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|Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by mitchyy(f): 6:20am On Dec 26, 2012|
Rev. Chris Okotie, founder of the Household of God Church and presidential candidate of the recently deregistered Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) had this to say in a recent interview with senior journalist Hazeez Balogun concerning his music, church and marriage and politics.
Read his revealing interview below:
When did you get the call to become a pastor?
Jesus appeared to me when I was three years old. My father then was a teacher in Uyo. I was a little boy then and really did not understand what it meant but I would tell everyone that I was a child of God. I had to accept Jesus completely when I was at the age of accountability. I did that when I was on campus in 1983. Then I did not know that I was going to be a minister. It was when I was in law school one morning when God spoke to me about going abroad. That was when I went to Oklahoma to study pastoring.
If provided, would you own a private jet?
If it is necessary, why would I not? Right now, I do not need a private jet. I do not do the kind of job that requires a private jet. I do not have branches all around the country where I have to fly back and forth. I do not need it. It is not just about having a private jet; it is also very difficult to maintain. So, if a minister has the resources to do it, that is between him and God who provided it for him. It is really not my business. The most important thing is are you feeding the flock? Are you there as a pastor to teach? Does the spirit of God trust you to take care of the flock? These are the questions I ask myself even before I buy a car. Something must be clearly understood; prosperity is of God. It is not God's desire that we are poor. Jesus became poor so that we can be rich.
Churches are becoming big businesses today and many pastors are living large while their followers are languishing in poverty. Some even fly private jets
Let me put it this way, every minister of God is entitled to what God provides. It is not the congregation that provides; it is God. God can use the congregation or whoever. So, if the Lord makes provisions for that (private jet) then such a person has no reason to decline. I do not know what is going on in any ministry, but I will say that anything that we own must be scripturally based. Prosperity is a part of the gospel and not the entire gospel. It is a means to an end and not an end by itself. Your congregation is your first priority. When you walk into our auditorium, you will see that I care about my congregation. The facilities we have there you will not find anywhere else. Go to our children's church or our nursery, you will see the facilities there are first-class. You would think the children there are those of multi-millionaires. You have to take care of the congregation first and foremost before anything else. When we first began, I did not have what I have today. Before I became prosperous, God had to test me to see if I will take care of my congregation. That is why you will see that we had air conditioning in the children?s department even when we just began. We also made sure that the church had property. We have landed properties and things like that. We believe in 'seek ye first the kingdom of God and every other thing will be added unto you'. That is what I can say about my own ministry. We also cater for the poor.
Large churches tend to own schools and universities; are we to see Household of God University soon?
It is possible. It depends on how the spirit directs. The church is the work of God; it is the vineyard of the almighty God. He determines what to do. Should Churches own universities? I say yes of course. It is part of the teachings. We must prepare this generation spirit, soul and body. If you remember in the past, churches owned schools. It is a step in the right direction. The moral rearmament of those times was stronger than what it is today. I will encourage churches to start schools and universities.
Are we to witness your third marriage?
I do not want to talk about that at this time. Spiritual matters cannot be understood by carnal minds. There are mysteries involved in the workings of a spiritual person. It is hard to be understood by minds that have not been elevated to such lofty heights. When we get to that bridge we will cross it.
Will it not be difficult for married couples in your church to approach you for counselling on marriage issues?
No. Those who spoke more about marriage issues in the Bible were not married. The revelation concerning marriage was given to us by Saint Paul who was a single man. Even Jesus spoke about marriage and he was not married. It is not the experience that teaches you what marriage is; it is the word of God. As long as you present the revelation of the word to your congregation and they apply it, then they will succeed. With the covenant that God has with man, God is stable; it is man who is not. If you notice, God brought Adam and Eve together in the Garden of Eden; they failed God, and God did not fail them. So, when people come together, they fail each other. If they do not subscribe to the word of God that marriage will not succeed. So, if there is an adherence to the word of God, the marriage will succeed. When you see that a marriage does not succeed, you should know that there must be a departure from the word of God.
You are a man of style; your hair and your suits always stand out.
Being a recording artiste sharpened my taste. I am more fashion conscious. I do not want to call myself a fashionista because that may sound clich?. I have good taste. The suit I wore recently on Sunday came off the runway from Dolce and Gabana?s new collection. When you look at the Bible, God was very particular about the apparel of the priesthood. I like good clothes and maybe it has to do with my orientation. Fashion has a way of giving you confidence.
It is said that when going to Household of God Church, you go with your Bible and your dictionary. You surely have a passion for fancy words.
It is called grandiloquence. Some people have said that I have elevated diction. Truly, I use that just to get attention. Coming from my background some people thought that I did not have the intellectual capacity to do the job of a minister where you convey deep spiritual truth to people. When I was in school, I just love that elevated diction. It became a part of my communication. I read a joke recently about Patrick Obahiagbon and I trading words. It was all made up, but was very funny. Each man has his own style. Communication is very personal and you choose how you want to communicate. When I am speaking with ?the press I speak with the same level of grandiloquence. I am from Delta. Pidgin English is our lingua franca. When I am at home I speak our language.
Before last year?s elections you asked Nigerians to vote President Goodluck Jonathan out of power, do you have a different view of him now?
With all due respect, I speak within the context of conventional propriety. He, as a Nigerian, has been given a great opportunity even though many of us say it is a great mistake and I still believe that. Look at the country; we are neither here nor there. It is the same story of corruption and stagnation. I still believe that Jonathan is a great mistake. I know that the elections were tampered with. He is the President today and I know that history will judge him based on what he does and what he does not do. I believe that, so far, he has done nothing beyond our expectations.
How would you react to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)?s recent deregistration your party, FRESH?
First, we believe that this is a conspiracy between the ruling party and the INEC. It is unconstitutional and repugnant to the spirit of the constitution and it is an attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to erase the voice of the opposition. It is also a ploy for the ruling party to perpetuate itself in power for as long as it can. We believe that the right thing to do is to go to court and expect the judiciary as the last bastion of our political and democratic experiment to remedy the situation and erase the aberration from our political landscape.
Will you join another party if at the end the party stands deregistered?
It is too early to say anything on that. What INEC has done is a frustration of the whole democratic process. If it is not arrested it is the beginning of what I call a medieval autocracy. This is how Hitler began. We need to, by any means possible, stop this move by INEC. I am very confident that what INEC has done will be reversed by the judiciary. That is why I said it is too early to talk about that now.
Will you be contesting in the presidential election in 2015?
That is if Nigeria survives till then. If you look at the trajectory of our development you will see that a nation moving on this part cannot survive. That is why the United States made a prediction that by 2015 or thereabout Nigeria would have become a failed state and disintegrate. That is because they see the part that we are toeing. The part that the PDP has mapped out can only lead to destruction. I believe people who say that there will be a revolution. If Nigeria is still here I will definitely contest. But I believe that there is going to be a new Nigeria. There is going to be a kind of revolution that will bring Nigeria to a place of awakening or renaissance of some sort.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by r231(m): 6:24am On Dec 26, 2012|
Of cus he did
Cus 3yr old knws what Jesus looks like
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by mitchyy(f): 6:47am On Dec 26, 2012|
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Olodo 1: 6:54am On Dec 26, 2012|
The guy has lost fame in recent times he just looking for a way to be noticed and attract attention. Why didnt he start the church business as early as he saw Jesus.
Again how did he know that what he saw was Jesus and not one egbo smoking insane white film actor?
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by mitchyy(f): 7:05am On Dec 26, 2012|
I expect his voltrons to swoop in soon
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by wassade: 7:07am On Dec 26, 2012|
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by ba7man: 7:15am On Dec 26, 2012|
I wonder who adviced him to start perming his hair. I'm sure its not Jesus though.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by virtuoso01(m): 7:25am On Dec 26, 2012|
Am I impressed?
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by homesteady(m): 9:07am On Dec 26, 2012|
couldn't read it all.....its 2 long
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by mitchyy(f): 9:24am On Dec 26, 2012|
This his statement......"Some people have said that I have elevated diction. Truly, I use that just to get attention."
Hmmm. No comment!
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Table Leg (m): 11:55am On Dec 26, 2012|
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by gbemies: 11:57am On Dec 26, 2012|
whao.aw did he knw it was jesus at such a tender age.aw did he luk lyk
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Tonbrazeal(m): 11:57am On Dec 26, 2012|
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by DANILSA(m): 11:58am On Dec 26, 2012|
PLEASE WHO IS CHRIS OKOTIE? DO WE HAVE GARRI WEED? DID HE TAKE SOME? IF NOT HE MUST BE A JOKER.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Kaxmytex(m): 11:58am On Dec 26, 2012|
Me sef saw joseph when i dey my mama belle
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by dabrake(m): 12:01pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Which Jesus? Jesus Navas, the spanish footballer?
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Ile-Ife(m): 12:02pm On Dec 26, 2012|
“The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.” G. K. Chesterton
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Danielstainz: 12:06pm On Dec 26, 2012|
so make we clap 4 him or wat ?so make we clap 4 him or wat ?so make we clap 4 him or wat ?
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Rhino.5dm: 12:06pm On Dec 26, 2012|
I like this man. very blunt and straight forward.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by akymme(m): 12:08pm On Dec 26, 2012|
these pastors no go kill person, even if he truly saw Jesus at 3, how will he remember now, because me no remember wetin me i do for 8years old sef
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Francheezy(m): 12:08pm On Dec 26, 2012|
d!z guy iz a past0r, he iz a p0litician, and naw he iz a c0mmedian..hmmm
W0nderS shall neva cease t0 enD.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by coolzeal(m): 12:09pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Jesus also appeared to me when i was a year old, in nutshell he also appeared to my friends.. Lmao haha..
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by ijawkid(m): 12:10pm On Dec 26, 2012|
dabrake: Which Jesus? Jesus Navas, the spanish footballer?
Hahahahahaha.....this has got me laughing so hard,.....cheiiii!!!.....naiaraland no go kill me,,,,,,
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Akposkool(m): 12:11pm On Dec 26, 2012|
I hope say when he replied Jesus,angel Gabriel must hav bin holding a dictionary close 2 him incase baba mis any of d langua.maybe Jesus also told him 2 run 4 presidency.dis guy is jst abusing d lord evrytime,jst lyk dat dikeji miyerijesu of God's grace ministries.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by vislabraye(m): 12:11pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Well, private jet is not his priority. That's a smart response. Considering the expenses of the Church and ofcourse how expensive it is to maintain a jet, any minister should think twice before purchasing one.
He says he uses big grammar to draw attention. Is it necessary?
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by money-hungry (m): 12:12pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Jesus just appeared to me now and told me that he didn't appear to Chris Okotie....
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by ijawkid(m): 12:12pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Right Yansh: Garri can be eaten without further cooking by placing in a bowl and adding cold water; Ijebu-garri is made to have finer grains, and a pleasantly sour taste, making it very suitable for consumption in this way. Sugar or honey is then added as well as chunks of coconut, groundnuts, tigernuts and cashew nuts. Milk may also be added. Most garri, however, is cooked by adding to boiling water and stirring to make a stiff paste or porridge, which among the Igbos is known as utara, and among Yorubas as eba. Utara (or eba) is normally eaten with soups, of which several different kinds are available. Most parts of Africa where cassava is grown have an equivalent staple dish.
Smh!!!!....ona don craze finish.....lol...
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by Brand_new(m): 12:12pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Lol! @ Dolce and Gabana's latest ofF thE runway collection.
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by ijawkid(m): 12:13pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Lmaoo.........I don die o......
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by simon gonner(m): 12:14pm On Dec 26, 2012|
hahahahahaha wat a lie
|Re: Jesus Appeared To Chris Okotie At 3-years-old by floriana(m): 12:15pm On Dec 26, 2012|
Pls guys I have exhausted my supply of bangers. Anybody in the house willing to share? Contact me here.
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