The Catholic Archbishop of the Abuja Archdiocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has warned religious leaders against preaching false miracles and prosperit in the name of divine prophecy.
In his Homily delivered at St. James Parish, Dawaki, Abuja, He said on Sunday, the priest said this is related to the coming 2023 general elections.
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Kaigama cautioned that religious leaders must resist the temptation to do the bidding of influential Nigerians by prophesying electoral victory or massaging their worldly ego and during public religious gatherings.
“Such predictions are mere fruits of political calculations or pure guess work, and may not be a result of any special supernatural or divine revelation,” Kaigama said.
He said religious leaders must remain ardent in preaching the truth with courage and not be deterred even by threats to life.
He said, “We are called to be the Jeremiah of our day: tell truth to power. Unfortunately, many religious leaders who are sadly preaching miracles and prosperity are now dabbling into political forecasting in the name of divine prophecy.
“When they claim that party A or B will win elections in a given State, or nation, or a certain strong political personality will win rather than the other, these are mere fruits of political calculations or pure guess work, and may not be a result of any special supernatural or divine revelation.
“Serious religious leaders must not arrogate to themselves prophetic political certitude by such distracting predictions, when they should be only concerned with issues of moral regeneration of lives and the constant call to spiritual decency.
“Religious leaders must resist the temptation to do influential people’s bidding by prophesying electoral victory or massaging their worldly ego and during public religious gatherings,” Kaigama said.