Once upon a time in the land of Oduduwa, a Pastor went out into a Village to extend the Gospel of Christ. He was of The Apostolic Church. On approaching this Town with his youths. After preaching the Gospel they saw a choice land, a large expanse of land which they thought good for the Gospel. Soon the Pastor came again and made enquiries about this land, a good land.
Upon investigation he was told that the only Herbalist in the town owned the land. Since he too was formerly from a Herbalist and Masquerade family before his conversion, he took courage and inquired for the house of the man.
After the greetings, the Pastor went into the issue. “The land which thou seest belong to the gods and to my ancestors. However, I see a light around your Church which is indescribable since thou camest to this town.
I will not deprive thee the land to worship such a Being who dwelleth in such indescribable light. We too know Him as the Supreme One and His Son as the Righteous One. When you begin, I will donate all my children to your Church to go and serve that God.”
In the following weeks, news spread all over the Town that the Herbalist had given the choice land, the ancestral land to the Church.
In the same week, other Pastors came asking about this same land. The following weeks, more Pastors came from other Churches asking for land. Each time their gaze is on this land that has been bought. Upon inquiry they were told of the Herbalist.
To this, the Herbalist refused, seeing it as wrong. Other Pastors came again, and he told them the same thing. Still they wanted a deal with him. At this, the Herbalist was troubled and he gave these Pastors a piece of his mind.
“Why do you Christians, Pastors betray each other? I told you the land has been sold yet you still wanted to buy it offering larger money.”
“That is treachery. Why is there so much treachery among you, Christians? In IFA tradition, we don’t betray each other. For instance, if i am involve in a case no other Herbalist would intervene anywhere you go. Because we don’t betray each other.”
“My children preached to me everyday to abandon IFA tradition and come to Church. But I cannot do it because there is no truth in you.” “You have the Truth but you are not true.”
“For example, if I should collect money again from you and give you the land after having sold it, the gods would punish me and afflict my family for that betrayal. This is why I cannot go to Church.”
Thus ends the sermon of the Herbalist.
“I cannot be a Christian because of the doings of Christians.”-Bertrand Russell.
2. I refuse to betray You like Judas Iscariot, oh Lord God, help me never to be like him, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Oh Lord God, help me to hold on my integrity till the end of my life henceforth, in the name of Jesus Christ.Happy Boxing Day!