Published on Jul 18, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos and former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Cardinal Anthony Okogie has agreed with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s postulation that corruption has taken over the churches with a question: “what are the leaders doing to curb corruption?”
Cardinal Okogie, who fielded questions from PUNCH, said: “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is right. Corruption has taken over the churches. What are the church leaders doing to curb corruption?
The retired priest, who was obviously reacting to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s concept of planting church branches everywhere, regretted that the churches are not making any significant meaning in the life of the people.
“Seeing many churches, left right and centre without (them) making an impact, is my biggest regret.
“I disagree with the concept of building many branches by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Churches don’t make a person holy.
“There are many churches in Lagos and that’s the cause of traffic. The other day, Mathew Ashimolowo made some outrageous demands on tithing and offerings.
“Before it was speaking in tongues they used to deceive people, but today it is miracles. It is also annoying when pastors don’t go to hinterland to evangelise.
“They will rather go to where there are many churches already. According to Lagos law, no two churches should be on the same street.
“When you see things these Pentecostal leaders do, I ask, do they really believe in God? Have they no conscience?”
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