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CNN’s African Voices meets Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of one of Nigeria’s biggest evangelical churches – The Redeemed Christian Church of God. Pastor Adeboye was voted by Newsweek as one of the world’s 50 most influential people in 2008. Pastor Adeboye was interviewed by CNN’s Christian Purefoy, the show airs this weekend – Saturday 12th February, Sunday 13th February and Monday 14th February 2011.

Video will be updated after the show airs this weekend

Read the transcripts from the interview

Transcripts – Courtesy CNN International

Q. “How did you find God?”
A. “I came to know God in a fairly dramatic way. I was born into a christian home and always gone to church because my parents said we had to go. But after I grew up and left home – I drifted away from church until I had a little problem that defied all solutions and then someone invited me to the Redeemed Christian Church of God – I came expecting the pastor would just pray and my problems would just go, but instead he said I would have to give my life to Jesus Christ first – that if my sins are gone, my problems would disappear. So of course I resisted for a while but eventually I surrendered and as he said gave my life to Jesus Christ and my problems disappeared.”

Q. “When was that?”
A. “1973 – I was just over 31.”

Q. “If you don’t mind – what was the problem?”
A. “If you don’t mind (laughs) – as the problem is gone now, we may as well leave it there.”

Q. “You’re originally a student of mathematics how was that change to become a pastor?”
A. “Well, it didn’t quite change – once a mathematician – always a mathematician. But at that time I was a lecturer at the University of Lagos – that’s when I met the Lord. And after the founder of the church saw my zeal – he ordained me as a pastor, and when I became a pastor – I began to travel – going to universities, colleges and other institutions to share with them – my testimony, my experience. And when the founder died – we read in his will that I was to succeed him. To take over the leadership of the church – now, there was no way I could command the two, I couldn’t continue as a lecturer and still do my duties as the general overseer – that’s where mathematics had to stand aside for Christ to take full control.”

Q. “Must have been heady days – beginning of evangelical movement in Nigeria – how did you feel at the time, travelling the country?”
A. “Well, evangelical moves had been on before I became born again but yes it was quite exciting in those days – travelling across the country – meeting young people, lecturers, sharing with them – realising that many of us had been living in ignorance and then seeing the joy.”

Redeemed Church
The Redeemed Christian Church of God was founded in 1952 by Josiah Akindayomi – but when he died he left only forty churches to his chosen successor – Enoch Adeboye.
It is a choice that has proven extremely successful.
The Redeemed church claims to have over five million members across 20,000 branches in 140 countries worldwide.
And there are at least 540 branches in the UK and Ireland alone
Pentecostalism has swept through Nigeria and Africa in the last two decades – offering the promise – not just of entry into heaven in the after-life but of jobs, marriage, children, health and money in this life.

NAT SOUND – Pastor Adeboye
Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “In 1981 you were made the general overseer – how did you feel?”
A. “That was quite an experience. Of course I didn’t want to have anything to do with working fulltime for Christ – I preferred the way I was doing it – teaching at the university, preaching the gospel – because that allowed me more or less to be my own master. The university was paying me – in those days lecturers were well paid – and church was very poor. But then when the time came – I discovered, I might lack some things but I have a joy that money can’t buy. So it was quite fulfilling – challenging, but fulfilling.”

Q. “How do you feel when you’re at the altar, preaching?”
A. “Of course you feel excited. You feel fulfilled- you are being used by God to meet the needs of so many people at a time which is probably one of the greatest joys of being a pastor. In the university, yes you are influencing lives, teaching them – moulding them – but they are very few in number – I think the largest number of students I had in one class must be less than 100- now to see you could influence 1million people at a time can be very exciting.”

Q. “What is the Nigerian way of worship?”
A. “Our freedom of worship – the way we dance, shout, enjoy the almighty God – so I think that bit of us, bubbling enthusiasm – all is a good influence.”

Q. “Your style is not as loud, people describe you as being very humble, no expensive suits – why is that? Is there a reason behind it?”
A. “I believe the gospel is for all people. But I believe it is even more for the masses and majority of the masses – if you are going to reach for them you have to be at their level. If they see in you someone they can relate to – it’ll be easier for them to listen, to hear from you. One thing I’ve discovered about the masses – even though they might be poor and not high up there – there’s still something in them that doesn’t like being looked down upon. So they relate to someone who will talk to them at their level. But not just that – the so called high and mighty – if you get close to them, you will know that underneath the beautiful dresses – they’re human – presidents, heads of states, CEOs – they all still go to the toilet – they all still get tired, all feel pain – so if you go to the basics you will reach everyone. Because in every man there is that basic need.”

Q. “What do you think explains the explosion of evangelical churches?”
A. “Maybe we’ll say the economic situation, social problems that we face have been a very good catalyst in bringing people to Christ. I must add that some people exploited that – setting up fake churches – knowing that people will come to wherever they hear God is healing. But , like I keep telling people – any time you see a counterfeit – it means the original must be somewhere. You won’t see a counterfeit N2000 note – cause there’s no original.”

Q. “What happens if you find con-artists?”
A. “If we discover such a fellow – we dismiss him – we don’t compromise at all. And our people know that. If you find a pastor twisting the word of the bible to his own advantage – all you have to do is let me know.”

Coming up after the break – Religion and Politics
Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye
“Who is it who said man is a political animal. Everybody should decide who is going to rule over him and you should not complain about anything you permit.”

PART TWO
General shots of Nigeria / people
Nigeria is a country of 150 million people divided roughly between a Christian south and a Muslim north.
It is a fault-line along which there are often deadly clashes. Both sides stand accused of encouraging such violence.
Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “Do you think Nigeria is on a religious frontline?”
A. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Q. “That can become violent. Is that part of the course?”
A. “I believe – anytime light begins to shine – there’s bound to be a little resistance from darkness. So that’s a settled matter. Unfortunate as it may seem – some politicians go in the guise of religion to perpetrate evil. I do not think genuine Christians and genuine Muslims will fight. If you kill a Muslim – you are killing a potential convert – someone who is dead cannot be converted and of course a Muslim killing a Christian – you are also killing a potential convert. But I think most of the crisis are not really religion – it’s politics. Some politicians choose to use religion as a tool for their own ulterior motives.”

Q. “Do you think the church can play a role in politics?”
A. “Of course – who was it that said man is a political animal. Everybody should decide who is going to rule over him and you should not complain about anything you permit. If you fail to vote, fail to participate in the political situation and someone gets to become your ruler and you say you don’t like the way he’s ruling you – who’s fault? Where were you when he was being voted into power? And if someone gets into power and he’s not doing what you expect him to do – then vote him out.”

Q. “Does the church play enough role?”
A. “Maybe they should do more. Because I believe in the past – the people have been so focused on making it to heaven that they don’t want anything to do with politics – politics has gizzards, which is another way of saying politics can be dirty. Christians are the light of the world – should be shining a light not being the salt of the earth which is only of use if its applied – so I think we should be doing more than we are doing now.”

Pastor Adeboye and President Goodluck Jonathan during church service
But noone is quite sure how much Pastor Adeboye is doing
Tonight’s service is attended by Nigeria’s President – Goodluck Jonathan, as well as various other state governors and politicians.
All seeking guidance.
But, particularly with controversial national elections in April – the degree to which his support and advice is listened to is unclear, also unclear.

Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “You have the ear of presidents – do you support, talk and support certain candidates?”
A. “When I am consulted I do talk. But then all you can do is advise – you can’t command – you can say this is the way I think this thing should be done then they’re free to decide whether they will take your advice or ignore it. You are free once in a while to make a move that will show the man on top the feelings of the masses because we are very close to the masses. I’m into saying presidents and governors are not close to the masses – but you know fully well, that if there’s total black out in the nation – lights will still be on in state house. But as we live with the people on a daily basis – we can feel their pulses better. So when things become a little too uncomfortable for the masses – we take some actions.”

Q. “Try to make them sway for a particular way to vote?”
A. “No. I mean – when you have this kind of congregation – you have members of every party in the congregation and if you want to retain their respect for you – you must be neutral. My suggestion would always be – make sure you vote for the person of your choice – if the choice you make turns out to be right – glory be to God, if your choice turns out wrong then maybe another time.”

NAT SOUND – Congregation praying
Congregation Praying
Services last throughout the night with numerous prayer sessions
And each sermon is simultaneously read aloud in English and the local language Yoruba
there are choirs, music, as well as donations and more controversially – healing.
Despite the Redeemed Church’s promise of an improved standard of living for the average Nigerian – the UN estimates 80% of people in the country still live on less than $2 a day.

Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “People want better life – not just in the afterlife but today – would it not be better to protest outside government house?”
A. “Prayers can move mountains. Protesting outside government house – how much has it achieved? You go there – you carry placards, if you’re fortunate – you will return home alive, if you are not fortunate – some overzealous police officer might accidentally discharge some bullets. And you protest day after day after day and after some time you get tired.”

Q. Do you think church has brought people out of the widespread poverty?”
A. “Sure – we are trying our best – the problem is huge – we might not see results to soon but we are doing our best we have programmes that are talking about how to start little business, we have seminars on small scale farming, seminars on almost everything – in other words we’re saying don’t look onto government for everything – be creative.”

Coming up – apart from religion, what else is important in Pastor Adeboye’s life?

Q. “What else do you like doing apart from the Redeemed, religion?”
A. “I love fishing. I used to be a boxer – unfortunately I can’t box anymore, except box the devil maybe.”

PART THREE
Adeboye on Newsweek front cover
In 2008 – Pastor Adeboye was featured in Newsweek magazine, as one of the world’s top fifty most influential people.

Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “How did you feel about Newsweek?”
A. ‘I felt humbled. Because – how could they possibly leave all the archbishops and big, big names and chose a small pastor in one little jungle. I was surprised and humbled and drove me closer to God.”

Q. “Is it a responsibility – the influence you have on people?”
A. “Of course it is- if I had my way, I would not want influence over anyone but my little family. Particularly as the bible says on the day of judgement – judgment is going to be based on this influence – how have you used this influence – for good or evil. One man was complaining to a great preacher – the preacher said what is your problem, the man said – my congregation is only fifty people in number. And the preacher said – you have a lot of people to answer for when you get to heaven – you should thank God there are only fifty.”

The Redeemed Church dominates Adeboye’s public life and what little of a private life remains – he keeps mostly to himself.

Quote – Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Q. “What else do you like doing apart from the Redeemed, religion?”
A. “I love fishing. I used to be a boxer – unfortunately I can’t box anymore, except box the devil maybe. And I go for walks, long walks. Unfortunately I don’t have time for any other thing. It’s difficult for me to now even walk in the streets – everybody wants to come and ask me to pray for them. Occasionally I want to go to market – to buy things for myself – but last time I went to the supermarket I had to run back into the car because the people who were around the shop left the shop and wanted to turn the place into a crusade ground. So I can only walk in the night when they’re supposed to be sleeping and they can’t disturb me – and once in a while I go to fish in a place that is excluded – just for the fun of it.”

Q. “Would you like to retire? Will you keep going until the end?”
A. “I would have loved to retire – I had plans of what I could do in retirement – when you are retired – you are more or less your own master – wake up whenever you like, go where you want, when you want. If I’m retired I don’t have to be in charge of the congress – I can just come and enjoy.”

Q. “Where would you like to see Redeemed go from here?”
A. “Still a long way from our goal. We want to reach the whole world – want to have churches in every nation and have members in every family in the whole world and that’s where we believe God will take us before I leave this world.”

Pastor Enoch Adeboye
That time, his congregation hope – is still a long time to come.

Christian Purefoy. CNN. Redeemed Church, Lagos, Nigeria.

Watch the show at the following times:
•Saturdays: 0930, 1530
•Sundays: 0900, 2200
•Mondays: 1130, 1830
(all times GMT)

Credit: CNN International
Photo Credit: Trendy Africa | Deola Akinyemi

115 Comments

  1. jbk

    February 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Bless u̶̲̥̅̊ GO!!!

  2. jbk

    February 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Bless u̶̲̥̅̊ Daddy GO!!!

  3. bobbydox

    February 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    congratulations sir wishing you the very best

  4. TERMS

    February 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    my daddyy
    i so LOVE THIS MAN!
    congrats on ur 30 years as G.O
    we love u and pray for long life and more annointing IJN

  5. Edna4real

    February 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Bless u daddy GO. his grace is surficient for u

  6. me

    February 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    GOD bless this man, he is such an inspiration to everyone…

  7. serene O

    February 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    God bless daddy G.O!! He is such an inspiration to all of us.

  8. randommer

    February 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    no questions about his private jet? #fail
    me i believe in social justice, faith without works is dead. if you like stay there in your house praying and don’t go and protest. if you cannot die for nigeria, then maybe you deserve the way things are

    • Name (required)

      February 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      abeg shook me hand!!!

    • viv

      February 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      may God forgive you. the bible says ‘touch not my annointed and do my prophets no harm’. beware of useless talk!

    • Miss Face

      February 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      What about his private jet?if u only knew the hectic schedules and responsibilities these pastors(genuine pastors, not counterfeit)have under their belts then i am sure ur opinion would have been different.i used to think the same way ur thinking now until i realized that these people are human just like u and i their hectic and are prone to fatigue and stress due to their busy and hectic lifestyles, so these jets makes it easier to be at various destinations in a matter of hours considering that it is more expensive hiring a jet than owning one.I am sure u wouldnt post this comment were it satanic agents like richard branson (who arrogantly boasts about being approximately richer than God)or hugh hefner(who has claimed not to need God and made his money glorifying all the devil stands for)but these men all own private jets.pls lets give honor and respect to whoever has earned it and Pastor Adeboye has definitely earned it.hope this helps to change ur mindset.All the same, God bless!

    • Ayodeji

      February 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Not when that jet was allegedly bought with diverted funds from Oceanic and Intercontinental Bank. We deserve to know the truth and not keep hiding under the cloak of men of God not answerable to anyone. He has done well, but anything that can potentially tarnish his image should be addressed and laid to rest. He didn’t address it so people will continue to wonder.

    • randommer

      February 11, 2011 at 12:38 am

      the pope does not have private jet and there are a billion catholics in the world. oya talk another one. this is worhsipping man! why does he need to be in all these places at once? his pastors nko? kai sha.

    • Ready

      February 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

      Well, Richard Branson and Hugh Hefner (devils agents, ke?…if you say so) have economic jobs on the market where they get paid. That’s the difference, we know their economic value and we know it’s a lot so their ownership of jets is justified. I just need someone to explain Adeboye’s ownership of a jet to me.

    • Chipii

      February 11, 2011 at 3:13 am

      Please! So “Pastor” Adeboye is now the genuine man of God? Yea right! I doubt he is even saved. All he preaches is a prosperity gospel. Come to Jesus and you will have no more problems in life. Where in the Bible is that witten? As for the private jet, I won’t even comment. All these wolves parading as sheep and angels of light had better repent cause when Jesus cracks the sky…

    • realtalk

      February 11, 2011 at 5:32 am

      thankyou miss face. very well said. couldnt have said it better myself

    • Miss Face

      February 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

      The pope does not own a private jet because the vatican does, which brings me to the question- Who Is The Vatican?The pope!i am yet to see the pope flying on any commercial airline.but this shouldnt be about who owns what jet or not, it should be that are these men of God doing what they are supposed to do or not, and in my humble opinion, Pastor Adeboye is contributing his own quota in his own way and i think he is doing a fantastic job.About him using oceanic bank funds,etc dont know about that but people sometimes just love to throw dirt on these people for God-knows-why and until we have our facts right,lets be careful about saying stuff that could potentially soil a respectable individuals integrity.Oh well, my 2 cents and God bless!

    • realtalk

      February 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

      The private jet was a gift from some of the memebers of the church. the reason: so he can travel more conveniently to spread the gospel. he puts in good use. Where in the bible does it say u have to live in the streets and not own anything to be considered a true man of God. Jesus paid taxes, he fed 5thousand, he rode a donkey- equivalent to a nice car in those days, no where does it say he was poor. Please dont get me started y’all.

    • Isien

      February 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Not only does the jet NOT belong to GO, it was only occassionally loaned to him to enable him travel. A group of businessmen who happen to worship in RCCG owned the jet and used it for commercial purposes. If we’re so desperate for the truth, let’s seek it out, rather than lazily echoing the words of the media

    • aramide

      February 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

      Nigerians sha!!! smh It is well.

  9. desiresuzy

    February 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    we are happy to have you sir,remain blessed as u keep interceding for us.

  10. Dee

    February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    God bless you Daddy G. May the almighty continue to lift you up.

  11. 1st Anon

    February 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Moral of the story: As a christian you too can get to CNN and greater heights by following God intimately, making yourself humble enough for God to use you majorly. Seek the annointing, not material gains. A heavy annointing will pull down all other barriers. Don’t compromise your faith stance and the pure gospel for ambitious strivings. Matt 6:33 seek ye first the Kingdom and …

    • randommer

      February 11, 2011 at 12:40 am

      lol so as christians we should aspire to get to CNN. i didn’t know CNN was now heaven

    • 1st Anon

      February 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      As christians we have first a heavenly race as well as an earthly one.cYou know it’s not bad for christians to have earthly ambitions with their gifts, and you know what I mean generally, so no need being sarcastic dear. Bless you.

    • mmmm

      February 14, 2011 at 12:06 am

      @randommer…what 1st anon means is that even at christians we can still uphold our faith and reach great heights even on Earth without compromising our belief.
      The problem I see here is that we all take one part of the bible and concentrate on it!have you ever come across the part of the bible that says DO NOT JUDGE.Until when you can live a perfect christain life(which you may not be able to do) quit judging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mmmm

      February 14, 2011 at 12:10 am

      @randommer…what 1st anon means is that even at christians we can still uphold our faith and reach great heights even on Earth without compromising our belief.
      The problem I see here is that we all take one part of the bible and concentrate on it!have you ever come across the part of the bible that says DO NOT JUDGE.Until when you can live a perfect christain life(which you may not be able to do) quit judging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      PS sorry but I’m pretty sure the pope is not as busy as he is.

  12. NNENNE

    February 11, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Faith without good works is nothinhg.I have nothing against this man of God.I,infact wish him the very best in all his activities.But it is time religion(Xtianity, Islam,tradtional etc) start working for us in Nigeria.With all the huge followers that we have,our society should be one of a kind…a place where there is room for everyone regardless of their status.A place where there is fairness,selflessness and equal justice. Is that not what God would expect from his followers?

  13. eMJOY Mayowa

    February 11, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I like your comment 1st Anon

    • 1st Anon

      February 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you

  14. Miola

    February 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I thought oyedepo was the one with the private jet abi dem two get am ..

  15. Bums

    February 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    i love him, very humble n sincere, more jets to come daddy carry go nothing do u God dey your side…awon haters fall back jo STOP EQUATING CHRISTIANity WITH POVERTY…

  16. fokasibe

    February 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

    There really is something about this man..I have criticised him in the past but after I met him… I can’t anymore…we are all humans, prone to sin and we should all try in our teeny weeny way to make the world a better place…The man don try! Ye who is without sin pls cast the 1st stone! Over and out!
    God bless you E. A. Adeboye!! You are indeed blessed!!

  17. lustre

    February 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    God bless the 1st GO. why did i pray for him? alot of churches these days anoint or appoint their wives, children, siblings n co as their deputy, financial secretary, treasurer, etc of their churches as if it were family business. no genuine knack for God only for self n generational enrichment. Out of curiosity, i would hv loved for them to ask Pastor Adeboye whom his own successor wld be. i know he is a genuine man of God so he wld not be”anoint” one whom he feels would not shepherd God’s flock well.himself and Kumuyi are my fave men of God.

  18. voicy

    February 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    My daddy in the LORD,GOD bless u real good for all ur contributions and efforts.emaa pe fun waa oh!!!, loruko JESu

  19. Aibee

    February 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Daddy G.O, Omo Baba Alakoso. We thnk God for how far He has brought you and the Church. From Glory to Glory in Jesus Name. We are proud of you Sir. Eeri mi wu.

  20. buskie

    February 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    may God forgive all of u saying rubbish about daddy G.o and the rest of u dnt bother defending him GOD CAN NEVER BE MOCKED IF HE IS A FAKE GOD will judge but know that every tongue that rises up against the annointed of GOD shall be condemed dnt let ur stupid big mouths put u in trouble and send u to hell.DADDY God bless u and may He continue to give u grace to pastor RCCG.God bless u sir.

  21. olivia B

    February 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Ayodeji, I suppose “citypeople” (no offence) is your bible! Pastor Adeboye is one of the few nigerian men of impeccable character! Not ONE piece of dirt on this revered man of God. He epitomises humility and piety and demonstrates genuine love/compassion for the the church and the people of Nigeria… YET you continue to tarnish his image on the basis of unfounded rumours and idle gossip. I can assure you that Pastor Adeboye’s jet was not acquired withe ICB and Oceanic bank funds (I know you’re suggesting Cecelia Ibru and Akingbola acquired the jet using siphoned funds from their former respective banks because of their close relationship to G.O at the time. Well that is simply not true. The workers of RCCG purchased the jet for Pastor Adeboye because his travelling schedule was becoming way too hectic for a man in his 60’s! The jet has essentially helped to facilitate the mission of RCCG ; spreading the gospel to people all over the world. It’s not an item of status rather one of NECESSITY! Also, unless you can provide verifiable evidence that Adeboye acquired the jet through unethical or illegal means be very cautious about what you say because God doesn’t take too lightly to people who un justifiably scorn and mock his prophets.

    • Ayodeji

      February 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

      I’m sorry, but offense taken! Citypeople? Kai, see my rep. However, my point is that he did not personally address it. And he should have. That is all I was saying. Members of redeemed bought it. Ok. We know, but who are those members? What business do they do? i know you’ll say its not my business, but it is. My business is in knowing that the jet wasn’t bought with diverted public funds, ergo, accountability!

    • orange

      February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      @Ayodeji I’m sure he has better things to do with his life than to start satisfying peoples curiosity!

  22. olivia B

    February 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    at “Chi”- if you explore the bible you will discover that God always upflifted his faithful servants with wealth and honour eg David, Solomon, Joseph, Job etc. Poverty isn’t part of God’s plan for his people! God wants his people to prosper- success is a reward for faithfulness! So why shouldn’t Daddy G.O advocate prosperity for the faithful and dedicated? Human beings need spiritual and also physical/economic fulfilment! Pastor Adeboye wore his first pair of shoes at the age of 18! This man experienced abject poverty- now God has blessed him yet you continue to spit on him. My Daddy-in-the-Lord we love you and appreciate what you’re doing for the Lord! We thank God for your life and wish you many more years of grace! We are proud of you! Indeed we love you!

    • nonna

      February 14, 2011 at 2:29 am

      So what about Jesus, Paul, Peter – you know, the disciples who lived and died in Poverty? and Jeremiah, who lived (and died) in shame?

      Don’t go about lying to yourself – materialism!

    • orange

      February 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      @nonna is that why we must all then follow in their footsteps.Dont let money be your aim for doing things but dont also have the mindset that you are meant to die poor!

    • Miss Face

      February 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      So what about judas iscariot, who was also Jesus’ disciple but betrayed Jesus and later hung himself?should we also follow in his footsteps and his example?

    • Miss Face

      February 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      that was @ nonna,by the way.

    • jayne humphries

      May 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      do not call anyone on earth father or daddy. there is only one father who is in heaven. take a look at the indoctrination of children and ask yourself do you follow jesus or do you follow this pastor?

  23. randommer

    February 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    see kool aid DRANKING!
    FYI, the pope does not have private jet. he charters from alitalia and flys back commercial.

    i’m catholic and catholic priests take a vow of poverty so that is the mindview i’m coming from. so the jet was a gift? from what kind of people, abi thieves don’t come to church too?

    anyway i think i’ve talked enough here, let us agree to disagree.

    • Miss Face

      February 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Dont get me started, the pope flies commercial back, yeah right,because he is allergic to the vatican’s private jets abi?and calling people thieves when u dont know for a fact, way to go! is that what the bible teaches?about u being catholic, how does that make ur own opinion the law?lets be careful not to throw dirt but ermm, not all catholics are holy saints,what really do u have against this humble man of God? Enough already, i agree to disagree. End of Discussion!

    • Miss Face

      February 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Catholic priests take a vow of poverty?pls get ur facts right if u are really a catholic then u shd know that only the small sect of priests called “holyghost fathers/monks” take that oath,(FYI i used to be a catholic fanatic so trust me i shd know) am sure u havent seen priests building houses for their parents and cruising in nice cars abi?

    • orange

      February 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      There is no where in the bible that says christains should be poor!so if some people decide to take vows to be poor it doesn’t mean everybody has to follow!so please don’t try to impose your doctrines on anybody!

  24. Pastor Samuel King

    February 12, 2011 at 1:55 am

    God bless you.

  25. Bums

    February 12, 2011 at 4:19 am

    lol @randommer catholicism is not the gospel just thought you should know dear 😉

    • orange

      February 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you very much!someone needs to tell him

  26. missy

    February 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    i wish bella could post something on pastor kumuyi…ilove that pastor 🙂

  27. shegun williams

    February 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    when asked why pentecostal churches are popular in Nigeria the pastor said it was due to economic hardship…Meanwhile the real reason is that Voodoo is rampant in every family in Nigeria ..thats why …you only have to listen to pastors scaring people about family curses and someone burying anothers glory or theifing it or people doing witchcraft so another wont progress and on and on…

  28. Nigerian Entrepreneur

    February 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    May God continue to strengthen Pastor Adeboye. May God continue to prosper his ministry. He is indeed a mentor worth following. God bless Daddy G.O
    For those criticizing. It is to be expected. People only criticize Success!

  29. kkk

    February 13, 2011 at 4:52 am

    people make legal money.. and dey can get the jet.. all dis nonsense talk… so if someone in the church can buy a jet, d person is now a thief.. chei..poor man’s mentality..

  30. Patrick Kehinde

    February 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

    It is very disappointing ,unwarranted and in fact infamy for anyone to pass insult on the integrity of a man of God of Pastor Adeboye’s calibre. I believe some people need deliverance . People should not allow themselves to be used by Satan . For it is written in 1chronicle 16:22 “Touch not my annointed and do my prophet no harm” . If you do not have anything good to say about a man of God , keep your mouth shut. Let him be judged by God he is serving. Many lives and nations have been changed for good by God through his servant. Hence, aircraft is not a luxury but a necessity because of his tight schedule. It should not be an issue. When a soul is won for the Lord , the joy in heaven is more than when you win a billion dollar on earth. God is using him to perform miracles day-in-day-out and some still have the audacity to condemn him. Anyway Jesus himself was condemned. Daddy G.O keep on your good work and I pray that God will continue to bless you with more annointing .

  31. omo

    February 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

    wooow @ some of these comments – God dey o!!! May God have mercy on our souls….

    God bless you Daddy G.O.

  32. ozyy

    February 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    chai….peepz can be shallow in diz world of ours….lord…talkn anyhow abt a man of GOD n judging wen u arent sure of ur facts…..diz man is doin a gud job…he is human n u cant expect errtin he does 2 be perfect…peeps b careful abt wat u say coz GOD is watchn u. cheers

  33. dzion

    February 14, 2011 at 4:02 am

    God bless n keep you,daddy G.O….
    n thanks very much bella for putting d transcripts up for some of us dat didn’t watch it…cheers!

  34. dotcom

    February 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

    He is a typical example of what a leader should be

  35. Fran

    February 14, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Thanks to you guys for putting this up and showing the timings as well.

    Some of the comments are really hilarious – from the negative and insultive ones to the ones that come across as worship.

    If we read his responses closely, when it came to religious crisis – he said “I do not think genuine Christians and genuine Muslims will fight”.

    So people – why are we arguing here whether or not he is clean or he is not. Truth is that he has positively influenced millions of people. I greatly admire him even though I don’t exactly agree with every teaching of RCCG. But it is not for me to condemn him or RCCG for what I don’t agree with. I mind my own and do what I feel is right by me and God.

    God Bless y’all xxx

  36. randommer

    February 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    o ga o, ppl want to chop me for lunch!
    please refer to my first comment? i said why were there no questions about his private jet? i consider that a fail! and still do
    and then i pretty much disagreed with his prayer vs protest stance

    also i stand corrected: not all catholic priests are required to make a vow of poverty – just most of the ones i’ve come in contact with. i do not think catholicism is the law or anything. just pointing out where i got my worldview from. Daddy GO is free to do as he pleases and i am free to comment.

    i also did not call anyone a thief. i asked if thieves do not go to church? the answer to this question is yes, thieves go to church even the catholic church too. una no dey read newspaper?

    no need to be afraid for me – i am not touching anyone’s annointed. the Bible says ask and you shall receive. daddyGO i am asking about your private jet! it’s as if even your congregation doesn’t know the real deal.

  37. adukes

    February 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    what ever a man soweth so shall he reap?pastor G.O.if this man who stood in the gap for nigeria is unworthy,i guess GOD himself will deal with him,why are we so self asumming leave the fight for the george,let GOD do his business,have yu seen a defendan trying by his or herslf sitting on the magistrate seat or seat of the george? yee all are ignorant, leave these man for heavens sake,supose the man was yuor father, how would yu feel, never in history can a son or daughter talk evel about his or her daddy,these same measure shall be everyones portion in life. see no evil, hear no evil,talk no evil,Laugh best

  38. adukes

    February 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    what about all these so called sex scandal in europe and america o boy keep the gauge for your mouth roman catholic or no roman catholic,O boy, it is GODS business, who are yu and whats yur tittle to need an answer,leave that,carry go so, comot for road jo,abi yu want private jet too, make we give yu one so yu go shot up and get gauged.

  39. Adeboye's Child

    March 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    As My Father in Lord(DADDYADEBOYE) always says May God forgive u and give u understanding all u ignorant people. Leave Judgements for God and pray 4 ur sorry self and souls. Forgive them God for their ignorant and little brain. God bless and lift u up Daddy GO.

  40. BennyBoy

    March 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Pls lets go back to the jet. Do you know how much good the church (not just RCCG but Oyedepo and co) could have done with that money ? They could have saved at the very least one life. Abeg all these people saying ‘dont touch a man of god’ should go and seat down jare. The leader of the Anglican church earns around £65K a year and in his wildest dreams cannot think of buying a plane(even though their church is worth several times more than RCCG, Oyedepo and co). same for the catholic church. When the missionaries first came to Africa they built lots of schools – what do the new churches do now build a lot of fee paying schools where their own members cannot afford to send their kids – utter madness. We have to sort out our churches in Africa and in the USA before they do a lot of damage to christianity.

  41. Mastermind

    March 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Pls…Pls…Pls…Randommer and the rest of u? It is ok for u to as questions but remember when THE LORD JESUS decided he wanted a donkey he new pples tongue will wag so he said “tell them THE MASTER” is in need of it. There was a tyme in this nation owning a car was a sin…yes…but today it is different not because we have too many roads but because our mindset has changed…Baba Adeboye as a matter of exigency needs to travel round the world with ease…avoid travel, airport and even passenger traffic…Some of his flights hav been delayed bcos pple line up to get prayed for when they c the Man Of GOD in line to b admitted into his seat, some will keep coming to his seat for prayer…pls check ur records, this man once rejected every good and expensive thing GOD threw @ him until GOD started embarassing him with multiples and he could reject them no more…Hisministry has raised millionares and billionaresand if as a token of appreciation they decide to bu him a jet to ease his travel worries an hiccups…I dont think it is too much…Mind u a time is coming where average pple will own private jets…International travel will become easier and less cumbersome…Mayb then u guys will realise that it wasnt as a matter of luxury GOD blessed him with one but as a function of grave necessity. He owns a Private Jet so what? Is GOD to small to bless him with one or more. A man who has a record number of converts and Worshippers as a result of his dedication to GOD…Pls check urself…do what he does, and see if u’ll get different results.

  42. Mastermind

    March 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    All these pple that keep talking about the poor, JESUS HIMSELF said it “The poor u will always have with u” of course when a very expensive perfume was been robbed on him and there was a similar rebuking utterance like u guys are issuing. Even if u sell all the private jets in the world and give to the poor it does not eradicate poverty. GOD is still in the unending business of using insignificant people to achieve the impossible. Ok what bout the people that hav hundreds of cars. This is the same man that gave poor people in his congregation brnad new cars when people brought this cars to him as a gift…mind u a record number of brand new cars in a single sunday service because he felt they were too much…So if nothin he has sown the seed to reap Private Jets…Where were u guys then… C there is no where in the Bible GOD says there is rejoicing in heaven over a poorman becoming rich but rather the rejoicing in Heaven occurs only because 1 lost soul is rescued and won unto Christ. Do u think a man whose more than 30yrs in ministry has won thousands and millions of souls to christ will not be rewarded even here on earth…well think again. The bible says “for a man who works his wages r not considered as grace but as debt”. Please repent …the kingdom of GOD is @ hand. It is time to understand the GOD u serve and do so in absolute truth.

  43. Mastermind

    March 12, 2011 at 9:41 am

    …Mind u again JESUS teleported himselfout of congregations when the pressure always became to much…So if a private jet is a means to easily transport himself Baba Adeboye deserves them hundred folds…I pray that the GOOD LORD will give him the best transportation and communication machines of his time… Amen. U guys sef.

  44. aybaby

    March 29, 2011 at 1:47 am

    It’s just amazing how many people cannot spell correctly.
    @Mastermind- very accurate scriptural deductions. God bless you….

  45. michael

    April 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    daddy RCCG will get to its destination, to reach the whole world and every family at large in jesus name Amen.

  46. GABRIEL ADETONA

    April 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

    what a blessing to the whole world ,what shall we say on thy Lord for our father all we have to say thank Lord for keeping him in wisdom and holy to Himselv.

  47. ALADEYOKUN TOLA

    April 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Well done sir, your humility stands to prove your divine calling. The bible says by humility are riches, honour and life. You are indeed a blessing to uncountable number of lives. you are the pastor even in the midst of those who called themselves archbishop. you the Lord will keep on increasing you on everyside. i love you dadd G.O.

    • SMIC J

      August 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Life is full with hypocrisy. I see what Nigerians are doing to themselves and i wonder what has come over these sets of people. I love Pst Adeboye, he is a great man of God. There is Pst . Oyedepo, and others that i have come to know, these are great people and i pray to God for them every day. I have seen over the years that if these great men of God do somethings happen to do something the public don’t as much as blow it out of proportion as one of the top pastors in Nigeria (Pst. Christ Oyakhilome). I have met with him and i discovered that he as humble, loving and tolerant as a man of God is suppose to be. I see that if he spends, it will be in the paper, if he coughs, it will be in the paper, if he were the person that bought the plane it would have been in the paper as he he committed something out of this world. There are few men of God in Nigeria and Pst Chris is one i will always respect. Yes, Pst Adeboye and Oyedepo are wonderful men of God, but i know that Pst Chris is a great one too. Respect your own and let them shine. In my country, Christians don’t run themselves the way they do in Nigeria, i wonder how you guys cope. I have attended Pst Chris, Adeboye and Oyedepo meetings and, all of them are unique in there ways. Be thru to yourselves if it were today’s world, the multitude would not have agreed that any pastor should spare the woman caught in adultery. BE SMART

  48. tayo

    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    God bless you daddy

  49. samuel mwangi

    August 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    THANKS SO MUCH DADDY, GOD WILL SURELY BLESS YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK. MAY HE RICHLY REWARD YOU FOR WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING. YOU ARE NOT SAWING IN VEIN BUT YOU ARE GOING TO REAP THE BENEFIT OF YOUR WORK. AM OF THE STRONG OPINION THAT GOD IS USING YOU AND WILL HELP YOU TOUCH THE LIFES OF MANY IN AFRICA AND THE WHOLE WOLRD. YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE OF SENDING PASTOR TUNJI OLASUNKANMI TO US HERE IN KENYA NAKURU, GOD WILL SURELY BLESS ALL OF YOU.

  50. Temi

    August 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    E.A Adeboye is a man of integrity. I believe all those arguing about he own a jet or not are all christains. If you check your Bible where you see judge. It says judge not so that you will not be judge. G.O is a humble man to the core. And if you wonder why CNN didn’t ask him about the jet, they all know the source which is genuine. For critics where were you when members gave G.O jeeps and he decided to give the people that came to the camp 12 jeep. He simply ask if you believe you can own a jeep here come out. And people that have faith came out and they got.

  51. albino mayani

    September 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    May GOD bless more abundantly your service and save more souls

  52. Busolami

    November 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Daddy there is no doubt about the fact that you are really GOD sent to this generation and we bless the name of God for that. You are a role model to all the Christians because you are down to earth and so many people including i myself have prayed to be like you. I wish to serve God with that kind of heart and zeal and walk with HIM daily so as to be blameless. Daddy please continue to pray for each and every one of us that wants to serve GOD wholeheartedly and do HIS will at every point in time, GOD will continue to help you sir!

  53. Bunmi O-Joseph

    November 17, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Daddy, I want to be praying for you. Can you please send me only 2 prayer request sir. my first baby is Enoch and gifted. I am from your sister church mountain of fire. My family appreciate your family sir.We also love you and may you never be a once-upon-a-time -saint in your life time sir.

  54. Ejigboye Solomon

    March 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Daddy G.O. you are GOD sent prophet of our time. Congratulations on your 70th Anniversary. As your days are, so shall your strength be in Jesus Name. I love you sir.

  55. Raj

    March 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I was a member of the redeemed church, I am no longer. Things I find unbiblical: every month they have a theme – sent down from head office in Nigera and they must preach under this theme (that’s witchcraft) – only the holy Ghost must lead not man. Secondly the redeemed church has as its ‘symbol’ a falling dove in a round circle – all see eye of Lucifier (this is withcraft – breaks the second commandment). Thirdly, redeemed pastors will take 3/4 offering in some services – this is unbiblical fleecing the people. Forthly, there are women pastors in the redeeemed church – this is also against the word of Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour, whom clearly states – your women shall be silent in the church and no women must teach or upsurge the authourity of a man – and those who allow this and continue will be judged as supporting this rebellion against God and as we know rebellion is the sin of witchcraft as Samuel told Saul – who went to hell when he died and yet was a king in Israel.

    • jo

      April 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Please go back to 2000 bc where you belong. Thank you

    • Edward Adu

      October 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Daddy please May God continue to increase your anointing and expand your years in Jesus Name.

    • Andrew Chapman

      May 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      This is important that the churches repent of allowing women to teach in the assembly or to be in leadership over men in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is rebellion against the inspired word of God.

      Andrew

  56. Comrado k

    May 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Please let not crucify the jet for example as a teacher,if you can mould the life of a child then definitely the child through the parents cant reciprocate though am not a member of redeem but let try to stop all these allegations .what even muslims cannot say to their leader.All of us can see how muslims coperated to exornorate themselves the nonse boko haram since is part of their religion to kill people for nothng .Muslim is one let the christian also embrace peace and unity

  57. Richard

    June 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    God bless Daddy G.O,through him my love to God and the work in vineyard became easier for me,mya God continue to strenghting him.Those that are critisizing,you better read your bible well, the bibles that, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel(1contithians 1:14) my brethren stop critising him,his job is very hard and demanding,he has every right to buy that jet becos that makes the travelling much easier for him.The christians don`t co-operate and embrace unity,this attitude of bite-biting and hatred for one another,most christians are far from God,becos GOD Himself is love,but we don`t show love to our fellow brethren,may God have mercy for the christians.Please change your ways today so that you can make heaven.

  58. Taiwo O.A

    June 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

    The bible in 1 Peter 3 : 10, 11 said, 4 he dat will luv liv, and see gud des, let him refrain his tongue frm evil, and his lips dat they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do gud; let him cik peace and ensue it. Juj not ‘cus is only GOD dat can juj ritheously

  59. jackson

    September 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    daddy u are great

  60. Evg. Ane Kwaradam

    October 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    NO GOOD IS EVER APPRECIATED IN THIS WORLD. SOMETIMES PEOPLE SPEAK AS IF THOSE IN REDEEM CHURCH ARE NOT WISE LIKE THEY ARE HENCE HAVE PERMITTED A WRONG MOVE TO BUYING THE JET. WHY EVEN COMPARE CATHOLIC OR WHICH EVER CHURCH – 2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

  61. joseph

    October 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

    daddy pastor enoch adeboye may almigty GOD be your shield and covering. your destiny shall be fulfill in JESUS NAME.

  62. hilary

    December 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    i still stand on the works of jesus,i believe that man should not reward himself for serving God alow god to reward u .remember vanity upon vanity .i believe pastors should live by their salary .may God forgive our sins.

  63. ajayi samuel

    January 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    god is almight’god sign a wonder let b my portion

  64. Omage Fidelis Ohiozoje

    January 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    You should Judge urself b4 ur neighbour other churches u are mentioning are from from all these u are mentioning

  65. name

    February 2, 2013 at 12:54 am

    what is your business with his life, He i serving God not you, if youre so curious, pls ask him yourself.

  66. dike blessing

    February 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    i will serving my God not man

  67. blessing

    February 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

    it is good to serve God, and the bible said those thy trust in him shall not but shame

  68. Mimi44

    February 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    The question was not asked bcos CNN does think owing a jet makes u a made man. Do u know how many pple in the US own one and owing a jet to them is not news. It’s only news in third world countries. God bless u sir.

  69. Geoffrey

    February 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    hello pastor l have been searching for you how are you doing

  70. Adewumi Hezekiah

    February 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

    May God continue uphold rccg and make daddy to live long for our generation.

  71. Pastor Liang Kamei

    April 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Dear Pastor, Would you please mail your personal ID mail. I have a personal petition to be made.

  72. jo

    April 24, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Dear Pastor Liang.
    This is not RCCG website.
    Google is not your enemy.
    Stay blessed sir.

  73. Asubiojo Oluwasegun Michael

    May 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Daddy God bless you and your family, in Jesus name. You will end strong and well.

  74. Sobowale Keji Yetunde

    May 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Daddy, God will bless you and your family more and more in the mighty name of Jesus. more power and strength to do the work of Jesus. Amen

  75. Babarinde Abraham

    August 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    wisdom is profitable to direct. get wisdom! !

  76. bakare samson rotimi

    November 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    daddy, more grace to u ijn

  77. william hamel

    November 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    drifted away from church until I had a little problem that defied all solutions and then someone invited me to the Redeemed Christian Church of God

  78. ogayemi seun

    March 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    i need help for this from the pastor

  79. pastor Thomas Okinyi

    March 19, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Dear servant of the most High God,
    Greetings from Kenya East Africa in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.I thank God for all what is doing in your ministry through you!!He is faithful.I was lead to your website by the Lord God my father who sited on His throne their in heaven!! and after going through it,really i was touched and got interested to join hands with you for the glory of God.Here in our ministry though is young,we do pray for the Lord to open doors for us to get A servant of God who will be mentoring us also a good ministry or any organization that fears the Lord so that we can affiliate and serve the Lord together.We will be happy to work together with any who is ready to serve with us.You are welcome to Kenya,to train/speak a word to our people,encourage the total orphans,street children ,widows and people with old age so that they may have hope in the Lord Jesus Christ and God willing you can establish your ministry here in Africa start from Kenya.
    May the Lord God bless you,hope to read from you soon.
    Yours in Christ Pastor Thomas

  80. Lucy Bright-Otuonye

    March 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Daddy i wish i could be like u. Wisdom is not in the market.God bless u and RCCG all over the world.

  81. bakariyuakeemodunayo

    June 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    God will uphold u sir till the end injesus name amen I néed your prayer sir concerny My work and i like to tailk with u sir thanks

  82. Bonface

    April 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Dear beloved Servants of God,,
    Greetings in the name of the Lord.I am absolutely glad with the work that you have established in your website and may the Lord bless you.
    I am a pastor of a small church of about 65 members.Our church is independent and we love to be part of you.
    All the time we have been praying for God to direct us to His servants who can be willing to accept us to be part of them and I thank Him for his mighty connection to your ministry.I believe by faith you will accept us to be part of you.

    I also invite you to come here in Kenya and visit the church and orphans.Any question is welcome.May the lord bless you as I look forward to hear from you.
    In His Service Rejoicing
    Pastor Bonface +254791311921

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