This week we saw exposed through one pastor what goes on all too commonly in Kenyan Churches week in and week out. The expose by Mohamed Ali and Alan Namu of Dr. Prophet Victor Kanyari! What surprised me was the number of Kenyans who took to social media to air their disapproval and disgust of what Kanyari was doing as if it is a new thing in our country. Some of those people go to churches where their pastors do the same to them but looked at Kanyari and tried to remove the speck in His eye while there is a log hanging on their faces! The highest form of Hypocrisy if you ask me…Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying that I agree with anything that Kanyari did or does!
Think of the words of Hosea (4:6) My people perish for lack of knowledge. People have invested in all kinds of knowledge but have completely ignored the knowledge of God’s word. You become an easy target to the Devil and his schemes when you are not exposed to and are not living in the truth of God’s Word!
So like many things that happen in our country this will be talked about and even joked about on Churchill live and people will forget about it and Kanyari and many like him will continue to eat the sheep of God instead of tending them. Here is a list put out by Kanyari himself of other preachers in Kenya that are fleecing their flock! I don’t know how legit this list is but some of the names in it really are suspect!!!
For many of us its during times of vulnerability that we fall into the traps of these false teachers! You are sitting in your living room and you see a fiery testimony on TV of how the man of God has prayed for me and I received my miracle/healing and then an invitation is made to you that for Ksh.310 only you can also have your miracle/healing!!! You run to the nearest Mpesa to send your seed so that you can receive your miracle/healing!
Our relationship with Jesus then is reduced to a conditional one – I will only follow you and serve you IF you GIVE me my miracle! So we follow Jesus not because He is God who saved us and deserves worship and unrivaled commitment but because He is our Genie in a bottle that we can rub in times of trouble and He will give us anything we want! Do you parent your children like that? Of course not!! Then why do you expect our father in heaven to parent you like that!!!?
We need to be weary of a Christianity that promises earthly pleasures devoid of heavenly focus and heavenly blessings. When the object of our worship becomes an obsession with provision instead of the provider then we have got it all wrong!
What does God say about this?
Romans 16:17 ESV I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
1 John 4:1 ESV Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Matthew 7:15-20 ESV “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 ESV Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
In conclusion I would like to ask you as a believer in Jesus or a seeker of Jesus to become a good Berean (Acts 11:17) to investigate in scripture for yourself what is preached to you on Tv, in church or anywhere else you receive God’s counsel by God’s Shepherd servants.