BY WILFRED JIBRIL
It is a truism that 99 per cent of the prophets in Nigeria are not Bible-based. The way and manner they handle prophecies lends credence to this line of thought.
It is not hyperbolical to say that most of these prophets are operating at cross-purposes with the Head of the Church, the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
How else does one explain a situation where a church member will step on the toes of his/her pastor and what he/she gets in return is a curse.
They tell you if you step on their toes, they will curse you with their anointing. Many of them have, in fact, cursed their church members with their anointing at one time or another.
The chief culprits in this regard are the so-called prophets who claim to have what they call vocal ministry which, to them, does not brook nonsense.
But the question is: Does the Bible endorse this satanic practice? The answer is emphatic NO.
In James 3:10 & 11, the Bible says: “Out of the mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet and bitter?
From these two verses of the scriptures, it is obvious that as a minister of God, the same mouth with which you pronounce blessings on the people of God cannot be used to curse.
In other words, we are called into ministry basically to bless and not to curse. When Balak, the king of Moab hired Balam to curse the people of Israel, he (Balam) had this to say: “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? Or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? (Numbers 23: 8).
In Numbers 24:9, the Bible says: “He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
These two verses of the Bible dwell on the futility and the danger of any minister cursing a child of God.
Cursing the people of God, which is the stock-in-trade of these prophets, is one sin which is capable of sending these ministers to hell except they repent.
According to investigations, in most churches headed by prophets, members, who want to leave for reasons best known to them, find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do so for fear of being cursed.
For instance, an Igbo woman was once told by her former pastor, a false prophetess, who has a church in the Ijegun area of Ikotun, Lagos, that should she leave her church, she would suffer for the rest of her life.
She claimed it was God who gave the woman to her and that nobody could take her away from her.
Her husband had to engage the satanic prophetess in a spiritual battle which eventually led to her deliverance from the fake prophetess’ captivity.
While the woman was in her captivity, she was so much hypnotized that she lost so much money to her.
Besides, some members of another Pentecostal church in the area, who were peeved by the conduct of their pastor, wanted to leave the church but could not do so for fear of being cursed because the pastor is a prophet.
The aggrieved members later cashed in on the adultery the pastor’s wife allegedly committed with an elder in the church at a hotel in the area, to leave in droves.
I saw one of them recently and he said his exit from the church was a great deliverance because, according to him, they lived under perpetual fear of being cursed while they were in that church. He told me his life had changed since leaving the church.
In most churches, you find a situation whereby if you are called into ministry, your pastor finds it difficult to release you to answer the call of God.
They run the church of God like a personal estate. They are so dictatorial that they don’t respect the feelings of those under them.
Rather than use the gifts of God bestowed on them for the edification of the church, they are using them to curse members of the church.
In Ephesians 4:11-13, the Bible says: “And he gave some apostles, and some, prophets; and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity if the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
If we are using our gifts for something other than the original purpose which is stated above, we have run foul of the law as it were and we shall answer for it on the last day.
We ministers of God should be very careful the way we treat the flock of the Lord so that we don’t incur the wrath of God since we don’t know when the Lord will come. Our resolve should be to feed the flock of the Lord rather than the flock feeding us. Jesus Christ asked Peter, lovest me more than this?
And He said, feed my flock. He never asked the flock to feed Peter. Today, we see ministers pestering the flock of the Lord with unnecessary demands after praying for them and their prayers are answered.
Somebody told me how some greedy ministers disturb their well-to-do members, asking for money and recharge cards. This is scandalous, to say the least.
I expect every minister of God to depend absolutely on the Lord for the supply of his/her needs if they are truly called by God because the Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:24: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it”.
Let us not depend on members of the church for our feeding as if they are the ones who called us into the ministry.
The reason we compromise easily as ministers of God is that we depend on church members to feed us. That explains why most of the time we find it very difficult to preach the truth to them. We rather preach what they want to hear and not what God wants us to preach.
The consequence of members not acceding to the demands of their prophets is a curse.
Pastor Wilfred Jibril can be reached on 08037831431 and via firstname.lastname@example.org