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"And Abram said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee between me and thee and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen for we are brethren" (Genesis 13:8).
Today, one of the troublesome terrors aside Boko Haram, bedeviling villages across the nation. Nigeria are the harassments, molestations, raping of women and brutal killings of innocent citizens and farmers, is the Fulani herdsmen brouhaha.

"And Abram said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee between me and thee and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen for we are brethren" (Genesis 13:8).
Today, one of the troublesome terrors aside Boko Haram, bedeviling villages across the nation. Nigeria are the harassments, molestations, raping of women and brutal killings of innocent citizens and farmers, is the Fulani herdsmen brouhaha.

The herdsmen menace and quarrelsome nature did not start today. The Bible records in Genesis 13:1-2 "Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had and Lot with him to the south. Abram was very rich in livestock in silver and in gold". We notice here that the patriarch Abram, was very wealthy and he still served and obeyed God. He operated upon a unique covenant with God which was transferred to his child Isaac and subsequently to his grandchild Jacob.
This covenant speaks up until now and we unequivocally declare Him the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Wealth can be contagious as poverty could also be. (Genesis 13:5) also spoke of the' wealth of Lot, "Lot also who went with Abram had flocks and herds and tents'. Both Abram and Lot his nephew became very notable and influential because of their affluence. "And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land" (verse 7).  "So Abram said to Lot, please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brethren.
Again in (Genesis 26:20) we read, "But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen". Get any herdsmen anywhere in the world, they are characterized by quarrelsomeness. Herdsmen are ever boiling with hatred and deep rooted animosity and ever ready to shoot and kill. There are various methods people use to kill their fellow human beings. Such as gun, bomb, knife, poison, blackmail, backbiting, character assassination, hate speeches, sarcastic criticisms etc. Let us establish a fundamental truce in the riches of Christ and poverty of satan. Riches of God are associated with glory while poverty is akin to penury and death. Any God given wealth or prosperity has an endorsement of heaven and accreditation of Christ. But when wealth is fraudulently acquired and demonically sustained it becomes unacceptable by ' both humanity and divinity.
God condemns greediness, covetousness and selfishness. God condemns hatred, malice, acrimony, bitterness and loquacity. But God loves the prosperity of His children, the magnanimity of His children, the philanthropy of His children and the selfless spirit of His wealthy children. "I will make you a great nation, I will bless you ant make your name great and you shall be a blessing" (Genesis 12:2). That was the promise God gave to His obedient servant Abram. The man began to prosper and continued prospering until he became very prosperous, for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. (Genesis 26:13-14). That was how Isaac was blessed. The wealthy people will receive query of how they utilized their wealth in helping the poor and evangelizing the nations of the world for Christ kingdom.
As a son of God, I do not support the show of pride of ill gotten wealth, whether with an unbeliever, a believer or a pastor, for God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. I do not support any crook, thief or corrupt man of God and or a deceitful fellow. In the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) we have 5 blocks, CSN, Anglican, PFN, OAIC and ECWA/TEKAN both at state and national levels. Each has her denominational integrity, spiritual inclinations, doctrinal predispositions and probably dogmatic biases. Certain burning issues in the Christian Association of Nigeria can be discussed, at the table of CAN. I do not think it is proper for any clergy man no matter how highly placed to come to the pages of newspaper, in the bid to advice his congregation, jump across the perimeter wall of denominational boundary to criticize the brothers and sisters, messengers and disciples of God in another camp or denomination. We all know that with God the church is one foundation, with Christ as the originating tap root.
So Abram said to Lot, "please let there be no strife between you and me...." In the Moment Newspaper of 21st July 2017, page 8 with the caption "Bishop Okorocha lambastes pastors of Pentecostal churches, calls them corrupt leaders". Among the pieces of advice he gave to his Episcopal congregation at the 2017, 3 day Fathers Conference at St. Marks Anglican Church Orogwe in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, Bishop Cyril Okorocha the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, a onetime Imo State CAN chairman, crossed the ecclesiastical brotherhood boundary to lambaste the Pentecostals and evangelicals. The Moment Newspaper reports: "Anglican Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha recently condemned multiple acquisition of wealth amongst Christians especially some of the pastors and other religious leaders in the Pentecostal/evangelical churches, stated that they have caused more harm than good to the religious growth of the society, thereby leading many astray in their quest, for financial and other material things."
Moment, continued, ' "He expressly condemned some pastors of the Pentecostal churches who have chosen wealth instead of preaching the gospel-for the salvation of human kind as he further adviced them to desist from buying more private jets, rather they should invest in things above where mot and termites would not eat them". When I read these statements by Bishop Okorocha, I discovered some regions of Godly counsel and encouragement to the leaders of the Anglican congregation. On the other hand I noticed a beam of cruel, castigatory and sarcastic statements directed to the Pentecostal and evangelical block of CAN where some of us belong. A voice moved me to caption this write up, “Anglicanism versus Pentecostalism. Another voice said no caption it thus 'let there be no strife between me and you for we are brethren'. I chose the latter, for we are brethren according to Abram. Private rebuke is different from public condemnation.
In my opinion the Bishop shouldn't have branded the Pentecostals corrupt and may be Anglicans as saints. Our Lord Jesus said, “judge not, that you be not judged, for with what judgment you judge you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:1-2). In conclusion, in as much as I do not support dubious men of God who make merchandize of the word of God, and also do not support magicians that may have turned to be men of God, or those in secret and cultic societies and hiding in various churches, if God has blessed some of His children with great wealth and immeasurable prosperity and has given them the grace to conquer and oversee many countries of the world and they need private jets to manage their God given vision let them continue. We should not limit our great God in honestly prospering His people. What God hates is devilish or satanic acquisition of wealth to oppress and suppress the poor. Anybody who feels that God wants him to trek, use tricycle, Volkswagen VW, or tipper to move about is free. On the other hand, if God blesses you to use jeep or even fly on jets to cover your scope of spiritual jurisdiction worldwide, go ahead for we are living in a dynamic world and our heavenly wealthy Father is dynamic in all respects. Anyone whose Episcopal perimeter wall is only in Owerri the capital of Imo State is free to trek from Ama-JK to Emmanuel College round-about and those who have made effort to conquer the countries of the world are free to fly across the length and breadth of the world for the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the name of the Lord Almighty be blessed and may our ultimate focus be heaven.
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