What do you do when you are a filthy rich pastor, with mansions and even a private jet courtesy of ignorant congregants who are too willing to give you more? Write a book saying lack of money is where problems start.
The thing with the Bible is if you reject one principal, then you will live your life trying to justify your own belief using the Bible. Like Sunday keepers will try to use the Bible to justify going to church on Sunday, Pastor Kiuna decided to deflect the spirit and letter of the Bible to justify his lavish lifestyle-at least in the eyes of his god-money.
In a scathing review featured on the Daily Nation, Kiuna’s book, Living in Financial Distinction goes to depths and extends to prove to you that indeed God wants you to be very rich on earth today.
Here is the review;
It is contradictory. It is practical. It is surprisingly clever. It is philosophical in an ancient kind of manner. And, for a book authored by a man of God, and peppered with biblical quotes, Living in Financial Distinction has a certain worldliness to it, curiously devoid of the usual lack of speed and staleness that most spiritual texts or texts by spiritual individuals are known for.
You should read it because Bishop Allan Kiuna attempts – at least in my reading – to convince his readers that Jesus must have been wrong, or some pastor misrepresented the scripture to them on the question of wealth.
Kiuna’s task from the start is to convince readers that the same God Jesus meant when he said “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” is the same God he writes about when he says that God wants all his children to live a rich, wealthy and abundant life.
Reading the book, it is hard to ignore Allan Kiuna as he tiptoes around one of the most thorny issues of modern day religion; the issue of prosperity gospel. And since he is one of the leading religious proponents of this movement in Kenya, Allan Kiuna tiptoeing is worse because he ends up knocking over buckets and chairs and cups that he creates a much louder commotion than he might have intended.
His message is direct; when you receive the blessing of God, you will live an abundant life as you so rightly deserve. God didn’t create all the abundance in the world intending for men not to enjoy it. Read full review
Here is a small portion of the book that can be read on Amazon preview; (My comments are in brackets), the book excerpts are in Italics
“…..whether we accept it or not, our belief system and our faith profession will not only be measured by the prosperity of our soul but also against our material possessions
(He claims people will be judged by how rich or poor they were, obviously as you read on, you realize the poor you are the less chances of being saved!)
To claim to be God’s child is to claim to have the rights, royalties, benefits and heritage in divinity. As a matter of fact, our salvation qualifies and grants us access to eternal life and to the blessing of God which empowers us to prosper. In essence, a wealthy God, in all His goodness and benevolence cannot bring forth poor offspring. Therefore as children of God, when we accept our circumstances and remain in abject poverty, we end up misrepresenting our God and Father.
(Is it not funny that the woman with a few coins was more accepted than the rich bragging man? Here, the rich bragging man now tells you heaven is for the rich)
The most preposterous claim they have made is that Jesus was poor the disciples were poor and therefore we are called into poverty. All these efforts however have no bearing in the documented truth of God’s word.
(Is it a lie? Mat_8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Jesus lived a very simple life, it is the same life that is recommended for us. The same life of Elijah the prophet and John the Baptist. But this prosperity pastor wants you to believe Jesus was faking His life and we should not use it as an example!)
On the contrary, all through scripture, it is evident that God’s agenda for His elect is to establish them in all-rounded abundance. He wants us to have heaven-on-earth experience. If you are truly His child, then you ought not to have any problem walking astounding, outstanding and colossal amounts of wealth If you relive that by faith you become born again and by the same faith you will go to heaven, then you should not have any problem believing that God wants you to be financially loaded so that you can be a blessing to many. He wants you to be wealth so that He may establish the covenant with He made Abram.
(Wow can you imagine! First of all, this guy claims God wants you to be rich here, What about the coming Tribulation? In this guy’s mind, nothing about the current events happening matters. It does not matter that the church and state are uniting, that homosexual marriages or now happening, that we are at the brink of war and the coming of Christ. No. God wants you to be financially loaded! He then makes you doubt your faith by your material possession. How can you? That if you are His child you ought to be rich? So if you are financially struggling, there is something wrong with your faith in God)
Mar_10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
He goes further to say
To be wealthy is to exist in the nature and in the purpose for which God intended. A poor church is a voiceless church. Similarly, a poor believer is a weak, voiceless believer. Religion has propagated the lie that poverty is holiness and squalor is humility.
(Let me pause. WOW! Too bad we can’t review the whole book. A poor believer is voiceless? Yet the Bible speaks of God standing up for the poor, God delivering the poor from the hands of their oppressors….but not according to this false pastor. You need to be financially loaded to have a voice.)
1Sa_2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
Psa_72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
Psa_109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
Psa_140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
Luk_4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
As you read through, it feels like a super rich guy who has illegally acquired his wealth by deceiving the children of God and now he is trying to justify himself. This book seems to be him telling us his life. The struggle of having too much money and your ‘fellow’ Christians having none. So, the most justified explanation is they are not really God’s children in faith. After all, if you believe in his god as he did, you ought to be rich as he is.