Last night, Tai asked what church I'd be attending today and when I told him HOTR, he scrunched up his nose and said "But your parents are catholic". What followed was a list of reasons why he doesn't like unorthodox churches ie Pentecostal churches. All his reasons could be summed up in one; they don't preach posterity.
Who cares about posterity anymore? I asked him. Let's be honest, how many of us live our lives with eternity in mind. We are a hungry people. Hungry for success, hungry for career advancement, hungry for money and then more money, hungry for pleasure, hungry for travel, hungry for marriage, hungry for children, hungry for good clothes and the good life. Who's got the time to think about golden cities or damnation in an afterlife that we're not all sure exists, when we've not finished thinking about this one?
Most churches these days are businesses and business thrive by keeping their customers happy. To keep them happy you've got to tell them what they want to hear and people want to hear that "This week God is going to do a great miracle in your life!!! This week you are moving forward!!! This week that contract you are pursuing will locate you!!! This week God will connect you with your life partner!!! This week you are blessed!!! This week your helpers will locate you!!! This week you are getting your dream job!!! This week that visa will be granted!!!" And the people all scream in holy frenzy; AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! This they follow up with weighty offerings, or seeds, to seal the deal.
Tell me who's going to sow a seed or give you any meaningful offering after you've depressed them senseless with your talk of eternal damnation and gnashing of teeth? Who will be impressed with cities made of gold when right now, this city is made of sludge and mud and their bellies are empty?
In this we are all guilty, I'm not pointing fingers at any pastors because all they're doing is catering to our own desires. The desire to hear that we will be prosperous, that we will be found by our husbands, that success is surely ours... and all those other things we need to hear to keep going.
But pastors do make alter calls. Alter calls, the ones the pastor makes when he's asking that you give your life to Christ and accept him as your personal Lord and saviour. You would think that this is about eternal life/posterity, but nay, it always come after the prayers for prosperity. "Yes, but you know, if you want your prayers to be answered, if you really want that miraculous contract, then for God to do it, you must accept Him as your Lord and saviour". And the people throng out in the dozens to the front row, to receive Christ, not to be able to live with him in eternity, but to accelerate the process of that long awaited promotion. Eeiiiish! Have you noticed this as well, that alter calls are not about posterity but prosperity?
So talk to me guys, do you really think about posterity (ie, eternal life)? When last did you think about heaven or hell fire? Do you ever do or not do anything in a bid to make heaven? Do you even believe that there's a heaven or/and hell?
And this I'm really curious about, it's not a rhetorical question. When was the last time eternity/heaven/hell was preached in your church? I don't mean mentioned in passing, I mean when was it the actual sermon? Please share.