Pastor Enoch Adeboye discussed the relationship between poverty and darkness, emphasizing his point of view on the subject. The renowned pastor and head of the Redeemed Christian Church of God stressed that poverty is a symptom of darkness, relying on the biblical story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar.
“Another symptom of darkness is poverty,” Pastor Adeboye tweeted. Bartimaeus was not only blind, but also impoverished. He was a blind beggar, according to the Bible. Poverty is defined as “any situation involving begging for food.” The tweet reinforced his opinion that God’s divine purpose does not include a life of poverty, but rather one of affluence.
He shared insights into his observation that, for some time, a misguided interpretation emerged within certain Christian circles, associating holiness with poverty. He attributed this misconception to an attempt by the enemy to hinder the spread of the gospel, understanding that financial resources can accelerate the reach of the message. Pastor Adeboye expressed his conviction that prosperity aligns with the concept of light, signifying abundance and blessing.
Citing the passage from 2 Corinthians 8:9, Adeboye reminded his followers that Jesus Christ, despite being rich, willingly embraced poverty for the sake of others’ prosperity.
He quoted the verse, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” This verse, according to the pastor, serves as the cornerstone of his teaching on the subject.
Adeboye extended encouragement to his audience, particularly those who identify as children of God and bear the light of the Almighty within them.
He cited 3 John 2, emphasizing that God’s desire for his followers includes both material prosperity and overall well-being. “He wishes above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers,” he quoted.
The tweet narrated an anecdote about a once-wealthy individual who, due to marital discord, faced an unexpected downturn in his fortune. Despite owning a fleet of cars, the man’s financial situation drastically changed, leaving him with just a meager sum of money. Upon attending Pastor Adeboye’s church, the tide turned for him, culminating in a testimony of renewed affluence and the dedication of two new houses.
The General Overseer closed with a prayer, urging his followers to invoke God’s light to dispel the darkness of poverty. “Father, please let Your light send the darkness of poverty far away from me, in Jesus’ name,” the pastor prayed.