The Impact of Confession of the Sin of Public Funds Looting on Tiv Christians in Benue State
Rev. Fr. Dominic Shimawua PhD

Sin is a multifaceted mania preached against with critical repugnance among the Christians nevertheless, it is a common phenomenon whose err-ways in the society are daily trailed by the same Christians. Essentially, sin is committed on daily basis even in or during prayers and teachings, and even among priests and the clergy, there are such supplications of forgiveness, mercies, and confession. When sin is committed by a Christian, what happens next is for the Christian to offer prayer of confession for forgiveness of that sin or goes to a pastor, priest, or brother for confession. The study therefore looks at impact of confession of the sin of public funds looting on Tiv Christians in Benue State. The study adopted the descriptive survey design. The target population of the study was Tiv Christians in Benue State. The sample size of 768 from the population was drawn using the sample size table; and Random sampling technique was used in selecting the subjects for the study. Mean and standard deviation was used in answering the research questions for the study and Chi- Square was used in testing the hypotheses formulated at 0.05 significance level. It was discovered that the Christian preaching is not significantly effective enough to reduce the rate of sinning with the sin of public fund looting inclusive among the Christians. This is traceable to the fact that most preachers emphasize on money prosperity more than righteousness and holiness, and majority of the clergy and priests preach about the things that people want to hear. It was therefore, recommended that preachers should desist from laying emphases on money and prosperity in their teachings but should focus on admonishing their followers on doing what the Lord requires of them; and deluxe donation of gifts to Christian leaders such as cars and houses as an alternative to confession of their sins and Christians subjecting themselves to providing undemanded services to the clergy or church as a preferred alternative confession evasion should be discouraged.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/ijpt.v4n1a6