ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH : Episode 11 – 20

Enemies of the Church!

Composed and written by Excelrhymez
Aka Mummy E

Episode 11

Reverend Leo sits in his office lost in thoughts, his wife already wrote the cheque of seven million naira from the church account and gave it to him to sign. He placed the cheque in front of him looking at it over and over again not knowing whether to sign or not.

While he was there contemplating on what to do, the door opens and Pastor Jim comes into the office. Reverend Leo quickly hides the cheque inside his bible.

Pastor Jim greeted him and they shook hands before Jim took his seat.

Pastor Jim: Reverend Leo what happened? It’s been long we saw you. Hope all is well. How is mummy?

Reverend Leo managed to put on a fake smile as he answered that everyone was fine and okay.

Leo: Pastor I heard about the wedding in church, why didn’t you inform me about it?

Jim: I tried to do that but you didn’t pick calls and there was no way to reach you and Chief Ike wanted the wedding urgently.

Leo: Are you aware that it was his sixth wife that he got married to?

Jim: I’m aware reverend

Leo: And you went ahead to wed him in the church? You know it’s against the word of God and people may get the wrong impression that the church supports polygamy.

Jim: Pastor are you really going to start listening to sidetalks? These persons talking and complaining what have they contributed to the church. Who are they in the church. Relevant people don’t have time for gossips, those poor church rats are the ones grumbling and complaining.

Leo: Why are you talking like this?

Jim : Pastor listen to me, we don’t need those church rats in the church. The likes of chief Ike, and rich capable men are the types we need in the church. Persons that can support the church in times of need.pastor imagine that I turned chief Ike down and refused to go ahead with the marriage. He would have gone to another church and another pastor would have gladly done it for him. Do you know how much we got from that marriage? We got almost a million naira from it because of the Calibre of persons that came for the marriage. Those persons complaining now can they drop five Kobo in the church?

Leo: Almost a million naira?

Jim: yes o, nine hundred and thirty eight thousand naira. How many Sundays do you think we will use in gathering the fifty kobos and nairas from these self-acclaimed grumblers. They have nothing to offer. I don’t want anything to offend chief Ike o, which was why I went ahead with the wedding o. The bible says wisdom is profitable to direct. The church has needs and I just used wisdom to handle the situation.

Leo was silent as he didn’t know what else to say to Pastor Jim.

Jim: In fact pastor, I came to suggest to you that it is high time we make chief Ike a deacon in this church.

Leo: Deacon?

Jim: Yes o pastor, gone are the days when we put poor men in position. Simply because they can pray. Their prayers cannot build the church or raise money for the church, we need men who are rich and capable like chief Ike to be in position of things. Their money commands respect.

Leo: But you and I know that Chief is not duely committed to the work of God. He is polygamous and drinks alcohol, he is a womaniser. How can we make that kind of person a deacon in God’s house?

Jim: Reverend it’s God that is the judge and not you or I. The ways of God are not the ways of man. God said we should build His house, it’s an assignment for us and chief Ike can help us do that.

Leo: Honestly pastor, my head is not really clear at the moment and I can’t think clearly, I have a lot in my heart bothering me, but I believe you will be able to make the right decisions when it comes to this church. And so for now I will leave everything in your hands. But please make sure you pray and hear from God before you act please.

Jim: (smiling big) it’s okay pastor, trust me God is in support of everything I’m doing and I will not do anything to jeopardize His work. You can trust me my reverend.

Leo tells Him he wants to be alone to think and have a quiet time. And Jim gladly leaves him. He was happy that he was able to convince Reverend Leo of the money the church made from the wedding. The actual money he got was three million and some hundreds of thousands. Together he and the treasurer had collected more than two million naira for themselves before bringing in the balance. He smiled again satisfied with himself as he walks out of the office .

Leo who didn’t even really think on whatever Jim had said, quietly removes the seven million naira cheque from the bible where he had hidden it, took another look at it with tears gathering in his eyes and he signs on it……

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