A retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos and former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Cardinal Anthony Okogie has faulted the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s concept of planting church branches everywhere.
The 81-year-old retired priest said seeing churches everywhere was his biggest challenge.
Okotie said this while fielding questions from Punch.
He stated that the churches were not making any significant meaning in the life of the people.
He said, “Seeing many churches, left right and centre without (them) making an impact, is my biggest regret.
“I disagree with the concept of building many branches by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Churches don’t make a person holy.
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“There are many churches in Lagos and that’s the cause of traffic. The other day, Mathew Ashimolowo made some outrageous demands on tithing and offerings.
“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is right. Corruption has taken over the churches. What are the church leaders doing to curb corruption?
“Before it was speaking in tongues they used to deceive people, but today it is miracles. It is also annoying when pastors don’t go to hinterland to evangelise.
“They will rather go to where there are many churches already. According to Lagos law, no two churches should be on the same street.
“When you see things these Pentecostal leaders do, I ask, do they really believe in God? Have they no conscience?”