Sometime ago, I attended a youth programme
and overheard one of the high-ranking priests lamenting that many of the youths
in the Anglican Church are breaking their (spiritual) fathers’ hearts by
relocating to the Pentecostal circle especially after they had invested so much
virtues in them. Several questions came
up in my mind when I heard this statement. (1). Is it really compulsory for a
Christian youth to remain permanently in the church/ denomination he was born
into? My answer to that question is “No”. If God is leading a Christian youth
to relocate to another church especially if he or she is no longer enjoying
spiritual balanced diet, he or she should by no means move on to another church.
Must all outstanding Christian youths become members of the hierarchical
pastoral order of a church? My answer is “No”. If God has not called a youth
into the ministry let no pastor or priest ‘call’ him into any of the five-fold
ministries. He or she should not be
cajoled or pressurized into accepting such ‘call’. Otherwise that would amount
to asking the young man or woman to take on more responsibilities than he or
she was created/destined to handle.
Is it really wrong for a member of a church or denomination to attend
programmes of other churches or denominations? My answer is “No”. It is quite
alarming that several Christian leaders had promoted and are still promoting
disunity by discouraging their younger followers from attending meetings or
fellowship organized by other church leaders or even interact with other
Christians no matter how spiritual or godly they are. Some of them even go to the extent of
suspending those who attended such programmes from their responsibility (ies)
in church. Let us stop the hypocrisy. Pray for unity in the Body of Christ, preach
unity in the Body of Christ and practice unity in the Body of Christ.
Is it compulsory for a Christian youth to remain bounded to his or her church/denomination
by marrying a fellow believer from his or her church? Marrying a believer from
your church/ denomination is a good idea but it is advisable that a Christian
marries a man or woman that fears God, irrespective of his or her denomination.
Please do not get me wrong. It is not that
I do not care about the emotional pains pastors go through each time their
followers relocate to another church for whatever reason. I do but the best bet
is that pastors and priests should learn to release people from their hearts
when they leave the churches they oversee without hurting themselves or anyone.
It is also important for a pastor or priest to identify and discover the
departments or units of his church where more hands are needed and personally
ask the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers to meet those specific needs
in the church he pastors.