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Seated in his office, with a heavy heart, Pastor Simon looked at the clock. It was 7:30 am, he knew it was over, the truth had finally caught up with him. finally, he decided to confess to the congregation. His discussion with Deacon Philip on thursday helped him decide which course of action to take.
He thought of how he would start the sermon and when he would interject his confession into the sermon. He decided to title the sermon ‘Forgiveness‘, he felt this would address the situation appropriately and soften the hearts of the congregation. “How did I allow it get this far?” He thought to himself.
Deacon Philip, also seated in his own office, was overwhelmed with the desire to confess to Pastor Simon about his indiscretions. However, he hadn’t formulated a plan on how to table the matter to the Man of God. He knelt down in his office and prayed to God for Guidance.
Sis Sandra had decided to rock the foundation of CIY ministries with a shocking truth. She intended to ruin the credibility and integrity of Pastor Simon. Whenever she thought of the little stunt he pulled in his office last week sunday she was overcome with anger. “Today Pastor Simon will regret his actions” she thought to herself
Pst Patricia, seated in her office, was processing three different emotions at the same time. She was happy she finally got what she wanted. She was sad about how she obtained what made her happy and angry at the factors that led her to this point. “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret are pleasant” she thought to herself.
The service commenced at 8:00am. After the praise and worship session, Pst Simon mounted the pulpit to preach his final sermon in CIY. “Today’s sermon is titled Forgiveness. Brethren, forgive your neighbour. The Bible says you should forgive your neighbour Seven times seventy seven times“.
He went on and on about forgiveness, studying the faces of the congregation to ascertain their reaction. Then he spotted her face, the woman deacon Philip told him about. He knew his time was up, he decided to communicate to her indirectly via the sermon
“Brethren, unforgiveness is a sin and the holy Book says for the wages of Sin is death” pst Simon emphasized. At this point Sis Sandra couldn’t restrain herself “Pastor Simon, you’re fraud, a liar and a sinner” she shouted from her seat. Everyone turned to see who just uttered such blasphemy in the House of God.
Sis Sandra stood up and started walking towards the altar. “We’ve been sleeping together for 5 months and I’m carrying his baby” she said. Pst Patricia was shocked, she couldn’t believe her ears.”This can’t be happening” she thought to herself.
“Brethren, I’ll implore you to listen to me. I’ll respond to her accusations as well as confess my transgressions. The fact is I had sexual relations with Sis Sandra” Pst Simon said in an even voice. At this point, people were shifting in their seats. Words like “Jesus!! Christ!! Son of God!!“could be heard from different parts of the church “However, I’m not the Father of her Child” he said with a smile on his face.
“Liar, why deny it?” said Sis Sandra, Brother Matthew was livid. He couldn’t imagine he was getting married to this cheap whore next month. “Brethren, settle down. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” Pst Simon replied. “The fact is Sis Sandra used to sleep with Deacon Andrew. I’m sure you all know him. He came to me 6 months ago and requested for a transfer. It was then he told me of his affair with Sis Sandra and to add I’m sterile. The doctor confirmed that to me 8 months ago. So Sis Sandra, who’s the father of your child?” Simon asked.
Dumb struck Sis Sandra couldn’t utter a single word in her defense, she quietly walked out of the church without looking Brother Mathew in the eye. Pst simoon continued with his confession “Besides Sis Sandra, I’ve slept with Sis Lovett the choir mistress” the choir members couldn’t believe their ears”… and Sis Agnes” he said looking down
“What!!” Shouted Patricia “How could you?” She asked. Before Simon could respond Sis Agnes rushed to pick up the microphone. “Pst Mrs. Please don’t point fingers just yet because I saw you and Deacon Philip having sex before the commencement of Tuesday’s evening service last week” Sister Agnes said authoritatively with any remorse for relations with Pst. Simon.
Patricia was shocked because she felt no one saw them. “Haa , which kain Church be this” exclaimed a church member. However, no one left they all wanted to know the truth. “Deacon Philip and Patricia, is this true?” Pst Simon asked. Patricia began to sob because she was ashamed and felt naked within the church. Deacon Philip was downcast and avoided eye contact with his fellow ministers.
“Simon, it’s your fault” Patricia screamed. “He’s not Simon” a woman said from the congregation “His name is Peter not Simon and his my husband. My name is Rebecca” she said. Patricia fainted and the ministers rushed to revive her. The Congregation could not believe their ears.
“Peter, explain to the people of God” she said. “People of God, my name isn’t Simon but Peter. The real pastor Simon, you all know, is my twin brother” Peter told the congregation. Patricia fainted again.
He explained to the congregation that Pastor Simon, his twin brother and their real pastor, just found out that the he was alive a year ago. Pst Simon believed his twin brother died with his parents in the car accident 35 years ago.
“When he found out I was alive, he contacted me and wanted me to meet his family but Simon felt he should break the news to his wife first” said Peter “ then six months ago, he came to pick me up and on our way, we had an accident” at this point he was already crying “Simon didn’t survive,however before he died he told me he hadn’t spoken Patricia about me. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to live as Simon and leave behind my old life” he concluded looking at his wife sadly.
“Rebecca, please forgive me. Patricia, I’m sorry for the pain I put you through. I understand why you succumbed to temptation. Church, forgive me for defiling members of the congregation and lying to you. The fact is the lord appeared to me last week sunday and instructed me to make amends” he said with tears in his eyes.
” I leave you now to return to my old life a changed man…a new creature. Patricia, Simon’s body is at McPherson Hospital’s morgue. I couldn’t bury him without his family present. I paid them to embalm his body. Go and claim his body, It’s registered under the name Peter Okoh . Once again, I’m truly sorry”
Peter walked out quietly of CIY ministries with his wife Rebecca a new creature and changed man. In the space of six months, CIY ministries had lost their beloved pastor Simon twice.
“Na wa o, which kain lyf b dis. Pastor Simon na Peter, hin dey sleep wit church member. Na only God fit save man for dis end time so o my sister” Bro Efosa told Sis Ijeoma on their way home. “Na so my brother, na only God sabi who dey worship am” she replied.