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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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Pastor refuses to return N900,000 sent in error by church member

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A man has arrested his pastor for allegedly refusing to refund the sum of 900,000 after he mistakenly sent one million naira

A man has arrested his pastor for allegedly refusing to refund the sum of 900,000 after he mistakenly sent one million naira to his account, as tithe.

The man in a viral video said he wanted to send N100,000 to the pastor but mistakenly sent 1 million naira.

In the short video, some armed Nigerian Policemen who identifierd themselves as “Police officers from the State CID” escorted the man who mistakenly sent the money to the house of the pastor.

The man was heard in the video saying, “I brought them (Police) here because of the money I mistakenly transferred into your account. I was supposed to transfer a hundred thousand Naira, but I transferred One Million Naira, and since then, I have been asking you to refund me the Nine Hundred Thousand, and you keep (SIC) on telling me, go to God and collect your money, it’s a spiritual matter.”

 

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‘How Abuja pastor, Stanley Ogbonna threw me, 6 kids out of house’

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Chioma, the wife of Stanley Ogbonna, the general overseer of the God’s Spring Assembly, Abuja, has alleged that her husband threw her

Chioma, the wife of Stanley Ogbonna, the general overseer of the God’s Spring Assembly, Abuja, has alleged that her husband threw her and their six children out of the house.

In a now-viral video shared by Chioma claimed her husband brought police officers to evict her and the children from the house.

She also accused the clergyman of infidelity, adding that he intends to “disgrace” her after “labouring with him for 19 years.”

“See him, God will help me. This is a pastor. Look at him. This is the pastor, Stanley Ogbonna. He called the police and evicted me and the children out of the house. Look at me, look at my properties all outside unannounced,” she said.

“We were in the house this afternoon, he just came to the house with the police and threw my things away. He already packed his things out of the house for years, sleeping around. Today, he has come to disgrace me after labouring with him for 19 years.

“See what the General Overseer of God’s Wing Assembly, Glass Church, Kubwa, is doing. I am his wife, who laboured with him for 19 years. The world needs to come into this and give me justice for suffering me for all these years after giving him six children.

 

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INSIDE LIFE: Pastor orders bride to remove eyelashes at wedding

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A Nigerian bride recounted how her pastor told her to remove her lashes during her church wedding. Jessica Okah, the bride, disclosed.

A Nigerian bride recounted how her pastor told her to remove her lashes during her church wedding.

Jessica Okah, the bride, disclosed this incident on TikTok, mentioning that the pastor had raised the issue of her eyelashes before the wedding day.

However, she said she had completely forgotten about it and thought it would be overlooked during the wedding.

She said, “What would you do if your pastor asked you to remove your lashes in the middle of your wedding ceremony? It was like a movie, but it was happening for real.

“After my husband’s family accepted me, that’s when my pastor realised that he told me the day before that I wasn’t supposed to wear lashes to the wedding ceremony.

“Let me not lie, I didn’t have a problem with it anyway, but truthfully, I forgot.

“He said before the service had to continue, I had to go and remove the lashes.”

She shared a video that captured the moment her pastor stopped the wedding proceedings over her eyelashes and resumed the ceremony after she had taken them off.

 

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My father had 13 wives, 53 children as CCC founder, polygamous is allowed – Tosho Oshoffa

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The 20th child of the late founder of the Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide, Olatosho Oshoffa, commonly known as Tosho, serves as the

The 20th child of the late founder of the Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide, Olatosho Oshoffa, commonly known as Tosho, serves as the shepherd at CCC International Headquarters in Ketu, Lagos. In a conversation with IMOLEAYO OYEDEYI, he addresses various contentious issues surrounding the church and its founder, the late Bilewu Oshoffa.

What is your relationship to the CCC founder, the late SBJ Oshoffa?
My name is Olatosho Mathew Oshoffa. By God’s grace, I am the 10th son and 20th child of the late CCC founder. Thus, I proudly identify as Oshoffa’s son.

There has been ongoing controversy regarding the CCC founder, particularly concerning his purported number of wives and children. Could you provide clarity on this matter?
This is no longer a private matter. My father passed away on September 10, 1985, leaving behind 13 wives and 53 children. Despite claims of a higher number, we, the children, know our true count. We maintain unity and love within the family, regardless of our numbers. While there are 53 of us, we stand together in solidarity and harmony.

How do all 53 children of the CCC founder manage to maintain such strong connections and unity?
Our father instilled in us a sense of unity by encouraging us to identify as his children, rather than distinguishing ourselves by our mothers. This familial bond remains unbroken, even after his passing. Today, I still regard the wives younger than my mother as maternal figures due to the love Oshoffa fostered among us. We remain united as Oshoffa’s children.

Considering the biblical injunction that a Bishop should be the husband of one wife, do you think critics of polygamous religious leaders have a valid point?
In addressing this, it’s important to recognize that Paul’s counsel regarding marriage was advisory. Throughout biblical history, many prophets had multiple wives. Furthermore, if the number of wives were grounds for disqualification, my father, who had three wives before his calling, would have been ineligible to found CCC. Yet, the longevity and strength of the church testify to its divine origin. Thus, condemning polygamous leaders lacks merit, especially when compared to those with one wife who engage in extramarital affairs. Currently, there is no CCC doctrine mandating monogamy among clergy.

Does this mean polygamy is permitted among CCC shepherds?
Presently, polygamy is not prohibited among CCC clergy. However, future directives may alter this stance. As of now, there are no CCC regulations restricting polygamous marriages among pastors or shepherds.

Several pastors claim to be the authentic spiritual heads of the Celestial Church. What is your perspective on this?
Similar to the early apostolic struggles and historical disputes within other religious institutions, CCC faced challenges in succession after its founder’s passing. This is a natural aspect of organizational evolution, and over time, a unified leadership will emerge, as witnessed in other longstanding religious traditions.

 

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You’ll end in bitterness, destruction – Bishop Oyedepo warns Yahoo Boys

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Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has warned youths involved in internet fraud popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo.

Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has warned youths involved in internet fraud popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo.

Bishop Oyedepo warned that those involved in Yahoo Yahoo won’t end well, stressing that they should steer clear of fraudulent activities and live within the bounds of the law.

Addressing his members at the church’s headquarters in Ota, Ogun State on Sunday, Bishop Oyedepo warned his members against deceit and corruption, specifically targeting those involved in internet scams.

“Nobody playing games has a future in the kingdom. Hear this and hear it forever. If that is your trade, stop it,” he declared, explicitly condemning the activities of those who engage in acquiring people’s ATM card details through deceitful means.

The Bishop emphasized the inevitable bitter end for those involved in such nefarious activities.

“You are on a very fast lane that always ends in bitterness and destruction,” he warned.

Bishop Oyedepo reminded his listeners about the spiritual laws of sowing and reaping, and the principles of seedtime and harvest.

He encouraged engagement with these laws cheerfully, willingly, and tirelessly, suggesting that lawful endeavors would eventually lead to prosperity.

“Engage with that law and watch how you begin to lay up gold with time,” he said.

 

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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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