The Oasis Reporters
May 11, 2020
A Punch newspaper report has quoted His Lordship, Bishop Ibrahim Kaigama as saying that, “This is the time to know who are true shepherds of the flock and those who are just engaged in work of religion in order to amass wealth for themselves or to acquire wealth and prosperity.
“This is the acid test now. If you are a pastor or priest in order to serve the people and lead them to heaven, then whether coronavirus is active or not, you will still go on to do that”‘.
But in reality, almost all the pastors or shepherds of the flock are facing the acid test and discharging themselves well.
We’ve all seen pastors or shepherds of the flock praying fervently, not just for their Churches to grow, but interceding fervently for Coronavirus to end and for lives to be saved, worldwide. They are not just praying for their congregations or their countries, but the entire world.
We’ve also seen churches sharing palliatives in several locations, not only to Christians or only members of their congregations, but to everyone in the locality they choose at a time.
Accusing some pastors of being predatory or entrepreneurial in the business of the gospel is a wrong way to go about it. Even the Church needed to make money before they can have it to purchase palliatives to share.
Furthermore, with the lockdown and social distancing in place leading to Churches shutting their door, has neccessited churches going online via YouTube and through satellite transmissions.
Most worshippers hook up online and still get their spiritual nourishments in either insights, healings and testimonies abound.
And digital technology including bank online transactions have designed short code giving platforms making the church to reach out and collect the tithes, offerings and pledges online. It is even easier. Either way, Churches have not lost. They’ve upgraded.
Therefore if Bishop Ignatius Kaugama says that “if you are a pastor or priest in order to acquire material wealth, in order to enjoy prosperity, then, I’m sorry, you’re not called by God. You’re a businessman or businesswoman and not a priest or pastor.
“This is the time we should see real men of God who are dedicated, even to the point of giving everything they have, including their lives in the service of the people of God.
“This is a moment of trial for us, we hope that we will pass the test with distinction as pastors and we will be able to stand by our people solidly without money.
“If the collections are not coming to the church, tithes are not there, how do you do? Will you run away and abandon the sheep? No, as a good shepherd, you should stand strong and firm and be there for the people and pray for good time to come again”.
His Lordship would probably have needed to suspend judgment. Collection of tithes and offerings could never have been easier before now. Giving has been updated. It has gone digitally online. Pastors who pray and God answers promptly would not need the drudgery of giving as of old. People give generously, especially when their prayers have been answered.