Things that make you go, hmm...!
1) A visiting minister declares to the congregation, "I will teach you how to have total dominion over money. Money will no longer dominate you, instead you will begin to dominate money from today henceforth!"
He instructs everyone to empty their pockets, purses and wallets and to place the money on the floor.
He leads them in making pronouncements and declarations, avowing that poverty is now a thing of the past, each person stomping aggressively on their hard-earned money.
He finally instructs the ushers to gather all the money together in offering bags and the people watch in astonishment as they are not so subtly dispossessed of their money! Some of them are left without any means of getting back to their homes. Hmm...!
2) A pastor comes up with the idea to sell 'kobokos' (local horsewhips). The catch here is that these kobokos are for the purpose of chasing out the devil and his cohorts from the lives of the people! In the open market these implements cost as little as N150 ( less than £1), but in this church they go for as much as £100, and how much one is willing to spend would depend on how stubborn their problem is. Hmm...!
The most mind-boggling thing is that people fall for these gimmicks. Some Christians seem to think they are required to park their brains at home when they go to church, and if anyone so much as raises an eyebrow or attempts to voice disapproval, they pull out the 'touch not my anointed...' card!
When I hear things like these I can't help but wonder how God must feel. One thing I know is, folk who think they can get away with these underhand gimmicks are either very brave or foolhardy. I leave you to decide which.