giving that “God is and remains our supplier…”
“Please be informed that the doctrine of the church does not support get rich quick schemes, gambling, betting, etc in any form.
“God is and remains our supplier by the application of biblical principles of working diligently with our hands.
“All senior pastors are hereby authorised to ensure no one uses the pulpit or any platform of the RCCG to promote any such schemes.”
Recall that last week, founder, Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries, OFM, Worldwide, fired one of his Pastors, Joseph Aiyedun, for using the ministry’s name to participate in popular money doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mondial Movement, MMM.
The pastor was fired after many investigations were conducted and ascertained that he did not only participate in the scheme but also used the churches name to register with the scheme.
According to a statement signed by the Head of Administration of the church, Pastor David Apelorioye, it said, “The management of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide is using this medium to react to a news making the rounds on the social media regarding one of his pastors who used the ministry’s name to register for the MMM scheme.”
“Ordinarily, the church would not have reacted to the story because of falsehoods being published regularly by some blogs and news websites whose credibility are questionable.” “But after a thorough investigation by the church authority, it was established that one of our branch pastors in Aba, Pastor Joseph Aiyedun, indeed participated in the scheme.”
“The church authority decided to expel Pastor Aiyedun not because he registered for the ponzi scheme but because he involved the ministry’s name in the satanic adventure.”
“And we discovered that he was able to use the ministry’s name because he had access to the account of his branch which itself is against the church’s guidelines and a fraud likely to have been carried out in connivance with the branch’s account department. We are still investigating further to unravel the whole activities.”
“Of the OFM’s 200 churches in Nigeria alone and its 800 branches in 51 nations of the world, it is possible for any of the pastors to go astray and be corrected. In fact, we discovered that Pastor Aiyedun, including some other members of OFM, did the scheme before our father, Apostle Johnson Suleman made the warning last year against MMM, but Pastor Aiyedun was fired because he did it with the ministry’s name as the OFM rules forbid any of its pastors access to the account except people in the account department.”
Following the Omega Fire Ministries’pastor’s saga, many churches have become worried and anxious that many of their members and or pastors may have or are still involved in the ponzi schemes reigning in Nigeria.
Recall also that many Nigerians invested in MMM before it blocked all its participants access to requesting for financial help, known as Get Help (GH) before the yuletide celebrations. The reason it gave was that it wanted to prevent a situation whereby many would rush to GH, thereby over-working the system. Although it made a come-back after a month as it said it would by unfreezing the frozen access (Mavros), up till now, many of the participants are still complaining that they have not been able to get help.