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Woe to the rich 

Which is better: to be rich or to be poor?  Jesus’ answer is without ambiguity; according to the dynamics of the kingdom of God, it is better to be poor.  Jesus says: “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.” (Luke 6:24).  When you bring these ominous words of Jesus to the remembrance of Christians, they attack you as if they were the words of Satan.

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THE CONSOLATIONS OF CHRIST

When Christians preach the false prosperity gospel, their focus is on this life. They talk of Christ becoming poor that Christians may become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9). But the true gospel is not about poor Christians becoming rich in this life. It is about rich Christians becoming poor. Neither is the gospel about this world but about the kingdom of God.

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Overcoming the World

Ask a Nigerian Christian how to improve the life of Nigerians, and he will give you a party-political manifesto. He will tell you about the need for non-stop electricity. He will talk about the need to curtail armed robbery and kidnapping. He will talk about the need to improve the medical facilities. But would such developments improve the life of Nigerians? Certainly not!

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The Words of Eternal Life

 
One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I know Jesus’ words in the bible are actually his words.  My answer is to ask my interrogators if they have actually read the words of Jesus.  If they say they have, I ask them to go and read them again.  Then I ask in return: “What kind of person do you know who talks like that?

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Casino Christianity 

 Two men were shipwrecked in a deserted island.  One of them began screaming and yelling: “We’re going to die! There’s no food! No water!”  The other one was as calm as can be.  His colleague shouted at him: “Don’t you understand?! We’re going to die!” Unperturbed, the other man replied: “We won’t die.  I make ten million naira a week.”  “What difference does that make?” asked his colleague, now very irritated

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The end justifies the means

One day, as I was reading Jesus’ Sermon of the Mount yet again, I suddenly heard the Lord say to me, deep within my spirit-man: “Femi, the end justifies the means.”  What does this have to do with the beatitudes?  Can we, should we, justify the end by the means?  Is it godly to do so?  I decided to search the scriptures for the answer

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Who wants to be a millionaire in Sodom and Gomorrah?

If we were to ask Christians what Jesus saves us from, many would say we are saved from the torments of hell. However, the hell Jesus spoke about is a real place called Gehenna; a valley outside Jerusalem where apostate Israelites sacrificed their children to idol gods, which later became a rubbish dump where criminals were burnt alive. Thus, while the hell Jesus spoke about was well-known to the Jews, it is entirely imaginary to us.

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It is Not So Written

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul found it necessary to answer his critics: “We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2). But this is far from the truth. Paul is an expert at distorting the word of God and at using scriptures deceitfully.

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