Pastor Adeboye's Private Jet Stirs Serious Controversy

7 years ago by: sunday Kayode
-- (m) at 15-04-2013 02:59PM

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The interview granted by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to Al Jazeera has stirred a heated debate on the social media. Many are in support while others are not happy with him.

    “There are things you need, which you must have if you are to be efficient. If you have to oversee churches in 160 nations, you can’t do that on a bicycle,” Pastor Adeboye had told Mohammed Adow of Al Jazeera.

But what is the crux of the matter?

Pastor Adeboye is one of the increasing numbers of Pentecostal pastors in Nigeria that have acquired private jets for themselves. Many Nigerians have criticised these pastors, arguing that they are being insensitive to the poverty among their members.

As would be expected, Pastor Adeboye’s justification for his ownership of a private jet has divided Nigerians on various social networks as some agreed with his opinion while many opposed him.

Onyianyi, a member of a popular online forum, Nairaland, argues that it was wrong for Adeboye to own a private jet when the majority of his members live below the poverty line and wallow in abject poverty.

He says, “I’m not a member of any of these Pentecostal churches but Adeboye is one pastor I respect so much. This time around he got it wrong, there’s no reason for a man of God with millions of impoverished followers to be cruising in a private jet.

“After all, are they more committed in this ministry than Jesus Christ? Our Lord Jesus never used a private boat or a private camel during his time. Yet he could easily command one to his usage. Christ, though very rich, chose to live a poor life so that his message can easily get across to the poor.”

Also commenting on the issue in Punch, a reader, Zoemed, says Pastor Adeboye’s defence was not good enough. Hear him: “I had expected a better defence rather than this ‘I need a plane to do a better job of supervising churches under my ministry’! What are the roles of Subordinate pastors? The Catholic Archdiocese of New York alone could buy many jets for the Pope but they spend most of their money on helping the poor, providing hospital care and welfare for the downtrodden.

“Our Pentecostal churches cannot even build [free] hospitals and affordable schools to supplement the little we have.”

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-- Idbabe (f) at 15-04-2013 03:14PM
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Is he just joining the league na?
-- micc (m) at 15-04-2013 03:17PM
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I hear u
-- Mosesfaluade (m) at 16-04-2013 01:07PM
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It is well....The problem with Nigerians is that we only know the meaning of tithe, most of us don't find out why God said we should be paying tithe.
Tithe is for the Levite, Levite are people called by God to be prophets and the reason why the tithe is for them is because they don't work, so is like we are to walk and pay them because they are not allowed to work.
So any Levite or pastor working is not entitled to tithe.
-- dumedume (m) at 18-02-2014 04:31PM
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Who cares?
-- Sparky12 (m) at 12-04-2016 10:54PM
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-- CHRISETTE (f) at 13-04-2016 04:22AM
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His life