Church And Politics: Pastor Condemns Alleged 'Vote And Go To Hell' Comment
Different prophecies have gone out ahead of the general elections in Nigeria, with different pastors picking different winners to the extent that Christians are confused as to who will actually win.
While some pastors prophesy that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President, Muhammadu Buhari will win, others say the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Nigerians are religious people, they say, but pastors have continued to point in the direction they should go dabbling into politics.
Whether it is the largess they get from politicians that is motivating their advice or it is a spiritual direction they are providing for their members, it is difficult to say.
This involvement of pastors of churches in politics in Nigeria is increasing and it is a thing of concern for people who are in the Christendom.
Elections in Nigeria has been rescheduled for February 23 and March 9, but there are statements making the rounds and allegedly attributed to a Bishop of the Living Faith Church, David Abioye, telling his congregation who to vote.
There is also another statement attributed to the man of God, saying he had insisted that anyone who voted against his advice would go to hell.
Bounce News could not find evidence of that claim, but giving his opinion on the issue, the founder and senior pastor of the Foundation of Truth Assembly headquartered in Lagos, Reverend Abayomi Kasali, condemned the involvement of pastors in political matters.
"It is irresponsible and unethical for any pastor to be bias or partial towards a particular political party.
"Any powers that be is ordained by God and I found it in my bible. But now I am beginning to wonder, 'is there another bible these people are reading from?'.
"We should be careful how we bring our emotions and I think this is the guilt of the former administration of Jonathan.
"He dragged the church into governance and politics and the church is so submerged that we are finding it difficult to pull out.
"Obasanjo did not do that," he stressed.
The pastor insisted that some pastors were taking side with political parties to the extent that they could me called PDP pastors.
Reverend Kasali accused followers of having a hand in the matter too, as they have been bamboozled and made to follow sheepishly.
He emphasised that the people must pick people who will govern them and not men of God.
Pastors are under the Christian Association of Nigeria, but the association appear not to have a hold on what pastors say on pulpits.
Lack of regulation in the association has also been identified as a reason pastors take side with political parties and also express these affiliations on pulpit.
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