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10 interesting facts about RCCG G.O., Pastor Adeboye

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is celebrating his 82nd birthday on Saturday.

Speaking about his birthday on social media, Daddy G.O. as fondly called by RCCG members wrote, “Grateful for 82 years of divine love, mercy, and grace; Thank you, Jesus. I pray that everyone reading this experiences tangible testimonies in every area of their lives in the name of Jesus.”

RCCG members and other Christians from interdenominational ministries have continued to pour birthday wishes and prayers on the revered octogenarian.

Also, President Bola Tinubu, while congratulated Pastor Adeboye, in a statement by the presidential media, Ajuri Ngelale on Friday, for his “remarkable life of impact that transcends cultures and borders.”

Pastor Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942 and he married Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, the Mother-in-Israel of the church, in 1967 in Ifewara, Osun State.

As the world continually celebrates the clergyman, Vanguard in this article reveals some facts about Pastor Adeboye beyond the altar.

Below are 10 interesting things about Pastor Adeboye:

1. Two universities for first degree
Pastor Adeboye gained admission to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State, but left because of the Civil War, and to continue his first degree programme at the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Osun State, where he bagged Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1967.

2. Mathematics don
He bagged his Master’s degree and Doctorate in Hydrodynamics and Applied Mathematics from University of Lagos in 1969 and 1975 respectively. He later became a Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

3. Founder’s interpreter, church leader
Pastor Adeboye joined RCCG in 1973 and became the interpreter of the Founder, Rev Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, and eight years after in 1981, he emerged as the General Overseer of the church having received the blessing of Pa Akindayomi.

4. PFN co-founder, ex-president
The 82-year-old clergyman is one of the founding fathers of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and became the PFN President from 1992 to 1995.

5. Christian author
The revered cleric has written a number of inspiration and motivational Christian books since he became the leader of the Church. Among his popular books are Lessons from the Sower, Christian Moderator, Divine Favour, God of Wonders, Kingdom Prosperity, Fruits of the Spirit and Open Heavens (a daily devotional).

6. National honour
He was conferred with the national honour of The Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2008 during the administration of the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua.

7. One of world’s 50 most powerful men
In 2008, the American publication, Newsweek magazine listed Pastor Adeboye as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.

8. Honorary doctorates from top varsities
Pastor Adeboye bagged honorary doctorates from the University of Lagos and the University of Nigeria in 2009, he also got honorary doctorates from the University of Ibadan and the Obafemi Awolowo University in 2011 and 2016 respectively. He also bagged a Doctor of Theology from Canada Christian College in 2009, a Doctor of Science, the University of Lagos in 2015, a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Nigeria and Oral Roberts University in 2017 and 2022 respectively.

9. One of 100 most influential Africans
In 2019, New African magazine named Pastor Adeboye among the top 100 most influential African people on the planet Earth.

10. Enoch
Nigeria’s foremost Christian film company, Mount Zion Faith Ministries International released ENOCH, a biopic of Pastor Adeboye on 2nd March 2023, to celebrate his 81st birthday.

Source: Vanguard

 

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Popular pastor, Ibiyeomie who attacks CCC under fire for demanding 30% offerings from members

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Salvation Ministries general overseer, Pastor Ibiyeomie who finds joy in attacking the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) is now facing

Salvation Ministries general overseer, Pastor Ibiyeomie who finds joy in attacking the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) is now facing criticism over his demands for a 30% offering from church members.

A Nigerian lady took to social media to voice her criticism against Pastor Ibiyeomie for urging church members to contribute 30% of their monthly earnings.

The outspoken lady, identified as Oyinyechi Blossom, expressed her disbelief at the pastor’s call, questioning the ethics and morality behind such a demand. Some church members have quietly expressed concern over the pastor’s tactics and have accused him of using fear and manipulation to extract more money from them.

Pastor Ibiyeomie reportedly instructed his congregation to allocate 20% of their earnings as offerings and 10% as tithes monthly. This directive translates to members earning N100,000 per month being required to contribute N30,000 monthly to the church coffers.

In a viral TikTok video posted on Oyinyechi Blossom’s account, she condemned the pastor’s directive, emphasizing the financial burden it places on churchgoers, especially those with limited incomes. Her video has sparked widespread debate on social media platforms, with many echoing her sentiments and questioning the rationale behind such hefty financial demands from congregants.

Critics argue that such exorbitant requests exploit the goodwill and faith of church members, potentially causing financial strain and distress to individuals and families already grappling with economic challenges. Additionally, concerns have been raised regarding the lack of transparency and accountability in how these contributions are utilized within the church.

Pastor Ibiyeomie’s call for increased contributions has reignited discussions on the role of churches in society, particularly about financial matters and the welfare of their members. As the controversy continues to unfold, it prompts reflection on the broader issues of faith, stewardship, and ethical leadership within religious institutions.

This controversy has sparked a heated debate within the Christian community, with some calling for the pastor to step down and others defending his actions as necessary for the church’s growth and prosperity.

The PAPERS reported that Celestial Church of Christ cleric, Prophet Gabriel Evans had berated the general overseer of Salvation Ministries over his dislike for white garment churches.
The Port Harcourt-based pastor had disclosed that he hates white garment churches because they manipulate the destinies of people.

The clergyman insisted that white garment church officials use demonic psalms and rituals to alter children’s destinies, hence the reason children start acting in ways they never had before.

Reacting to the prominent pastor’s statement, Prophet Gabriel Evans in a video shared on social media accused the clergyman of deviating from Jesus’ message which is “love”.

Prophet Evans, who stated that the word “hate” shouldn’t be coming from a top pastor Ibiyeomie, stressed that they’ve not categorized Pentecostal churches as frauds with the actions of some of their pastors.

He also warned Ibiyeomie not to throw stones if he lived in a glass house.

The white garment church cleric also averred that the founders of their churches are Africans and what most Pentecostal churches are trying to do is recolonize them.

He also said that 80 percent of David Ibiyeomie’s church members attended white garment churches in the past, while 70 percent of them still come back for miracles.

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Lady blasts Pastor Ibiyeome for demanding 30% offering from members

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A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to voice her criticism against Pastor Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries for urging church members

A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to voice her criticism against Pastor Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries for urging church members to contribute 30% of their monthly earnings. The outspoken lady, identified as Oyinyechi Blossom, expressed her disbelief at the pastor’s call, questioning the ethics and morality behind such a demand.

Pastor Ibiyeomie reportedly instructed his congregation to allocate 20% of their earnings as offerings and 10% as tithes on a monthly basis. This directive translates to members earning N100,000 per month being required to contribute N30,000 monthly to the church coffers.

In a viral TikTok video posted on Oyinyechi Blossom’s account, she condemned the pastor’s directive, emphasizing the financial burden it places on churchgoers, especially those with limited incomes. Her video has sparked widespread debate on social media platforms, with many echoing her sentiments and questioning the rationale behind such hefty financial demands from congregants.

Critics argue that such exorbitant requests exploit the goodwill and faith of church members, potentially causing financial strain and distress to individuals and families already grappling with economic challenges. Additionally, concerns have been raised regarding the lack of transparency and accountability in how these contributions are utilized within the church.

Pastor Ibiyeomie’s call for increased contributions has reignited discussions on the role of churches in society, particularly in relation to financial matters and the welfare of their members. As the controversy continues to unfold, it prompts reflection on the broader issues of faith, stewardship, and ethical leadership within religious institutions.

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29 christians slaughtered in three-day 

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Suspected Fulani Islamist militants carried out on a three-day massacre in Pankshin Diocese in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, killing 29 Christians,

Suspected Fulani Islamist militants carried out on a three-day massacre in Pankshin Diocese in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, killing 29 Christians, injuring a further two, and burning down churches and houses.

The attacks took place across the villages of Kopnanle, Mandung, Bokkos Town and the Mbar district of Bokkos.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity for persecuted Christians, Father Andrew Dewan, director of communications in Pankshin Diocese, gave exclusive details about the attack.

He said: “The attacks started on Friday and carried on right through Saturday and into Sunday. Unusually, on Sunday the attacks took place in the morning and afternoon.

“This is a deviation from the attackers’ usual methods of striking only at night. It’s now taking place in broad daylight, when people expect it less.

“These attacks are designed to drive away the owners of the land, so the Muslim extremists can take over. The area is overwhelmingly populated by Christians, and the militant attackers need space to propagate their religious beliefs.

“These attacks follow the same pattern as previous attacks.

“There are religious and ethnic components, all mixed up together. When you look at the patterns of these attacks, over time it paints a clear picture.

“How can this be explained, except in terms of a religious conflict? These attacks build on the Christmas and Easter attacks.”

On Easter Monday, suspected Fulani extremists launched an attack in the Middle Belt, killing 10 Christians, including a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

In a four-day killing spree beginning on 23rd December, suspected Fulani militants attacked 26 villages in Bokkos claiming the lives of more than 300 Christians.

Father Andrew denounced the Nigerian Government’s response to the attacks: “There is inaction from the government to this conflict at all levels. The primary purpose of government is to protect lives and property, and they have not done well in this regard.

“Most of the things said in the immediate aftermath of the Christmas Eve attacks are yet to be implemented. The promises the government has made amount to nothing but hot air.”

Following the Christmas attack, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu issued a statement announcing security agencies had been ordered into the area to apprehend the culprits, and that emergency relief resources had been mobilised for survivors.

Father Andrew commented on this, stating: “There is no indication that any attackers from the weekend, Easter or Christmas have been apprehended. There has been no such report. Where arrests are made, sooner or later those attackers are set free.

“The attackers continue, and the victims say enough is enough. The hope was the government would protect them. That isn’t happening, so communities are organising to protect themselves because the government and elected officials aren’t doing that.

“The military and police are either overwhelmed and unable to guard citizens, that’s why these things go on unabated.”

Commenting on the atrocity, chairman of Bokkos Cultural Development Council Vanguard, Farmasum Fuddang, said: “Despite the presence of security forces, including the DSS [Department of State Services], army, and police, the perpetrators, identified as Fulani terrorists, were allowed to carry out their attacks with impunity.

“Under the cover of darkness, more than 50 armed terrorists descended upon the villages of Mandung-Mushu and Kopnanle, targeting innocent, unarmed, and peaceful residents as they slept… while nearby soldiers failed to intervene.”

He continued: “This brazen attack, which predominantly targeted children, appears to be part of a calculated effort to instill fear and drive perpetuate further displacement within our communities.

“The timing of this attack, following closely on the heels of the DSS’s erroneous warning of an impending assault on Fulani communities, raises serious concerns about collusion or deliberate neglect.”

Father Andrew highlighted the gravity of the situation facing his diocese.

He said: “Life is seen as so cheap, but it’s the most precious gift of all. We’re still dealing with a backlog of IDPs in our community.

“The diocese is overwhelmed with people and victims. We’re dealing with widows, payments for children’s school fees, accommodation.

“The diocese alone cannot shoulder this. This is an emergency, these problems are still unfolding and ongoing and nothing seems to change.”

 

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How pastor Oyakhilome mislead followers by pushing malaria vaccine conspiracy theories –Report

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In a report published by BBC on Thursday, the media platform analysed how Mr Oyakhilome misquoted a clip from a TED talk Bill Gates

In a report published by BBC on Thursday, the media platform analysed how Mr Oyakhilome misquoted a clip from a TED talk Bill Gates gave in 2010 during one of his sermons in August 2023.

A prominent Nigerian pastor, Chris Oyakhilome has been accused of pushing false information against malaria vaccines.

In a report published by BBC on Thursday, the media platform analysed how Mr Oyakhilome misquoted a clip from a TED talk Bill Gates gave in 2010 during one of his sermons in August 2023.

The pastor claimed Gates was among “those who have an agenda for depopulation of the world”.

While giving a talk on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, Mr Gates said: “First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15%.”

Bill Gates’ assertion was said to have been misunderstood by Pastor Oyakhilome and this made him mislead his large followers.

Mr Gates did not advocate for the world’s depopulation, according to the BBC.

Gates has clarified in the past that he saw population growth and health improvement as complementary: “When health improves, families choose to have less kids.”

Mr Oyakhilome also claimed that the World Mosquito Program facility in Colombia belonged to the Gates Foundation, accusing it of producing genetically modified mosquitoes as a strategy for depopulation.

The mosquito factory, which was designed to diminish mosquitoes’ ability to transmit viruses, is part of a non-profit network of firms owned by Monash University in Australia, and it has stated that its process does not use genetically modified organisms.

Pastor Oyakhilome is no stranger to anti-vaccination misinformation. He has recently targeted the HPV vaccine, which is designed to prevent women from cervical cancer.

“They have something else up their sleeve. It’s not about cancer,” he said during a service aired on 2 September 2023.

Nigeria launched a widespread immunisation campaign for girls in October 2023 in an effort to dramatically lower cervical cancer rates. Every year, about 8,000 Nigerian women die as a result of this disease.

In 2021, a major study financed by Cancer Research UK discovered that the HPV vaccine reduced cervical cancer cases by over 90 percent. Pastor Oyakhilome has already made numerous erroneous assertions regarding anti-tetanus shots, polio vaccines, and other paediatric immunisations.

The report said the pastor also falsely stated that the messenger RNA vaccine alters the DNA.

However, immunization does not affect people’s DNA. It takes a portion of a virus’s genetic material, or messenger RNA, to train the immune system to detect it and manufacture antibodies.

During the Covid pandemic, British media regulator Ofcom fined Pastor Oyakhilome’s congregation £125,000 ($155,000).

It said his network Loveworld, broadcast in the UK, showed “misleading and potentially harmful statements about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines”.

Mr Ogunro, the writer who left the church, said he was worried about the pastor’s influence.

“His claims about vaccination scare me. We need to find a way to regulate preachers like him.”

 

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(PHOTOS): CCC bids farewell to late Deborah Oshoffa with Night of Tributes at Imeko

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On Thursday, 14th March 2024, the Celestial Church of Christ lost one of its prominent members, Prophetess Deborah Oshoffa. She was the

On Thursday, 14th March 2024, the Celestial Church of Christ lost one of its prominent members, Prophetess Deborah Oshoffa. She was the daughter of the church’s founder, His Grace Rev. Prophet Pastor Samuel Bilehou Joseph Oshoffa.

A gathering was held in her honor, attended by friends, sympathizers, and members of the Celestial Church of Christ from all over the world, who came together to pay their last respects and bid her farewell.

A solemn and heartfelt event called “A Night of Tributes Hymns and Special Songs” was held at the Oshoffa family residence in Celestial City, Imeko, Ogun State, on Thursday 11th April, 2024.

The purpose of this event was to pay a final tribute and bid farewell to someone who was deeply loved and respected.

The evening was filled with beautiful hymns, special songs, and heartfelt tributes from those who knew and loved late Deborah Oshoffa being honored. The atmosphere was somber yet comforting, as people shared their memories and expressed their deepest condolences. It was a night of reflection and remembrance, a fitting tribute to someone who will be deeply missed.

READ ALSO: 10 facts to know about Prophetess Deborah Oshoffa

The Celestial Church of Christ, Liberation parish was among the various parishes that graced the event with their presence. In particular, the Shepherd-in-Charge of the parish, Venerable Superior Evangelist James Aso, led his congregation to participate fully in the event.

On Friday, 12th April 2024, a burial service and interment will take place at the Oshoffa Family Residence located in Celestial City, Imeko Ogun State. The event will commence at 10 am and end at 12 noon.

There will be a special Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, April 14th, 2024 starting at 10.00 am. The venue for the service is CCC SBJ Oshoffa Cathedral located at the Intr. Headquarters in Ketu, Lagos.

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Why I marries three wives -Nigerian Pastor

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A Nigerian pastor, Prophet Joseph Akpata discloses the reasons behind his decision to marry three wives, citing the belief that one woman

A Nigerian pastor, Prophet Joseph Akpata discloses the reasons behind his decision to marry three wives, citing the belief that one woman alone cannot fully meet his needs.

The clergyman shared that his principles are rooted in biblical teachings, and he finds authenticity crucial.

Speaking on his prophetic journey, he revealed that he began from a very tender age according to a prophecy to his mother.

Throughout the interview, his wives commended his honesty and self-awareness, appreciating his sincerity towards himself.

The first wife of Prophet Akpata revealed that at first, she fought the idea of the preacher taking a second wife but he insisted that it was God’s will and she had to submit at some point.

His second wife, a widow of two also spoke on how she was not sure of the decision, particularly after meeting his wife who grilled her with questions.

Prophet Akata on why it is biblical to have more than one wife
“It is biblical to have more than one wife. I have more than seven pastors, how I treat my wife and children, I learnt all from the bible. From Genesis to Revelation, the only place people always quote was where Apostle Paul said a bishop must be a husband of one wife.

“When God calls you, he would give you a guideline. God gave me the guidelines and showed me in the bible that when you marry multiple wives, don’t take the roles of the first wife and leave that of the second wife.”

“It was not until Apostle Paul started preaching against [polygamy], he was a single man, and that people should be like him. If you read the bible, he implicated himself. So a lot of confusion came from his personal view to the Church.”

 

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