Clergy Infamy: Where has Kenya gone wrong?
17 August 2015, 21:35
Nairobi - Someone wrote, “Another day, another fraud of religion”.
The church is one of the most influential yet embattled institutions after political affairs. Over recent years, the media has exposed grave notoriety in the church, focus on the clergy. The moral rot; sexual misconduct, deviation from the true gospel, corruption, evasion of justice and self-elevation has steeped the church into the world.
What is particularly repulsive is the clergymen self-elevation to demi-gods. Scandalous pastors have claimed to be prophets and healers. They have drawn multitudes who seek miracles and redemption from their problems.
In the meantime, the clergymen amass millions of shillings through schemes like “Panda Mbegu” (Plant a Seed) used by the likes of Neno Evangelism Centre pastor, James Ng’ang’a and Victor Kanyari, also famous for his "310" scandal. Victor Kanyari’s mother, self-proclaimed prophetess Lucy Nduta was once jailed for embezzling money from the faithful claiming she could cure HIV/AIDS.
Helicopter church pastor, Thomas Wahome claimed he had access to God’s book of life and brethren paid enormous sums of money to confirm if they had a place in paradise.
Remember the Catholic priest, Fr Kizito Sesane, who was purportedly doing charity work in Kenya but later accused of sodomizing young boys under his care. I
n another sickening instant, an evangelical clergy and a self-proclaimed prophet was charged with producing pornographic material and engaging in immoral behaviors with Kenyan girls in different occasions at hotels in Nairobi.
The list cannot be complete without Bishop Deya of the infamous miraculous babies and Fire Gospel church pastor, Michael Njoroge of Mwende saga. The latter allegedly used women as sex toys and coached them to testify false miracles.
People as human nature dictates, follow in masses where there are miracles and some magic. Congregations will gather and pay to free from illnesses, economic difficulties and other life problems. Believers are regularly disappointed as most of the miracles are stage-managed to draw more crowds.
Deceit and sexual misconduct are not the only ailments that describe the church and its state today. Recently, Neno Evangelism Centre pastor, James Ng’ang’a, was linked to an accident that killed a woman at Manguo in Limuru. The pastor allegedly bribed the police to conceal evidence that would link him to the fatal accident.
I do not have ample information and details to make comments on these issues but I find myself like many of you out there, reflecting on the church and its eminence today. I believe that the chosen men and women of God should seek understanding and wisdom from God so that they can handle the sheep as well as the world they seek to transform.
Steeped in immorality and grave social misconduct, the pastors will do anything to retain their stature and popularity. They hold a dynamic belief that their lives should be of remarkable success, fame and away from scandal. The clergymen, in the least, are arrogant, rude and battle with negative attitude especially towards anyone who dares challenge them. How far misconduct in the church can get is still unknown to me.
I feel that it’s high time we evaluate our clergymen against a code of ethics and conduct. Since the church should be the pillar of society and is failing, the society is more deeply steeped in worldly indulgences. There is a dire need to streamline the church. In the meantime, all eyes are on the justice system, hoping against hope that selective justice will not prevail.
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