bible-toting, slick-dressing, smooth-talking, self-serving, brainwashing, wealth-seeking, blood-sucking son of Adam who preys on emotionally vulnerable believers in Christ and God.
Houston, TX (Vocus) September 3, 2010
Harry Agina writes about his experiences being caught in the middle of a war between African culture and religion in his new book, The Invasion of the Funky Pastors.
Agina, author of the critically acclaimed autobiography, The Foreign Student: With The Nigerian Factor, defines a “funky pastor” as a “bible-toting, slick-dressing, smooth-talking, self-serving, brainwashing, wealth-seeking, blood-sucking son of Adam who preys on emotionally vulnerable believers in Christ and God.”
These vulnerable believers are the inhabitants of Agina’s home country of Nigeria. Many of them, especially the women, tend to place the funky pastors on a pedestal and worship them alongside the Holy Trinity.
Agina migrated to the United States in the 1970s in pursuit of higher education. When he returned to his home country several decades later, he was dismayed to find that some of his favorite Nigerian practices, such as the long-established tradition of masquerades were no longer considered “fashionable” by the native people and in some places were outright banned for being “evil” customs.
Agina argues that tribal tradition and modern Christian religion can live hand-in-hand in Africa. As a Christian, he believes in the morals and values promoted by the Church, but feels that the funky pastors are misconstruing the message of the Bible and will cause the eventual loss of Nigerian culture and customs, if they are not stopped.
Further details and ordering information for The Invasion of the Funky Pastors can be found at: http://www.funkypastors.com.
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