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Chris Oyakhilome sacks pastor for raising prayer points against divorce, sets new rules


The most trending news in Nigeria at present,

apart from Ebola and terrorist attacks, is that of

the impending divorce of charismatic Pastor

Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers’ LoveWorld,

also known as Christ Embassy.

New reports claim Chris Oyakhilome has sacked

one of his top pastors, Reverend Grace for

allegedly setting up a prayer session concerning

the messy divorce.

She was allegedly sacked by Pastor Chris for

raising a prayer team to pray for the restoration

of peace in the church’s first family when Rev

Anita, who headed the London church, stopped

attending services.

One of the ministers, who spoke to SUN said

“We suspected this issue is going to go public

some day since the day Pastor Chris sacked Rev

Grace for meddling in his family affairs by

openly calling for prayers among some

members in London when Rev Anita stopped

coming to the church she was shepherding

while all efforts to get her failed.“Some of us

believe our colleague in London did the right thing

by seeking spiritual help for the family,but I think

Pastor Chris misread her intention and

had to travelto London”.

Apart from the sack of the London pastor,

another issue connected to the divorce, which

has also been generating tension in the church,

is the cry of female ministers who are accusing

Pastor Chris of introducing “controversial rules

that are now threatening the foundation of

many marriages in the church”.

A female church member of one of the Christ

Embassy branches in Abuja told the newspaper

that “the revolt of Rev Anita will be a child’s play

to the one that people will soon see when we

open up on how a secret policy introduced

sometime early this year has been tearing many

families and homes apart in our parishes across

the country.

“This is a strange directive that husbands and

their wives must not worship or attend the

same parish.“Now, if a couple is a member of a

parish, one of them has to be posted to

another parish and this is fueling adultery in the

church in no small measure.

Some of us who are female ministers that have

been separated from our husbands, we are

already talking. Some have started revolting

against the order in their parishes, while some

have refused to obey such transfer orders”.

Another top female official of the church in one

of the parishes located in Ikeja said: “The policy

is real but it is creating tension in the church


The female minister, whose husband has been

transferred out of the parish they have been

attending together for years to give effect to the

policy further, stated: “It’s a heartbreaking

development because now we know that that

directive was introduced to justify why Pastor

Chris has to be in Lagos and his wife in London

but beyond that, it is encouraging immorality

while the church believes that we have an

unusual grace that covers our human failings,

including adultery”.

Coming down to her personal experience, the

female minister disclosed that soon after her

husband was transferred to a parish far away

from their initial one, “one of the male ministers

where I am to stay back started winking at me.

“The first Sunday I felt he did that unknowingly

or without any ulterior motive but the following

Sunday he came to shake hands with me

after service and what he did was to use one of his fingers

to scratch my palm during the handshake.

“I was miffed but I couldn’t do anything

because he will deny and I will look stupid but

since then he got my message because I

stopped greeting him”.



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