- Pastor Abel Damina advised his congregation to put their faith to work by actually ‘working’ as he stated that it is hard-work that multiplies money
- The cleric stated that Christians ought to give because they have been blessed by God and not because they are expecting to be blessed
- The pastor lashed out at preachers who exchange money for blessings in the church, calling it a fraud and an insult to God's redemptive work
Abel Damina, a Nigerian pastor, has stated that Christians who expect to become rich when they give money to churches were only living in a fantasy because “God does not multiply your money”, Premium Times reports.
Damina made his comments during a sermon in his church, Power City International, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
In a video which has now been circulated online, Damina can be seen telling his congregants, “what multiplies your money is work”.
He stated further: “What produces money is work. It’s called industry. He that does not work should not eat. You don’t faith work; you work (the) work.”
The congregation erupted in cheers upon hearing these words.
The Pastor then took time to explain the real reasons why Christians should give.
In his words: “Why do we give in church? We give because we are blessed?
“We don’t give to be blessed. It is part of the goodness of God that kept you healthy. It is part of the goodness of God that woke you up in the morning. It is part of the goodness of God that took you to work and brought you back…. but now you must engage yourself in work.
“There’s no future for lazy Christians because hunger will take you away.
“Somebody ask, ‘does God perform financial miracle’? Yes, he connects you to opportunities. But even if you see the opportunity you must do something.
“He connects you to ideas. He brings you before people that are willing to help. He brings you into favour with people that want to invest.
“Some say but Papa you used to say ‘receive money miracle’? Yes, you can receive money miracle. God can move somebody to bless you. God can touch somebody to buy a car for you, but who will fuel it?
“It’s one thing to have a car; it’s another thing to buy fuel.”
Mr. Damina attacked pastors who exchange money for 'blessings' in the church, calling it a fraud and an insult to God.
He said: “He (God) didn’t supply you grace expecting anything in return. So, when a man of God says give money to be blessed it is an insult to the work of redemption.
“It’s an insult. It’s an insult. It’s an insult. Psalm 91! $91 for 91 blessings! It’s an insult to the work of grace.
“I can feel that some people are very angry right now because I say Psalm 91 for $91 blessings is fraud! After you finish getting angry, I repeat: it’s a fraud.”
Meanwhile, We previously reported about a church operating in Abuja which does not collect tithe or offering from its members.
The church is Givers Embassy, aka Home of Consular Generals, which was formally established in Abuja at the conference hall of 3J’s Hotel on July 30, 2017.
According to the pastor, the church is dedicated to the service of humanity especially Nigerians who are going through economic hardship.