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Pulse Nigeria Poll Readers say pastors who are after money are fake

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This sad old man is really worried play

This sad old man is really worried

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Steve had been able to provide his family with the good things of life when he had a job with a shipping company but the downturn in the economy forced the company to shut down.

After two years and going through serious hardship, he turned to God for a solution but his pastor has been his stumbling block.

The man of God insists that Steve must pay a huge amount of money if he wants God to salvage the situation for him.

Read his story here:

"My name is Steve, a 38-year-old man. I am married with two children and in the past two years, things have been so difficult for me since I lost my job due to the recession that has affected the country.

I used to work with a shipping line in Apapa and I was doing quite well and was able to provide the basic things for my family.

We lived in a three-bedroom flat and my children attended one of the best private schools in my neighbourhood. My wife was also working at a time but I had to stop her from work so she could take adequate care of the children.

I was planning to open a boutique or a restaurant for her but while I was putting plans together to that, our company started experiences difficulties and before we knew it, some members of staff were being laid off.

Within six months, the company announced that it was closing shop and moving out of the country since it could no longer continue with operations due to the harsh economic situation in the country.

I thought I would be able to get another job easily and sent applications to many companies while also begging friends to hook me up if anything came up.

Little did I know that things would never turn out the way I expected as I roamed the streets fruitlessly looking for jobs. I could have set up a little business but shortly before the company crumbled, I had spent over N2 million on my mother's health and I had nothing to fall back on.

Things became so hard that I had to resort to using my car as a taxi but the engine of the car could not hold out for long and I could no longer use it for transportation again. When our rent expired, I had to move my family to a two-room apartment and withdrew my children from their school.

To feed became a problem and it got to a point that my family would go for days without a decent meal. Friend and family deserted me and I had no option but to turn to God for a solution.

I started attending a church in my area and went to the pastor for prayers to help me find a way out. I was first shocked when the pastor told me that for him to pray for me, I must pay the sum of N250,000.

I told him that I did not have such money and that if I had, I would set up a small business instead of running to him for prayers.

He then told me plainly that as long as I do not have the money to give him, he would not pray for me and that God has told him not to because He would not answer me.

Now my problem is this: does God need money from people for Him to help? Why would a man of God insist I must pay money for prayers?


The teaser for the day was:

Do you believe that God only helps those who sow seeds?

How Nigeria voted:

Yes, only those who pay tithes get God's blessings - 7%

No, the pastor is just looking for money from Steve - 6%

Steve should leave that church immediately as the pastor is fake - 53%

Steve can pray on his own instead of going to a pastor - 33%

How would you vote on this issue?

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