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
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
“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,
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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