Thursday

Men of God should stop praying for corrupt leaders – Cleric

Senior pastor, Shepherd Baptist Church,
Obanikoro, Lagos, Rev. Israel Kristilere, has
urged pastors to stop interceding for corrupt
leaders.
According to the cleric, men of God should
focus their prayers on the growth of the nation
so that God could turn things around for the
good of all.
Kristilere, who gave this advice on Tuesday
while briefing journalists on his ‘just worship’
programme, which he said would come up
later this month, said it would be a praise
night for God to enthrone righteousness, and
progress in the nation.
He said, “Men of God should not be seen
hobnobbing with or praying for corrupt
leaders. It is high time men of God preached
the truth, and not for them to take money
from corrupt politicians to build gigantic
churches. Religious leaders should preach
righteousness.
“At present, we have so many messages that
are not leading people to righteousness but
they focus on prosperity and materialism. I am
not against prosperity, but I believe that
prosperity without righteousness is no
prosperity.”
Kristilere, who also commented on the
proposed national conference initiated by
President Goodluck Jonathan, said he would
support the initiative, provided the dialogue
allows for all views.
He said, “There is nothing wrong with having
national dialogue. Dialogue is a way of solving
problems, even in marriage. But most of the
time, when the government calls for a
dialogue, it ends up being a monologue.
“But why is it now that 2015 is around the
corner, that suddenly we are having a national
dialogue? I will support this national dialogue
if the outcome will be subjected to the
National Assembly for final ratification.”

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