- Gabe Ozoani
- United Kingdom
Engineer, Aerospace Engineering
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Extraordinary wealth of pastors in developing countries and the congregation that support them.
Bishop David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in Nigeria. He has amassed a wealth of over $150 million dollars. He has numerous business ventures (which he obviously encourages his "faithful" members to patronise) including a recently launched airline. He adornes himself in expensive watches and clothes and has more than one private jet. Many other "men-of-god" are in the same ball park (in terms of wealth).
This isn't only peculiar to developing countries as there are quite a few "millionaire" pastors in the west also.
Are the people who support these "representatives of God" brainwashed?
Are they providing this financial support to these men and their "empires" with the hope that the "investment" will one day pay off?
Could they be victims of a discrete form mass hypnotism?
Or could this be a aspect of Christianity that comes natural to the believer?
This is an epidemic that has plagued not only developing countries where the populace are searching for hope and prosperity, but also the developed world.
In this time of austerity are these institutions simply a drug to help soothe hopelessness?