Nigeria: This is not Christainity

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Witches in the attic of my house – Antichrist in the Church – “See how this Christians love each other” 

I am a Christian, I am a Nigerian, I grew up in Nigeria, I know the terrain.

And I must say the following words – a fair amount of what we practice in Nigeria is not Christianity, it is BS!

If that last sentence hurts, I apologize, but let me start with the witches in the attic of your home.

Witches in the attic of my house

We teach more about witches and demons (and how to get them killed) in most of our churches than about the message of Christianity – love.

For the record, the problem of most is not witches, it is a problem of impotent governance. The fact that you have no job is most likely not about witches in your village (I have no evidence against, so I won’t claim absence), but about the reckless politicians that roam your district, waiting earnestly for the next bus going to Abuja (they are the real enemies).

All the populace cannot be bewitched it doesn’t make any sense!

As such, anger vented in churches praying against one witch or the other (that, very most likely does not exist) should be focused on peppering our senators, our governors – coercing them to do the right thing, not the extreme docility we see in the sphere of political matters today.

Friends, let’s stop wasting our energies.

Christianity centers around love.

It is a very clear message, and anything against is to be regarded as completely ANTICHRIST!

See how this Christians love each other”

I will not dwell much on the meaning of love here, as there is no time to unpack it’s meaning.

But, the philosopher Halbertal pointed out the following  – 1) love’s attribute is attentiveness, 2) it has to be non-instrumental for it to make sense, i.e. very far from the sphere of exchange [1] See Job and Abraham [2].

Let’s go into the bible:

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering [Heb 13: 1-3]

Can we say to ourselves, boldly to be doing these things?

But this is not the case with the early Christians.

The first century prolific Christian apologist, theologian and moralist, Tertullian, reported the inspiring [Pagan] Roman’s comments about the attitude of the early Christians in his foremost work, apologeticum, speaking about their inspiring love for each other:

“Vide ut invicem se diligant” – ipsi enim invicem oderunt – “et ut pro alteruto mori sint parati”; ipsi enim ad occidendum alterutrum paratiores erunt. [3]

“Look how they love one another” (for they themselves [Pagan Romans] hate one another);

“and how they are ready to die for each other” (for they themselves [Pagan Romans] are readier to kill each other).

No wonder Christianity spread so widely and wildly in these early centuries.

To conclude, what we are seeing in most churches in Nigeria today is fraud on a massive scale – ‘Men of God’ (who are more of a capitalist) sell fear, and trap poor (and rich) people alike, extorting them of their precious monies. While forgetting the crucial fact that love and fear don’t mix.

And, alas, if you see fraud and you don’t SCREAM fraud, my friend, you are fraud.

Let’s save Christianity, let’s save Nigeria, let’s save Africa.

And again, to repeat, the problem of the defective Christianity is not in all, but in the majority.

God Bless Nigeria.


[1] Moshe Halbertal, On Sacrifice

[2] Job and Abraham in the bible gives the archetype of (non-instrumental) love

[3] Apologeticum ch. 39, 7

PS: This essay was inspired by Pastor Sunday Adelaja’s recent outburst on paganism in Nigeria (and African) churches. The first time I listened to his teachings on the subject, I felt a perennial thirst suddenly quenched.

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2 thoughts on “Nigeria: This is not Christainity

  1. Njeri Mureithi says:

    Thank you for pointing this out. I’ve been reading up about the syncretiscm in Christianity on the continent of Africa and how it’s misleading. Pastor’s are financially exploiting people and leave them spiritually malnourished.
    I have come to the conclusion that God’s authoritative word isn’t sufficient enough and so adding a religious practice from other belief system makes Christianity more appealing and more exciting. This is isn’t to demonize those who practice African Spirituality but to point out that it’s unbiblical to mix Christian beliefs with other belief systems, it removes the focus of the One True God.
    I have been reading material on how the early African church fathers and Ethiopian Christianity have contributed to the Christian faith and it has been a journey of discovery.
    Would love to hear more of your thoughts on this, as a Christian, it’s exciting to stumble across other Christian’s who are aware of these things.
    Feel free to email me

    • Olatomiwa Bifarin says:

      Thank you for reading, Njeri, and thanks for the comment, I cannot put it better.
      This is something that had worried me so much growing up in Nigeria, but, you know, sometimes it might be very difficult for a fish to know it’s in water, or, (equally difficult) to ‘catch’ ones mouth odor, so to speak.
      For me, I would want to take the argument to another sphere (apart from the central issue of adulterating Christianity) which is the following:
      When a person (‘man of God’) gives you an advice (admonition, opinion, etc), and he/she has a clear gain if such advice leads to a positive outcome BUT does not partake from the harm, if taking such advice leads to a negative outcome; one needs to be extremely skeptical, since they don’t have skin in the game.
      This Asymmetry is one of the central culprit that allows for such adulteration to perpetuate in our society, men of God don’t get harmed when they give wrong/bad/unholy advice…
      Happy Easter Sunday!

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