– Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie has condemned Pastor Adeboye’s plan to build more branches of RCCG
– The archbishop also said most churches are nothing but business centres
– He argued that more church buildings will only add to the problem the nation is facing
The archbishop emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, has condemned the plan by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to build new church branches.
Okogie, in an interview with New Telegraph, said most of these churches are nothing but business centres and the nation does not need more of them.
He said: “In order to bring us together and to get sanity back into this country, the fear of God must be number one. Nigerians of today don’t care a hoot about God.
“For example, I heard that one of my colleagues, (Pastor Enoch) Adeboye, said that he would love to build churches everywhere so as to make it easy for worshipers to walk to them. But for me, that is a useless statement. How can you say you will build churches everywhere?
“What kind of churches are you talking about? Look at traffic in Lagos for example, and those who are pastors are traders and a good number of them are business men. Such churches in most cases are more like business houses! Look at the number of churches springing up in Lagos. If the Muslims start building mosques like that, does it show that Nigeria is a religious country?
“Every day we hear of killings and other things that we were not hearing before.
“We can’t even walk on the streets freely. You have to be watching yourself left, right and centre to know who the man coming behind you is. It wasn’t like that before. Churches must ensure that there is fear of God.”
He added that some religious leaders are nothing but traders and business man and the church has sadly become an avenue for making money.
“And I’m just telling you that those churches that he is talking about are just business centres.
“They rented houses and in order to make more money, they license them. They pay their dues to the bosses in the churches, every one of them. Some of them, I have three or four examples, they can’t pay their own house rents. Yet every Sunday, they gather in the house there and say they are opening churches.
“The landlord there says; ‘give me my rent, if you can’t pay then get out.’ You see the trouble? Whereas people who can pay who are really, sincerely looking for houses to rent can’t get any to rent.
“These are some of the things. One must think twice; and I don’t think that God wants us to serve him with force.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Cardinal Okogie on Friday, September, 29 argued that Nigeria would be worse off should President Muhammadu Buhari get a second time in office.
New Telegraph reports that the cardinal said in a telephone interview that Buhari’s performance so far had been below the average mark, which does not support the calls for his second term.