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Is Television Evangelism By Force?

When I was growing up,you will see people coming to your houses to evangelise and bring people to God. Some will get your contact address for follow up.

But these days what we have now are pastors and in most cases and their wives coming on air and television as host and co host of a Christian program. At the end of the program they will be soliciting for money from the public to be able to sustain the program,they will display on the television an account number were you are to send the money to.

Some will just preach for 10mins or 15mins and next would be how to send the money to them. If you watch Christian programs on a Sunday, most of them are begging for one money or the other, while some a specific on the amount you are to give,like Bishop Lanre Obembe is always asking for 1000 a month. So you can see where we are coming from.

I now start wondering if they are forced to preach on air, what has happened to our door to door evangelism?

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yes we have alot of them.

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i just finished watching a telecast of a pastor,where he was preaching and his wife pastor mrs was interpreting. and at the end of the preaching you need to see the way they were begging for sponsors,they gave out an account number in which people can send their money to and see if God will not change their situations before the end of the year.You need to see the way they were beggibng almost going on their kneels,which i immediately concluded that we have alot of hungry pastors than their members.

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Quote from Gold 24

"Television was created for the gospel.The owner of TBN got the revelation to start TBN when he was reading the bible."

Do people still think this way in this century? Ouch!

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Hmmmm!  My dear brother, Church now is money making machine for all these broad day light thieves who call themselves Pastors, Bishops and Prophets of doom.  To be a man or woman of God you must be CALLED and you must have been prepared spiritually from the moment you are concieved or like Paul, be called on your way to Darmascus!  But these days huh! Everyone is a Pastor, Bishop and prophet, I wonder because of the money vulnerable people seeking salvation give in honour of God's work.  But how much share of this money does God's work get?  That's the question.  I hate these crook Evangelist - their day shall come one day and their cup will be full!!!

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Original 9ja,we are waiting

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The so call men of God are smart. We just need to enlighten our fellow people on how not to be brain washed.

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For centuries, Westerns Secret Societies have worked closely together to ensure information does not slip out like controlling the Media (best form of brainwashing), Religion (corrupting different ones to ensure we do not get along through different faiths and beliefs).Now the brainwashing is done by Television Evangelism. I am hoping one day that Africans will wake up to the truth and get away from all of the lies, myths, blind faith, racial ignorance, misinformation,manipulation,mind control and weak ideas that our very own people feed to them just to win their souls. I would always suggest to the both of them that anyone attempting to impose upon them their religious beliefs, they are to produce the facts. Always seek out Right Knowledge, Right Wisdom, and Right Overstanding, and get the facts!!!

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I think it is arrogant for anyone to claim to have the one correct interpretation of scripture.

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Pls dont be personal.

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You guys amaze me.

If you do not understand the sense of humor that I denoted from those two posts combined, that should not be ur problem.

We are not wired the same way.

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I feel we should be able to talk on the wrongs going on not to be personal in our submission.

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The baptist do they believe in the Holy spirit or do they speak in tongue, please can anybody enlightened me on this. I have a friend that attend baptist but does not know jack about the Holy spirit.

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well, if i caught my girl friend in such act, i will do away with her, foir i hate anybody who is engaging in such thing. anyway, i will not hesitate to leave her.

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I don't make my submissions based on any church denominations doctrine, and the baptist church does not regard charismatic churches as belonging to the devil. My opinions are purely personal and as revealed to me while reading the bible with the inspiration of the holy spirit. I am not into church doctrine and i consider myself none denominational even though i worship at the baptist church.

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@Maddock and JJYOU

Abeg forget about Kunle jare. The guy attends Baptist church. They believe charismatic churches belong to the devil.

I dont reply to his gibberish talks anymore.

Pastor Chris will outlive him. He thinks Jesus Christ has only revealed Himself to Kunle and prays other Christians receive the revelation.

Kunle is just some clown jare.

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You got to be kidding me

Proverbs 1:7 (GNB) To have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord.silly people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn.

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Matthew 10:26:

26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.

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Kunle,i have been following your contribution here and other thread, my friend you are indeed gifted,i pray you continue in your knowledge in Jesus name Amen. As for me i am a pastor with a difference,i follow the truth and preach salvation only.

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Door to door evangelism is still going on steadily but only done by Jehovah's Witnesses.

Check www.watchtower.org for more details.

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The so called pastors are busy brain washing and milky money out of people. About them coming on air to preach is an apology cos most of them do this so as to get money from people.

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LORD HAVE MERCY, MOST OF THE PASTORS NOW ARE MAKING MONEY IN THE NAME OF GOD,

THEIR GOD IS GOD OF PROSPERITY,

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I think i made some point out from your post.

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Can someone please tell me how to quote someone's post? Thank you

I believe in a supreme "being". I also believe/know that humans, before science, devised their own ways to understand the world and their relationship to it. When u study all religions of the world you start to discover that they all have so much in common when it comes to the core moral principles they seek to promote. It is when they intersect with politics (Back in those days religion and state were one and the same thing) that you start to see distortions. Rules are added to fit in with the political agenda of the rulers (for example all our Christian holidays are really pagan holy days. Emperor constantine had to keep things that were already familiar to the population to make the transition to christianity less problematic. The way the Catholic Mass is set up and all the elaborate costumes that the priests wear are just to create a similarity with old Pagan rituals. In the East, the Chinese Emperors manipulated Confucian values of submission and loyalty to the state to oppress people they knew will never rebel because it was against their faith).

These empires used their claim to hold the "one divine truth" to rally up support for their political and military endeavors. The "noble" cause of spreading Christianity to all the world was really an excuse to expand their empire. What better way to do that than to say "God sent us, and we have to prepare the way for Christ to come back". This is not exclusive to Christianity and is also part of Islam. Everything that was not in agreement with their agenda was called evil, when in reality they were anything but. Back then the prevalent religion in Europe was a form of nature worship, where people worshiped nature, believed in the divine presence in all reality, and promoted the same moral principles that have existed ever since. People like these were termed heretics, witches, and other bad things, and this types of sentiments are still rampant in Africa. They were not bad people and did not worship the devil, they were just in the way of the Roman/Church's agenda.

Our African traditional religions are not evil, it is just our own understanding of the universe and our relation ship to the ultimate reality, Just as the Jews have their own. The only difference is that the Jewish faith was adopted by the most powerful empire in world, which had unity problems because so many different gods were being worshiped by different people, that the emperor decided it was better for him if they all just worshiped one God. Also, I think it is important to note that Emperor Constantine, the man responsible for making Christianity the official religion of the empire, was never a christian and did not get baptized till he was on his death bed. You decide for yourself, but I think his motives were purely political.

I encourage you to not take my word for it and do your own research, you can google any of these things and i'm sure you will find lots of material. I have a lot of books on these issues i can recommend if anyone is interested. My bigger point though is that no pastor holds the truth, no one really knows what is out there and anyone that claims to is LYING. God is in you, use your mind, you brain is given to you by God, don't let anyone scare you into believing that it is blasphemous to doubt something that does not make sense to you.

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i am not here to judge anyone - being catholic myself i am conservative in my religion - howeve I have met evangelists too that have touched me and make me reach deep into my pocket in my broke months - and others that just make me think OLE!!!

my advise to u ppl is  BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS - esp all these PROMISCUOUS CHURCH-HOPPERS that do nnotknow how to be loyal to one church. Have faith in God and find a church you are 100% comfortable in to worship and stick to it - if a deacon break from that church and opens his own after graduating from partor school, then stay loyal to your original pastor

in a way i like Catholics sense of authorityand hierarchy - though many people diss it - u will not find a ppriestopening up his own church of his own authority- just like that!!

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Pls we are talking serious here,not chris,we all cannot be fooled all the time.

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@Krayola/sojioguns

Brilliant submission, i am really glad christians are coming to know the truth about the true gospel of Jesus christ which is a gospel based purely on love for God and Others targetted at making the world a better place for all. Churches have really distorted this truth for selfish gain. it is my prayer that Christ would reveal himself to us all so that we can genuinely understand his message.

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hummm

i'm learning here fam

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My brother these pastor have played on our intelligent for a long time now. Why do we have churches at every 100 meters?why cant they come together to worship in one church. Pentecostals have their churches facing themselves and side by side, catholics dont do this,mind you i am not a catholic. So lets the so called church leaders set example by coming together as one.

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@Krayola,

Fantastic piece. I really didn't want to get into this discussion but you have said it all. The Word, which we all have grown up to believe in is actually a lot of history that is contaminated by MAN. That's why a lot of pastors are capitalising on that fact and tell people what they want to hear.

This is not a forum to debate on whether God exists or not. From my personal view, I believe there is a Supreme being that created the heavens and the earth, including the planets. The Supreme being could be the Big Bang to the Astrologers or some Idol to the traditional Sango worshippers. I just know there is a Supreme Being that created me and I love so much.

I don't need any pastor to tell me that I escaped death twice last year because God loves me. There are other people I know that are more "holy" than me and still have died in minor occurrences. The Supreme Being I believe in has let me know that I do things on this earth not because of the fear of hell or the desire to go to heaven, but just to make the world a better place.

Now if we go back to the time of Noah, as the Bible says, God was not happy with the world. Why would God want to wipe out the bad eggs if He didn't believe in the earth. God wants the earth to be a better place. So instead of debating whether TV evangelism is a scam or whether this pastor or that pastor is performing fake miracles, LET US ALL LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, DAMMIT!

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Alot of these so called pastors have turned this to a money making scheme. You dont get good programs on television on sundays,from 7am-10pm they will occupy it. But i am not saying its wrong but their ways. Why cant they come together than every one of them wants to be boss of themselves.

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You ve not offended anybody,at least you ve voice out your mind.

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@sojiogun.

man, God can't do anything on earth without humans.

these Humans u r talking about where inspired by the holy spirirt to put the content of the WORD,

so understand this.

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It was written by men that were inspired of God and in some cases, real eyewitnesses to God's awesome deeds. Just like when you pick up a newspaper to read; the journalist is giving you an account of a true event that occurred. Look at the bible in a similar vein.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 1 John 1:1

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I am a Christian but the "Word you talk about was written by humans.

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My question is: WHAT IS THE WORD? WRITTEN BY MAN? I BELIEVE IN A SUPREME BEING.

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WITH ALL SAID AND DONE; I BELIEVE INDIVIDUAL LIVES SHOULD BE THE DOOR TO DOOR EVANGELISM AT THIS CRUCIAL MOMENT IN LIFE; IF YOU CAN LIVE THE LIFE WHY GO DOOR TO DOOR TALKLESS OF HAVING A CONGREGATION BECAUSE YOU WERE PRIVILEGED TO ATTEND BIBLE SCHOOL! THE MAIN THING CHRIST HAMMERED WAS "LET YOUR LIFE SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MIGHT SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND THEREBY GLORIFY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN", GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN YOU GET EMPLOYED BECAUSE YOU'RE A XTAIN; IF YOU TRY TO DO THAT NOW, YOU'RE GONE, FOREVER, AND EVER!

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS IN HIGHER INSTITUTION, A GUY CAME TO A PLACE ITH 'TRACTS' TO PREACH TO FELLOW STUDENTS; HE EVENTUALLY HANDED DROPPED THOSE TRACTS ON THE FLOOR FOR THOSE GIRLS BECAUSE THEY WERE PUTTING ON JEANS PANTS WHICH IS AGAINST HIS CHURCH'S BELIEF, I WAS SO ANNOYED EVEN THOUGH I WAS BROUGHT UP IN CHURCH, BECAUSE IT'S THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY THAT I COULD EVER IMAGINE, FULL OF DECEIT, and so many worst more I grew up witnessing, WE'RE BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES IN NIGERIA FROM THE TOP TO THE LEAST, just few are left out,

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It is called ministration.

@abhosts, There is a main difference between religious practices and commercial: NO TAXES!!!

People shouldn't rely on the loop holes in the Nigerian system to make their millions. C'mon.!!!!!!!

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Advertising is different from begging people to pay 1000 naira monthly to keep the program on.

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Soliciting for contributions to keep a religious programme on air is not begging. That is the way it works even in the united states. Every single programme you see on television has sponsors. Even Circular programmes are kept on air by corporate bodies that advertise their goods and services during it's time slot.

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