13 July 2007

Get Rich Quick

In the past week the 2 leading newspapers in Uganda "The New Vision" and "The Monitor" have begun an outright assult against the churches in Uganda... and they have my full support. In the past week there have been articles about: a pastor taking in orphan boys to preform acts of sodomy with them, a Ugandan pastor collecting $215,000 USD from the people in his church... for his wedding, a Ugandan pastor buying a second home in Sacramento, California, and finally a pastor buying a small Electric Touch device to trick people into believing that he has special power from the Holy Spirit. It seems becoming a pastor has become the newest "Get Rich Quick Scheme" to hit Uganda... and it makes me sick.

It's hard for me to stomach seeing a pastor in Uganda driving a Hummer (one of only 3 in the country) and preaching about giving while his people starve. The amount of pastors in Uganda using the gospel to get rich is comparable to the amount of Roman Catholic priests sleeping with little boys in the US... and just as children are easily deceived by these Catholic priests these Ugandan pastors are preying on the ignorance of their illiterate believers who are "sowing" with the promise of "reaping" much more.

It's too bad that the hurt and anger of those who don't "reap a great harvest" could one day turn against the true God while the men with no integrity who are posing as pastors will continue to eat the fruitful harvest from those they deceived. Just another motivation for me to stay here and train pastors in hopes that the true gospel will one day be preached.

Here is one of the articles from this weeks papers...

Ugandan policeare holding a Ghanaian preacher over a stage magic device they fear may dupe people into believing they have experienced miracles.

Customs officials seized the Electric Touch device -- which magicians use to give small electric shocks to volunteers -- from "Prophet" Obiri Yeboah at the airport last week, the state owned New Vision daily reported Tuesday.

The pastor heads one of many Pentecostal churches in Uganda, receiving large sums of money from congregations seeking miracle cures for diseases or help with financial problems.

The Electric Touch device is usually sold in magic shops alongside card tricks, magic coins and disappearing balls.

"With a simple touch, make a fluorescent bulb glow on and off at your command, make confetti move, charge a spoon and watch as it shocks a volunteer!" says one online magic shop selling the device.

"People could be duped to think it is a miracle," the New Vision quoted Civil Aviation Authority security chief Herman Owomugisha as saying.

Officials are worried about the proliferation of "miracle" churches in Uganda, many of which claim to cure HIV/AIDS.

1 comment:

Teenietinyt said...

Yeah, that is EXTREMELY sad. The "if you own a bible, you're a pastor" mentality takes a fatal twist when you see people abusing that position. Especially when it reaches international extremes like Benny Hinn