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Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by honeric01(m): 9:26pm On May 20, 2011
Church business is big business. we guess so The saying, ‘As poor as a church rat’ is now a misnomer because churches are no longer poor. The four richest Nigerian pastors are Bishop David Oyedepo President and Founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel; Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre; Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy; and Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nation. And based on these findings these churches are far from poor….

David Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo President and Founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel
Winners Chapel is a megachurch founded by Bishop Oyedepo in 1981 with over 400 branches. The Ota, Ogun State headquartered Ministry, Faith Tabernacle is the largest worship center in the world, with a sitting capacity of 50,000 people and an outside overflow of 250,000 and holds three services every Sunday.

Other assets of the church include two aircraft (Gulfstream 1 & Gulfstream 4) and a fleet of over 400 buses that convey worshipers to and from Faith-Tabernacle, Canaanland. Plans are in the making to purchase a third aircraft for use by the vice president, Bishop David Abioye. The Church also owns Dominion Publishing House, which turns out books and other materials written by Oyedepo. An arm of the Ministry World Mission Agency(WMA) provides welfare and other health and humanitarian services to the needy in the society.

The Sunday tithes collection in the church averages 30 million Naira per week (approximately 300,000 dollars), this amount excludes offerings and other levies, franchises including literatures.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor of Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated aka Christ Embassy Church

Chris Oyakhilome

Christ Embassy headquartered in Lagos has 30,000 members. The church owns a large business empire with invests in banking, publishing, broadcasting, entertainment and the hospitality industries. The major money spinning arms of the ministry includes LoveWorld Cyber Ministry, LoveWorld Television, Love World Christian Network, LoveWorld Multimedia Ministry and LoveWorld Publishing Ministry. Love World the first 24-hour Christian Network from Africa to the rest of the world.

Monthly financial yields of the 2 billion Naira printing press is approximately 10m Naira.

Matthew Ashimolowo

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)
KICC church has 12,000 members and it is one of the richest churches in the UK. The church started in 1992 and it is pastored by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo. Pastor Ashimolowo, who earns an annual salary of £100,000.00, earns more than the Archbishop of Canterbury, the official head of the British church.

KICC’s profit in 18 months was approximately £4.9m profit. It also has assets of £22.9m, more than three times the amount held by the foundation which maintains St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2008 the church received £9.5m in offerings and tithes, dwarfing the £33,000 that the average Church of England congregation gave over the same period.
In 2005, KICC’s charity, The King’s Ministries Trust, was investigated by Charity Commission for financial irregularities and mismanagement. The report alleged that Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo acted as both a trustee and a paid employee of the charity, contrary to existing UK charity law, and was responsible for approving payments and benefits to himself and his wife, Yemisi, totaling more than £384,000. Benefits received included free accommodation for himself and family, including an £80,000 car and purchase of a Florida timeshare property for £13,000 using a charity credit card, and over half a million pounds paid out to Ashimolowo’s private companies, which were operated from church property and had unclear business relationships with the charity. New trustees were appointed.

Ashimolowo earns his salary from preaching as well as royalties from sermons published in books and on DVDs through his own company. Ashimolowo Media Ministries made a profit of close to £60,000 in 2003.

According to the accounts filed with Companies House, KICC finances were boosted also by the sale of its Waterden Road home in Hackney for £10.1m to the London Development Agency which needed the site for the 2012 Olympics. It is planning to spend between £50m and £80m on a five-year project to build a complex at a site in Rainham, Essex, with capacity for 8,000 worshippers, classrooms, a TV studio, bookstore and offices.

Prophet T. B. Joshua Synagogue Church of All Nation

TB Joshua

SCOAN, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has over 15,000 members on Sundays. SCOAN headquartered in Ikotun, Lagos State, has been controversial due to reports of miraculous signs and wonders that occur every week from the very first service held in 1987 to the present day. Numerous videos have been produced which purport to document the healing of incurable sicknesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and paralysis; showing people’s conditions before, during, and after prayer from T. B. Joshua. The Synagogue has over 15,000 members at its weekly Sunday services. The church currently has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. The Prophet draws his crowd with his miracle services.

Another Ministry is the humanitarian arm of SCOAN, with projects catering to the needs of widows, dwarves, the elderly, physically challenged, orphans and the destitute. The church provides scholarships to orphans and children of the less privileged, with educational support promised from primary to tertiary levels. There is also a rehabilitation program for armed robbers and prostitutes. During his 45th birthday on June 12, 2008, T. B. Joshua made a large donation to the less privileged. Joshua has also provided scholarships for numerous physically challenged students and sponsored many physically challenged athletes. He is known to help people, irrespective of faith or denomination. After the devastating Haiti Earthquake on January 12, 2010, the Emmanuel TV Haiti Earthquake Relief Team, the television station of SCOAN & broadcasts, was sent to the disaster area.

by Opeyemi Adesina, Tayo Salami and Chika Morkah for Africanloft

http://www.questionmarkmag.com/2010/06/meet-the-four-richest-nigerian-pastors/

Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by honeric01(m): 9:33pm On May 20, 2011
Behold the richest pastors in Nigeria!

Posted May 11, 2010


10 May, 2010
Modern Ghana
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The common saying, 'As poor as a church rat' is fast losing its proverbial essence, given the assets churches and their leaders parade today. To disprove the saying, Opeyemi Adesina, Tayo Salami

and Chika Morkah, using additional Internet sources, identify four Nigerian pastors who are not only rich but are setting the pace in the art of wealth creation and business management.
They labour in the Lord's vineyard, yet they are stupendously rich. That statement aptly captures the monetary worth of some pastors plying the gospel of Christ in Nigeria today. Not a few people will marvel at the value of the estates and earthly possessions on which they sit and superintend. Although they are many in the wealth circle, four of them clearly stand out, given their carriage, life styles, investments and popularity. Not many will fault the likes of Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, and Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nation as the 'Big Four' among several other affluent ministers of God.

It may pose a surprise that a few others who are head-to-head, or even heads above these four are not included, it is for no other reason than that their churches are more institutional and non-hereditary as churches of these four are likely to be. It's on that ground that Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, in particular, is not included.

Bishop David Oyedepo

Based on the parameters earlier listed, the richest pastor in Nigeria can be said to be the President and Founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David O. Oyedepo. The church has the largest worship centre in the country, a 50,000-seat auditorium located at Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State.

Bishop Oyedepo is reported to own two private jets (Gulfstream 1 & Gulfstream 4), a Rolls Royce phantom among other luxury cars, an expensive university (Covenant University), a massive church auditorium, over 1000 branches locally and internationally. He's also reported to be collecting through his church an average tithe income of 30 million Naira per Sunday (excluding offerings and other levies), franchises including literatures, e.t.c.

Whenever he or Faith, his wife is going out in the town, either separately or together, they usually go out with a convoy of vehicles and blaring of siren to beat the traffic. The couple like riding in posh jeeps with one or two vehicles in front and a similar number of cars following the one occupied by either of them.

Although the Winners' Chapel is one of Africa's fastest-growing Pentecostal churches, Oyedepo is often invited for crusades by other churches. He has a global vision of evangelism and has taken the gospel outside the shores of Nigeria, which have yielded a lot of financial rewards. “Your financial revolution is tied to what you do with your finances on the gospel,” he often tells his congregation.

As part of his outreach programmes, Oyedepo acquired a multi-million naira aircraft in 1996 to facilitate his evangelism programmes to countries outside Nigeria. This earned him the appellation “Jet-Age pastor”. He believes he is sent to a generation and not just a denomination to work signs and wonders. He established the Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, thereby using his wealth for the promotion of tertiary education in Nigeria.

Prophet T. B. Joshua

Temitope Balogun Joshua, born June 12, 1963 and commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian organisation headquartered in Ikotun, Lagos State. A Christian pastor, humanitarian and author, Joshua broadcasts Christian televangelism via SCOAN's Christian television station Emmanuel TV, and on the Internet via the Streaming Faith Broadcast Portal. His sprawling church building on Ikotun/Egbe Road is reported to worth billions of naira.

Joshua is said to have started a church with just a handful of members, naming it 'The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations'—a name he says God divinely revealed to him. Since then, the church has grown far beyond the shores of Nigeria . More than 15,000 members attend the weekly Sunday service, and visitors from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the church facilities.

From the very first service held in 1987 to the present day, the church has been controversial due to reports of miraculous signs and wonders that occur every week.

The church currently has branches in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece. He is also mentoring many evangelists from around the world in the church premises, saying: “The biggest reward God can give to His servant, is to make disciples who will do better than what we are presently doing.”.

'Another Ministry' is the humanitarian arm of SCOAN, with projects catering to the needs of widows, dwarfs, the elderly, physically challenged, orphans and the destitute. The church provides scholarships to orphans and children of the less privileged, with educational support promised from primary to tertiary levels. There is also a rehabilitation programme for armed robbers and prostitutes.

Often, the church financially supports them to secure a practical vocation. During his 45th birthday on June 12, 2008, T. B. Joshua made a large donation to the less privileged. Joshua has also provided scholarships for numerous physically challenged students and sponsored many physically challenged athletes. He is known to help people, irrespective of faith or denomination.

Joshua recently floated a football club 'My People FC' as part of his efforts to help the youth, the young team already making a mark on the Nigerian football scene. Already, three players have been sponsored abroad to play professional football in Sweden.

Two players from My People FC played for Nigeria's Golden Eaglets in the last FIFA U-17 World Cup,were raised at Synagogue. Sani Emmanuel, who was raised in The SCOAN and worked as an altar boy, was Nigeria's top-scorer and the tournament's MVP, winning the Golden Ball and Silver Shoe. Emmanuel and his colleague Ogenyi Onazi have since expressed plans to have a foundation to help other less privileged youths, where 'every proper means will be used to discover the talented'.

At a thanksgiving service in The SCOAN held after the cadet World Cup, Golden Eaglet's goalkeeper, Dami Paul, also testified to receiving healing through Joshua's prayers before the tournament's commencement.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor of Believers' LoveWorld Incorporated otherwise called Christ Embassy Church, is not only winning souls but has built an expansive business empire from which he is making huge amount of money.

His church headquarters is a magnificent glass building. Its blue and gold colours stand it out in the crowd of old buildings on Oregun Road, Ikeja, Lagos. The building which is a few poles away from the old Suzuki Motorcycle assembly plant glitters like the corporate headquarters of a progressive new generation bank.

Chris Oyakhilome, the Edo State-born pastor, runs the branches of the church and his other businesses from there. The church has provided for Oyakhilome a good platform for his other business interests which include banking, publishing, broadcasting, entertainment and the hospitality industries.

A normal Sunday service at the headquarters draws not less than 30,000 worshipers. Most of them come from distant parishes of the church and the attraction is Oyakhilome himself who they all want to see live on the pulpit.

Oyakhilome belongs to the growing clan of pastors who preach prosperity but he is better known for his miracles which are very controversial. Even then, they have remained the source of his popularity and the huge fortunes that he has made.

The church operates like a conglomerate with no fewer than 10 subsidiaries that work with the common goal of oiling the purse of the ministry and its patron.

The major money spinning arms of the ministry includes LoveWorld Cyber Ministry, LoveWorld Television, Love World Christian Network, LoveWorld Multimedia Ministry and LoveWorld Publishing Ministry.

One business enterprise run by the church is the LoveWorld Records Limited located in Ikeja. It was incorporated in 2008 as a private limited liability company to carry on the business of music, entertainment and gospel merchandise. The Christ Embassy recording studio operates a distribution network that facilitates the selling and marketing of records within and outside Nigeria.

His group's investments in the media include Minaj Broadcasting International, MBI; Superscreen television; National Standard, a monthly magazine; National Daily, a weekly newspaper; and a cable television network known as Loveworld Media.

The satellite television is based in South Africa and it is a free-to-air-no subscription channel. It was set up primarily for the purpose of the church evangelism.

Superscreen television station, owned by Oyakhilome, occupies the seventh floor of Lagemo House at Onipanu area of Lagos. The television which began operation in 2007, boasts of state of the art broadcast equipment. .

Majority of staff of the television station are members of Christ Embassy. The television station serves as the media arm of the church, especially because it routinely telecasts church programmes of Christ Embassy.

In pursuit of the church's craze for publicity and in spite of huge investments in the broadcast media, Christ Embassy again set up its sole private television station called Loveworld News Media. The studio is located within the church headquarters and is said to operate a 12-hour daily service airing church programmes.

National Standard hit the news-stands in July 2004 as a monthly glossy magazine. Its first office was at Plot 2, Ajumobi Street, off ACME Road, Agidingbi, before relocating to 25 Ogunlowo Street, off Adeniyi Jones, where it is at the moment. Today, the publication has gone weekly. Its sister publication, National Daily, which is a weekly tabloid, is located on Emina Crescent, off Toyin Street, Ikeja. Paradigm Communications Limited oversees the publication of the papers for Oyakilome's business empire. The church's investments in these media enterprises alone is put at more than N5 billion.

Global Plus printing press is another investment of the pastor. The hi-tech ultra modern press is located along Ikosi Road, Oregun, Ikeja. Monthly financial yields of the printing press which is worth more than two billion Naira is about N10 million.

Christ Embassy also owns CFI Pictures, a company that produces Christian movies. Located within the headquarters premises is a digital media store that markets electronic books and a gift card shop. The two are also money spinning channels for the church.

The church also has investments in the event and entertainment sector. In 2008, it bought over a warehouse belonging to a shoe making factory along Oregun Road which was converted to an event centre called K and G Event Centre. The event and recreational centre which is located at 8a, Oregun Road, has relaxation spots and other entertainment conveniences for customers.

The church also has an eatery called Dicksons. The fast food joint is rapidly expanding its outlets. It is being developed to compete favourably with Mr Biggs and similar outfits in the country.

Oyakhilome has also spread his business tentacles to the financial sector. The church owns two microfinance banks one of which is Moneycom Microfinance Bank.

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo

Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) has carved a niche for himself in the British Christian community. His church, which attracts 8,000 congregation, is considered one of the richest in Britain. According to Robert Booth of The Guardian (London) reports, Pastor Ashimolowo, with a £100,000 yearly pay, earns more than the Archbishop of Canterbury, the official head of the British church.

KICC is reported as one of the richest religious institutions in both Britain and Nigeria.

The Kingsway International Christian Centre, in Walthamstow, has filed company accounts which reveal it made a £4.9m profit over a period of 18 months. It also has assets of £22.9m, more than three times the amount held by the foundation which maintains St Paul's Cathedral.

His church's wealth, according to reports, stems largely from the donations it encourages from its 8,000-strong largely African and Caribbean congregation. They gave £9.5m in tithes and offerings in the 18 months to April 2008, dwarfing the £33,000 that the average Church of England congregation gave over the same period.

Rather than a more traditional plate collection, forms are handed out to worshippers so they can make bank transfers at some services.

KICC's wealth is the clearest sign yet of the gathering popularity of evangelical Pentecostalism which is the only growing branch of Christianity in the UK with an estimated 300,000 weekly worshippers.

The church's increasing wealth represents a transformation in its fortunes after the discovery in 2005 by Charity Commission investigators of financial irregularities. Ashimolowo was ordered to repay £200,000 after it emerged he used church assets to buy a £13,000 Florida timeshare and £120,000 on his birthday celebrations, including £80,000 on a car. New trustees were appointed and Ashimolowo was removed from his role as chief executive.

“The last 18 months have been a period of incredible journey in the life of KICC,” said Ashimolowo in a preface to the accounts. “It has been very exciting to see God move the ministry from one level to another as we witness the increased manifestation of His glory.”

Ashimolowo is understood to earn his salary from preaching as well as royalties from sermons published in books and on DVDs through his own company. Ashimolowo Media Ministries made a profit of close to £60,000 in 2003.

Four KICC directors earn between £60,000 and £80,000 each. By contrast, a typical Church of England vicar earns around £21,500 and even the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has responsibility for an active congregation of close to a million people, only earns £68,740 a year.

“This is a very well-financed business,” said a tax accountant who examined the accounts for the Guardian. “It holds more than £16m in short term investments. I am the honorary auditor of my local church and they have just £20,000 on deposit.”

“The teaching of the church is very much about self-development,” said James McGlashan, a former oil executive who is now KICC's chief operating officer. “If that is preaching wealth then we are preaching wealth. Becoming financially independent, owning a house, getting a degree and a better job is good.”

According to the accounts filed with Companies House, KICC finances were boosted by the sale for £10.1m of its Waterden Road home in Hackney to the London Development Agency which needed the site for the 2012 Olympics. It is planning to spend between £50m and £80m on a five-year project to build a complex at a site in Rainham, Essex, with capacity for 8,000 worshippers, classrooms, a TV studio, bookstore and offices.

As in Britain, Ashimolowo is fast spreading his church in Nigeria, spending millions of naira to plant branches of his church in every part of the country. His expansive church auditorium in Mende area of Maryland, Lagos speaks volume of his financial muscles.

http://www.christianaggression.org/item_display.php?type=ARTICLES&id=1273608292
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Phate07(m): 11:27pm On May 20, 2011

shocked shocked When will Black Africa be released from the clutches of pseudo-religion?

Imagine these self-professed 'men of God' growing fat and oozing wealth on the sweat and labours of their congregation. Why do the congregation put up with such modern day slavery?

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Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Joagbaje(m): 5:00am On May 21, 2011
How many bed can a pastor sleep? = 1 bed
How many plate of food can he eat =. 1 plate

If a pastor makes money, he still puts it back into tge work of God. So what is the problem? If a pastor does business or a church ,why is it anybody's headache. Wasn't apostle paul doing business?.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Azibalua(f): 7:50am On May 21, 2011
Phate07:


shocked shocked When will Black Africa be released from the clutches of pseudo-religion?
Imagine these self-professed 'men of God' growing fat and oozing wealth on the sweat and labours of their congregation. Why do the congregation put up with such modern day slavery?


I do not think the congregation is complaining . Why not find out the reason why they are not complaining.
The truth remains that what you don't know you can only assume, and working under an assumption is living a lie
So
Wake up
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by wetu: 9:41am On May 21, 2011
Joagbaje:

How many bed can a pastor sleep? = 1 bed
How many plate of food can he eat =. 1 plate

If a pastor makes money, he still puts it back into tge work of God. So what is the problem? If a pastor does business or a church ,why is it anybody's headache. Wasn't apostle paul doing business?.

Doing Business with the gospel? making merchandise of the flock? NO!:

2Co 11:7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.


He was working with his own hands, not peddling the gospel:

Act 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
Act 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by 10cirenoh: 9:51am On May 21, 2011
I still RESPECT T.B Joshua from these list because at least he's "giving" back to people who truly needs help, i am yet to see any other pastor (rich) doing half of what T.B Joshua is doing.

Call him a fraud or an "evil" pastor, but then he's still more useful of most of the rest. he's like a robben hood of Christianity lol
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by GODSON2009(m): 9:45pm On May 21, 2011
Azibalua:


I do not think the congregation is complaining . Why not find out the reason why they are not complaining.
The truth remains that what you don't know you can only assume, and working under an assumption is living a lie
So
Wake up
i am a pentecostal christian and a member of redeemed the reason why the congregation dont complain is because of the bible verse "touch not my annointed and do my prophets no harm" 1st chronicles 16;22
believing that by pointing out or highlighting these pertinent and disturbing events is like sinning against the holy ghost.
many MOG also feed this line to their followere and i use to be like that untill i went back to read my bible and understand it.
there is no assumption because these are facts which are clear,and the pastors are not even making any effort to hide it.
answer one question,if i walk the lenght and breath of canaanland on a sunday will i or will i not find at least 10 members who are in need of financial help or to eat three square meals?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Azibalua(f): 11:02pm On May 21, 2011
many MOG also feed this line to their followere and i use to be like that untill i went back to read my bible and understand it.
there is no assumption because these are facts which are clear,and the pastors are not even making any effort to hide it.
answer one question,if i walk the lenght and breath of canaanland on a sunday will i or will i not find at least 10 members who are in need of financial help or to eat three square meals?


1. What exactly did you understand from your bible?
2. Why not leave them to god since he is their boss,or do you think he is not capable of handling them.
3. What makes you feel that those in need that you will meet are not already being helped in one way or the other?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Nobody: 12:07am On May 22, 2011
Joagbaje:

How many bed can a pastor sleep? = 1 bed
How many plate of food can he eat =. 1 plate

If a pastor makes money, he still puts it back into tge work of God. So what is the problem? If a pastor does business or a church ,why is it anybody's headache. Wasn't apostle paul doing business?.


I am now convinced that you are a false prophet/ false teacher enabler
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by GODSON2009(m): 12:19am On May 22, 2011
Azibalua:

1. What exactly did you understand from your bible?
the fact that the bible verse touch not my annointed was not reffering to MEN OF GOD but to abraham and his descendants secondly we are all annointed men and women of GOD.i also learnt in the new testament that apostle paul said that if a leader in the church does something wrong,anybody can take him/her up on it by getting 2/3 witnesses and go before the elders to report
Azibalua:

2. Why not leave them to god since he is their boss,or do you think he is not capable of handling them.
no thats not the way it works,the bible said that "MY PEOPLE" not men of GOD,not the wicked perish for lack of knowledge,he also said that once we know the truth we christians then it will set us free this translates that you have been given the mandate by GOD to challenge was it not right.if you are in doubt jesus christ said we are joint heirs and his brothers/sisters,a little below the angels and we will be above them once we transcend to heaven.
Azibalua:

3. What makes you feel that those in need that you will meet are not already being helped in one way or the other?
is that what you call meeting the needs of their congregation??i dnt know where you reside now but anywhere you are pls go and look for a white man who is born again and the way their own pentecostal pastors are and i bet you it will be an eye opener for you.
i started to have a different mindset towards our nigerian MOGs the day i encountered a born again white pastor in scotland,the man gathers fairly used clothes and shoes for charity to africa yet he was wearing a battered shoe,i asked him why he doesnt change his shoes with one of the thousands of shoes and his threadbare jacket you know what he said?
he said every single shoe and cloth there is meant for charity and he will walk bare foot if his battered shoe gives up on him rather than touch the worst of the shoes.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Azibalua(f): 11:04am On May 22, 2011
1. You seriously need to go to a bible teaching church.
We are all anointed oh yes. But there are offices that are anointed

Ephesians 4:11-12
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For theperfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 
Also Abraham was a prophet

Genesis 20:7-9
7 So now restore to the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her[ to him], know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours. 8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning
and called all his servants and told them all these things; and the men were exceedingly filled with reverence and fear. 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, What have you done to us? And how have I offended you that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me what ought not to be done[ to anyone]. 


2.Then who do you think the elders refer to.

3.That is one in a million pastors,don't judge others by your one experience.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by EarsWide(m): 11:16am On May 22, 2011
@Azibalua

Pls stop this 'anointed crap' - so pastors, their wives and children are all anointed abi ? Nonsense!
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Azibalua(f): 11:20am On May 22, 2011
EarsWide:

@Azibalua

Pls stop this 'anointed crap' - so pastors, their wives and children are all anointed abi ? Nonsense!

Do you have a problem with English ?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Nobody: 11:28am On May 22, 2011
^^

All believers are anointed.

Most of the offices mentioned in the verses quoted were positions of servant-hood to the body of Christ , and not to lord it over the sheep.

I am really fed-up with the way Pentecostals like to differentiate themselves from Catholics when they are the same in many ways.

For instance in the catholic church the priest interprets the bible for the members ( bench warmers ) in the pews. Same thing in Pentecostal churches where the Pastor reads the bible and interprets it for the congregation , who just FOLLOW FOLLOW without asking for the Holy Ghost to lead them into associated deep truths.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Nobody: 11:31am On May 22, 2011
The title should really be ' the richest religious Wolves in Nigeria '
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by honeric01(m): 11:53am On May 22, 2011
God dey watch
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Nobody: 12:31pm On May 22, 2011
GODSON2009:

the fact that the bible verse touch not my annointed was not reffering to MEN OF GOD but to abraham and his descendants secondly we are all annointed men and women of GOD.i also learnt in the new testament that apostle paul said that if a leader in the church does something wrong,anybody can take him/her up on it by getting 2/3 witnesses and go before the elders to reportno thats not the way it works,the bible said that "MY PEOPLE" not men of GOD,not the wicked perish for lack of knowledge,he also said that once we know the truth we christians then it will set us free this translates that you have been given the mandate by GOD to challenge was it not right.if you are in doubt jesus christ said we are joint heirs and his brothers/sisters,a little below the angels and we will be above them once we transcend to heaven.is that what you call meeting the needs of their congregation??i dnt know where you reside now but anywhere you are pls go and look for a white man who is born again and the way their own pentecostal pastors are and i bet you it will be an eye opener for you.
i started to have a different mindset towards our nigerian MOGs the day i encountered a born again white pastor in scotland,the man gathers fairly used clothes and shoes for charity to africa yet he was wearing a battered shoe,i asked him why he doesnt change his shoes with one of the thousands of shoes and his threadbare jacket you know what he said?
he said every single shoe and cloth there is meant for charity and he will walk bare foot if his battered shoe gives up on him rather than touch the worst of the shoes.

Biko, make una give this guy one round of applause



Our pastors today would rather preach TITHES that bring blessing to them, than preach about LOVE that brings blessings to others. And the people keep falling,
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by GODSON2009(m): 5:03pm On May 22, 2011
Azibalua:

1. You seriously need to go to a bible teaching church.
We are all anointed oh yes. But there are offices that are anointed
dont worry about me,i dont allow any pastor to lecture me on the bible,i always go back and read and confirm every single assertion i will advice you to do the same
Azibalua:

Ephesians 4:11-12
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For theperfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

well i dont know about you but i am an annointed evangelist,because what we are both doing now is evangelism or dont you preach and share tracts etc?or what is the meaning of evangelist?
you are teaching me using a number of bible verses that makes you an annointed teacher of the word
the practise of giving ceritificates,etc did not start in the bible ,it started with modern day MOGs,did apostle paul and the rest go to a training school,did timothy go to a training school?
once a man of GOD laid hands on them,the holy spirit came upon them and they took the relevant title which matched their function in the body of christ.so dont let anyone or any church prevent you from taking your possesions.what the lord said in the new testament is that we should prophecy in propotion to our faith.the lord can however allow me more anointing that you or why did you think jesus christ did not call us his slaves?
he said he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters and we will jointly inherit the kingdom
Azibalua:


Also Abraham was a prophet

Genesis 20:7-9
7 So now restore to the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her[ to him], know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours. 8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning
and called all his servants and told them all these things; and the men were exceedingly filled with reverence and fear. 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, What have you done to us? And how have I offended you that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me what ought not to be done[ to anyone].


2.Then who do you think the elders refer to.

3.That is one in a million pastors,don't judge others by your one experience.
you are totally right abraham was a prophet but so are several otherpeople as well the lord did not say you must be a prophet to be annointed,you can be any of the highlighted above as long as a true servant of GOD has laid hands on you or are you comparing abraham to our modern day MOG?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by GODSON2009(m): 5:07pm On May 22, 2011
musKeeto:

Biko, make una give this guy one round of applause



Our pastors today would rather preach TITHES that bring blessing to them, than preach about LOVE that brings blessings to others. And the people keep falling,
thanks brother many of us do not read our bibles but believe everything we are told in church hook line and sinker
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Nobody: 5:12pm On May 22, 2011
Why all these noise? B4 pastors were as poor as a church rat, you people complained and make mockry of them. Now they are stinkinly rich, yet you people are complaining! What do u people realy want?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by donnie(m): 6:42pm On May 22, 2011
honeric01:

Christ Embassy headquartered in Lagos has 30,000 members.
grin which branch? Ikot Ekpene or Nnewi?

You and your jobless source should take a job with lasma if you cant find any thing sensible to do.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by honeric01(m): 6:51pm On May 22, 2011
donnie:

grin which branch? Ikot Ekpene or Nnewi?

You and your jobless source should take a job with lasma if you cant find any thing sensible to do.

Attack the message and not the messenger, so because i posted something that has to do with your lord, you're here barking? don't worry he won't take you to heaven, you make heaven on your OWN
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by dare2think: 7:41pm On May 22, 2011
cogitoErgo:

Why all these noise? B4 pastors were as poor as a church rat, you people complained and make mockry of them. Now they are stinkinly rich, yet you people are complaining! What do u people realy want?

Pls give us an example of a poor pastor that has been mocked for being poor


As for the "rich" pastors, pls indulge us, what is the source of their wealth?? And how do this wealth affect the lives of the average members of the church??
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by pgreatcd: 4:29pm On May 23, 2011
For sure I do not see the faces of all them that have commented on this subject as it concerns Pastors being rich or poor. Moreover, your words are coming from your heart; remember - your word is your seed and also your fruit.
Those of you that are critics and want to tell how more enlightened, understanding and decerning you are than the hundreds of millions in the Churches, have you tried to find out what a great differnce and turnaround these Pastors' ministries have made in the lives of their flocks?
As a matter of fact, many of you critics always judge, evaluate and count the congregations from the sides of the ones who are not yet lifted. why not from the ones that lifted from grass to grace?
Just get closer and you will see how the Pastors are touching lives financially.
Finally, I want you to know that my comments are not in any way denying the fact that some are their for their belly and selfish intents, while many of them are their fulfilling purpose. Why should Pastors' affairs grieve you as though you were the one that called them?
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by dare2think: 4:48pm On May 23, 2011
pgreatcd:

For sure I do not see the faces of all them that have commented on this subject as it concerns Pastors being rich or poor. Moreover, your words are coming from your heart; remember - your word is your seed and also your fruit.
Those of you that are critics and want to tell how more enlightened, understanding and decerning you are than the hundreds of millions in the Churches, have you tried to find out what a great differnce and turnaround these Pastors' ministries have made in the lives of their flocks?
As a matter of fact, many of you critics always judge, evaluate and count the congregations from the sides of the ones who are not yet lifted. why not from the ones that lifted from grass to grace?
Just get closer and you will see how the Pastors are touching lives financially.
Finally, I want you to know that my comments are not in any way denying the fact that some are their for their belly and selfish intents, while many of them are their fulfilling purpose. Why should Pastors' affairs grieve you as though you were the one that called them?

Who called them??
Did God tell you that he called them?

They are Human just like you and I , and should be subject to criticism just like any other person. They were born the same way like everyother person, and will die like everyother person,

Too much power corrupts, so criticsm is only inevitable.
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by Joagbaje(m): 5:09pm On May 23, 2011
pgreatcd:

As a matter of fact, many of you critics always judge, evaluate and count the congregations from the sides of the ones who are not yet lifted. why not from the ones that lifted from grass to grace?
Just get closer and you will see how the Pastors are touching lives financially.
Finally, I want you to know that my comments are not in any way denying the fact that some are their for their belly and selfish intents, while many of them are their fulfilling purpose. Why should Pastors' affairs grieve you as though you were the one that called them?

This is the truth. cool there is a satanic reason for all these attacks. It's the sheep Satan is after.

Matt 13:27
. . . smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. . .
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by mazaje(m): 5:26pm On May 23, 2011
Joagbaje:

This is the truth. cool there is a satanic reason for all these attacks. It's the sheep Satan is after.

Matt 13:27
. . . smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. . .


Do you really believe in the words of Jesus? I thought Jesus said that it is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. . . . .Jesus repeatedly told his disciples to sell all they had give to the poor and follow him? Where in the Bible does Jesus tell his follower that they will be super rich?. . . . .
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by dare2think: 5:34pm On May 23, 2011
@ JOAGBAJE

trust you to jump to their defense, Pastor Odulele seem to be in dire need of a friend,Pls reach out to him.

By the way, <whispers> Make sure you watch your back,  he seems to like men. Oh, and little boys too.

So, answer the above questions,

What did Jesus say about the rich man and the camel?

Am waiting for you to come back to quote the bible and give us your own interpretations,
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by GODSON2009(m): 6:01pm On May 23, 2011
Joagbaje:

This is the truth. cool there is a satanic reason for all these attacks. It's the sheep Satan is after.

Matt 13:27
. . . smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. . .

i beg to differ maybe you should go through acts of the apostle all through to timothy and you will see how the apostles were running the ministries in their charge.
do you recall apostle paul telling the corinthians(not sure)that even though it was his right to ask them to give him money,but he will rather work hard to fend for himself?
apostle paul further said in the new testament that the funds in the church coffers should be used for the less priviledged not for the comfort of the pastor,he went further to outline the people in the church who were to be taken care of which includes
widows both old and young the poor and infirm etc
satan is not the one using 4 private jets,it is the pastor and his deputy while majority of the congregation are suffering
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by pgreatcd: 10:27am On May 24, 2011
mazaje:

Do you really believe in the words of Jesus? I thought Jesus said that it is easier for the camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. . . . .Jesus repeatedly told his disciples to sell all they had give to the poor and follow him? Where in the Bible does Jesus tell his follower that they will be super rich?. . . . .


The problem here is that someone is not seeing all the words of Jesus and just quoting a fraction. Well, when Jesus talked about the rich and the eye of a needle he of course knew that some people someday were going to halfquote and misunderstand him, so he clarified ,

Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

Jesus categorically said 'them that trust in riches' I am very sure that you would act on the words of Jesus if by any means you get to know more, and when that time comes you will read further to see and understand the Master's stance. Look at this,

Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.


When pastors were acting on the words of Jesus making sacrifices and giving up everything, you did not complain rather you called them 'poor Ps'. I'm sorry, there's nothing you can do about it because Jesus meant it as he made the promises of hundredfold harvest 'now in this time', 'super rich'. Remember we are talking about the words of Jesus who knew that men like you were going to criticise and antagonise so he also foretold that the hundredfold return will come with persecution just as you are raining it upon the pastors, are the pastors the only ones rich in Church?. Your reactions, resentment, criticisms and antagonisms are just the fulfilment of prophecies smiley 'with persecution' God bless you cool
Re: Behold The Richest Pastors In Nigeria! by oderemo(m): 10:58am On May 24, 2011
Who called them??
Did God tell you that he called them?
@DARE to think, that q i ask ppl all the tym, still waiting 4 ans.
especially when a man of GOD will say things like GOD TOLD ME, where did he tell, when , how,?
this are things that they say to move the fickle minds., sorry.

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