It is a common fact today about Christians who run from pillar to post seeking and running after miracles and miracle workers, to solve myriads of their problems ranging from childlessness, barrenness, ancestral or foundational curses and for breakthrough in business and ofﬁce promotion to other successes in their endeavors.
Most at times, those who promise these miracles are some of these new generation Evangelical or prophetic churches.
They do all these to seek for followers or congregation drive agenda.
They organize crusades and revivals periodically by their General Overseers. They spend so much money on creating awareness through printing of posters and handbills and using their church members to reach out to those their contacts they wish to invite to observe their crusades and later persuade them to keep attending their church programmes as faith comes or increases by continuous hearing and hearing the words of the scripture.
Their modes of operation differ from church to church and from their General Superintendent (G.O) to the other.
While some are divinely appointed or elected to preach and perform signs and miracles, some of these preachers are fake and are not called by God, they only try to make ends meet due to not having meaningful means of livelihood.
Some of them that are not of God, do a lot of evil things to sustain their existence, but one would not be fast enough to discover all these until it is late.
These negative miracle workers sometimes go out of their ways to use diabolic support means to convert their unsuspecting converts, only to discover that there is no remedy at the end.
Some of their antics include arranging with some medicine men or witch doctors to procure charms that attract and sustain the congregation and also effect some magical actions that look like miracles to their converts.
The targets of some of their converts are the Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Adventists, free thinkers and total unbelievers and so on.
In the scripture, we have a case of a story of a prodigal son. One who was with his father and suddenly a corrupt life entered into him and he walked up to his father and asked him to divide the property meant for him and his siblings and give him the monetary value of his or vice versa, while he sold and went away and lavished the money living a wayward life. When famine visited the country, he had no money anymore and he met a rich man in the area and asked to engage him to be feeding his pigs.
He secured the job, and he too was eating from the remnants for the pigs. One day, he realized he has been living a wasteful; life, and decided to go back to his father to apologize and be treated as a slave instead of being his son.
On approaching the gate,, his father saw him and took pity on him, while he apologized, his father was happy and clothed him with the best of apparels and killed the best fattened calf and made party.
The similar story also applies to a member of a Christian fold that leaves the fold and goes about seeking for miracles in some of the aforementioned new prophetic Churches hence THE PRODIGAL FLOCK.
In the case of the story line in the prodigal ﬂock, the wife of a rich catholic acted by Mr. Tony Umez, i.e Thomas Eze in the act, never knew that a church girl was promised a Jeep vehicle if she can convert the family of the Thomas Eze.
The number of days ,running into months , she spent in snifﬁng around the wife, paid off, when their contact actualized in a super market. The catcher reveals to Mrs. Eze that her problem was childlessness and that her husband’s niece in their house was responsible.
Unfortunately, the foundation of this Open Heaven Evangelical Ministry Church used for the drama in the movie under review was diabolical. The lady Catcher convinced the wife, the wife pulled her husband, and the charade continued until they milked the new convert dry.
Everything that was promised them was stage managed and strengthened by Baba Alawo’s charms.
Trouble ensued when the G.O of the OPEN HEAVEN EVANGELICAL CHURCH clashed with the witch doc- tor, because G.O. became greedy and could not keep his own side of the promise.
Unknowing to G.O the Baba Alawo withdrew his powers and he collapsed like pack of cards.
The woman seeking for the fruit of the womb was supposed to be hypnotized by the Witch Doctor , for Pastor Brown to have canal (physical) sexual intercourse with her as to get pregnant. The miracle seeker was embarrassed when she opened her eyes and found a man on top of her.
The evil church did not stop at their falsehood, they went ahead to scatter Mr. Thomas Eze’s family.
When the Ezes found out that they had derailed into a fake church and that the miracles have eluded them, they made a U-turn to the Catholic Church.
The priest they met, performed a real time counseling and listened to their confession and so absolved them.
He introduced them to pray at the Chapel before the Blessed Sacrament and also to pray at the grotto of our Blessed Virgin Mary and Mother. No sooner had they completed the above than they received a divine answer of conceiving and giving birth to a bouncing baby boy, after wandering and being “BACK FROM THE WILD”.
BY VALENTINE AGWULONU
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