By Akin Ojumu

The Reverend Lucy Natasha, aka God's Oracle, is a Kenya-based new generation end-time minister with a prosperity-prophetic-apostolic bent. The up-and-coming social media influencer is young, flashy, loud, colorful, and eloquent. As the honey draws the flies and the carcass attracts the vultures, Lucy Natasha surely has the same alluring pull to her followers as the fruit had on Eve after she had been discombobulated by Serpent’s lies.

The Oracle of Chanel went on a Kenya TV station a couple of years ago for an interview. And as she was wont to do, she arrived with her entourage of heavily armed security personnel and a bevy of hangers-on.

When asked about her source of wealth and how she could afford her flamboyant and lavish lifestyle, Lucy Natasha replied with the following memorable words.

“And even Jesus Christ, if he was in our days, I believe he would use the fastest means of transportation. Which would be airplanes, private jets. So, there's nothing wrong with using that."

Never mind that Jesus Christ was born poor, lived poor, and died poor. His mode of transportation, like the rest of the poor people of his time, was the Footwagen and the Salubata Express. The Savior of the universe went about his business of redemption on foot.

Here is how Christianity Today described the transportation options Jesus used when He was here on earth.

“The least expensive mode of transportation was walking. Walking speed depended on the climate, season, and terrain, but one could generally walk about 20 miles in a day. Jesus, like many of his contemporaries, crisscrossed the country numerous times. Assuming he went from Nazareth to Jerusalem annually for each of the three required annual feasts using the shortest route through Samaria, a distance of 75 miles each way, he would have walked a minimum of 13,500 miles before beginning his ministry. On at least one of his later pilgrimages, he went from Capernaum to Jerusalem by way of Jericho, 106 miles each way. Estimating conservatively, Jesus probably walked at least 15,000 miles in his lifetime.”

The physical toll of traveling thousands of miles on foot in a hot desert land with few places to hide from the heat of the sun was actually the least of Jesus’s problems. The major hazards he encountered were the bandits who lurked on the highways.

Here again is Christianity Today.

“Along their way, travelers risked dangers and hardships. Attacks by wild beasts remained a threat until the end of the nineteenth century, particularly along the Jordan Valley. Far more likely were attacks by bandits along lonely stretches, as described in the parable of the Good Samaritan.”

An Egyptian official wrote about his own experience traveling on the dangerous roads:

"Behold, the ambuscade is in a ravine 2,000 cubits deep, filled with boulders and pebbles. The narrow valley is dangerous with Bedouins, hidden under the bushes. Their hearts are not mild, and they do not listen to wheedling. You are alone; there is no messenger with you, no army host behind you. You find no scout, that he might make you a way of crossing. You come to a decision to go forward, although you do not know the road. Shuddering seizes you, [the hair of] your head stands up, and your soul lies in your hand. Your path is filled with boulders and pebbles, without a toe hold for passing by, overgrown with reeds, thorns, brambles and 'wolf's-paw.' The ravine is on one side of you, and the mountain rises on the other. You go on jolting, with your chariot on its side, afraid to press your horse [too] hard."

Yet, Jesus and his disciples traversed these roads multiple times, barefooted, and without armed security guards. Apostle Paul traveled over 10,000 miles on foot, not on private horses or private chariots or private ships or private whatever. And he too encountered similar dangers.

To hear these mammon-possessed and material-obsessed modern-day Bible hustlers justify their unholy lifestyles kind of makes me want to throw up. A tree is known by the fruit it bears. These are no ministers of the Gospel.


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