“God is going to do a miracle for you that you can not explain!”
“You will have sweatless progress!”
“Your husband will soon locate you!” (Duh! How about, you will soon find your wives?)
“By this time next year, you will carry your own baby!”
“You will receive a phone call that will change your life!”
These utterances usually stem from “men of God” or rather, “gods of men” as they gallivant their altars in elaborate suits. Their fans are hopeful “Christians” who have come to church not because they hunger after God but because they hunger after what God can give them.
On this particular Sunday morning, I was thrilled when the resident pastor in a congregation I visited preached a touching message. At the end of his message, he asked church members to come and touch his feet. Without thinking, many rushed to the altar and grabbed his feet. Then he said, “Don’t come empty-handed. If you are empty-handed, go back and bring a seed. Some people went and never returned. Some returned with seeds to “seal their miracles”. That marred his touching message for me.
Because of the things I hear preached in churches, I wonder what happened to the other parts of the Bible. Pastors have taken upon themselves to bombard their members with endless promises and eventually asking them to sow seeds to seal their upcoming miracles. That’s the effect of poverty, unemployment and a mass of lazy Christians who do not want to seek God for themselves but depend on the pastors.