Church Gate Fee: Pastors Condemn Oyakhilome

Date: 09-01-2011 7:19 pm (13 years ago) | Author: Alfred
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- at 9-01-2011 07:19 PM (13 years ago)
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Prominent pastors in the country and readers of P.M.NEWS have slammed Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his Christ Embassy Church for imposing a N1,000 toll fee on  worshippers who attended New Year’s Eve service at the Christ Embassy Headquarters in Lagos, South-West Nigeria.
P.M.NEWS had reported in its 5 January 2011 edition how Christ Embassy pastors sold tickets valued at N1,000 each to worshippers who wanted to attend the  crossover service in their church. Indigent worshippers who could not afford the money were denied access and sent back by security men at the gate. The church explained that it collected gate  fees from worshippers to control the huge crowd that always besieges Christ Embassy on New Year’s Eve service.
 
This development has outraged many Nigerians, including prominent pastors, at home and abroad. The pastors who spoke with P.M.NEWS yesterday and readers, who reacted on www.pmnewsnigeria.com, described the imposition of toll fee by Christ Embassy as a  sacrilege. The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde, described Oyakhilome’s action as anathema and abuse of Christianity.
 
“It is a sacrilege and commercialisation of religion.  It is an abuse of Christianity,” he lamented. Founder, Soul Winning Chapel, Rev. Moses Illoh, said that such an act “is sacrilegious,” adding that the gospel of Christ is supposed to be free and not to  be paid for. “There is no excuse for this.  The church of God is for everybody, both for the poor and the rich.  The church where they collect money before you can go in  to worship is not a church.”
 
According to Primate Elijah Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, such pastors who collect money from worshippers should be stoned to death or be  crucified. “Is this possible? Such church should be destroyed and such pastors should be stoned to death. Pay N1,000 to enter a church? Is the church in heaven?  It is  never done. “If it is possible, let the government intervene.  These pastors are for Satan and such pastors should be crucified.  It is embarrassing,” he lamented.
 
lso reacting to the incident, General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara, said collection of money as gate fee for  church service is unbiblical. “Collecting money as gate fee before a church service is unbiblical because there is nowhere in the Bible where it was recorded that Jesus collected money  from the multitude who listened to His sermon and benefited from His miracles. “Salvation is free. You receive it free and you give it free,” he said.
 
Abiara added that he cannot judge Pastor Oyakhilome because he doesn’t understand the circumstances under which money was collected. “It’s not impossible that they must have used the event to raise money,” he said. To Rev. Oladapo Daramola, Media and Public Relations Officer, Methodist Church Nigeria, it is not right to collect money from worshippers before allowing  them inside the church. “This is not right because despite the number of people that came to worship at the feet of Jesus Christ, there was no barrier for them to come closer.   Anything that will bar people from receiving the good news should not be allowed.  It is not Christ-like,” he stated.
 
Also, Rev. Akintoye Braimoh, Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Christian Religious Matters, frowned at Oyakhilome’s act, saying it was very  wrong. “A place of worship is a place for all, even for a Muslim. PFN has already rejected Oyakhilome and he is not recognised by the body; he is on his own,” she  added. Dr. Sam Ogedengbe, Special Assistant to the Governor on Christian Religious Matters also stated that it was not right for any pastor to act that way.
 
“Why should you collect money before one can be allowed to enter a church?  Is the place really a church? It is wrong to do that,” he said. Some readers who reacted on our website, www.pmnewsnigeria.com, condemned Oyakhilome’s act, saying that it unscriptural. Mike said: “Church has become big business in Nigeria. Now, they have introduced gate fee to church, very soon, they will introduce gate fee to heaven before  someone dies. May God have mercy on them.”
 
According to Kayode, “the church should have thought of a bigger venue for this service. The National Stadium for instance would have accommodated a lot of  people. The church should know that a special service like this will attract a lot of people, sinners and the saved, the rich and the poor, the genuine and  the fake, but give an opportunity for all to meet with Christ. It was a rash strategy to control the crowd.”
 
Gloria said: “This news should have been best tagged ‘Pastor Oyakhilome deprives the poor of the gospel’. He’s unbelievable. Jesus Christ welcomed the crowd  even when the apostles wanted to stop them. He went as far as feeding them with five loaves of bread and two fishes. We should learn from the bible, this is  not crowd control, but daylight robbery.”
 
According to Jedidiah, “when the church becomes over crowded and the senior pastors don’t have a seat for themselves on such occasions, it becomes a good  problem and for this reason, the church should pray to God to provide a bigger church for them. Such services are not for the so-called ‘true members’ to be  comfortable but for the unsaved to be shown love, thereby winning them over to the winning church.”
 
Olo said: “it still beats my imagination to hear that such a thing actually happened in Christ Embassy, and at the headquarters for that matter. What’s money  turning man of God into?” Temmy reacted this way: “Imbecile, idiots and stupid people will always continue to follow a stupid pastor. When Jesus referred to his people (including me)  as sheep, He did not mean idiot sheep like most Nigerians who are following those money worshipping and 419 pastors of nowadays.”
 
Thousands of readers, who reacted in various websites and blogs, including social networks such as Facebook, Naijapals and Twitter, also expressed shock and  disappointment. One of them, Madam Sting said on her blog, http://blogsvillegist.blogspot.com/, “I first heard about this on Facebook via someone’s status message. I did a  little digging around and came up with some more information. Someone who attends the church has confirmed it to be true and said he was there this first day  it was announced in church and he voiced his support of it. All I will say is …na wa!”
 
By  Simon Ateba & Kazeem Ugbodaga
Culled from PM News.

http://pmnewsnigeria.com/2011/01/07/church-gate-fee-pastors-condemn-oyakhilome/

Posted: at 9-01-2011 07:19 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- aliaaz at 9-01-2011 08:00 PM (13 years ago)
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Nor b those wey dey pay come doll pass?

Posted: at 9-01-2011 08:00 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- logten at 9-01-2011 11:56 PM (13 years ago)
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Quote from: aliaaz on  9-01-2011 08:00 PM
Nor b those wey dey pay come doll pass?
Lips Sealed Lips Sealed
Posted: at 9-01-2011 11:56 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ksurrina at 10-01-2011 12:57 AM (13 years ago)
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According to Primate Elijah Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, such pastors who collect money from worshippers should be stoned to death or be  crucified. “Is this possible? Such church should be destroyed and such pastors should be stoned to death. Pay N1,000 to enter a church? Is the church in heaven?  It is  never done. “If it is possible, let the government intervene.  These pastors are for Satan and such pastors should be crucified.  It is embarrassing,” he lamented.

Are you any different from the Money Touter Pastor. Look at what you are talking about VIOLENCE. Who are you representing the devil or Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ says we should LOVE Luke 7:47 wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Instead of asking Persons to forgive this fallen Pastor who has sold his soul to the devil, you here talking about Violence. But of course you both are in the same Realm Christianity. Where is the LOVE in your message here? Love is lacking inside of this Realm that cause Christianity and every day you guys shows it more and more.

Posted: at 10-01-2011 12:57 AM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ksurrina at 10-01-2011 06:11 PM (13 years ago)
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Logten where are the defenders of Pastor Chris? You see what SIN does to people? Sins give them a life of Shame and Nakedness. This only prove more what I am talking about the Christianity Realm. There are more things to be REVEAL in Nigeria about the CURSE that the people who are baptized are living in Nigeria and worldwide because of this Christianity/Muslim Realm. Our Heavenly Father and His Son have NO time for Religion. What they want is that we all build a one and one relationship with them SPIRITUALLY.

Posted: at 10-01-2011 06:11 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- moralemike07 at 11-01-2011 08:24 AM (13 years ago)
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They will condem now, but they'll soon follow the new model, let's watch out.
Posted: at 11-01-2011 08:24 AM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- silviabells at 11-01-2011 02:25 PM (13 years ago)
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this is  very bad
Posted: at 11-01-2011 02:25 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- lanudja at 11-01-2011 04:47 PM (13 years ago)
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May God have mercy
Posted: at 11-01-2011 04:47 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- divineproject at 11-01-2011 05:21 PM (13 years ago)
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I am not in the position to judge........becos I actually didnt witness it......but then we know Jesus wouldnt hinder anyone from coming to Him in anyway!

Posted: at 11-01-2011 05:21 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- SNYPER at 11-01-2011 05:35 PM (13 years ago)
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is it really happening?
Posted: at 11-01-2011 05:35 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- vantheo at 11-01-2011 05:52 PM (13 years ago)
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Pastor chris come out and defend yourself o

Posted: at 11-01-2011 05:52 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- bafyguy at 11-01-2011 07:33 PM (13 years ago)
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God knows His people
Posted: at 11-01-2011 07:33 PM (13 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chinazous at 11-01-2011 07:43 PM (13 years ago)
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whatever you do in this life, people must talk.
its always better not to comment until you hear the other side of the story.

people no go mind thier business! nawaahooo!
Posted: at 11-01-2011 07:43 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- kush_360 at 11-01-2011 07:58 PM (13 years ago)
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 I BEG MA GUY NA BIZNESS MAN MAKE IN DO BIZNESS NA
Posted: at 11-01-2011 07:58 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- cadanre at 11-01-2011 07:59 PM (13 years ago)
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The difference is he collect his own before the worshippers enters, and other pastors collect their own when the worshippers already enters. Why would they condemn him then? BA CINYA BA KAFAR BAYA! Smiley Smiley Smiley

Posted: at 11-01-2011 07:59 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- Ayobamy at 11-01-2011 08:01 PM (13 years ago)
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notin concern me
Posted: at 11-01-2011 08:01 PM (13 years ago) | Upcoming
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- kenburgos at 11-01-2011 08:25 PM (13 years ago)
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hmmmmmmmmmm, infact every guy out there need to ve matured mind about religions in nigeria, both muslem /xtianity, we need his mercy to know where nd what re the best for our souls,God help us
Posted: at 11-01-2011 08:25 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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- ILOVEIT at 11-01-2011 08:53 PM (13 years ago)
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hmmm no comment

Posted: at 11-01-2011 08:53 PM (13 years ago) | Hero
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- kanayoken at 11-01-2011 09:10 PM (13 years ago)
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The difference is he collect his own before the worshippers enters, and other pastors collect their own when the worshippers already enters. Why would they condemn him then? BA CINYA BA KAFAR BAYA! Smiley Smiley Smiley..........................

  I DONT THINK THIS GUY KNOW WHY HE IS SAYING , WHY ARE WE ALL DEAD BODIES WHEN IT COME TO SEEING AND SAYING THE TRUTH. EVEN IF HE IS UR PASTOR, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL HE DOES IS WRITE, BUT U ALL JUST SUPPORT ALL HE SAYS . ARE WE CHRIST FOLLOWERS OR MEN WORSHIPERS ?
 IS BETTER TO ASK THE MEMBERS FOR MONEY WHEN THEY ENTER  IN, THAN IMPOSING IT ON THEM BEFORE THEY ENTER LIKE AS IF THE CHURCH WAS NOT BUILT BY THE MEMBERS TOO. SO NOW CHRIST EMBASSY CHURCH IS NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER .
 HE IS NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE AND SHOULD  FIRST GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYERS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS  THEN  COME OUT AND APOLOGIZE  TO THE PEOPLE  IF REALLY HE IS A TRUE CHRISTIAN , BUT I GUESS HE WILL NOT DO THAT BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE FILLED WITH PRIDE. I JUST WOUNDER HOW PPLE STILL LISTEN TO SUCH PASTORS THAT PREACH ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER.
 LOVE WORLD ......... WHERE IS THE LOVE? I GUESS IS LOVE FOR MONEY AND NOT CHRIST LOVE .
  ONE DAY THE LORD WILL SURLY EXPOSE THEM AND I JUST HOPE IT WILL NOT BE LATE THEN.   MAY GOD HELP THEM AND ALL THEIR MEMBERS THAT SUPPORT SUCH ACT.
 THIS IS MY STAND .
 I REMAIN MY HUMBLE SELF ---- K.K.C FOR LIFE
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- kanayoken at 11-01-2011 09:14 PM (13 years ago)
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SThe difference is he collect his own before the worshippers enters, and other pastors collect their own when the worshippers already enters. Why would they condemn him then? BA CINYA BA KAFAR BAYA! Smiley Smiley Smiley..........................

  I DONT THINK THIS GUY KNOW WHAT HE IS SAYING , WHY ARE WE ALL DEAD BODIES WHEN IT COME TO SEEING AND SAYING THE TRUTH. EVEN IF HE IS UR PASTOR, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL HE DOES IS WRITE, BUT U ALL JUST SUPPORT ALL HE SAYS . ARE WE CHRIST FOLLOWERS OR MEN WORSHIPERS ?
 IS BETTER TO ASK THE MEMBERS FOR MONEY WHEN THEY ENTER  IN, THAN IMPOSING IT ON THEM BEFORE THEY ENTER LIKE AS IF THE CHURCH WAS NOT BUILT BY THE MEMBERS TOO. SO NOW CHRIST EMBASSY CHURCH IS NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER .
 HE IS NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE AND SHOULD  FIRST GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYERS AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS  THEN  COME OUT AND APOLOGIZE  TO THE PEOPLE  IF REALLY HE IS A TRUE CHRISTIAN , BUT I GUESS HE WILL NOT DO THAT BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE FILLED WITH PRIDE. I JUST WOUNDER HOW PEOPLE  STILL LISTEN TO SUCH PASTORS THAT PREACH ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER.
 LOVE WORLD ......... WHERE IS THE LOVE? I GUESS IS LOVE FOR MONEY AND NOT CHRIST LOVE .
  ONE DAY THE LORD WILL SURLY EXPOSE THEM AND I JUST HOPE IT WILL NOT BE LATE THEN.   MAY GOD HELP THEM AND ALL THEIR MEMBERS THAT SUPPORT SUCH ACT.
 THIS IS MY STAND .
 I REMAIN MY HUMBLE SELF ---- K.K.C FOR LIFE
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Posted: at 11-01-2011 09:14 PM (13 years ago) | Newbie
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