By Lateef Dada, Osogbo
A clergyman, Bishop Seun Adeoye, has called for an urgent cleansing of churches in Nigeria to protect churches from fake pastors.
Adeoye, who is the General Overseer of Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministries (SGTM), Rehoboth Arena, Okinni, Osun State, exposed the growing wave of fake pastors in the country.
In a statement signed and made available to reporters in Osogbo on Monday, Adeoye, who is also Senior Bishop of the World Church of England (WAC), Nigeria and spokesperson for the World Council of Bishops (WBC), Africa, said called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to immediately commence registration and licensing of all religious practitioners within its fold.
He lamented that social media platforms have given unfettered access and voice to many false pastors where they “emit foul odors and vomit filth from their intestines in the name of prophecy.
“Today we are surrounded by so-called men and women of God declaring false prophecies, spreading unbiblical doctrines, engaging in all manner of immoral behavior, and undertaking all manner of rituals at the altar.
“Although these false pastors are in the minority, they are dangerous for the church and society. They cheat in the name of God. They cause havoc to the Church and so much pain and shame to true Christians. They are worse than bandits.
“These wolves need to be identified, exposed and dishonored. These trees must be separated from the wheat. They are not called by our Lord to preach the gospel but they see the Church as a means of sustenance to serve the gods from their bellies.
“Therefore, these wicked must give way to allow the gospel of Christ to flourish. CAN leaders should embark on an urgent cleanup by registering and allowing all true men and women of God into its fold. By this, we can easily identify the wicked and help deliver the victims from their wickedness.
“CAN leaders should be prepared to boldly come out to deny anyone engaging in satanic activity and disbar any pastor whose behavior is contrary to the welfare of the body of Christ. Enough of all this nonsense in the name of God,” Bishop Adeoye said.