THE DAY THE PREACHER LIED

We followed the staircase down into the visually impressive church filled with anticipation. Sister B and I were intrigued to attend worship service in a new environment in Nigeria. We settled into our seats quickly and faithfully responded to every aspect of the service. As usual, my eyes wondered about, creating some acquaintance with the place.

The praise and worship session was led by a popular artist, whose videos we had watched back home in Cameroon. We were ‘star struck’ seeing him lead the music in the building. Being a performer, his theatrics were quite intriguing to watch. “Kaaaaaaaaaaaa-biyesi!” He screamed.

We danced along though a tad conservatively since we were new in the place. A few extroverted church members were having the time of their lives as they took the front section of the church and amused everyone with their ‘churchy’ dance steps. Some of their faces danced (with smiles and expressions) more than their bodies.

Then a special request was made for the choir to sing a song captioned, “Walk into your Season.”  As the choir sang, “Walk into your season,” it was like we were walking into a new season with discoveries on how much a pulpit could be desecrated without fear.
The part many considered the core of service, the sermon arrived. After massaging the ego of the guest preacher with many unneeded words, he was ushered into the pulpit by the assistant pastor of the church. My expectations were high but they started going from high to low when I heard pure lies from that pulpit. 

The “man of God,” who happened to be Cameroonian as us, boasted of his 4000 member church in Cameroon. At the time in Cameroon, the only known mega pentecostal churches were Winners’ Chapel and another in Yaounde. But he wasn’t the bishop of the one in Yaounde. So where could his FOUR THOUSAND member PENTECOSTAL church be hiding? In Abombang?

He went further to say how bishops were treated as governors in Cameroon. Ahhh! Pentecostal bishops? Treated as governors in Cameroon? Meanwhile, in Cameroon at the time, the only recognised Bishop was Cardinal Tumi. And he wasn’t a pentecostal. He was a Roman Catholic.

If Bishop M were as famous as he claimed, couldn’t we have known him or even heard of him? He further said his wife drove a Prado- a woman who looked like she had been starved for days. And no, this is not a brilliant use of literary phrases. She seriously looked emaciated. I wondered how she sat in that chair comfortable with all the lies just like I often wonder how wives of lying pastors feel.

Then his sermon: he told the people David was in the bush while he was supposed to be on the throne. He assured the people that any body sitting on their thrones were being dethroned and they were taking their rightful places. The amens that followed were thunderous. Wait, did David not need the shepherd experience before becoming king? What happened to divine timing? Yes, he was meant to be king not at the same time as Saul. Well, the congregation was loving the message because it felt good. He then asked them to walk about prophetically into their thrones. The people paraded around majestically.

As if that was not enough, Bishop M led the people in an epic singing and dancing session. Half-way through the singing, he introduced the Christians into Coupé-Décalé, which was the popular secular music in Cameroon at the time. His hands demonstrated the way the song was popularly danced. Sister B and I looked at each other in shock.

The Nigerians who were not in the know as we were, totally believed him, admired him and even Coupé-Décaléed  along with him.

Bishop M narrated tales of how he was born in a pit toilet (latrine) and how he got healed at a popular evangelist’s crusade. Not that God doesn’t heal but I found it hard to believe his other stories seeing as a good part of them were lies I had facts to attest to. He even mixed up some of his lies. In the morning, he told us how he had no formal education but God lifted him up. Then later in an evening  church session, he went on to say how he had a “Masters Degree in his pocket.” Chai, you lie then you forget.

Sister B and I were not swayed by his lies so we behaved differently during the service. I mean we were, catching shame on his behalf and he noticed! So when we went to meet and greet him after the service, he blurted out, “these girls look like Cameroonians!” Was Cameroon written on our faces? He knew that we had easily detected his lies since we were from Cameroon too.
How does a man stand on a pulpit and tells lies effortlessly? How does a pastor consciously go against the ninth commandment which says, “thou shall not lie”? As I looked at Bishop M that day, I wanted to tell him to his face that he had done something wrong. I wanted to remind him of scripture:

“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies” John 8: 44

Till date, I regret the fact that I didn’t take that bold step of speaking to Bishop M. I saw how much he was revered and I withdrew. I didnt want to be termed a “bad belle” person. As Christians, sometimes we need to speak the truth live and direct, politely and in love. After all, open rebuke is better than hidden love (Proverbs 27:5).

One time too many, I have watched untruths slide with ease from the mouths of supposed men of God. Take for instance an “award winning” testimony, which I have heard pastors narrate umpteen times. Here is how it goes:

“There was a sister in my church who had been married for (insert number) years. She came to me and said, “man of God, pray for me.” I prayed for her and she got pregnant with twins! After that, she got pregnant again with twins. The third time, she got pregnant again with twins! Then she told me, “man of God please tell God to stop. The blessing is too much!”

Friend, does this story sound familiar to you? So all these different men of God who have told the story were used by God to perform this exact specific miracle? Liar liar pants on fire!

Don’t get me wrong. God is a miracle worker, mountain mover and earth shaker. But we do not have to ‘help’ him with our lies. Just because you heard a story somewhere and it sounded good doesn’t mean you should fit yourself into a scene.  That’s just like photoshopping yourself into a private jet. Saah!

I hear a lot of pastors narrate great things that happened when they were in say, Njinikejem. But when they are right ahead of you, those things don’t happen. Why? Stop creating and amplifying stories, to impress people, men of God!

Imagine Jesus standing in front of blind Bartimaeus saying, “The other day eh, I met a dead girl. Everyone was crying they were sad but I raised her up!” No, he didn’t do that. He just went ahead to perform the miracle. Stop telling myriads of stories to gain fame. In a multitude of words, sin is not lacking, says Proverbs 10:19.

To all of us, preacher or not, we should avoid lies telling like a plague. Look at what Proverbs 6: 16-19 says:

There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.

Did you see that lying is mentioned twice? This is a serious issue. God abhors lies-telling. Some people go as far as classifying some lies as “white lies”. Whether white, red, blue, green or purple, a lie is a lie. I wonder where Bishop M is today. But if I ever see him again, I will look into his face and say, “you lied.”

If you are guilty of lying to others and even to yourself, take a moment and ask God for forgiveness. Scripture says if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 John 1:9)

“Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.”

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36 Comments

  1. Your write-ups are something else Pre ????????. I always look forward to them. May God help our "men-of-God" and everyone else who had been brainwashed. The end time is not near but HERE. The signs are evident. We need to be more alert. God bless us all❤️❤️❤️

  2. Hi Mings,

    Thanks for always reading! You are such an encouragement to me.

    The end is truly here! May God help us to hold on to the TRUTH no matter how hard it may be.

  3. Its not easy, may God help all of us. Funny piece filled with lessons.

  4. Sister Presh! Abeg tell them. Besides why did the pastor feel the need to tell the world that his wife drives a Prado. But I guess he knows many are easily impressed. The worst part is when you try to get people to open their eyes to the lies and they say silly things like "don't question the man of God's anointing'. It is well. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will you set you free" John 8:32

  5. weh my Precious sister! Your pen truly speaks, these pastor dem no di try ya! I laughed but at the same time I was sad because this is not the church Christ died for… sad to say pentecostalism has failed! I am one but there are way too many lies these days flowing from the pulpit. Thanks for a lovely read this morning
    https://kewanblogs.com/

  6. Dem no di try at all. Funny but truly sad.
    Thanks for always reading!

  7. Nelo, you have asked an important question. Why was he supposed to tell us about his wife's Prado? How is that even relevant to the gospel of Christ?

    I hate it when people try to stop us from questioning these things. Those men are not immune to sin.

    The truth indeed sets us free. Thanks, Nelo!

  8. May God help us indeed, ShakaraGirl.

  9. May God help men of God ohh. this is too serious to joke with. one guest pastor visited a church I was going to and made a false prophecy on me. when he got to my husband he told him no don't touch me. he felt embarrassed and told the pastor that no one ever treated him like that. when the pastor told my husband, he told the pastor that he deserves to be stoned according to the Bible for giving a false prophecy. May God open our eye to discern these false men of God . we are living in the last days.

  10. They are all humans.
    During Paul time he wrote about these same things, Jesus Christ also told us this will come, Jesus Christ also flogged people out of Church.
    So all these things are not new.
    What maters is having Christ as your personal Lord.

  11. When they are guest in other churches they feel intimidated and insecure. They start saying things.
    That's a flag right there

  12. Lol oh my days DISCERNMENT.
    Well watched g popular pastor lie to another man of God. And the man of God smirked. I knew the man of God discern it was a lie. He even had to cut him short with his lies.
    Yes, in my quest to grow more in the word. I came across lying pastors and questionable powers. I was confused with some things they said contrary to the word. I called God a liar. Then the truth of the lying pastors started being exposed. Bottom line is who are these Pastors god?
    What I learned is using wisdom. Not emotions. If God has personally given you the mandate to expose. You will know and expose. If God hasn't given you. Please only pray and use wisdom to exit.
    Most of them you don't know where they get their powers from. From a god you notice they lie a lot. For the devil is the father of lies.
    Those who are not prayerful or lack knowledge of the word easily fall in their web.
    Never blame the victims because they use the same manipulation a lot of repented manipulators have confessed. People have written books about their journey to Christ.
    Fame and greed where is your sting!
    God Bless

  13. Some People fighting to be recognized by others. They think the best way is to lie. Some pastors/people do this everyday and I I bet you when they sit in their little rooms they cry every day. Some people have scattered/destroyed families with lies using the Name of God. I pray Holy spirit arrest some these liars before raft of God fall on them
    Personally I have lived in same house and still living with this so call sis in law who looks at me in the eyes and lie about me to my husband sending all sort of text messages lying that GOD showed her this or that that am doing just with purpose to separate us

  14. Auntie Pre, thanks for delivering another powerful one. A lie is a cankerworm, we say one and then we find the need to build a chain of liars to keep covering as we go. Da pastor sef need deliverance from pride because na pride make yi start lie all da unnecessary things to impress people who didn't really have to know to begin with.

  15. Hmm permit me to use Anonymous here my dear.Another good write up from u.This is a personal experience. In May,my family and I went to visit some family members in Maryland .when we got there, we realized that the Man of the house was not there.He had been busy all week long because a Man of God was visiting from Cameroon. The next day,we were expecting the father of the house to come back but he sent word that we should meet him at church.we went to that church around 5 only to return around 11pm because there was word of prophecy session…..and there were othe r people who had to see the man of God later and given that we had to spend the night in the same house where h e was lodge, we had to wait for that long.For some reason while he was giving word of knowledge didn't feel comfortable I am sure he really he noticed and ask that I come forward to be prayed for.when I went forward he asked why I was shy and h e laid his h and on my head and pushed me to the floor. …all I cared during the prayer was my wig…please don't get me wrong I have been prayed for many times but this time around something didn't seem right.we all went home and we had to leave for our state in the morning.so the father of the house was surprised that we didn't want to take the opportunity of the presence of a MOG….he was surprised when we told him all we needed was prayer for journey mercies….but the Man of God sent for us.He started praying for my husband. .. when I came in I saw my husband on the floor ….then he told me God h as just delivered my husband from the poison h e ate in his dream…for some reason I started telling him about my family. …he said my family compound needs deliverance and for that we need 4 bottles of anointing oil and some holy water from the synagogue church and transportation fare to go to my house in Cmr….that would have costed at least $300. I took the Man of God's contact bUT to say t h e least, I was broken in my spirit and did not mention what happened at that ho u se to anyone.To my greatest surprise, after more t h an 2 months, my husband asked jokingly if i had alread sent the money to the Man of God for my famity deliverance….he went further to say h e may be a true Man of God but h is prophecy on that day was not for everybody. …thats when he told me that when the man of God started praying for him, he pushed him down as though it was the anointing and gave a false word of knowledge that my husband's family had a marital issue. …that my sisters in law cannot stay fo r long in their marriage and that there is a spirit behind that….the truth is that i have 4 sisters in laws who are all married…in fact the yongest h as been married for 10 years. ..I think it's time these men of God stay quiet if they don't have something to say than to lie in the name of God.Excuse me for this long comment.

  16. My sister, Patty imagine how arrogant some of these men can be… telling your husband not to touch him and all that. Where is the Christ-likeness in this?
    We really need the spirit of discernment these days so we don't fall prey to fey men masquerading as pastors.

  17. Who is really their god The truth is some of these men are not known by God.

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

    Matthew 7: 21-23

    Thanks for adding your voice to this!

  18. That's so true! One lie leads to a chain of many more lies.
    Pride is a bad thing, my dear. That's why scripture says God resists the proud.

  19. So sorry about your experience, Anon. A lie could be so harmful. Keep praying to God. May He vindicate you from the effect of every lie.

  20. Please feel free to write your comment as long as possible.
    These men have similar traits: they push you to fall in the name of anointing, create fear by telling you of family problems and demand money.
    The gospel of Christ is not about these things. It is about telling people of God's love and reminding them that their eternal destiny could be in heaven or in hell. This is a total loss of focus.

    Thank you for sharing your story, dear.

  21. Hey Precious…..I discovered your blog on the Facebook First Ladies' page.I must commend your writings.I am blessed each time I read your write-ups.
    It's really sad to know the world is being derailed by false MOG n true ones who have missed their focus.this can only be an encouragement for us children of God to know the Word and master if fr ourselves.Shalom!

  22. Hi Anon,

    We should indeed know the word for ourselves so we won't be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Thanks for always taking out time to read. God bless.

  23. Presh, thanks for sharing. I grew up in the church but wallowed in my naivety. When my eyes opened. I saw thinnnngs! Pushing people's heads to fall under anointing by force, brag talk, emotional blackmail to give, false prophesies. The list is endless. My advice is to know God for yourself. Be intune with his word. Cos if anyone follows 'Men of God' instead of God (as most people do), they will be misled. May God continue to give us wisdom.
    http://www.bubusboulevard.com

  24. Hi Bubu,

    The list is truly endless.

    That's the problem we have: more people following men of God instead of God Himself. If we could just take time to know God for ourselves, we would avoid being deceived by some of these men.

    Thanks for adding your voice to this!

  25. That is what happens when we decide to walk by sight instead of by faith. Well you get the glory but God cannot be mocked.
    Great piece sis.

  26. Lmao.. tell God to stop blessing me ????.
    Its sad that people now play with the name of the lord, May God keep us from fake pastors.

    https://funkeolotu.com

  27. OH WOW!!!!!!!!! I'm actually speechless. With my mouth open. I'm not sure what to say :-O

    Berry Dakara Blog

  28. Thanks, sis.
    God cannot be mocked indeed.

  29. So sad, Funke.
    We need to be watchful.

  30. It's shocking, Berry.

  31. I know this is coming late but I was just going through your blog posts and in all, I decided to read this and even make a comment on how serious this topic is. I feel your write ups and I would want to plead with you that next time, please summon courage to meet him and tell him about his sins. You can't stand on the alter and lie to people. These people believe you as a leader and someone anointed by God.

    Do you know how God mist have felt that day of the sermon? Only God knows I guess.

    These kind of preachers are the ones leading people astray and some of them would say there is nothing in Christianity after coming in contact with one of the bad egss. I remember in 1999 when the husband of my mother's younger sister came to visit us in Lagos Nigeria from the Port Harcourt. He is a pastor. That journey he made from scout to western Nigeria was a journey from the pit of hell. He told his family members and the his church he was going to America for a bishop's conference, but on getting to Lagos to fly to USA, he told us he was trying to secure a visa.

    Those in PH thought he was in USA, while we in Lagos thought he was waiting to finalise his Visa and to pick it up. A month in Lagos he spent and decided to go back to pH. On his return, and being oblivious, his wife and church members in pH hosted a welcome party for him with lots of drinks and food….

    OK, what of pictures you took during during the conference, so done asked him? He gave a flimsy excuse.

    Meanwhile all this time, we in Lagos were waiting for him to come back and fly thinking he went to pH to get some important things since he said he would be coming back to Lagos to fly.

    Two months later, my mum was sent for an official assignment in PH and decided to stay with another of our relatives. While they were discussing, she asked her nephew if Pastor wasn't traveling again to USA? Confused by mum's question, she replier that has gone and come back… And that's how the bubble bursted on his head.

    Wit other crimes and lies he committed, Assemblies of God terminated his appointment with them.

    Sorry for the epistle.

  32. Brenda, your comment is not late at all. First, thank you for stopping by my blog!
    Imagine a pastor lying about travelling to the USA. This is so sad. When we focus on pleasing and impressing people, we displease God woefully!

    Thanks for sharing your story, dear. May the eyes of many be opened so they won't be deceived by these bad eggs.

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  34. Nigerians and churches ehhh! Precious I totally relate to this story.

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