Pastor warns degree holders not to attend his church


A Kenyan preacher, Pastor James Ng’ang’a, the founder of Neno Evangelism, stirred controversy by warning degree holders against attending his church services.

This proclamation came amid ongoing debates about government proposals to regulate churches and mandate pastors to have a primary education in theology.

Ng’ang’a’s stance, as captured in a video from his church, raised questions about whether degree holders are perceived as a threat to spiritual matters. The pastor emphatically stated, “Degree holders, don’t come to where I am preaching. Go to your churches where you attend short services of two minutes. You can’t control spiritual matters.”

The video further revealed Ng’ang’a’s opinion that formal education is not a prerequisite for effective religious leadership. He cited biblical figures like David and the prophets, asserting that they were not learned individuals. The controversial preacher went on to blame educated people for societal issues, specifically pointing to homosexuality as a problem exacerbated by the educated class.

This declaration by Pastor Ng’ang’a has sparked discussions about the role of education in religious leadership and the potential implications of such statements on the congregation. It also raises broader questions about the intersection of faith, education, and societal values.

In a separate viral video, Pastor Ng’ang’a expressed his displeasure with churchgoers who fail to provide offerings after receiving anointment. He asserted that those who do not give offerings after being anointed would be barred from returning to his church. This further adds to the controversial nature of his pronouncements, sparking conversations about the role of financial contributions within religious communities.

As these incidents unfold, they highlight the ongoing societal discussions surrounding political representation, religious leadership, and the delicate balance between tradition and modernity. The public confrontations with Raila Odinga and Pastor Ng’ang’a underscore the need for leaders, both political and religious, to engage with diverse perspectives and address the concerns of their constituents and congregants. It remains to be seen how these incidents will influence broader conversations about governance, spirituality, and the expectations placed on leaders in Kenyan society.

He is noted as a controversial preacher who is not afraid of political actors.

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