Lately, the Church has been under severe and harsh criticism due to the individual falling of pastors and members of the clergy. A lot of non-Christians have used these situtaion to deride the body of Christ and paint all the clergies with bad brush. The death of Sammy Okposo, a celebrated gospel evangelist and singer has been attributed to his fallings as a human being. In this light,a man of God, Pastor Courage Igene has come out to shut the critics and naysayers up saying that they are not in the position to judge.
Speaking to cross section of journalists, Pastor Courage Igene, a Nigerian pastor based in Huston, Texas said”The Body of Christ needs to do better on showing love to our wounded warriors. Many times, when something negative happens to a minister, other ministers would isolate that person and castigate that person, making them feel rejected. What this what Jesus taught us”
He added that “We quickly join the unbelievers to attack our own. It ought not to be so. Where is the Love of God in us? Let us do better. Let’s stop the hate and bitterness. Let’s love one another in righteousness and have a ministry of reconciliation and restoration instead of condemnation.
He opined that Christians should endeavor to defend the gospel in these perilous times that the devil is doing everything to turn people away from god. With the current realities in today’s world where church attendance have dwindled and reduced since the Covid 19, he said that there is need to ensure that Christians do not lose focus on the word of God and try as much not to follow the people of the world from bringing down the church.