Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, has criticized Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s plan to open more churches.
Adeboye, who was previously the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had said he planned to build as many churches as possible so people could be closer to God.
According to Okogie however, there was nothing godly about those churches, and they were nothing but business centers.
He said: “In order to bring us together and to get sanity back into this country, the fear of God must be number one. Nigerians of today don’t care a hoot about God.For example, I heard that one of my colleagues, (Pastor Enoch) Adeboye, said that he would love to build churches everywhere so as to make it easy for worshipers to walk to them. But for me, that is a useless statement. How can you say you will build churches everywhere?
“What kind of churches are you talking about? Look at traffic in Lagos for example, and those who are pastors are traders and a good number of them are businessmen. Such churches in most cases are more like business houses! Look at the number of churches springing up in Lagos. If the Muslims start building mosques like that, does it show that Nigeria is a religious country?
“Every day we hear of killings and other things that we were not hearing before.We can’t even walk on the streets freely. You have to be watching yourself left, right and centre to know who the man coming behind you is. It wasn’t like that before. Churches must ensure that there is fear of God.And I’m just telling you that those churches that he is talking about are just business centres.”