Chris Oyakilome of Christ embassy humiliated in South Africa

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at 05:38 PM, 2/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Media reports that Pastor Kenneth Oyakhilome, currently pastor of Christ Embassy (CE) Church in Houston, Texas, USA was convicted in a South African court in 2007 for fraud and corruption have provoked a minor public storm amongst members of the faithful, with clarion calls for him to step aside. Court records made available to, revealed that on September 11, 2007, Kenneth Imo Obome Oyakhilome, a.k.a Pastor Ken was convicted of fraud; fined R20,000.00 and received a two-year suspended sentence for three years with choice of imprisonment . “We are shocked by this revelation that Ken is a convicted criminal. He is a fraudster and this is not a matter that is subject to any debate. We cannot have the Gospel of Jesus Christ besmirched by such people, who hide behind the innocence of genuine believers to commit fraud”, exclaimed Pastor Javed Masih of the Jesus Fellowship International Society in Randburg, South Africa.

When Pastor Ken left his family in South Africa and boarded a plane back to Houston, Texas, where he currently serves as Pastor of the Christ Embassy Church, CE officials in South Africa, qualified the move as a spiritual sabbatical. But it is now emerging that the decision to transfer Pastor Ken from South Africa to the USA was a well contrived attempt to douse the smoldering inferno that was threatening to consume Ken’s pastoral career and that of his elder brother, Pastor Christian Oyakhilome, who founded the Ministry and himself is now locked in a huge public relations battle to salvage his own battered credibility.


The moral questions hovering over the head of Pastor Ken, has cast a huge shadow of doubt over his elder brother, Pastor Christian, who has refused to take the blame for any problems associated with his brother’s profligacy and lack of moral character. The Christ Embassy Church in Houston, Texas, scorned requests for explanations from while Pastor Ken continues to defy public criticisms of official misconduct, and still retains his high profile position as Pastor of the Houston Church. Yet the Pastor Brothers have been pushing to make sure that the public remembers them — or rather, remembers what they want them to remember.

Pastor Ken is a troubled man. As long as allegations of official misconduct continue to swirl around him, the Pastor will forever be distracted from his official pastoral duties. The distraction will come chiefly from a scandal that threatens to weaken his capacity to function as an effective Spiritual guide and leader of the Houston church. At a time when the Pastor ought to be preoccupied with issues that affect the welfare of his congregation, he has been busy rehearsing how he would defend himself against serious allegations of financial impropriety and abuse of trust. Some Christ Embassy Church members have expressed genuine alarmed at the way in which Pastor Ken is reported to have run riot in South Africa and questioned whether he still has the moral high ground to continue working in Houston as “God’s Messenger.” If religiosity in general comes with the capacity to numb the intellect, and defraud and exploit the innocent faithful, the brand of Christianity that has been on the ascendance in Christ Embassy for the past decade fosters a certain incuriousness that borders on total intellectual surrender.

For the truth of the matter is that in its practices and dynamics, the Christ Embassy Church itself has become an expression of the character of its founders. In the current configuration, the Christ Embassy Church operates more or less like a business enterprise out to make profit. It was no coincidence that Pastor Ken was more to be seen mixing it with the South African political elite (governors, ministers,), than with ordinary members of his Congregation. Such was the social proximity between the Christ Embassy Church officials and the South African elite that rumors were floated that the Christ Embassy Church and Pastor Ken had the political benediction of the ruling ANC party in South Africa. Pastor Ken, in a dynamic that works quite well for the Church and serves the ends of holders of political power, attends their (office holders’) birthday ceremonies, blesses their respective families, and, at the end of each year, unfailingly prophesies positive things for the country they so spectacularly misgovern. In return, he reinforced public perceptions of being a handmaiden of political power in a country where the majority of the population (including most of his own congregation) continues to wallows in absolute immiseration?

Shell-shocked Christ Embassy Church members in South Africa are still at a loss to understand a situation where Pastor Ken who was (and in some quarters, still is) widely respected for his preachings on austerity and moral rectitude, has now abandoned Christ’s gospel of austere pietism to embrace material aggrandizement and conspicuous consumption. Before his sojourn in South Africa, the Christ Embassy Church was renowned for its emphasis on a rigorous, no frills personal regime for its members. Such unflattering apothegm was a testament to the perceived doctrinal severity of the Christ Embassy Church. This image was to change with the ascendance of Pastor Ken - and the Church’s rapid transition into a new era, marked by a departure from this somber model and the development of a new, less abstemious, theological outlook whose modus operandi was primitive material accumulation. Court records showed that Pastor Ken owned a fleet of luxury cars including: a Red Chrysler; a Silver Mercedes Benz; a Gold-pleated Peugeot 407 and a Black Audi 8-cylinder series. And although married with three children, Pastor Ken paraded a harem of wivelets and mistresses drawn mostly from the congregation, including married women, who share his bedroom under the euphemistic guise of “serving the man of God.”

For emphasis, the point now is not about the criminal conviction of Pastor Ken or his material possessions, including his harem of girlfriends. The central nexus of the unraveling scandal raises fundamental questions about whether it is morally ethical for Pastor Ken to continue as Spiritual Guardian of the Christ Embassy Church in Houston, Texas. In the interest of full disclosure, if Pastor Christian, the founder of the Christ Embassy Ministry is certain about his junior brother’s innocence; if he is concerned about the impact of this salacious affair on the integrity of the Christ Embassy Ministry (not to forget his own patchy morality), he should advise his junior brother to step aside in order to facilitate an independent inquiry. An independent inquiry is guaranteed to produce one of two outcomes: a moral acquittal that should help to cleanse Pastor Ken of the stench that began to gush out since the scandal broke; or an indictment that would shred forever his name, his honor and his status in society. If he refuses to step aside, he can expect to preside over a disorderly Congregation for the rest of his tenure as Pastor of the Christ Embassy Church in Houston, Texas.

In proceeding, it is only fair to state that in taking its message to the world, the Christ Embassy Church has also, almost predictably, taken in a considerable part of the world. Today’s Christ Embassy Ministry, with churches worldwide, is no doubt a successful religious brand, but like all brands, it has had to forge all sorts of shabby accommodations with sponsors and politicians, including even fraudsters and criminals. Obvious material success and a fatal conflation of ethos with criminal enterprise mean that the Christ Embassy Church that redefined Biblical economics is now in clear danger of being consumed by its creation. It is certainly not a good evidence of moral leadership for a Pastor to be confronted with daunting revelations of criminal conviction. With or without Pastor Ken, the Christ Embassy Church in Houston will still continue to exist. But whether it would be an effective Church or a disorderly House of worship would be determined by current and future events.

Source(Huhu online)

onelove2obinna at 08:08 PM, 2/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Hey, i was going 2 say somthing about this stuff,
i rememberd that ur a muslim, so go ahead, na ur mourth.
U keep saying Nonsence, talk on.
drybone at 09:55 AM, 7/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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my guy please don't say what will offend God,let him judge everybody,abi u wan help God do the judging,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,mr muslim
sonnny at 12:14 PM, 7/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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pls, dont pass verdict on wat you recieved on media or online,becareful an watch ur words.
Joybabe at 02:03 PM, 7/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Hi why cant you people maid your own business, you people have turn to God that is judging. do you know that your mouth can lead you to hill,so please keep your mouth short or Holy Ghost will short it for you. You that is saying all this are rightuos. You better tell God know to forgive you your sin.
makanzy at 10:04 AM, 8/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Regardless of this guy being a muslim or not, if this facts hold chris need to step down as a preacher
rbest at 10:08 AM, 8/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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What wrong has the poster commited? is it cos he brought the info here? the source is there for u to confirm and south africa is not too far too. just say wat u know and dnt bring God into this for now cos he has not judged
blessedchidon at 07:09 AM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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but why this post here, eeeh poster?
SAmyrocko at 09:30 AM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Hmmm. this is much

firstlady at 09:33 AM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Wetin d guy man man of God do to warrant d humiliation?
anonymous2 at 01:29 PM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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poster u sef dey follow them carry rumours abi? mindful of d gist carry around to avoid God's wrath

anonymous2 at 02:18 PM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: rbest on 10:08 AM,  8/05/2009
What wrong has the poster commited? is it cos he brought the info here? the source is there for u to confirm and south africa is not too far too. just say wat u know and dnt bring God into this for now cos he has not judged
he doesn't ave to post wat he's not sure of...even the bible says dat u do thorogh investigation n hold the truth

rbest at 05:41 PM, 9/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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but he saw the article from some where. if he is wrong then proof him wrong cos he did not judge the man of God
McBona at 03:11 AM, 10/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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Well,  Am a Baliever of +GOD+ 2 d core...  & I dont think religion has nothing 2 change-up da truth I've gat in +GOD+... no matter the circle of faith that a tale comes from, I must iron it constructively.

Moreover, We all could witness that sometimes the press/media doesn't make matters clean enough.  Mostly when it comes 2 issues that involves prominences.   So all Imma gonna say is!  If I were the G.O, what Imma gonna do is to ask him Ma younger brother 2 step down... whether this articulative material is a frame-up OR happened but ganished wiv sm cooked notions... since the news is everywhere.        Am ain't gonna sack him, Nope!  Just a suspension(couple of Months), in which afterwards, Imma gonna post him 2 a different location 2 continue the work he knows how 2 do better... wiv sm cautions in his pursuits.
bladerazor at 10:13 AM, 10/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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The issue here is whether what has been alleged truly happened. Once this fact is established then, every right thinking and infact true christians must stand up and condemn this act as ignoble which is capable of throwing off course the whole crusade of exporting the gospel from this country to the rest of the world. FACTS ARE SACRED PEOPLE.

The Bible specifically told us to test all spirits and even the almighty God himself told us to prove him. It is the inherent right of every christian to test all spirits including that of any Pastor of whatever denomination if not, howelse would you be able to discern the ones that are wolves?

What Pastor Ken has done is despicable and I would tell you guys that this is not the first time this kind of story is coming out of the Christ Embassy group but this does not make Pastor Chris - the founder- culpable.

I remember what an American lady friend of mine who attended their Bible school in Italy confessed to me. It was shocking indeed. It was a personal account and it is so salacious that I cannot say it here.

However, we must all stand up in condemnation of every appearance of darkness in the house of God and we should not allow some wolves to drag all of us down by hiding under the seriously misquoted and often abused not judge.... Apostle Paul warned that certain things must not be seen amongst believers.... These certain things involve what is at issue here. He that bears the vessel of the Lord must bear it in Holiness. Since Pastor Ken pretends to bear the vessel of the Lord, he must bear it in purity and since the contrary is the case, he has made himself incapable of standing in God's altar and thus has become a drag on the spread of the gospel. He should purge himself totally and stay away from the Pulpit to allow the church to grow.
arab at 03:13 PM, 10/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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i have heard the same thing since but is so funny to see a big and respected pastor doing such a thing is not normal
ebenych at 09:03 AM, 11/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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What is this now? We know the media, the National Geographic is now doubting the divinity of Jesus Christ, denyinng the existence of Moses, and casting questions on the very existence of Almighty God.So whatever comes out from the media houses agains the body of Christ doesn't move me, true or not. Undecided
dodjack at 12:31 PM, 11/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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No religion is beta than de other,i dnt know the intention of dis poster but wat eva we do in the name of God we have to be careful.
anonymous2 at 03:16 PM, 11/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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u ave said it all jare...dodjack....there's no need for me to add more

belemaye at 11:28 AM, 13/05/2009 (8 years ago)
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well, i don't have mush to say about this issue on ground, one have to be carefull, when it come's to men ot God. Let us just leave him and let God jugde by himself
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