According to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), poverty in Christendom is defined as those who have fallen out of Grace and have been cursed by God, or simply do not do the needful by paying tithe.
According to an issued statement, Solomon Bello, a professor of UNILAG, and an RCCG pastor made this known on Wednesday while delivering the lead paper at the Business Summit of the Redeemers Men’s Fellowship of the LP71, Divine Connection Zone.
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Mr. Bello, the pastor in charge of Lagos Province 71 (LP71), regarded riches as “a Christian’s birthright, whereas poverty is a curse.” Poverty is not an option for any sincere God’s child he said, Men will struggle as long as they continue to sin against God he added.
Mr. Bello continued by identifying sin, laziness, curses, ingratitude, excess, and procrastination as key causes of poverty. He said;
“Cursed and blessings are the results of the obedience or lack of it on the part of a man. The Bible informs us that poverty is a curse. It was the resultant effect of man’s separation from God in the Garden of Eden,” the RCCG cleric further asserted. “As long as men continue to sin against God, they will continue to struggle. It takes two to succeed, you and God.”
Regarding thanks and obedience, Mr. Bello stated that any Christian who knew how to obey and express gratitude to God was destined for greatness.
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“An ungrateful man cannot go far in life. Gratitude will open the doors of breakthrough and success to you at any time. Appreciation of God’s goodness leads to an appreciation of your blessings and worth before God and man.”
“It is the shortest cut to victory. If you want the heavens to be opened for you, if you want to be made whole, then you must be ready to appreciate Him. When you return to give glory to God,” the Redeemed pastor asserted. “He will return to make your life worth living. Divine upliftment comes in the place of gratitude. Every disobedience has a retribution attached to it. When you obey the commands of God, blessings follow after, but when a man disobeys, the blessings are withheld.”
The leader of the Redeemed Church, who warned against procrastination, also stated that “devourers” had been sent against those who do not pay tithes.
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The clergyman outlined 11 steps to financial success (wisdom, diligence, labor, mystery of giving, the way of thinking, anointing, obedience, natural gifts and endowments, blessing of right placement, praises, and breakthrough by the blood).
“The road to prosperity is a straight one if you can only understand it. God has already made every provision for comfort and upliftment. There are certain things you can do to unlock the heavens for yourself and your family,”