“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:24)

For the love of money is the root of all evil…”

Paul (1 Timothy 6:10King James Version)

The three religions bequeathed to mankind by Father Abraham all have within their genetic constitution a predisposition for destruction: Islam through fundamentalism, Judaism through retribution and Christianity through yielding to worldly temptations. The nature of the Christian flaw, unlike that of Islam and Judaism, is not outward but inward; in other words, it is not towards explosion but implosion. Christianity is not intrinsically a violent religion, which is why, since The Crusades (which were politically and economically motivated and had less to do with God than mammon) there has not been a holy jihad in the name of the Christian God.

The Christian wages a different warfare, a warfare that takes place within his soul and not the soil on which he stands. It is a battle within his heart and not about his hearth and home.

Many years ago, a Man of God served a warning to Christians the summary of which is: “Don’t mess with God’s glory, God’s girls or God’s gold.” Recent events bear testimony to the predictive accuracy of the nature of the temptations that would hold sway within Christendom. And no enticement is more powerful, more compelling and more insidious than mammon. Jesus Christ made it unequivocally clear: it is impossible to serve both God and money. Paul the Apostle expounded this truth when he stated that the love of it is the originator of every kind of evil.

So let me assuage the apprehensions of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) which, through its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, has questioned whether the intended purchase of arms by Goodluck Jonathan’s Government is a conspiracy between Niger Delta militants and Christian crusaders ‘masquerading as Boko Haram’ (Sahara Reporters, Sep 17 2014). Let me assure MURIC that, perhaps to our shame, the Nigerian Christian will not fight, not even in defence of his faith. If indeed there is a plan by Niger Delta militants to equip themselves against the perceived threat of the Islamisation of Nigeria by Islamic militants, it has nothing to do with the Nigerian Christian.


                  A Suggestion: Don’t Give Interviews

In an interview with Vanguard in November 2012, Ayo Oritsejafor said “I’m not ashamed to own a plane, I think it is a necessity and not a luxury for some of us deeply involved in the work of God to own planes.” (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/11/my-private-jet-story-by-pastor-ayo-oritsejafor/#sthash.d9wHzyx3.dpuf) If it is indeed a necessity, occasioned by the need for frequent travel to do God’s work, why lease it out? Oritsejafor justified the gift by his congregation of an aircraft on the grounds that, in view of his frenetic schedule, flying on commercial airliners did not make practical or fiscal sense. So, why did he lease it out?

In an interview with Nigeria Pulse (September 16, 2014) Oritsejafor said he leased it out “to offset the costs of maintenance.” (http://nigeriapulse.com/oritsejafors-plane-was-on-lease-green-coast/#.VBgjqfw0Nso.twitter)

In other words, it was necessary to lease out the aircraft because it made fiscal sense to do so.

Am I missing something here?


Should CAN Be Canned?

Oh, pleeaasee!!! Enough with the blackmail! I’m supposed to keep quiet and not say anything because that would be a betrayal of CAN which is fighting for my interests as a Christians? How can I, in all good conscience, keep quiet when CAN continues to promote the agenda of GEJ as a Christian agenda? Because GEJ is a christian? What business did CAN have to defend Oritsejafor on a matter that had nothing to do with CAN or with Christianity? Oritsejafor is a big boy. Let him defend himself. When CAN involves itself in such matters it loses credibility and respect as the mouthpiece of the Nigerian Church.

And this is the best CAN could do?

“El-Rufai has accused Jesus Christ severally in recent times.” Accused Jesus Christ of what exactly? If the intention is to arouse indignation amongst Christians, give us a reason to be indignant!

“We are waiting and we can assure you that at the appropriate time, he and his allies will pay dearly for it.” Oh dear, oh dear! Nothing had better happen to El-Rufai or else. You know the saying, the witch cried at night and the child was found dead in the morning – or something to that effect. Well, for the record, I’m not a party to this conspiracy. I no dey!

Ms. Ishaya Audu, a lawyer, school administrator, and member of the Premium Times editorial board maintains a Friday column on politics, policy, culture, and the Nigerian life. She writes from Abuja.