Morris Cerrulo will soon be leaving Ghana, presumably with his pockets fat from the cash of those who followed his message of false hope at the Africa Fresh Fire Conference (Nothing Wanting Financial Prophecy Summit).
One wonders why he didn’t go to the jungle or into dangerous terrain seeking those who’ve never heard the gospel, or to minister to those in abject poverty.
Why didn’t he take his healing message into the burns unit of Korle-Bu or into the wards of the terminally ill?
I felt sad to see young people eagerly rushing to this carnival of debauchery only to come away drugged up on the intoxication of emotional highs. Even Marx could not have envisaged this extreme when he called religion “the opium of the masses”!
I recently wrote in my post Miserable Christians, about the emotional roller coaster ride some people were experiencing with Christianity. One minute you hear them say they are unbelievably happy because Jesus is their friend who they walk with everyday, the next, that they are desperately lonely.
The churches are hyping up the message and the pastors manipulate emotions to trigger false ecstatic highs. People come away literally buzzing, which they mistake for the power of the Holy Spirit. Away from this context, the reality of life hits hard and they fall into despair. Their solution is not the bible but to go back for more. In this way they become addicted to these churches, needing their latest fix in order to escape real life.
The prosperity preachers are failing to prepare Ghanaians, psychologically and emotionally, for the difficulties of being a Christian. They fool them into believing that things are only going to go well for them once they accept Christ and that Christianity is the path of least pain. They kid them into believing that their life is now going to be one big comfort zone. Because they encourage an anti-intellectual, anti-rational approach which is suspicious of real knowledge, very few people actually read the whole bible or question what they are being told. Instead they are content with comforting passages, taken out of context, offering riches and the multiplication of blessings.
Now Ghanaians have planted their seeds into Cerrulo’s pockets they wait to see his riches multiplied as evidence that, perhaps, it could just happen to them too. The myth of the American dream has translated into Christianity claiming that the existence of a few rich people proves that everyone can become rich.
When this farce is all over, and the emotional highs have subsided, people are left more impoverished and more desperate than before and less equipped to be Christians. Are they now more able to walk the Calvary road, to understand what it means to deny themselves, to follow Jesus and to die every day? Is this is what it means to store up riches in heaven?
But don’t worry. Cerrulo may be going home but there are plenty of others in Ghana who are eager to enjoy our ‘seeds’. So please help them gain the kingdom of heaven right now to show they are truly ‘anointed’ by the fire of God. Then we can look at them covetously in the hope that one day, some of these ‘blessings’ might flow our way!