Monday, October 5, 2015

Featured: Four Prayer and Faith Myths You should Stop Believing By Demi Fayemiwo

Believe it or not, there are so many myths about prayer and faith being preached on pulpits every Sunday. I often tried to adjust my prayer life to suit some of these myths, and with time, through my bible, I realized that they were being preached from a human perspective, and not necessarily in accordance with God’s word. Here are four important ones I’ve picked out:

Myth One: You don’t need to repeat your requests to God if you truly have faith.

I used to believe this; it seemed like the best way to exercise faith was to pray once and know that God has heard you, hence no need to keep repeating yourself. Wrong! In Matthew 15: 21-28, Jesus met with one of his most persistent acquaintances yet! A woman whose daughter was possessed by demons approached Jesus screaming “Have mercy on me O Lord Son of David!” Her cries were so incessant that the disciples got irritated and wanted Jesus to respond and just get rid of her. At first Jesus was silent, but she did not relent, when he did speak, his response was unfavorable – “I was sent only to help the lost sheep of Israel”. Did that stop her? NO! She persisted until she got her miracle. As Christians, we tend to believe we can only show faith by not persisting, I have learnt from several stories in the bible that this is not true. In fact, we ought to persist! We should keep knocking at Heaven’s gates until God helps us! Persistence is a form of faith in itself. It shows that you believe only God can help you, hence you will not stop calling on Him. 

Myth Two: You don’t need others to pray for you

Featured: Why Churches Should Not Pay Tax By Gabriel Osu

THE need for government to generate revenue for its developmental projects is very important. In developed countries across the globe, default in payment of tax is a very serious offence. No wonder then the citizens and corporate bodies dread to default their civic responsibilities.

For a developing country like Nigeria, the need for well-coordinated sentitisation programmes on the need for all to pay their taxes as when due is paramount. This is more so because of the aversion of many to payment of taxes, believing that the bulk of revenue so generated often end up in private accounts with no development projects to show for it. Perhaps, with the renewed effort of the present administration to curb the excesses in government and the civil service, more people would come to better appreciate why they should pay their taxes as at when due.

Talking about taxation, there appears to be a renewed clamour by some for religious organisations to pay taxes. They argue that churches make money from some of their ventures. Well, like I re-iterated in an earlier write-up, compelling religious bodies to pay taxes would spark off chains of negative consequences that would not go down well for all.

Why do I say this?


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