Sam Adeyemi, the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, has said a major problem of religion globally is that its adherents use the divine practice to create an “exclusive club” of members rather than deepen their relationship with God.
Adeyemi said this in a post on Twitter on Tuesday.
According to the cleric, the self-acclaimed “religious people” erroneously believe that they are the only ones who will enjoy the eternal reward.
He, however, reminded them to instead remain humble and remember the words of Jesus Christ in the scripture about those who will be allowed into heaven.
One of the major problems with religion is that humans use what should basically be about a relationship with God to form an exclusive club. Some are sure only they will enter heaven. Christ told religious people those they don’t expect in heaven would get there before them.
— Sam Adeyemi (@sam_adeyemi) February 16, 2021
Adeyemi’s tweet, however, elicited varied reactions. Some agreed with the message, while others questioned the veracity of the biblical teaching attributed to Jesus Christ by the cleric.
See some of the reactions below:
Did Christ actually said so??? Where sir? Shalom!
— Princely Ayams (@PrincelyAyams) February 16, 2021
There is a religion that is pure and undefiled before God as expressed in James 1.27. Religious leaders since bible times to-date have even bandied a White Jesus and implied a different heaven for them. The letter kills; the spirit gives life.
— anita OM (@petamaj) February 17, 2021
Some people use religion as a blackmail or a smokescreen to feel entitled…Some see religion as tool to exploit…Christianity is not a religion it is a personal relationship with God. Just like a father and a son in a living room. The father knows everything about his son.
— Oluwasiji Akinsoyinu (@oluwasiji1977) February 17, 2021
The Gbagada congregation are on this table…
— Obiekezie (@iamobiekezie) February 17, 2021
I tell people about the story of the thief on the cross beside Jesus. A thief who was sentenced to death probably cos of his heinous crimes, made heaven through grace. All he said was that Christ should remember him. We make heaven not by works as the law demands but my his grace
— Samsioni (@SamSioni) February 16, 2021
God bless you immensely sir for speaking this truth. Many Christians are in a religion whereas God did not call us to a religion, He called us to a real, loving relationship with Him. Our walk with God is based on His mercy and Grace, not by our works. Thank you sir🙏🙏❤
— Dammy💖💖💖 (@dammylove_5) February 17, 2021
It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God
— Susan Helen~Chynwa 🌺 (@susanhelen10) February 17, 2021
Thank you so much for this sir.
Many Christians today have created doctrines to make themselves look holy so much that it seems like they are the better Christians thinking they're the closest to God.
They have created so many contradictory layers in the body of christ.
— Austin Edosomwan (@AEdosomwan) February 17, 2021
The way we practice religion in Nigeria is extra ordinary. We create unnecessary division, we criticize each other and know who is going to heaven or not. Actually, we misunderstood, we misinterpret and misform the words of God. This has led us to some of our problems.
— Ruqayya Teni Adamu (@TeniAdamu) February 17, 2021
people like urself are part of the narrative sir.
— Eden Tommy (@Edtommy79) February 17, 2021
Although a part of me thinks all of these balls now to dynamics.
And God is DYNAMIC!
— Rereloluwa • Freelance Writer & Network Marketer (@Rereloluwah) February 16, 2021
This is it tweet..
I sha know say e go shock many people that day.
Many have turned themselves to Assistant Jesus writing who to be in the right hand and who to be in the left.
— S A M U E L🇳🇬 (@OluwatosynBanks) February 16, 2021
Chai, deep words. We elevate religion and legalism when God is calling for a relationship and a life with him.
— XYZ Chromosome (@michaelakinnike) February 17, 2021
Kmt shut up abeg https://t.co/lVmJVC9t0G
— Ade. (@yvsvfkolawole) February 17, 2021