Pastor Seyi Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of The Worship Centre (TWC), has lamented the dearth of spiritual Christians in Nigeria.
The Lagos-based cleric who said there was a distinction between religiosity and spirituality, viewed that the former is based on hypocritical living and does the nation no good while the latter has to do with genuine relationship with God, which in turn makes a better society.
Addressing the press on Tuesday ahead of the church’s two-day, Apostolic Fire Conference, with the theme, “Beauty of Holiness,” slated for January 11 and 12, 2019, Adeyemi bemoaned that religiosity and the political leaders have failed the nation as evident in the Brookings Institution report, which shows Nigeria as the poverty capital of the world.
Highlighting that TWC was focused on spirituality as opposed to religiosity, he said, “We believe the church will be more impactful to the nation and society if we live up to God’s expectation. Nigeria has been a ‘work in progress’ since Independence. The comments I heard as a young boy is what I’m still hearing as an adult.
“The citizens of this nation have become more impoverished than ever before. This results in a national question – where is the progress? There may have been some development here and there but by and large, we’ve become the poverty capital of the world.
The responsibility lies squarely on the shoulder of leadership which has been the bane of the Nigerian project.
“I’ve heard people comment severally that religion has contributed to the Nigerian problem. I’ve said before at different press fora that Nigeria is more religious than spiritual.
“Religion is subject to human manipulation and deceit but spirituality is the essence of godliness. The difference is clear… To be spiritual is to fear God and walk in his ways. The more truly spiritual people we have in Nigeria the better our nation will be.”
He added that the forth conference of the church is intended to bring holiness to the front burner as the subject appears to be less talked about in churches.
As the election year approaches, he stressed that the role of Christians should be beyond praying to bringing forthrightness into the electoral process, getting involved in issue based discussions, proffering progressive ideas, refusing to compromise, identifying the best candidates and voting for them.
Adeyemi went ahead to say, “Politics is not bad. We Christians do not have moral right to complain if we don’t get involved in politics. It is important for Christians to be part of politics.”