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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How Pastors Receive CURSES - T.B. Joshua

On Sunday 18th January 2015, Nigerian
Pastor T.B. Joshua cautioned pastors
against trying to compel people to give
offerings in the church and politicians
against trying to force people to love
them through wild promises made during
elections.
"It's Scriptural to ask for offering
and tithes but it has to come from
the heart," the cleric told his
congregation in an impromptu
message. "Anything that does not
come from your heart becomes a
curse to the person you give… We
ministers of God should allow the
congregation to bless us, not curse
us with their possessions."
He cited the case of people who attain
wealth through bribery and corruption,
insisting that the repercussions are
severe. "If you collect a bribe, you can't
get anywhere with it. You may be rich
now but at the end of your life, you will
cry," he admonished in a message
televised live on Christian television
station Emmanuel TV.
"Let me suffer now and laugh tomorrow.
Let me be poor now and blessed
tomorrow. That should be the life we
live," he added.
The known philanthropist counselled
people to consider history to learn
lessons from those in the past who lived
big through corrupt means. "If somebody
becomes so rich, if what he is having
that made him to be rich is not from
people's hearts - it's by corruption or
bribery - you will cry for the person
someday."
"If people that are collecting bribes know
all of this, they will stop collecting
bribes," he continued. "The
repercussions are not midway. They
come at the end when we have no
strength again to do the right thing. The
money, mansions and possessions will
collapse… The beginner is not the owner
but the finisher. Whatever you do –
remember where you are going."
He further decried politicians trying to
coerce love from people, especially
during the period of elections. "You can't
force someone to love you. In elections,
you see political parties campaigning,
saying they will build mansions, bring
constant electricity and water… Love
should be given voluntarily – without
being forced."
Joshua also spoke scathingly of
pastors who always emphasized
money in their sermons, to the
point that they would even fight
members who stopped paying
tithes or attending services. "I did
not know when you came here, so
when you are going, it is
unnecessary for me to know. You
want to fight a member because he
left your church. Whose church?
God's church. Christianity is a thing
of the heart," he said.
"If you give something from your
heart, it will bless you that gives it
and also bless the person you give.
But if you give something that is
not from your heart, you that gave
has nothing to gain and you are
giving a curse to that person," he
reiterated.
He then challenged the congregants to
examine their lives. "Count how many
curses you have received to build your
mansions, have your possessions and
enjoy your fame and popularity," he told
them.
The cleric revealed this is the reason
behind his extensive philanthropic
endeavours and non-emphasis on money
during his sermons. "Why would I not
give freely when I know if you give
something from your heart, you will
receive a double portion of it? That is the
secret of giving."
He advised the faithful to help the less
privileged in their own area in order to
enjoy the blessings of God. "Sell those
properties and possessions you don't
use, open a charity account, put that
money there, sit down and begin to
bless the needy. See what God will do
for you. The finger of God will stand to
fight for you," he advised.
He also encouraged Christians to
remember they are undeserving of
God's blessings, an understanding that
should reflect in their attitudes. "God is
giving you another chance. Don't abuse
it," he warned. "If you know that you are
given another chance, you must treasure
it. We treasure things when we know we
are undeserving but today, we live as if
we deserve things."
He admonished people to remember
that God would ultimately 'mark their
work' "If you know you are undeserving
of the life you are living now, whatever
you attempt to do, after you finish doing
it, you should wait and let God mark it.
He may say it's wrong; He may say it's
right. If God says it's wrong, we shouldn't
lament because you live a life of grace."
He reminded them that 'God had the
final say'. "You have been allowing
challenges to destroy you instead of you
to destroy challenges. When challenges
come – my God has the final say, not my
ability or knowledge."
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