‘Pastors today are after money’- Rev. John Phillip

15th May 2018
THE AUTHOR: Earnest Seakgosing Source:The Midweek Sun


One of the founding elders of the Christian faith in Botswana, Reverend John Phillip has spoken strongly against the love of money by most of the local pastors, saying they have forgotten to take care of the widows, orphans and less privileged members of the community. Rev.

Phillip was responding to a new book called Rich Preacher and The Poor Christian by Apostle Earnest Seakgosing, which was launched recently in Gaborone. Phillip told The Midweek Sun that the book exposes the greed of some local pastors who are preaching the wrong Gospel to get money from vulnerable people. “It’s an eye-opening book, and the author has balanced and articulated everything well. Contrary to what some false prophets say, blessings come from God and not from people giving them money,” he said.

He commended 41 year-old Seakgosing for his boldness in writing the book. “He has responded well to a given situation. It should have taken an organisation to respond to this situation, but he did. Just as banks speak against fraud Batswana should know that blessings are not bought. God gives his children with love,” he said. He added that modern pastors have strategised their sermons in such a way that they benefit money from the congregants. “They pray for you to get rich and come up with other ways to take your money again. We need to be wise. This book will help many people because it speaks nothing but the truth,” he said.

Describing the marks of false prophets, Seakgosing says that the devil does not come with horns and a bushy tail to deceive. He informs that false prophets and teachers usually will pick the most respected dress code which the God-sent usually wears. “If it is a white shirt with a white collar - that is what they will wear. When the fashion shifts to designer suits, they will be seen with such. They will do that and put a twist to it,” he says. He also warns that false prophets prophesy in the name of Jesus, to deceive people.

They also pretend to be used by the Holy Spirit, he says, citing 1 Kings 22:24 for reference. The other thing is that false prophets focus on themselves and not the people and constantly remind people that they (themselves) are in charge. “When they lead a congregation, they always remind everyone about their authority, but they don’t have Godly authority. They don’t like to be exposed.

These guys always demand loyalty. They teach people to be loyal to themselves than to God. Failure to be loyal to them, they call you rebellious and curse you,” he says, adding that their idea is to keep their loyal followers in total bondage and in fear of them. Seakgosing has observed that false teachers can run sermons on loyalty for months until their followers come crawling-literally on their knees to pledge their loyalty to them. “From these kinds, flee as far as you can child of God. They are starving wolves,” he cautions. His take is that people should start reading the Bible to avoid being manipulated with twisted scriptures.

‘They commercialise the Gospel.’According to the author, false prophets and teachers sell ‘something that has the anointing in it.’ An example is the anointing oils or anointed blankets so that when you wear them no witch can come near you. Or an alabaster perfume so that when you get into an interview, you will get the job faster. “Their altar calls are always about who wants to be a millionaire? Who wants more power? Who wants this and that?” he says. His observation is also that lovers of money parading as pastors only bless their funders. “I visited a church one day. When it was time for giving, they would separate offerings from tithes.

The pastor would dip his hands in the anointing oil and laid them on the tithers, stating that God should touch the hearts of those that did not tithe because they rob him,” he says, countering that God does not rob people and that pastors twist the Scriptures to make God appear like a mafia. Other pastors require money they call ‘a seed’ to be seen and accessed, says the author.

He also warns that false teachers speak vanities. For example, they tell you that if you sow a five-dollar seed, you will reap a five-dollar wife if that seed is being sown into marriage, and the same tactic is used on people who want cars and houses. False pastors also emphasise ‘payment’ for themselves than giving to God, according to the author. Their strategy here, he says, is that giving to the man of God, you will get blessed. He advises Christians to focus on God, informing that Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man. The book is available at Lesedi Christian Centre.




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