Etcetera Writes Open Letter to Christ Embassy Head Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

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Etcetera writes open letter to Christ Embassy head pastor Chris Oyakhilome. Read below

Greetings in the name of the lord. I hope this letter finds you in the best of spirit and health. I write to you, in the same form that Paul wrote to the Ephesians expressing his advice and counsel to the followers of Jesus Christ. If I had 1,000 tongues, I could not thank God enough for your role in winning souls for the kingdom. I bless God for revealing through you the divine plans of Jesus Christ for us. Through you, a lot of people have experienced Jesus in person.

I write to you as a Christian who is saddened by the series of troubling news emanating from your church, Christ Embassy. I am worried that the seeds you have planted in us through your teachings may no longer germinate as a result of the numerous scandals coming out of the church. The roots of your messages, spiritual guidance and leadership that once brought deeper understanding of the workings of God needs a little more reassuring with the church toeing this ungodly path of collecting a thousand naira gate-fee from believers coming to hear you teach God’s word every New Year’s Eve. Your church has opened a new chapter in what we all know today in Nigeria as church business. Over the years, this must have turned out to be a very profitable innovation. I have to admit that the economic implications of this ingenuity are mouth-watering. If some of the Christian outreaches on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway adopt this modus-operandi, they can make hundreds of millions of naira in just one night of devotion to God. This is surely the smartest innovation so far in the history of church business in Nigeria. Are we allowed to peddle the Word of God for profit? No pastor. We are not. The scriptures forbid charging for ministry (worship, preaching and teaching of God’s Word, evangelism, fellowship of the church, psalms/hymns or spiritual songs, discipleship) in any circumstance or situation. It is stated clearly in black and white.
Matthew 10:8-9, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts.”
2 Corinthians 2:15-17, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To one, a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ.”
It is true that God’s people through faithful giving are to supply the financial support for the ministry. But issuing a mandate for people to pay to have access to God’s word is ungodly. A genuine ministry for the Lord cannot have an advanced price tag to pay before the ministry is given. Why? Because then it is no longer ministry, but commerce, employ, trade or entertainment. You are in the ministry of rendering services to God; and with Christ as example, you are to give all that you are for all that He is. It is even wrong to charge honorariums and tickets to religious concerts. The Lord deeply warned us through his Word that there is no justification for every charging for the work of the gospel. Think of what you are doing: charging people to pay a ticket to come to a church or civic venue to hear that which is eternal, is wrong. After all you take offerings from the same congregation.
Matthew 21:12 “Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. 21:13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers!”
The greatest proof-text your followers will misuse out of the Bible to try to “justify” charging for the ministry of the Lord is this familiar phrase: “the workman is worthy of his hire.” Yes, I fully agree with that phrase for it is God’s Word; but they are wrongly applied when trying to condone treating ministry like a business, trade, or entertainment. It doesn’t mean we have the right to charge for “hire.” More appropriately, it means those “who proclaim the gospel should receive their living by the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14b) and do so in a manner commensurate with the gospel. Aren’t you glad that the Lord didn’t charge you to hear about the good news of the gospel unto salvation? Aren’t you glad that the Holy Spirit doesn’t charge any of us for the spiritual gifts He gives to the church? Money, beloved, should not be a prerequisite for ministry.
My Christian brothers and sisters, let us continue to pray for our pastors, gospel artists, authors, speakers, and evangelical leaders who are still trapped by the allure of a market-driven ministry; parroting worldly techniques rather than emulating the humility and servant-hood of Christ. This principle should even affect Christian retail bookstore outlets and how they “sell” their items; but that debate is for another time. Amen.

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  1. I strong agree with Etcetera its even dangerous for other pastors who started their ministry on a humble and Godly non profitable lane yet sooner or later after waching also how other big pastors who are runing the God’s mission on a profitable lane they also change the lane to the profitable lane because they think that’s how God wants the gospel to be ministered unto the lost souls by coping the Big pastors and prophets who are like celebrities who have lost their sense of humanity and are carried away by money and fame and it is dangerous as well to those Big pastors who are supposed to be teachers of gospel of life to fellow pastors and members because they don’t dnt know that their dubious way of ministering has turned into a fast growing variety of weeds which looks like gospel in God’s Vineyard yet its its not.They are teaching gospel but in a way Jesus did not do, remember he came from heaven from God our father who’s is his father who created everything and owns everything both in Heaven and on Earth but he came to the world to teach gospel by being born and raised in a poor family and which he knew is not gonna corrupt the message he came for the poor, the missery,forgotted, the sinners, the trodden, the prisoners, the young and the old including the dead who died before the gospel that’s y he also visited them in the grave.he strongly said that it is very difficult for the rich to inherit the kingdom of God….. And he also told the Tax collector to go and give back to the people the wealth he collected from them in older to follow Jesus. He also told one Deciple who was a fisherman that if you want to follow me leave your fish business and and help me to fish lost souls into the Kingdom of God. Am not saying money is evil but too much wealth is the root of evil because it comes as a result of not being contented with reasonable amount of wealth but greed instead. I don’t know whether it is wrong or not God Know I am not Judging He is gona Judge at the end of the labour he assigned us with- Let the weeds and the plant groow together for the farmer will separate the two and will burn the weeds and keep the plants as his harvest.

  2. What if the venue for the meeting is to be paid for like you find in The O2 SE London with a seating capacity of above 20,000 and Prices start at £55 + VAT per person? Please, How is the church supposed to handle that?

    • help me ask the dumb ass abeg…. since he knows too much… Moreover the scripture he is even quoting is out of point….. I greet u sir

  3. Mr Etcetera, stop using your head to judge the things of the Spirit, they are too high for you. If really Pastor has blessed your life, then you wouldnt even write the nonsense you have up there…. bcos you would know how to talk to God before sending something stupid into the air

    • What he is saying is the gospel truth. Your fake pastor can amass millions in Thites but he still wants people to pay to hear his false teaching. Did not the bible ask the question “why do you spend money for where there is no bread?” His life story speaks for itself. He is far from being a man of God.

  4. Okay, I thought this was a one-time thing that happened a few years ago. You mean it’s still going on right now? From the pictures of the ticket/receipt, I felt the church itself may have not had anything to do with it, that maybe the ushers connived to do this among themselves. But if it’s still going on now, then maybe, just MAYBE the church itself is a part of this.

  5. Do you think you can outsmart the strokes that your mouth is calling for by putting up an Anonymous identity,your mouth shall ensnare you even more by towing this line,so when next you hear a folly referred to a man of God, you’ll be dead careful to approach the matter. Be warned…

  6. I am suprise at the ignorance of some of our So called Christian in the faith, why Will You imagine Dat collecting or giving money or however You want to put it Is an offence? How do You now run the ministry? As far as am concern You are exhibiting poverty mentality, if you dont have to give pls dont discourage those who love giving with your blind way of reasoning, stop using your Natural sensés to interprete the word of god, and if You dont have anything useful to do pls i Will advise go look for what to do to occupy You, stop accessing men of god, You did not call them to the ministry and You were not There when god call them. Stop misleading faithfuls .

  7. According to you then, those who cannot afford 1000.00 Naira are not worthy of the message? Why do you call what is bad good and what is good bad. This fake man of God has nothing to offer anyone spiritually. Can you tell me how he has enrich your spiritual life. He is just a 419 using the bible.

  8. well…….I wouldn’t call him fake but the step his ministry is taking is entirely wrong. Jesus came for the sick not the healthy,was born poor not rich n that’s to signify that even the financially poor on earth have a place in heaven. No man………not even you have right to deny people the gospel whether or not they have money on them. The word of our Father isn’t for sale that’s why being in the ministry is a sacrifice……. you have to deep your hands into your pocket and make a real sacrifice…..something that’s capable of making you think twice and if from all indications you need backup..,….all you have to do is let the church know the situation at hand. God has really not only blessed your ministry with great financial pillars but has made helped you maintain your position as head over them,made them love and be loyal to you and equally greased your account. I must confess that am heavily disappointed reading such an article bout the church.

  9. Hmm… So much ignorance among many Christians. My advice to all those who are criticizing the man of God and Christ Embassy is this, when you hear the man of God making certain statements or doing certain things, just shut up your mouth for your own good. And pray to God for understanding, because so many things the man of God has said and done will definitely take some 10 years, some 20 years to understand and some wouldn’t even understand till CHRIST comes, because their hearts is blocked. The extent of the impact you make as a christian is determined by your revelation of the Word. The level of the revelation that the man of God Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Dsc, DD is operating with is too high for millions around the world. The best thing you could ever do for yourself is to join the ministry – Christ Embassy and submit yourself to authority, so you could receive the spirit of understanding that’s in the ministry. Then satan won’t have the opportunity to speak junks through you. Be wise.

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