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Femi Aribisala: Pastor Paul’s manipulative ‘witchcraft’

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by Femi Aribisala

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The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks!  The same Paul who says he would rather die than collect money now reveals he “robs” others of their money. 

 

Have you noticed that the primary business of pastors is the collection of money?  Every manipulative trick in the book is used to do this.  The father of this disgraceful practice is Paul.  Without a doubt, Paul is a past-master at manipulating churches for money.  It is not for nothing he boasts to the Corinthians: “Crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!” (2 Corinthians 12:16).

 

Mercenary Paul

Paul says Christians are “indebted” to preachers: “If the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.” (Romans 15:27).  This self-serving principle provides the blueprint for the “sowing and reaping” deception prevalent in the churches: “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:6-7).

The deceiver here is Paul.  For him, “sowing” is not planting the word of God in our hearts according to Jesus’ injunction.(Luke 8:11-15).  It is not even giving to orphans or to widows.  It is giving money to the so-called “man of God;” in this case, Paul himself.  You see the trick here?  Paul fabricates a highfalutin religious principle primarily designed to get people to give him money.  He says: “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” (1 Timothy 5:17-18).

Since man is not an ox, this amounts to quoting Moses out of context. (Deuteronomy 25:4).  Indeed, according to Jesus, we should not even expect a “thank you” for our services: “When you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10).

 

419 specialist

Paul barrages the Corinthians repeatedly.  He says to them: “If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 9:11-12). 

The man is nothing but a 419 specialist.  Paul says it is “a right” to collect money from them, but he will not use this right.  So why is he talking about it if not because he wants their money.  Is he not, in effect, doing what he says he should not do- hindering the gospel- by asking them for money?  Then he goes on: “Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:14). 

This is another one of Paul’s blatant lies.  Surely, the Lord himself does not want the gospel to be hindered?  All believers are required to preach the gospel.  Does it mean, therefore, all believers should live by the gospel?  Certainly not!  Jesus’ position is diametrically opposite.  He says: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8).  This means we are not to insist on payment for spiritual services rendered.

 

Master manipulator

Paul’s tactic is to go around asking for money while protesting he is not: “For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. (1 Thessalonians 2:9).  Okay Paul, why not leave it at that?  But no!  He goes on: “I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:15-18).

Note the manipulation here.  Paul says he would rather die than collect any money.  But the reason why he is saying this is precisely because he wants them to give him money.  We then discover he actually collects money without committing suicide, using another cunning rationalisation: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:17-19).

This is pure manipulative witchcraft from a very a smooth-operator.  In a subtle but devious manner, Paul maintains when you give something to him, you are automatically giving it to God.  This makes Paul God.  The things sent to Paul were well-pleasing not to Paul, but to God.  What witchcraft!  He then says because they gave to him, his God will supply their need.  The God in question here is apparently not “our God” but Paul’s personal exclusive God.  Does it mean God will not supply their need if they don’t give anything to Paul?

 

Paul’s robbery

Paul is unrelenting.  He continues to harass the Corinthians in another letter: “Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? I ROBBED OTHER CHURCHES, taking wages from them to minister to you. And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.  As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.” (2 Corinthians 11:7-10).

The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks!  The same Paul who says he would rather die than collect money now reveals he “robs” others of their money.  So the problem with the Corinthians is that, in spite of his arm-twisting, they have not given Paul money.  But Paul refuses to be denied.  He says deceptively: “For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong! (2 Corinthians 12:13).

Haba!  To what lengths will this man go to extort money from these poor people?  How can they be inferior just because they refuse to give money to Paul?  He then sends a gang of “the brethren” to collect money from them willy-nilly, while insisting they must give it “cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9: 1-6).  Nevertheless, he continues to deny his actions: “What I want is not your possessions but you.” (2 Corinthians 12:14).

Hold on to your wallets and purses boys and girls.  Pastor Paul and his minions are after your money.  They are full of trickery.  Before you know it, you will be out of pocket.

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  • That’s a ticker so is these pastors oh men of God. Reap the poor and enrich themselves all in the name of God.Jesus give not take live with simplicity are u guys living the He lives or like the live of Paul? Ask ur self

    Umar July 7, 2013 8:25 am
  • This writer that consistently criticises an accomplished Apostle Paul makes me laugh a lot.Despite his acclaimed educational background,he appears to be academically childish.His writings are organisationally incoherent and logically inconsistent.He more often than not quotes and explains out of context. His, may be a brain problem caused by too much reading and thinking of unreasonable things. I always ignore such uncoordinated attention This writer that consistently criticises an accomplished Apostle Paul makes me laugh a lot.Despite his acclaimed educational background,he appears to be academically childish.His writings are organisationally incoherent and logically inconsistent.He more often than not quotes and explains out of context. His, may be a brain problem caused by too much reading and thinking of unreasonable things. I always ignore such uncoordinated attention This writer that consistently criticises an accomplished Apostle Paul makes me laugh a lot.Despite his acclaimed educational background,he appears to be academically childish.His writings are organisationally incoherent and logically inconsistent.He more often than not quotes and explains out of context. His, may be a brain problem caused by too much reading and thinking of unreasonable things. I always ignore such uncoordinated attention This writer that consistently criticises an accomplished Apostle Paul makes me laugh a lot.Despite his acclaimed educational background,he appears to be academically childish.His writings are organisationally incoherent and logically inconsistent.He more often than not quotes and explains out of context. His, may be a brain problem caused by too much reading and thinking of unreasonable things. I always ignore such uncoordinated attention seekers.

    Joseph July 7, 2013 8:41 am
  • If what you preach on your web is not witchcraft and rebellion in its aggravated form, then you must see a psychiatrist to examine your grey matter. I have thought for once why this bald headed man called Femi Aribisala is embarking on this suicide mission. If he’s not being used by his evil ancestral background entrenched in unbriddled human sacrifices to his late uncles god or his mothers witchcraft spirit is having a better hold on him. Because Femi’s mother was the head of the witches in the entire villages that make up his town, he was brought up to believe ans see things only from the witchcraft perspective. Can Femi tell his numerous readers the title his father held in the disgraceful Ogboni cult, which he inherited? People must see whose agent this man is before even reading his articles that are inspired by his village shrine called oromila. Let Femi Aribisala tell his readers the meaning of Aribisala. Aribisala simply means the head of of all occultic groups and witches. Femi. Has embarked on a suicide mission , driven by the demons he inherited from his fathers who were the custodians of the village shrines and deities. His mission is simple; an agent of destruction and evil. You must retrace your steps or you’ll like wise perish. Christians must reject what this challatan stands for.

    Amen July 7, 2013 8:42 am
  • pls mr femi hv u come across Luke 10:7. i wnt 2 make it clear 2 u dt if u doubt d ministry of app. paul u as well hv doubted christ. whtever we, christians, do 4 our pastors we do in faith n nt by force or deception.
    app. paul preached d word with power of d holy spirit. and was able 2 shook a poisonous viper into d fire afta being bitten by it, dt d barbarians who earlier called Him a murderer latter called him a god. Dont sin against d Holy ghost. be warned. u can go n criticise d govt. leave d church 4 u r not spiriually incline.

    emmy Agba July 7, 2013 9:03 am
  • I like this, do no criticize thiz guy for telling us the thruth. We all are learned and he even backed the article up with bible verses which will make us know there are contradictions in it. The teaching of Jesus is far different from turning a church to business org. Cause I can’t fathom why churches are now Nigerian political org.which collect from the poor to enrich themselves. If not, hw can a pastor own a jet and a member off that same church is poor. Did Jesus did that to his followers? Hell no. He ever feed them instead. Nicodemus was rich. And Jesus asked of him no penny.If not that God forbid, I will also be a pastor and make money from lies coz that iz another sure way to make money just like politics.

    abbay July 7, 2013 9:26 am
  • @abbay pls can u tell me hw wealthy ws Paul? And where does ur local pastor work? read luke 10:7. u r a pagan if nt a heathen i dnt c y u shud involve ursef in this topic. look at d churches around u r d members complaining. let me tell u he dt giveth in faith will neva lack.

    emmy Agba July 7, 2013 10:27 am
    • Ladies & gentlemen! Let’s open our eyes n think critically abt wat dis pastor Femi is preaching. Because he has all evidence in d Bible abt wat he is saying oo. If he is wrg then let’s prove it! If not then its true.PERIOD!

      snowden July 7, 2013 10:40 pm
  • femi u r like those pastors dt misinterpret d teachings of Paul.

    emmy Agba July 7, 2013 10:50 am
  • Femi Femi Femi hope you repent sha!! Bible is like puzzle so just quote versus to suit uu ignorance!

    Mshelizah July 7, 2013 6:17 pm
  • The letter kills,but the Spirit gives life.You can not get insight in the word of God in the Bible without being in Christ.It is the Spirit of Christ that gives understandings.An unspiritual man does not understand the things of the Spirit.Femi is spiritually dead.anyone who desire LIFE should run to Jesus and not after this dead man.get a clean ,unpolluted,pastor to explain scripture to you instead of posting your brain error.

    Jekayinoluwa July 7, 2013 7:39 pm
  • I completey fail to agree with you. For even the Lord Jesus said that a labourer is worthy of his wages and He also said that in what ever house the disciples enter they should take what is given to them. And most of th ething given to Paul was not money but provisions. Remeber he was into full time ministry and was no longer practicing his law profession for he said he has counted all but loss for the sake of the gospel. He was not working and he laboured more than all other apostles.

    Ace July 8, 2013 6:25 am
  • Femi I believe you are the one being manipulative. What is your mission.Are you a Christian.Know what Jesus say,”Give and it shall be given unto you;…….(Luke 6:38)

    Ace July 8, 2013 6:36 am
  • Well said, Ace (^ 6:36 am). E be like se the real witchcraft na dis Femi Aribisala. I nor just understand the man agenda. SMH

    Sis July 13, 2013 7:45 pm
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