Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Believers Love World Church became a global sensation following his many preachings on healing and prosperity across nations of the world. One thing that gave the pastor so much prominence in Nigeria is his unorthodox explanation of the scriptures and his constant call on the need for Christians to see themselves as rich and well, not only in Christ but in the world generally. His doctrines have made him very famous and he is considered one of the many wealthy pastors in Africa, with an estimated $30 -50 Million dollar fortune according to Forbes in 2011.
Back by his unshakeable congregation, Pastor Chris has been dabbling in some unorthodox methods of teaching and interpreting the bible since his divorce in 2016, most prominently around Covid-19 and 5G technology.
Please Who is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome subbing this early morning?
— Mazi Chuks 30Billion OT (@oti_pr) August 1, 2020
In a recent video making rounds on the internet, the pastor rails against the government directive to restrict the time spent in the church to one hour – a rant that got his congregation worked up. It isn’t immediately apparently where and when the video was made, but social media has picked up the ongoing date on Oyakhilome’s stance on the coronavirus, 4G, Black Lives Matter, and church regulations.
Before now, Pastor Chris had shared a very convincing analysis of the situation, successfully championing the idea in Nigeria that the Coronavirus was solely caused by 5G and is leading up to a greater evil for humanity. A greater evil that will usher in the Antichrist and the end of time.
In March, following the lockdown of Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, and the restrictions placed on social gatherings, Pastor Oyakhilome also slammed the federal government alleging the lock down was a ruse to install ‘dangerous’ 5G towers in these locations. While the pastor is not the only one who holds very controversial views on the correlation between Covid-19 and 5G, there are a number of people who believe and share similar opinions.
The pastor is again, trending following the virality of the video where he was questioning the rights of the government on the regulation of church gatherings, and Nigerians had a lot to say about it.
“Your time is short! You cannot tell God’s people how long they can spend in Church”… Who is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome subbing here?
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) August 1, 2020
It’s interesting when people quote Romans that we should Respect Government authorities. You have all forgotten that it was Paul the Apostle who said all this.
Should we also follow him when he said Women should keep quiet in the congregation.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
— Tayo Israel (@Seuntemitayo4) August 1, 2020
Good Morning Pastor Chris Oyakhilome & Congregation. pic.twitter.com/5aOqaI0bCe
— Unekwuojo (@iamMista_jay) August 1, 2020
Par the course for matters that involve religious leaders, opinions are divided on whether geuninely believes his warnings or if it is (perhaps in part) as a way to keep himself in the conversation.
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