The Senior Pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church (CSMC) Truevine Chapel, Pastor Adesanya Adegbamigbe has said that the idea of pursuing riches and wealth is not in line with the focus of Christianity, adding that it’s worldly riches which involve constant and progressive accumulation of resources and possession of great value.
He disclosed this on the church blog @csmctruevinechapel recently, he said eternal life requires Christians to deny themselves of worldly things which is of material possession, includes huge sum of money, a large estate, fleet of cars, sufficient food, plenty clothes and other pleasurable things in life.
According to him, “In the new testament, Christianity is observed to be a religion which brings people “to know”, “to love”‘ and “to serve” God wholeheartedly with a promise of reward in the present time and in the future; resurrection time; eternal peace and eternal life- Luke 18: 27. “No one who has left home, or wife, or brother or parents, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come, eternal life”.
He added that eternal life requires that Christians should deny themselves of worldly things. “Jesus Christ was teaching His disciples that whosoever does not allow anything to constitute a nuisance or obstacle to his christian faith is a citizen of kingdom of heaven. Whenever, He talks about riches, it is in the negative, He sees riches as an obstacle to Christian faith.
He emphasized that some churches are known as “Prosperity Gospel” churches today. “Their messages are prosperity centered, they are prevalent everywhere in the world, engaging more frequently in preaching about the ways to get rich quickly, they often organise business summit in the church against the fact that Jesus declared that church is the house of prayer, where knowledge about God is to be shared and not for business discourse about money making- (Matthew 21: 13), claiming that Jesus Christ became poor so that they may be rich- (2Corinthians 8:9), that all things were created through Him- John 1: 2-3, and also that God is a God of prosperity-(1 Chronicles 29: 12.
He said Prosperity Gospel Churches assertions are very correct and biblical. “But then there is no portion of the scripture that says Jesus Christ called disciples for worldly riches and wealth. All the teachings of Jesus Christ center on the salvation of souls and not about wealth accumulation. Whenever, He talks about riches, it is in the negative, He sees riches as an obstacle to Christian faith.
“Because many people are ignorant of what Christianity stands for, coupled with their financial insecurity and instability, they keep trooping to those churches, in search of worldly riches and wealth, where they irresponsibly compete among themselves. Their mission in those churches becomes how to make huge money, be prosperous and become rich and wealthy. Some people run away from churches where they are not meeting their desires for riches to churches known as “Prosperity Gospel Churches”.
He noted that these churches have lost the mark as they are in the darkness of spiritual bankruptcy. “They bring people into the wilderness of riches. Salvation of souls is no longer their priority but raising millionaires and billionaires. Christianity is not about becoming rich and wealthy, though God may decide to bless you in a way that it will not harm your Christian faith.
“If you are not super rich or wealthy, it may be to your advantage to be able to enter the kingdom of God. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 12: 15 “And He said unto them, take heed, and beware of covetousness for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”. Life is meaningful if it is rooted in the teachings of Christ Jesus and not in the quatum of worldly things.
Christianity is not about wining and dining- (Romans 14:20). It involves some measure of suffering for the sake of faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus told His disciples that they will face persecution in the world as He also has faced, so also the Christian believers in the present age”, he said.