The recent story in the Federal State of Nigeria of a bus preacher who allegedly dropped two Durex condoms from the ‘Holy Bible’ has raised many questions on the morality of God’s ‘shepherds’ and the church at large.

While the scriptures have highlighted that “the wages of sin is death,” the bus preacher is reported to have met his fate in different circumstances as angry male passengers descended on him, leaving him for dead.

While we recognize that men are sinners from the onset, there is a disproportionately high rate of moral failure especially by charismatic preachers of the 21st century. As a result, most of the famous preachers have disgraced God and their followers because of their moral lives.

The question therefore remains, “Is the church’s morality hanging by the thread?”

Church leaders have claimed a high degree of sanctification yet they forget that their flocks also live through them. Some claim that they have met Jesus personally, seen Him in open visions and others say they have been visited by the angels. All these stories have been believed by the unsuspecting disciples.

It has become difficult for preachers to plainly preach the word of God but some have employed words of esoteric taste to lure people as they want the gospel to be appealing to their followers.

Reverend Edmore Nyawasha of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Kuwadzana last year encouraged people to condomise if they cannot abstain.

He said: “If people cannot abstain, it is wise for them to condomise as that will also protect them.”

Some countries have enacted laws that condone same sex marriages, a practice which the Holy Bible described as abominable and as a result one street preacher in the United Kingdom,Dale McAlpine, was this year arrested for saying “homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God.”

With only a brief look into the personality of today’s church and preachers, the sad truth is that the lifestyles of other ‘men of God’ have made their claims fraudulent.

As the church is fast becoming a playground for worldly practices and a haven of the crooked, it is imperative for people to give heed to the teaching that: “And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2 Peter 2:2)