Popular Nigerian artist, Folarin Falana, who is widely known as Falz has given his take on religion and Christianity, stressing why he does not have to be religious to be a Christian.
The artist who is known for his satirical songs stated that he hardly goes to church anymore, yet he does not consider himself as an atheist, nor an unbeliever.
While expressing his views about religion in an interview conducted by Silverbird Television, Falz said, “I’m not an atheist. I believe there is a God. But I believe in spirituality over religion. I have nothing against the church or going to church. Everyone has the right to practice the religion they desire. It has been a while that I have been to church. It does not make me less of a Christian.”
He further explained how uncomfortable he feels whenever he decides to go to church, and how unnecessary attention and pressure had forced him out of the idea of going to places of worship.
“The reason is that I went to a few churches and, during sermons, I was put under undue pressure. There was a time that a pastor called me to the altar just to acknowledge my presence for being in church. In my mind, I felt that the service was not about me.
“I felt that everybody was there to worship God, yet they were putting undue pressure on me. The pastor gave me the microphone to address the congregation and I was puzzled; what did he expect me to say to the congregation?” he stated.