The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Samson Ayokunle, has lamented abut the lack of financial and moral discipline among Christians and church leaders in the country.
Ayokunle, who is also the President of the Baptist Convention, spoke at the opening of the virtual Convention of the Baptist Convention over the weekend.
The CAN President lamented the prevalence of indiscipline, sexual immorality, gluttony, and financial impropriety in many churches in the country.
While speaking on the theme of the Convention, “Moving Forward: Becoming a More Disciplined Church”, Ayokunle said that money has become the god of many Christians, especially church leaders.
He charged church leaders in the country to lead by example in every sphere of life, adding that some Christians cannot be trusted with any noble assignment as no one can separate unbelievers from Christians.
“This theme is crucial to the state of the present-day church. The church is now in a state where indiscipline has led to many instances of sexual immorality, gluttony, financial impropriety, laziness, court cases, etc.
“The name of the Lord is being maligned in our society today because of the way Christians are behaving. Obscene dressing and all forms of impurities are happening in our midst. Some Christians cannot be trusted for any noble assignment.’’
“There appears to be no difference between them and the unbelievers. Money, in particular, has become the god of some Christians, including church leaders. What a shame to the Church! The Lord of the Church is sad concerning the state of the Church. We are robbed of our powers and molested by the children of Satan because of our careless living!” he said
The clergyman said the convention should be a call to sober reflection among Christians noting that was through discipline that Christians would enter into the kingdom of God and equally move forward.
“We, the body of Christ known as the Nigerian Baptist Convention, though we have come a long way, but if we would move from where we are presently to where we ought to be, if we would not be swept away by the wave of indiscipline and immorality that is daily tearing the fabric of our society and the world at large, we must continue to emphasize discipline in the House of God,” Ayokunle emphasised.
“It is through discipline that we would remain holy and enter the kingdom of God! Hence this year’s Convention is a call to self-examination as individuals, family, church, Convention. It is a clarion call to be more disciplined in areas where we have shown discipline and exercise discipline in areas where we lack such.
“It is my prayer that none of us would leave this place without experiencing the touch of God and the determination to go out there and make a positive difference for Christ in this corrupt world, in the name of Jesus.”
The CAN President thanked all the participants and all those who have contributed immensely to this year’s convention.
KanyiDaily recalls that CAN had called on the Federal Government to ban a song titled ‘Closer’ by Dera Allison, because the song had a blend of the popular Christian hymn ‘draw me nearer’ with secular and adult-rated lyrics.