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Why the “Fake Jesus” story would have sold well in Nigeria as a Business Venture

Why the “Fake Jesus” story would have sold well in Nigeria as a Business Venture

The story of a white man posing as Jesus Christ in Kenya was the trending news on social media. A lot of people did not wait to get the full story until Michael Job, an American citizen who was the man behind the “Fake Jesus” cried out.  On his Facebook he wrote:

“Hey guys! Just to let you know there has been many false ‘fake news’ reports here in Kenya about me. I just did nine days of crusades in Ongata Rongai, Kitengela, and Kiserian Kenya where many people were saved and healed,”

“I dressed up as Jesus during these crusades my awesome friends and I performed many plays focusing on the life of Christ. Some people, known as ‘internet trolls’, have made false reports about me claiming to be Jesus, Jesus’ second coming starting in Kenya, me being found and worshipped in churches, and me being deported with pastors from the country, all of which are ‘fake news’.”

I was surprised that such a story surfaced in Kenya and not Nigeria. The rate at which so many fake pastors are working to reap their teeming congregation is so massive. Even if Michael Job was doing it to pull the crowd to his crusades, Nigerian pastors would have turned it into a good money making business. They would have captioned it:

I was surprised that such a story surfaced in Kenya and not Nigeria. The rate at which so many fake pastors are working to reap their teeming congregation is so massive. Even if Michael Job was doing it to pull the crowd to his crusades, some fake Nigerian pastors would have turned it into a gold mine. They would have captioned it:

“Pay x amount of Money to see Jesus before he goes back to heaven.”

 “Jesus can help you to secure a place in heaven for x amount”

 “There is promo in heaven”

Those who have planned to continue in their worldly lifestyle will pay heavily to try and secure a spot in heaven.

Sometime ago, there was the story of a pastor who paid someone to pretend as a dead man to be resurrected. It is very common to see people worshiping pastors in Nigeria and some other African countries. People believe anything and this “Fake Jesus” if taken to some regions in Nigeria will sell like wild fire.

A lot people are no longer hungry for the Word of God but signs and wonders. Churches that preach about repentance and hell fire do not have large congregations unlike the ones that preach about signs, wonders, miracles and prosperity. There are so many Nigerian Christians who would have fallen for Michael Job’s acting skills because all we want is for miracles to happen.

Christians in Nigeria do not believe that they have been equipped with the right tools to excel in life. They run from one church to another seeking for miracles. A friend of mine told me that his church had gone for three days prayer retreat at Redeem Church camp. He said despite the three days intensive prayer retreat, one of his colleagues stopped at another camp owned by Mountain of Fire Ministries on their way back. When asked why he was going into that camp, he told them that he wanted to use this camp to push the prayers at Redeem camp. He was going to spend another three days.

The Bible is no longer studied because of how these fake pastors have led the sheep in a wrong path for their own financial gains. About 80% of Nigerian pastors perform miracles just to attract people. Some have performed miracles that you will know as fake by merely watching it. They go to any length to get powers. The aim is no longer to be fishers of men as instructed by Jesus Christ, but to be Keepers of the Aquarium.

It will not be a big surprise if tomorrow we see another actor playing “Jesus” but this time as a new business venture or several sighting of Jesus being reported in different parts of our beloved country Nigeria.

True Christians who study the bible and understands what God’s instructions will never fall for such deceit.

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