Frontline Nigerian Christian filmmaker and founder of Mount Zion Faith Ministries, Mike Bamiloye, has rebuked men of God who invite comedians to crack jokes during church events.
The highly esteemed gospel actor-cum-director said it was a slap on Christianity for pastors to bring in comedians who end up mocking God, the Bible and the Holy Spirit in the name of cracking jokes whereas people in the ‘other religion’ can go to any length to protect their faith.
Dr. Mike Bamiloye, in a statement, said such act should not be encouraged, adding that it is ungodly and unnecessary in the body of Christ.
“As per COMEDY in Church meetings and events. I want to address Christians – ALL denominations – this morning without prejudice!
“For a long while I have questioned the inclusion of comedy in church events. What do I question? The fact that the comedians brought in are allowed to make jokes of scriptures, the Blood of Jesus, speaking in tongues, the throne of grace etc.’ And we sit there laughing!
“What are we laughing at? What is funny? Mocking God and Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Word is funny?
“We hear of other religions where they are obsessed with protecting the image of their Leader and we gleefully allow people to mock our Leader Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and thereby indirectly mocking God!!! They look at us with disdain because we are bad ambassadors of our faith!
“Lukewarmness and cynicism has crept slowly into the life of Christians. We pull ourselves down publicly, abuse leaders of the gospel will glee, mock certain commandments of God. Yet, when we run into trouble who do we call upon???
“Bible has already stated that towards the end times there will be mockers of the gospel and preachers doing wrong. Why are you allowing yourself to be one of them?
“We come into Facebook and spew out curses and abuses – mock the commandments especially when it comes to forgiveness issues and honour of parents etc and we go to church and lift up hands and voices to who? He who we mock with disobedience? We quickly mouth monotonous words – God is in control! Amen! It is well! Praise God etc but do we honour him with our words and actions??? We are humans and not perfect but should we mock the core components of our faith?
“I was thinking of all this since Friday when a comedian was allowed in the stage at the experience to use a scripture in the Old Testament as foundation for his jokes! I laughed also but later felt badly convicted and I said I will speak out – then this morning I received the message below in my Whatsapp and I said – somebody feels the same way I do. It is long but worth reading.
“Those of us here who believe these jesters and comedians are desecrating the altar of God should rise and oppose this when they are brought to your church.
“Go meet the leadership in office and express your mind. Once we don’t create an atmosphere of seriousness and worship, what right do we have to expect the manifestation of God’s glory in our midst? Jesters and mockers can go to wedding receptions and wherever.
“Yet if you mock or despise holy things, you can still come under God’s judgment. They joke about the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, choruses etc. When they are in trouble and need the blood or the Name, how can it work for them?” Mr. Mike Bamiloye asked.