Saturday, May 11, 2013

You Are Very Wicked Oh Pastor

You Are Very Wicked Oh Pastor
"Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts."

Nowadays, you often see and hear about labourers, workers, and staff being denied of their wages at every given time. In fact, in the Public environment (government), Staff are sometimes owed several months of unpaid salaries, which at times runs into years. How can a government, institution, church, business owners with clear conscience, expect maximum result/output from their staff they have denied their legitimate wages? This is not to mention the Pensioners that die daily waiting for their unpaid gratuity.
In Nigeria my dear Country, corruption have become our second nature, due largely to the encouragement it is receiving from the public cycle, and the silence of the church towards ill acquisition of wealth by both public, private and religious personnel/individuals. There are institutions commissioned to fight the scourge of corruption but, they too do ends up of been accused of corrupt practices all over.

Now, in the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, there are two sets of pastors.
1.      Full Timers 
These are men and women, who one way or the other may have received a call from God to serve in the vineyard. These people often times resigned from their secular jobs, businesses, and occupation, thereby coming under the payroll of the church, which is now their primary and only source of income.
They have all the benefits that the church had put in place for their welfare in the services of the ministry. They are entitled to monthly salary (don’t know the criteria used), yearly house rent, transportation benefit on transfer, as well as pension on retirement amongst other things.

2.      Part Timers 
Unlike the Full Timers, Part Timers pastors in RCCG, are men and women, who may or may not have any calling of God to become a pastor but, whom the superior pastors deemed fit to serve in the vineyard of God, due largely to their commitment, selflessness, zeal, dedication, being a worker etc. They are people with their jobs, business men and women, students, unemployed/applicants, professionals, lecturers etc. 
These sets of pastors do not enjoy the same benefits as against the Full Timers pastors, since they have their private jobs and businesses for keeps. Form experience, the Part Timers pastors especially at the Parish level, does not have monthly salary or allowance in some Regions of RCCG (don’t know if it is everywhere), no house rent, no transportation on transfer etc.

Nevertheless, if the Public servants are withholding the monthly wage(s) of their staff under any excuse, should the church equally follow suites and copy them?
I recently heard how some Full Timers pastors were denied their monthly salaries by their superior pastors in RCCG, for the flimsy excuses of not attending Provincial programs. This is notwithstanding whether the said pastors affected were having genuine reason(s) for not attending or, not disposed to. Remember, these are married pastors with wife and children, whose daily responsibility for the upkeep of the family lies solely on the monthly salary of the pastor/husband/father.
Wicked superior pastors, what are you telling these affected pastors to do? Do you want them to start stealing and robbing to meet their needs? Is this the policy of RCCG to maltreat and manhandles pastors that fail to show up for programs? Where do you expect them to feed, clothe and pay their children’s school fees? Is this your actions worthy of emulations that can win the hearts of the unbelievers to Christ? Are you not turning these humble children of God into miserable beggars? No wonder God says judgment will begin in the church. 1Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Most of these wicked superior pastors denying these defenceless junior Full Timers pastors in RCCG lives in opulence, preaches and ministers from a well structured facilities, good homes and good pays etc, while these maltreated Full Timers pastors lives in abject poverty, worship and ministers in tattered structures, burns the buck of their parishes etc. For God sake, a labourer is worthy of his wage 1Timothy 5:18 “For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward, why are these wicked pastors therefore inventing their own scriptures to deny these junior Full Timers pastors their wage?
God is watching!
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