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“There are Things You Need…When You Have to Oversee Churches in 160 Nations, You Can’t Do That on a Bicycle” – Pastor Enoch Adeboye of RCCG on Al Jazeera | Watch the Interview

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Adeboye on Al JazeeraPastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was interviewed by Mohammed Adow of Al Jazeera. The interview which was broadcast on the 13th of April 2013 is causing feverish levels of debate online.

The overall focus of the report was the rise of new generation churches in Nigeria. The synopsis states “In Nigeria, faith-healing Pentecostal Churches promising instant miracles are drawing in more worshippers than more traditional institutions. The Redeemed Christian Church of God prides itself on holding what it calls the largest gathering of Christians in the world. And its pastor, Enoch Adeboye, has become one of the richest people in Nigeria.

From the tone of the report, it was clear that the interviewer’s perspective was that it was absurd for Nigerian pastors to live in “Palatial Mansions” and own “Private Jets”.

Pastor Adeboye responded by stating that “there are things you need…when you have to oversee churches in 160 nations, you can’t do that on a bicycle“.

The reporter Mohammed ends the report by saying “More and more Nigerians have convinced themselves that their government has gone to sleep so to their pastors they run for help

45 Comments

  1. amaka

    April 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    this man is a -!!! the pope flies commercial plane..economy for that matter…there is no justification about thi!!!! he DOES NOT NEED PLANE.. if the pope dts the leader of more tha ONE BILLION people and catholic church is everywhre in d world,so who is he to own a private jet!!!

    • Chidinma8

      April 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

      The pope isn’t an evangelist. Popes rarely travel…the Vatican is their domain

    • Itohan

      April 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

      the pope is not at the height of christianity, stop chatting nonsense. He isn’t an evangelist that has to move around… even Obama that doesn’t travel as much as Adeboye but he has a private jet bcuz of his responsibility in the event that he has to. Pls make sensible comparisons and stop being small minded.

    • Tymothy

      April 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Apostle Paul the greatest evangelist ever never owe a canoe the same with Peter that left his fishing vessel.Lets face facts.

    • OLA

      April 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      @Tyomthe,- the fact that there were no planes in Paul or Peters time?

    • nene

      April 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      i’m sorry, but NO pastor needs a private jet. PASTORS do not need it. they have their branch pastors, and that should be enough.

  2. amah

    April 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Yes my papa. When you oversee thousands of churches in hundreds of countries and you need to be somewhere urgently, a private jet becomes a necessity and not a luxury. The Lord is your strength Sir!

  3. Dlapikin

    April 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I want to know what nigerian church is present in 160 countries!

    • amah

      April 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Redeem is present in over one hundred countries. same with Winners and Lord’s Chosen.

    • Ready

      April 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

      OMG, The Lord’s Chosen…them right there…that’s another brand of Christianity. Woosah. I can’t even.

  4. Baba

    April 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

    The publication is offensive, the fact that a church which is a sacred place of worship is been compared to a coffee shop, shows bias on the part of the illiterate reporter. There are mosques in practically every building in the Arab nations, but they are not viewed as such. News reporting should be about informing and not portraying individuals or organisations in a manner that is degrading.

  5. Chic

    April 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

    My friend once invited me to a Redeemed service and they were asking people to donate money for an upcoming convention/conference/meeting or something I can’t remember what it was. The amount people gave out ehn! And some of them probably have starving relatives. I told my friend I will only donate money the day they sell some of their private jets I hear they have three. I would rather pay school fees, pay rent, feed a starving family directly than give money to some of these churches.

  6. Evezzz

    April 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Let these muslims continue to be chauvinistic and self righteous. Why wont the same guy interview boko haram or al quada? or any of the people who marry thirteen year old girls like their prophet did.

  7. Truth

    April 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Stop being ignorant, He did 1 on boko haram already. Wondering how this topic changed to the guy’s religion.
    This obviously identifies 1 of the major problems in nigeria….covering up the truth

    • Evezzz

      April 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      It changed because he was biased in his reporting. He already had an opinion and angle before asking the man questions. Adeboye never said he was selling miracles either so why did he report that? And why did he have to show people dropping money in a basket like a payment for mircles rather than tithe and offering He obvioulsy hates christianity.

  8. Godswill

    April 15, 2013 at 10:14 am

    You guys talk like if you have the opportunity to own a private jet that you won’t take it. Stop hating because been a man of God doesn’t mean that you have to suffer to do the work of God

  9. damilola

    April 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Abegy why can’t a pastor have jets if he so wishes? Because he’s a pastor does that make him less or more of a human being? If you had the money to buy jets won’t you buy. ….Nigerians can like 2 think pastor is the Holy Spirit himself. ….God’s will for us is to make exploits.if exploits to me means private jet so be it….

  10. edie

    April 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

    the bias of the reporter is clear even when the pastor was explaining to him the need for a jet, the churchh has so many mindblowing charity work, the jet does not stop it.
    no apologies to those who refuse to understand..when the truth is revealed to you you will marvel at the absurdity of men’s reasoning

    • aminu

      April 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      no apologies to aljazeera , ot that mohammed boy from somalia, the redeem church is richer than His goddam terrorist infested country

  11. Olutunji

    April 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

    No problem in having this, only that the men of God should be conscious and sensitive about the kind of live they live, and the source of their acquisitions; all eyes are on them and they images of God

  12. Sam uma

    April 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    AM NOT A PASTOR BUT I THINK SOME PASTORS NEED EVEN MORE THAN ONE JET BECAUSE OF THE WORK LOAD THEY HAVE FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER, THIS IS NOT SHOW UP BUT NECCESITY. POP GOES OUT ONCE A YEAR HE DOESENT NEED A JET.

  13. Wendy

    April 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Na wah….jet or no jet….May we all sha make heaven!! #kokoofthemara

  14. pope

    April 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Pastor Adeboye is better referred to as Dr. Enoch Adeboye, a mathematician and was a lecturer before his call as Pastor.
    In any case,he deserves luxury and necessity. Buy bicycles for him , he will take it.

  15. InCotonou

    April 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hhhmm. The interesting point for me is not really the Pastor. I’m sure there are some true “Men of God” out there. I put “Men of God” in quotes because I find it interesting that a Preacher should be called that. It is almost as if we need to elevate a person, before we can believe what they preach. So, it is no longer sufficient to be called PAstor, or Priest, of Preacher. These days it is “Man of God”, the “Anointed”, etc… Sometimes, it seems as if it is the pastors that are being worshipped. It is the same phenomen with Catholic Christians. If the Pope prays for you or with you, then it appears the prayer is stronger.

    And this is where the problem is. We feel this need to elevate mortal human beings and give them powers. We call them miracle workers and we expect them to work miracles in our lives. This is why the ranks of these churches are swelling. People want a quick fix: I want a husband, I want a child, I want a job, I want a promotion, my business shoudl become more prosperous, poverty is not my portion etc….! Religion and faith have become like commercial transactions. You want something, you pray for it, or you get the right Pastor who has “power” to pray for it and then it will happen.

    Surely, if we believe that we are all created in the image of God, then we all have “Power”?

    • Tymothy

      April 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Apostle Paul the greatest evangelist ever never owe a canoe the same with Peter that left his fishing vessel.Lets face facts.

    • I agree

      April 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Did they walk across water to the ends of the earth to preach. You need to be logical in your comparisons. Pastor Adeboye is in a million and one places all the time and if the God he serves gives him a private jet to make the ministry more efficient then so be it. He is not going to this places for vacation but to spread the good news and bless others. He did not steal it, he did not kill neither did he lie to get it. Please everyone should focus on your their own salvation and if you want to help your community do so!

    • Chinazar

      April 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Are you really as ignorant as you sound? Have you never ridden in a car? Which of the people you mentioned ever saw cars, not to talk of riding in them. Pls shut your mouth until you have something slightly reasonable to say. Understood?

  16. sedes sapientiae

    April 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    It is a blasphemy to compare a sleeping man with a dead body.Roman Pontiff with Adeboye? Cheap paid televised interview on Al-Jazeera is not a direct route to Paradise.Let the spirit of truth reveal whom you adore under the disguise of RCCG . Their end is coming soon By the seed we shall know the fruit.Just a matter of 10years!

    • Let them say

      April 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I feel pity for you.Who are you to pronounce judgement on another? This church has been around for over 30 years, here you are pronouncing doom on yourself rather than another. We all sometimes don’t agree/believe in a thing but I think the best thing to do is just keep quiet rather than condemning.
      All the best.

  17. Ayo

    April 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This preoccupation with jets and property is ridiculous. Why aren’t people interested in how much impact they have. The institutions they run, the service culture and self reliance they preach. They are larger than life examples of success and influence outside the political sphere. Nobody raises eyebrows about Dangote, Otedola and co having jets. These Pastors have put in their best and built global ministries and deserve their jets and our respect.

  18. AA

    April 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Man filled with wisdom from God,more strength has you continue in the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ even in your grey.God bless you sir!

  19. Ore

    April 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    What upsets me about all these holier than thou people is that they don’t think before they speak. You say that Pastor Adeboye should not have a jet because there are many people living in poverty. Are you saying he should wait for all the people in Nigeria to become financially sufficient before buying one? What about the poor in other countries? Surely we can’t discriminate against them, especially since we are Christians. According to your train of thought, he should then wait for every person in the whole world, to be financially sufficient before he buys a jet. I don’t think I need to convince you further that you need a shift in your thinking and if you continue on that line well, I’m really sorry for you.

    It only makes sense for him to have a jet. It’s economically efficient and WISE for someone who pastors churches in over 160 countries in the world to do that. He is constantly travelling to see them, having meetings etc. Are you telling me he should continue buying tickets, waiting in line, being at risk of cancellations and all the other hassles of flying commercial just because he’s trying to please these “holy and humble people?” It just goes to show your lack of financial responsibility and explains why most of you holier than thou people, are still where you are. You all seriously need to sit down and reorganise your thinking process.

    A comparison to the pope doesn’t make sense on many levels. The Pope is the head of the Catholic church and Pastor Adeboye is the head of RCCG not the Pentecostal church. The Pope’s decisions affect the whole Catholic church while Pastor Adeboye’s decisions affect RCCG alone. The Pope doesn’t travel to all the different catholic churches or to their group heads (if that’s how it’s run, not sure). He’s mostly in the Vatican so its obviously financially incompetent for him to do that.

    Finally, It will be wise to stop pointing fingers at people obviously doing God’s work. No focus was placed on the amount of charity work carried out in the different parishes across the 160 countries by RCCG. No one focused on the aid they sent to the flood victims, even when our so-called president did nothing. No one focused on the charities established for rehabilitating ex-prison in-mates, widows, orphans etc. It’s when he gets a jet that everyone makes noise. In the words of a famous pharisee called Gamaliel,

    “So I am telling you: Hands off these men! Let them alone. If this program or this work is merely human, it will fall apart, but if it is of God, there is nothing you can do about it—and you better not be found fighting against God!” Acts 5:38-39 (The Message).

    My advice is to position yourself and find out what the Men of God (genuine ones o!; this is where the Spirit of discernment comes in because there are fake pastors, just like fake doctors, lawyers and fake leaders form other religions) are doing and start practicing with faith. Criticizing will only leave you in the current pitiful state you’re in. A word is enough for the wise!

  20. 9japerson

    April 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Nigerians love mediocrity, Kia. when will we wake and realize that “you been a Christian does not mean you have to be poor”. Please read your bible before you comment on the material things the men of God have. Wait, its okay for the members of the church to drive big cars, own jets, own mansions but if the man of God buy one thing, then you will attack that it is your tithe. We the members sef, we are selfish and wicked. we want to cool and all fly but we want the man of God to look all wretched. Come if you dont know your bible, SHUT AND DONT COMMENT ON STUFFS LIKE THIS. The bible sef, in Genesis 24:34-35, how Abraham was wealthy, and it didnt even stop there, his servants recognized the power of God upon Abraham, that he had to pray for the same. Abraham wasnt only wealthy, his entire generations after him prospered. But before they got all this material wealty, they suffered and they made lots of sacrifice. Atleast the bible said, Isaac sowed in the land and he prospered and prospered and became more prosperous (Genesis 26). Same as Jacob, he even struggled with the Angel of God that if he is not blessed, he will not leave the Angel of God alone. The bible also says in Isaiah 45: 19 that God does not want us to labor in vain. We all pray that God should show physical evidence that we are serving Him. If the preacher is poor, we go abuse am that is He truly a man of God, if he is rich, we talk again. Abeg what do we want, remember this people are making lots of sacrifices for you, praying each day and night and neglecting their own families. Jet or no jet, if you are jealous pay the price in the right way and you will get it too. God dey watch all of you. Wake up to reality, Been a Christian does not make you live in POVERTY.

  21. Iris

    April 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    He may not be able to do it on a bicycle but he could fly commercial. I agree that the journalist sounded a bit biased already but I want to see more from churches in Nigeria and having a school does not count because tuition is still paid. I’ve been to some churches (I didn’t say ALL) where they don’t go on and on about tithes but they collect money for causes. In Nigeria 99% of the causes I’ve heard of in churches (and I’ve been to Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal churches) involve collection for church infrastructure – new building, new organs etc. I believe you should give tithes but there’s no need for them to go on and on about it during sermons. And honestly speaking, considering the blind devotion of Nigerians to churches and the amount of power the leaders have, I think they could do a lot more than they do to promote social justice. They scream about how God will bless you bountifully but briefly skim over the hard work you also need to get there. The devil and the enemies are responsible for all the bad things in your life and people believe that and refuse to take responsibility for their actions when they are wrong. Politicians steal money and then go to church to donate money as penance. Anyhow, he’s not the one I blame. After all next week if he tells his congregation he needs a second jet, some of them will sell their shoes for him. Ain’t he lucky

  22. Slice

    April 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    If I lived in Nigeria and I could afford a private jet, I would get one. If only to avoid our wretched airlines. In fact, I would even build my own airport sef.

  23. Slice

    April 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    A tip for the church’s PR. May be they should provide his itinerary for last year. Let everyone see all the places he went to last year and that might help justify the need for the Jet b/c like it or not, this private jet issue is not going anywhere and people don’t like to feel stupid. If I’m donating my money and everyone is saying you’re wasting it, I may start listening to them soon. The church needs to get ahead of this issue

  24. Hurperyermie

    April 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    A lot of people will go tot hell because of what they say, the bible says we should not judge so that we won’t be judged and that every idle word or conversation will be judged, these men of God are not called by men and the only person they submit to his God the best you can do for yourself is to go to church, praise God, listen to the word, give your tithe and offering and pay any money they ask for if you have and let God reward everybody instead of judging and saying what one is not suppose to say before u say anything remember God is watching and he is the overall judge i rest my case

  25. Georginson

    April 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Father, I am not a mediocre. Neither am I a coward. If you can give Adeboye a private jet you can do it for me too. Please do it o. And all of those people who think owing one is bad… It shows they are poor and small in their own thinking.

  26. beeess

    April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    My problem is not with the interview, I got turned off at the fact that such a reputable news source spelt his name wrong. “Aeboye” ?? They couldn’t get that right? Ugh! Anyway..it’s whatever….

  27. dindin

    April 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Y’all saying there’s poverty in naija. ..why don’t you carry ur salary and gaan give em? There’s poverty in every country. .so Nigeria isn’t the first. ..All this private jet thingy sef I tire o…den beg u make you enter am? Mtcheeeww

  28. Jeff

    April 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Ok let me ask u guz dt ar sayin dt pastor or pastors dont suppose to have jet,den is it a devil dt supose to have jet eh?or is it governors,president,ministers, senator etc dt wil ve it?mu na becareful abt d way u guz talk.if God give u money to buy jet jus buy i ok

  29. m.h

    April 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    hmmm..i worship God not any pastor,so I won’t take anybody’s side let God b d judge,I do my part drop my offering as a Church member..God is watching everybody!

  30. simisoluwa

    April 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    May God bless daddy G.o overly.may God bless me too to be able to give give daddy the latest jet on his 80th birthday.amen

  31. Tunmi

    April 17, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Nigerians and religion…shame

  32. Jack bauer

    March 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Jesus is the General Overseer not any man, the day you will live this world am sure u will not want your sweat to go to another man, definitely you will say God has just call your son

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