Sunday, September 4, 2016

CHRISTIANITY AND DEBT: PLEASE PAY UP YOUR DEBTS

To be a debtor is BONDAGE;
To be debt free is FREEDOM

Romans 13:7 “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to
whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that
loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

Nations are owing world bank, IMF and other international monetary
lending agencies; governments around the world are owing their staff salaries and retirees emoluments and gratuities; businessmen/women are owing bank loans of several millions of money; the individual persons on the streets are owing their landlords/ladies house rent and lease; parents are owing schools their children’s school fees; the common man in the streets are owing market men/women for the goods they collected on credit; even food vendors are being owed by people who ate food from their stall on credit. All these debt owing, indebtedness and requesting for credit facilities are fallout of the economy of the world which keeps growing from worse to worse despite the huge budgetary interventions pulled up to cushion the effects of the harsh economic realities among the citizenry by the various governments around the world. Year in year out, higher budgets are being planned by the governments and at the end of the day, nothing to show forth for such huge monetary interventions. This is largely due to the fact that there are elements within the government circles around the world that feeds fat on the suffering and pain of the ordinary people, who are helpless and defenseless in the face of the cruel economic realities. There are nations around the world that feeds fat on wars ravaging other nations. There are people in government who don’t want any crisis to end because that is where they make their illicit wealth.

And don’t you ever think that things will get better any day. Even if the governments of the world may one day win the war against unemployment, hunger, poverty and deprivation among its citizens, the world crime rate, arson, embezzlement and fraudulent activities will certainly be on the rise. This is because human needs are insatiable. And this is where you need the help of GOD and become His child if you are not one yet, by accepting JESUS CHRIST as your personal LORD and Saviour, repent of all your sins and become born again. The BIBLE says in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” So, there’s certainly no escape route from the troubles, hunger and destruction pervading and ravaging the world today except through JESUS CHRIST alone. The Psalmist said in Psalm 121:1 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” So, if you are not a born again Christian, holy, truthful and righteous before GOD, you may gain all the goodies this life may present and offer but yet, you shall lose your soul in hell fire. Please come to JESUS CHRIST now and you shall be saved. Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Now that even the governments and financial institutions
around the world owe her citizens, does it give you a Christian the right to become a debtor too? If you are conscious of making heaven at your death or in the rapture, please do all you can right now to pay up your debt because no debtor has eternal life abiding in him/her. Matthew 6: 12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

And so, when I visited a branch of EYN church sometimes ago, I was disappointed during the announcement when they read out the names and amount members of the church owed the church’s Cooperative Society Bank. These debtors have since used up the money they collected from the church’s bank as loan, but were now defaulting in paying back their (debt) loan which they collected from the church. Whether these people were thinking that the Cooperative money was their legal right and as such has cut their share from the church’s cake, I can’t tell. If not, why will a man is his right senses and GOD fearing who knows that he is a debtor go about buying new cars, building new houses, buying new shoes and clothing, even involved in a lavish wedding ceremony and yet never give a thought regarding the debt he/she is owing somewhere even in the church? Why do we always abuse privileges? And do you know that some of the debts were running over three years? This is wickedness! Now that you are holding to the money you collected from the church in the name of loan without ever thinking of paying back, how do you think that this same church will have money to give others that are pressurizing them daily for loan facilities? Tomorrow, you the debtor will be the first to accuse your church of not lending a helping hand to her members when you failed in paying back your loan to the church. Please pay up your debt now to whomever you maybe owing because you don’t know when Mr. Death will knock on your door. Moreover, if you get indebted to someone and refuse to pay back, you are certainly shutting the door of help against someone else because you will always be used as an example why good shouldn’t be done for people no matter how genuine their desire may appear.

After reading this message, please hurry up to pay your
debts now, if you owe any man anywhere. Tomorrow will certainly be too late.



GOD bless you all.