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David Oyedepo named World’s Richest Pastor

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That’s a lot of Benjamins!

With a net worth of $150 Million, Bishop David Oyedepo, who is the founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, is the world’s richest pastor, according to US wesbite, richestlifestyle.com. The publication describes him as “a prosperous pastor who owns private jets and homes in the US and the UK.”

Check out the full top 10 list:

10. Joseph Prince – Net worth: $5 Million (Singapore)

8. Chris Okotie – Net worth: $10 Million (Nigeria)

8. Matthew Ashimolowo – Net worth: $10 Million (Nigeria)

7. T.B. Joshua – Net worth: $15 Million (Nigeria)

6. T. D. Jakes – Net worth: $18 Million (United States)

5. Billy Graham – Net worth: $25 Million (United States)

4. Creflo Dollar – Net worth: $27 Million (United States)

3. Benny Hinn – Net worth: $42 Million (United States)

2. Chris Oyakhilome – Net worth: $50 Million (Nigeria)

1. David Oyedepo – Net worth: $150 Million (Nigeria)

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Five out of 10 of these pastors are Nigerians! Amazing.

129 Comments

  1. onye

    October 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Laughing in tongues…….hmmm

    • juste moi

      October 8, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I laugh in the spirit

    • Cream

      October 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      More like crying in tongues… Sad that Christians are storing up their treasures where rot and moth will destroy. What a waste of anointing…. And see the suit a billionaire is wearing… Money can pay for school but can’t buy you class. Sure our muslin brothers will be having a good laugh. ….see what they are doing with their wealth in the UAE… Our 5billionaire pastors cannot come together and influence a common cause to improve the impoverished lives ofNigerians. We really get the leaders we deserve…. The state of theNation is reflected by the state of the church…. I hope our generation will be different. Selah

    • Repent

      October 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Hei! wake up, money Answereth ALL things…

  2. Robin Hood

    October 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Its amazing!
    I wonder how many of their followers are worth at least half a million dollars (US$500,000). the “blind” followers will attribute this to God blessing these pastors whereas they are just being played and indirectly hustled in the name of God because the followers chose to be spiritually lazy.

  3. Aragon

    October 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    When will Igbos who flock to this man and his ilks’ ‘churches’ read the hand writing on the wall. This is why I constantly preach against the ‘YORUBA PASTOR SYNDROM’. It begars belief that even d so-called educated ones still go to these people.
    I do not hate Yoruba pastors rather I preach against funding their extravagant life-styles by so many.
    For the Eastern region -incidentally predominantly Christian, this is has become an economic battle. Our region for the past 2 decades of ‘pentecostalism’ predominantly championed by the Yorubas has been plagued with capital flight running into billions if Naira every week. It robs the region of resources to function effectivel. No people will progress in this manner.
    Unsurprisingly, our people chase the same capital they have foolishly handed to fraudstars in the name of pastors to Lagos since they cannot find work or establish a functional business in the entire Eastern region-from the tip of Bayelsa to rolling hills of Enugu state. Any wonder Lagos is over crowded.
    My campaign against Yoruba pastors and their ‘churches’ is primarily ECONOMIC. it is for the survival of our people.
    When Biafra comes, their will be no Yoruba churches in the entire East.
    This is a fight for survival. We are doomed to economic hardship if we allow this to continue.
    Ndi be anyi, bikonu, gee nu nti.

    • Thatgidigirl

      October 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      nne mechie onu ngaa!!!!! How on earth did this turn into a tribal thing??? your whole comment reeks of delirium…mcheeew!!!!

    • nosey

      October 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Are you a fool? Is Oyakhilome, Okotie, Oritsejafor etc all Yoruba? And what has tribe got to do with it?

    • Sem

      October 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      You have to be the most stupid human being on Bellanaija…My gosh how did this article take a tribal dimension…Its idiots like you who will never learn how to tackle issues…there are several pastors who are very rich and arent Yoruba…Pastors such as Okotie, Oyakhilome, Oritsejafor, Sign Fireman, Ngozi Anwunzia (of Zoe Ministries one of the first prosperity pastors in Nigeria), Mike Okonkwo of TREM etc…So dont be a moron and act like someone who is intelligent enough to use a computer…Jeez…

    • Mua

      October 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

      You are stupid. Am sure this mind set of yours will definitely be affecting your growth. Go back to the village and start up something then you will how easy it is to make money. Idiot

    • Hass Tijanni

      October 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

      My brother, is church a tribal thing? whether Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba, we are one body in Christ. Don’t sound like an uncivilized person. If it is a Yoruba man that has been blessed as a pastor, celebrate the person and find out what is your own calling. It is when you are in the center of Gods purpose for your life, that you can be blessed by God, not if you have an Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa church. shalom!

    • ogo

      May 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      yeah i know

  4. doris

    October 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Na wah oh anyway is there luck but mk dem mk sure say thy train a lot of pple in there respective church

  5. ken

    October 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Dis is an insult, oyedepo is worth more than 150m dollars. Wat are the parameters used.

    • oyin

      October 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Hmm???!!! Abeg, Is pun intended?

    • Cha cha

      October 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Insult to who? To u the zombie who keeps enriching him?

    • Gloryland

      October 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Cha cha, Insult to the kingdom. He is worth more than this. Your opinion notwithstanding.

  6. pretti

    October 8, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    interesting

  7. Busolarme

    October 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Hmmm, Sha let me Reserve my Comment before some religion Bigots attack me and start with the thou shall not Judge a Man Of God line.

    • D

      October 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Infact I read one article online like that yesterday, this dude wrote an epistle about not criticizing men of God . What makes a man, “a man of God”. I will not criticize a man of God but a man I will.

  8. a

    October 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    And yet there is so much poverty Christ please speed up your coming the world has become unbearable

    • ak

      October 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      More like, Christ please show your anger and destroy all these “pastors” who have made the church a place of profit/business

    • salome georgewill

      October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Yes i agree with you, our God is too poor to bless them to this level. God cant afford this kind of riches, heaven will be go bankrupt!

    • oyin

      October 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      “BB thumbs up” sign for this post.

  9. glorious curls

    October 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    wow, 50% are nigerians, shows there’s money in Nigeria! And Being a pastor is no longer a job for the poor
    coilsandglory.com

  10. Mee

    October 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    If he is the world richest pastor, how about Pastor Adeboye?

    • JustSaying

      October 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      @ Mee, Because Pastor Adeboye is a General Overseer of Redeemed..meaning he is just overseeing/CEO. He is not the owner of the RCCG

  11. peteru

    October 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    If you fell d world is unbearable abeg go and die. You are supposed to work hard and pray to God to bless your hustle.

  12. baboushka

    October 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    And poor people who do not know where their next meal or school fees will come from will still be sowing their financial seed into his church smh! A friend once dragged me to one of the RCCGs and when offering time came I did not give she asked why I told her to tell their overseer to sell one of his private jets if their church needs money so badly. After the service I deliberately went in search of a beggar and gave them the money that I would have given as offering,

    • oci

      October 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Love love this. People are so blind. Our Lord Jesus Christ constantly preached against riches. Anytime a rich man comes to join his ministry he asked them to sell all their belongings to the poor.

      Pastors should have a spirit of poverty.

    • T.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Jesus was not against riches. Rather, He said it was ‘hard for rich people to enter GOD’s kingdom.’ And this is because HE was concerned that the love for riches could easily outweigh love for HIM. The example you gave clearly showed this. The rich young man wasn’t willing to give up his wealth to serve GOD.
      If GOD was really against riches, how come some of HIS prominent followers were wealthy e.g Abraham, Isaac, Lot, Jacob, King David, King Solomon, Joseph of Arimathea, Barnabas, Cornelius, Dorcas, Lydia etc…I could go on! STOP READING THE BIBLE UPSIDE DOWN!!!

    • pipi

      October 9, 2014 at 8:10 am

      replying T
      can we stop confusing followers of jesus with kings of the old testament. we like to use to bible to suit our selfish ways. JESUS clearly states if u want to be my follower drop everything and follow me. When u are called to lead it is way different ( Pastor u have been called to serve). PASTORSSSSS oh stop comparing yourself to KINGS abeg… these kings had pastors (david had a pastor). compare ur self to the apostles those where the preachers… in the old testament moses, jeremaiah, elijah, elisha. etc those where men of God…… I have never ever ever read of a rich preacher never. How can u work for god and work for yourself at same time. Peter for still dey fish dey preach na if na so. The resposibilty is tooo great. Why did David was not a preacher,,, he was just a man who loved God. There are alot of rich christians and ofcourse serve the lord in thier capacity…. How can u speak the TRUTH as a pastor when u are concerned about money and connection. That why these so called rich pastors can never i repeat can never tell leaders the truth because of personal interests. RUBBISH!!!. Imagine if prophet nathan couldnt telll david the trruth when david sinned. Abeg i cant be angry this morning.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

      @T and pipi, I’m liking this debate (note I didn’t call it an argument as it would be nice for us to have a discussion from both sides without anyone becoming insultive).

      I was going to agree with what T wrote but pipi put down points which I’d never really given much thought to before now. Especially that comment about Nathan and David – very valid. If Nathan was being compromised by material gains he was enjoying from his King at the time, he wouldn’t have had the cojones to look the same man in the eye and pronounce God’s judgement upon him.

      And in fact, pipi’s analogy immediately brings the story of Micah to my mind – the prophet who dared to speak a word to the King, contrary to what other prophets in the land had spoken. See 2 Chronicles 18; he was the lone voice calling for restraint with a prediction of tears to come when the ogas of that time (King Ahab of Israel and king Jehoshaphat of Judah) wanted to go to war (where nobody sent them) and wanted to ask for God’s guidance (see foolishness). Ahab (wicked king oshi) gathered all 400 of his prophets who “washed” him with the same declaration: “Go up; for God will deliver (it) into the king’s hand.” (V5). Hian. See the kain danger to life wey compromise fit cause. In fact, the prophet Zedekiah even made a set of iron horns for Ahab, symbolising great strength which oga go use crush his enemies, Hian!

      But Jehoshaphat was not convinced and asked if there were any other prophets Ahab could call on but Ahab was not keen: “(There is) yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.” (V7). And when the messenger arrived at Micah’s house, he warned him that Ahab’s 400 prophets had all predicted success inand pleaded with Micah to give the king good news. I could go on and on about that story but it’s enough to say that Micah was bold to speak freely about how it won’t end well for the ogas (& it truly didn’t) because he wasn’t compromised.

      So thanks for that well put point, pipi. With regard to T’s own point, I’m also in agreement with the statement you made about Jesus not being against riches as there are biblical indications that some of His followers were well to do. Mary Magdalene, may have been a woman with questionable morals but when she met The Lord and decided to bring an offering of expensive perfume to annoint His feet with, we know many spoke against her actions (saying the money should have been given to the poor instead) but Jesus for His own reasons accepted that expensive offering.

      When our Lord died, Joseph of Arimethea was a man wealthy enough to own an already cut out and brand new tomb (note that most of the disciples won’t have had the financial means to have provided this) which Jesus was laid in and he also provided the rich linen to wrap the body with. And when the church began to grow, Acts 4:32-33 gives us such instight to rich people like another Joseph called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), who sold his field (landed property was a big deal then as it is now) and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. You go on to read after that the fate of Ananais and Saphira who were also wealthy but perhaps also quite dishonest.

      So thank you both for your good points made.

    • Blessed

      October 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Wrong interpretation of the bible. It is written “For our sake He (Jesus) was made poor, so we can be made rich”. It is when you have corrupt wealth that you must drop to follow Christ, where you can have goodly riches starting with the salvation of your soul. Poverty is not a kingdom way of life. For He wishes above ALL THINGS that we may PROSPER, and also be in good health, even as our SOUL PROSPERETH. Did you hear?

    • Dee dee

      October 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Which bible are you reading ……Jesus never preached about riches…. tahhh! Please back your comment with chapters n verses. Dont just type what you are not 100% about . Make sure you read” Psl 112: 1-3, matt 11:4-6, Luke 7:20-22, Daniel 11:33, ps 103:7 and then read about stories of Abraham, Joseph, the widow that gave out her oil Peter, Job, Solomon, David, they loved, feared God and had delight in the lord and he blessed them with durable wealth.. Even Jesus himself was not poor, jesus said ” love of money is the root of all evil and not money itself . We all know what happened to judas . And then read about the descrption of heaven, Some of you ought to read your bible b4 concluding , judging etc…….Politicians n other wealthy men don’t get judged but as soon as you hear men of God you automatically think they should be poor…… God owns all , he blessed them ….point blank period!

    • JustSaying

      October 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Hmmm, Give to God what belongs to God & to give alms (beggar/needy) as well.
      You will be surprise how much God will bless you in return

    • tt

      October 9, 2014 at 2:56 am

      I wish more people can do this!!!! and stop giving all of their money to church and never ending building funds…..I mean have you seen some of this buildings? What is the point of having a church that cost millions of dollars or private jets and starting a private school when your followers can barely afford to get a bus to your church. DRIVES ME NUTS!!!

    • mike

      October 9, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      ur supposedto give with one heart,not look at where ur money goes but look at God ur givin.the more u continue like that d more u’ll be poorer;
      jesus taught us ultimately how to give;give to God wat belongs to God in his house n a beggar wat God tells you to help with’.
      jesus described giving to a beggar as helpingor sympathy not giving offering.so my friend its an instruction from the word and you have to obey

  13. bruno

    October 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Oya pastor worshippers, start saying it is god, god has blessed our pastor, blah blah blah. BULLSH!T, oyedepo is a WOMAN BEATER. We haven’t forgotten about the girl you gave a heavy slap, in ur church while your ignorant, foolish members cheered loudly. Ignorance has made these pastors rich, pastor chris, the adulterer and divorcee is number 2, SMH. TB joshua the bribe giver, liar, and master of fake miracles is number 7,in number 8 we have pastor chris okotie who is also a divorcee. LOL ignorance and depression have made this men over night millionaires. Nigerians are blind, someone like me who is trying to educate and enlighten you people, u people call me names, if you like continue in your stupidity, they will keep make more cash. (Oya start saying I’m jealous of their money, SMH, that’s how all you pastor worshippers behave, all this money is ill gotten, stolen from the ignorant poor man’s pocket) you all have been brain washed. This con artists have used the bible to build empires, schools, hotels ETC, while their church members can’t even eat 3 times a day. church business is a booming business in africa, because of the ignorance and desperation. (Oya start saying Tb joshua is a philanthropist, he gave poor people bags of rice) SMH, how much did is he going to make in return after spending chicken change on bags of rice.

    • ME

      October 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Your stupidity is EPIC.

    • Gloryland

      October 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Mr. Righteous Bruno,
      You who is sooooo holy, without blemish, who has acquired PhD in criticizing people including men of God, How much are you worth or what is your worth? And who made you a judge over their conducts? Jealousy!!!

  14. Theresa Doghor

    October 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I am glad about that.
    The seed of the righteous will be mighty in the land.

    I leave both the pastors, the politicians and the ordinary man to God
    If I don’t ask Dangote how he gets his money, I shouldn’t ask any man of God, neither should I ask Mallam Musa the hausa mai guard who sells provisions near my house.
    I live and let live because gossiping doesn’t pay anyone.

    Irrespective of who is eating what, the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.

    • C'est moi

      October 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      And this is why the politicians, pastors & entrepreneurs are so thankful they operate in a country where people are too stupefied to expect any accountability thus enabling them to exploit the ignorant masses to their hearts content.

    • a

      October 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      This *seed of the righteous* is as a result of your offerings and tithes.

      Dangote made his money by being a monopolist and charging the highest cement prices in the world…. in the same country where he manufactures said cement!

      Abacha by being a looter- He stole your money.

      Your funds are going into these people’s pockets. I don’t understand why you are so willing to turn a blind eye

    • Leah

      October 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Sometimes I pray (never do) for the mental bloke people like you have because I truly believe it comes with an enormous amount of peace, hence the common phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’. Musa the guard sells provisions according to you, and Dankoke owns exclusive rights (unfairly in my opinion) to imports most goods in Nigeria. So you don’t have to ask where Dankote and Musa get their money, you already know what the do for a living. Christ himself walked around and never own a car, how on earth is a man who preaches “the word of god” richer than god himself? The man collects money from the poorest, weakest, sickest and most desperate in exchange for empty promises. I do agree with your comparison of pastors with politicians, they are all con artists.

    • Chai latte

      October 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Not only that, musa and dangote invested their own hard earned money and sweat in the what they have today. The
      Pastors and politicians she is talkn about on the other hand are basically taking from the desolate and poor and enriching their own lives while giving the masses empty promises. All oyedepo does is preach about u giving and being blessed like him… How many of his members oen private jets, mansions, or can even afford 3 square meals daily?? Till how
      Long will people keep believing these lies?! They twist the bible in their own favor which anyone can do really…,and pple buy into their lies. How can people ok with a pastor being over 100 million times richer than most of hos members?! How?? What kind of god is this wicked and impartial that oyedepo and co get too flaunt their massive wealth while the same peopple who directly contribute to his lifestyle perish in poverty?! I will never ever serve such a heartless god…that is why i gave up on christianity and im at soooo much peace today! If i were to take up any religion in the future it’ll be buddhism…. Such a peaceful and accepting religion where the teachers dont live by swindling their poor congregants. Tufiakwa!

    • ivory

      October 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      At the time Christ was on earth, were there cars? This comparison always baffles me

    • Cha cha

      October 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      @Ivory there were chariots….castles…slaves….lands….ascribed to being rich. Christ never owned any…he was a carpenter. Besides that, how is it EVER ok for a pastor who is supposed to be helping u get saved taking money from u and the poor seeking refuge and believing their false promises? Isnt that money meant to help them? Where is the help? Unbelievers offer wayyyyyyy more help to the poor than ur so-called pastors and u wonder why people don’t take christianity serious. It is such a selfish religion…extremely lenient to the pastor and their family only.

    • Just me

      October 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Such a good attitude and perspective to have about life in general.

      I think i will jump on your bandwagon to say yes, live and let live.

      I read the caption of the article, and really nothing came to my mind besides, good for him.

      On that note, moving on to the next article.

    • mike

      October 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      thank you soo much. the bible says the knowledge of God is the beginning of wisdom.and thats how t operates.
      and d bible compares wisdom as greater than Gold.
      someone like pastor chris oyakhilome who distributes millions of copies of rapsody of realities to the entire world would even be more richer but puts his money in ministry.

  15. ipad

    October 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    When will our most high come,I’m a sinner no doubt,but I wonder how nigeria would have been if it was God of the old testament
    God will judge all those using his name to obtain by trick from people.

  16. Busarni

    October 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    @baboushka; hahahahahahaha; you mean sha. Only God knows.

  17. bruno

    October 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Nicki minaj has 50+ billboard hot 100 songs that have entered the charts 3 number 1 albums, but still she doesn’t have this much money,meryl streep has been acting in critical and financially successful movies and stage plays, for the last 40 years,she has won 3 oscars, 8 golden globes but still she doesn’t have this much money like oyedepo, somebody pls tell me what I’m missing here? Is church business more profitable than show business? (We all know the answer is YES.)

    • pipi

      October 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Why not!! the church does not pay tax

  18. salome georgewill

    October 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    How many people have u helped with the little you have? or u consider what u have to little to share abi? you have no right what so ever to say that!

  19. Ese

    October 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I always ask, if you owned the world, wont you give your son anything he asks for? His father(God) owns the world, so it is only logical that his son is rich…and dont tell me you do not understand what I am saying..If you say his church members are poor or cannot afford the school, it’s because they have refused to tap into the words he has been preaching for many years now..afterall, do they force people to go to church?….What exactly are you people attacking him about? Even Pastor Adeboye has said that if you stay 6months in a church and you dont grow, then leave!

    Is it the corrupt politicians that should own fleet of private jets or a servant of God? or should they just come and give you private jet for nothing?

    @Ken, you are correct, he should even be worth more than that…

    • a

      October 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      please tell us how much YOU are worth.

    • beelady

      October 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Am assuming the rest of us are not God’s children n. I guess God plays favoritism with his children.

    • Chai latte

      October 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Lmao. Madam so oyedepo’s god/father is not also urs? Do u and the rest of his sheeples not beg him for oyedepo’s kind of wealth also?? So pastor o ismore special and god just doesnt give a shit about the rest of u
      And treats y’all like peasants hence the reason most of u are still struggling. Thanks for breaking it down for the rest of us.

    • Blessed

      October 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Ese, thanks for your points. You see some people have been so deceived by the devil to belief that poverty is synonymous to righteousness’. I read in the bible that Abraham was rich, Job was rich, Joseph Arimathea was rich, even Christ Jesus was made poor so we can be made rich, If you asked me, the man worth more than this. My dear, the whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (in all ramification). Wake up from your slumber, there are clean riches in the Lord. The earth and the fullness thereof belong to God. We children of God are priceless. If you doubt me, the worth of the precious blood of Jesus that was shed for us can tell the rest.

  20. salome georgewill

    October 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    yes i totally agree! it cant be God’s blessings, God cant afford this. He doesnt have the power to bless them thus.

    • Dumbfounded

      October 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      The creator who gave life, made the heavens and earth doesn’t have power for idle things such as money ??? Ignorance is not bliss it’s crippling. Sadly the masses chose to believe that in order for God to move in ur life you have to give a certain amount to “his servant”. God does not operate like a ‘cash and carry’

  21. Jimmy

    October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    When I saw this , I whew you jobless people will have time to post long comment. Well done sir

  22. Jimmy

    October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    When I saw this , I whew you jobless people will have time to post long comment.

  23. C'est moi

    October 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    And this is why the politicians, pastors & entrepreneurs are so thankful they operate in a country where people are too stupefied to expect any accountability thus enabling them to exploit the ignorant masses to their hearts content.

  24. bruno

    October 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I forgot to add this, nigerian pastors don’t pay taxes, they are all bunch of thieves. Stop sugar coating, stop deceiving ur self,its the truth they are all thieves.

  25. Josiah

    October 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Igbos should be wary how they spend their hard earned money to these Yoruba pastors, meanwhile when it comes to positions, they consider their brothers (Yorubas) first.
    My igbo brothers be wise.

  26. Naijatalk

    October 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    But guys, you make it seem as if these pastors became wealthy overnight. Some of the genuine ones up there, put in the work. And God is a rewarder of them that earnestly seek him. So because they are called as Pastors to work for God they should remain reasonably comfortable but not wealthy. Come on now, if you feel like it is your offering and tithes making them wealthy, then I beg you, stop giving it. See if God can be mocked.

    To all the Brunos of this world, I say to you, Go on son…… no be for my mouth you go hear say fire dey burn….
    There is reasonable criticism that inspires change, and then there is foolish talk borne out of ignorance.

    • ak

      October 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I am so sick and tired of the bull that you Christian people come up with.

      The richest people in the world do NOT make any money from their companies.. They take home maybe $1 a year… And the money they make is in STOCK OPTIONS

      Why can’t pastors be the same? Why must one man who we all know his money comes from tithing/offerings be worth so much?

      WHY cant he be content with blessing those around him aka his stock options?

      What is wrong with Africans and your inability to use your brains?

      The concept of tithing in the OT is to provide food for the priests who did not work.
      The concept of bringing the first born of the animals was to provide food for these priests.

      This money was to help them continue their work

      No one is against pastors (especially if they are FULL TIME PASTORS WITH NO OTHER SOURCE OF INCOME) being comfortable…. But IT BECOMES A PROBLEM WHEN THEY ARE LIVING EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLES OFF YOUR MONEY.

      Tithing is to provide ENOUGH- not live a LAVISH lifestyle

      Give away that money, oyedepo’s and co’

      Even the richest people give away their fortunes… HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE?

    • Chai latte

      October 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Its such a waaste
      Of time
      Tryn to talk sense into these pple. They are far gone, and the reverse psychology these pastors use on them make them very afaraid to acknowledge the truth hence “the anger of god befalls them” lol. Hobestly, nonse of these people have questioned why bill gates who isnt even a christian talkless of pastor gave 10 million towards the fight of ebola while all oyedepo and co could do is offer prayers. Can u just imagine? Their flocks aka zombies keep them in business because there is no accountability whatsoever! They will judge others till eternity for the same things their pastors do but will never hold their pastors accountable because pf fear. Ironically, the white
      Men that created christianity dont even follow the bible anymore because they are enlightened now but trust backwarded ass africans to still carry it on their head like gala in traffic . The thing taya me. Africans are always the last to wisen up yet they wonder why the rest of the world look down on them.

    • ak

      October 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      My broda!

      Make we just sidon dey sip chai latte

    • t

      October 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      the real question is, how much of your own resources have you given out. Most Nigerians are hypocrites, terribly so! You expect so much from other people and do so little or even nothing yourself!

    • kemi

      October 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Much respect mehn! Infact too much

  27. Bb

    October 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    NIHnigeria will never develop because if it does. Pastor go lose him job, in a prosperous nation people are less likely to believe in this junk called religion, thief thief politician go lose him office, because in a prosperous nation people will hold their leaders feet to fire, privatisation prophets will lose their jobs too, in a prosperous country people know privatisation will only benefit the connected not the capable!

  28. www.usaveone.blogspot.com

    October 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Obara Jisos!!!!!

  29. kemi

    October 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    And as usual d haters haff strtd hating lwkm allof u hating shu sharrrrrrrrappppppp instead of u pple to pray for his kind of blessings b der hating issh! Smh for allof una n by d way understand this a quote from Bishop oyedepo – The only difference between the money in my account and the money in your account is the amount of time i spend with God. #sefini

    • T

      October 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

      And that’s why there are so many non believers richer than U. Such arrogant rubbish. The idea of your God gives U peace of mind and U believe he gives U your wealth, I understand that but don’t deride others for not believing what U and these pastors spew. “Pray for them”. That’s real sarcasm right there

  30. D

    October 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I they say there is no money in Nigeria!!!!

  31. kemi

    October 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I weep at some comments i see here sha salome reallyyyyyyy???? Wooo u bettr ask God for forgiveness u n bruno. N im sure d only reason y pple r poor n will foreva remain poor is bcz they lack proper understanding of who God is how dear u say God cant afford it haaa infact lemme just keep quite. When God blesses you even you sef will b amazed he owns all d riches of the world n u av not because u ask not.

    To everyone criticizing i pray God will give u understanding before it is too late

    • NaMeTalkAm

      October 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      So God’s plan is to enrich pastors and let followers die in penury, ba? It’s people like you that make these pastors feel like they are untouchable.

    • mike

      October 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      your poor am sure thats why you have dat deep bitter heart,
      something tells me u even some tyms discourage others from giving in church,and as such u have become more poorer. now listen
      “”giving is not a command but a principle of God’s operation.”'”” God gave , soo many in d bible gave;abraham,isaac,joseph,david,solomon,etc.
      dont reason in canality or u”ll face Gods wrath of letting his children astray.
      i am a church goer,d only activity i participate in church is giving wat i have.
      i started slowly , now God has blessed me, i am rich n i belong in the category of the rich,not only here but also in the kingdom.

    • Repent

      October 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

      If you know the bible, you will read this “Touch not my anointed….” So it is far from a feeling, it is a command, instruction, directive from God. DO not touch a man of God.

    • Cha cha

      October 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      I weep at ur arrant
      Ignorance!!!

    • salome georgewill

      October 9, 2014 at 12:59 am

      kemi that was sarcasm my dear. i said that because of how they were sounding, they must think God isnt rich enuf to bless his servants like that na, abi wetin u want make i talk??? they cant even reason that way. All i can see is the glory of God. and just like the bible says it is foolishness to unbelievers! Lord i tap into this anionting of prosperity!

    • kemi

      October 9, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Ok salome my apologies about that. #bless

    • Gloryland

      October 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

      My dear Kemi, pls help me tell them. May God deliver them from poverty mentality. If the designer of this website was thinking like most of them, I wonder where they would have posted their poverty infected opinions. You all need deliverance.

  32. AZ

    October 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    There are currently about 200 tribes in Nigeria that do not have the bible in their language. I worship at a church in the US that sponsored a fellow Nigerian to translate the bible in to the Obolo language (somewhere in Rivers). These Nigerian Pastors are worth this but it takes foreign bible believing churches to spread the Word. The measure of a church is not in the dollar value of its members or leader but in how many can die for the name of Jesus to reign. Jesus actually said “it will be more difficult for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the hole in a needle.”

  33. Opeyemi

    October 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Everyone arguing about falsity or no falsity. Have you ever tried to imagine One’s father telling you that he can’t pay your school fees?? What would you say?? He can’t provide for me isn’t it. Everyone of you know the problem leaders face even at home. Now you are here pinpointing about false teachers. You can’t judge someone you don’t know. Know that for sure. If its your uncle or relative is in house of assembly now and your friends start saying “Your uncle is a Looter”. You would now start siding. He isn’t that o. So why crucify people as been. blind because they respect not your opinions. Settle your life first before meddling into Someone’s.

  34. Cha cha

    October 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Why r u talking to urself?

  35. BlueEyed

    October 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    The singular fact that there are 5 pastors from Nigeria says it all.

    • MT

      October 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      The fact is yet to be seen… otherwise its alleged.

  36. Tosin

    October 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Why keep money? Why not give it all away?
    That said, I respect how some of these churches have stepped in to lead and guide multitudes of Nigerians, at least away from crime and frustration. But then they usually send people on the quest for secular successes instead, not their fault because if they don’t talk success, our people will simply switch to those who do talk success.

    Visited a few of these churches. Chris Okotie’s Household was decorated like a pretty and happy oversized English cottage or something, very happy little place, beautiful music, he really has the music thing going, and very diverse, almost artsy crowd. Like people just doing their own thing. A Q and A session at the end, lol, but I employed it in my job later. You can imagine the crazy imaginative questions folks was coming up with lol.

    I went to the Chris Oyakhilome one and lasted like half-an-hour max. Mennn, what I saw was just using audio visual technology to show off miracles and hustle people for money with scientific efficiency. I promised myself I’d try again someday, in case I just caught them on an off day.

    I always mix up the Winners and Redeemed heads. Which one is Daddy GO? Which one is the richest now? Jesus rode on an ass sha, is all I know. Not a royal steed, a lowly donkey. But in Nigeria, Christianity is all tied up with lovely suits, cars, and capitalism. Fun. God wants us to be prosperous.

    I won’t talk about others.

    • Concerned_Boyfriend

      October 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      “..I went to the Chris Oyakhilome one and lasted like half-an-hour max. Mennn, what I saw was just using audio visual technology to show off miracles and hustle people for money with scientific efficiency.”….LMAO!… There’s judgement in heaven o!… I love my Pastor and church….No hustling people for money, pure and unadulterated messages every Sunday. Wish all these other churches are like us. (victoryatl.com).

    • tt

      October 9, 2014 at 3:08 am

      Love Victory! Such a simple pastor.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Oh my goodness! You’re a member of the Victory church, Atlanta?? I happend upon the church’s online sermon archives when a friend forwarded me a message a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back! Absolutely love listening to the teachings of your Pastors Dennis, Montell (can’t believe Montell Jordan became a christian and is now a pastor! Love it!) and Colleen. Very real, very open, very practical guides for actual Christian living. If I ever come to Atl (and I was planning to this year but plans changed), I’m absolutely visiting y’all! 🙂

      Another great online source of great Christian Sermons is the Brooklyn Tabernacle church. Pastor Jim and many others who teach there are just… amazingly compassionate preachers of The Word. I’m always blessed. Always.

      Since we’re giving shout outs, I have to hail my own Pastor Chris G. of the church I currently worship at (fountainoflove.org.uk) – I’ve enjoyed so much spiritual growth there, thanks to the man of God with a heart for the community… dude just wants us to make heaven and that’s enough for me.

  37. kolawole

    October 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Jesus said it will b very difficult for d rich to make heaven………..imagine a pastor wit 150 million in nigeria nd dere are ova 90 percent of graduate witout work……… I doubt if all dis soo call pastors will make heaven

  38. T.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Oga Aragon, Your biased mind failed to realise that Chris Okotie (Ibo) and Chris Oyakhilome (Edo) are non- Yorubas right? Try to be objective and stop being sentimental…it does not help!

  39. www.naijagistng.com

    October 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    wow!!! church is now like business to them,,,they just enrich themself alone and leave their followers to suffer…naija wise up

  40. stephen

    October 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hmmnnn,u jst said d must stupid tin ever,beta pray to God for forgiveness,God said u have to honour him wit ur offering n pay ur tithe to him,it is no business of ur if the pastor has heaven on earth or a jet n d church is not broke,befor u came it was already made,giving the money to a beggar is good bt jst know u didn’t give to God any offering. Ur one of those he said rob him in tithe n offering, so u are an offering thief.pray

    • T

      October 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Hahahaha. Stephen U are the kinda Christain that scares me. Good luck with your intolerance. U criticize ppl for pointing the extravagance of a pastor but U don’t see why the person is criticizing your beloved pastor. Good luck to U. As long as your conscience is clear, to each his/her own abi?

  41. Spice4real

    October 8, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    How nice to find out that a pastor can worth this amt of benjamins . Funny enfu followers shld wise up and see the straight up da tunnel. i just SMH……….. Abi! wetin i for talk really short of words.

  42. angel

    October 9, 2014 at 2:43 am

    This is not what Christ died for.
    Instead of preaching love,compassion and helping “the least of my brothers”,these pastors are saying,if you don’t give me ur pastor only,consistently,God is angry with you and will curse ur finances.It is not about tribe anymore,it’s about their common interests in fleecing people and the desperate shall fall mugu a million times!
    For those who have fallen because of men,i pray God gives you grace to repent and realize that on that day each man shall give a personal account of his life.
    I pray God opens the eyes of these people before it is too late and help us begin to seek His kingdom and righteousness first so that when the Son of Man comes,He shall find faith on earth.
    In the mean time,we should call them out on their crap,sue these blessing peddlers every once in a while to sober them a bit!
    Write petitions against them and don’t let that “touch not my anointed” quote fool u,they use it to intimidate us but truth be told,these people are anointing themselves lavishly in their bedrooms in visions of the night without any known higher authority.
    So speak up Nigeria!
    If we don’t fix this,our Children will take it to the next level!

  43. Fume

    October 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I don’t why people bother, this has been happening centuries not only in Naija. read thoroughly into the Karl Marx theory of Marxism, not just the definition please but every discourse you can find on it and you will understand better about politicians and men of God.
    P. S
    too much knowledge has it’s disadvantages. you have to know when to draw the line between logic, the revolutionary man (who sees himself as god) and spirituality

  44. ada

    October 9, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I just wanna say a couple of things…n I’m gonna mostly quote the bible…
    1) “I wish above all things that u prosper and be in good health even as ur soul prospereth” now this one is to answer those who think that because u are a servant of God, u do not deserve the right to be rich.. please again… “God blesses those that diligently serve him” said st Paul.. if God blesses a man, I don’t think anyone has the right to critize such.. ur only invoking the wrath of God on urself. . (Some people are wondering why they never succeed… sorry pls how are u supposed to when the success of others make u unhappy n u back bite n complain
    2) Touch not my anointed n do my prophet no harm… this one especially is for those who do not know that saying things that u are not sure of or are untrue against a man anointed by God is doing harm to the person..
    3) THE LORD IS A MERCIFUL GOD BUT AL SO A CONSUMING FIRE!!! let’s be mindful of the things we say…
    Finally, i’mnt a member of any of the above churches.. I’m an Anglican. . But I know well enough to respect Men of God n I’m gonna end with saying… 4) Judge not so that u yourself may not be judged..
    Thank u!

  45. KeepingItReal

    October 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

    @ Ada is the prosperity only for the Prophet and his family members?!?
    Africans and their denial, and shying away from the truth.

  46. KeepingItReal

    October 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Stephen, it’s their business, since you mentioned the members are the ones GIVING. One gives, another collects, gallivanting around, and lives lavishly.

  47. bee

    October 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I laugh when i read these comments. The Bible clearly tells us that Judgement would start from his house (The Church). We are to pray for our pastors, priests and religious leaders and not condemn them. God who they preach of is their judge. I would repeat this saying i heard….. If the God we serve that dies for us is the all sufficient creator and owner of all, He would not want his Children to be poor and wretched. Live a Godly life, sow and pay your tithe and the same God would bless you.
    By the way, the same people who give tithes and offerings in this church are receiving their blessings. that is why they come back to drop more. if you have not received pray our God is more than able. Bishop Oyedepo has businesses outside the Church so watch what you say.

  48. Ronnie

    October 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Stupid pastors wat ar dey doin wit all dis money?dey dnt help d poor nor d needy.pastors ar nt meant 2 b rich as dis ones.dey keep preaching store yur riches in heaven while dey keep theirs on earth.God is watchin u all fake pastors

  49. Zeze

    October 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I saw this a bit late so…..Some people said Dangote got rich by investing his sweat and hard earned money, were you there when he was sweating or did he give you the details of his sweat?. You woke up one morning to find him one of the richest men and you lauded him for it because “hard work pays” even though there was no day to day record of his trials n travails.Fine! Do you think that particular saying doesn’t apply to Men of God as well?…We should be proud that its men of God in the world that are doing so well because it means the gospel is and can be sponsored all over the world. If the teachings and messages of these men didn’t go round the world, they wont even be known, talk less of being rated. Where you there when some of these men were going from village to village preaching and giving comfort some 30years ago or more…..
    The bible clearly states Isaiah 1:19 TLB “if you will only let me help you i will make you rich”. They have reaped the harvest of their seeds sown in their time, money etc. in obedience to the ONE that called them and will be the ONE to judge them…
    So why shouldn’t they prove the word and their God by doing well… Wouldn’t you find it silly and a mockery that after all the time and money invested in the things of God by these men they have nothing to show for it. Do you expect them to come and give you a their bio of how they struggled early in their ministry before you are convinced…
    I advice you like Paul in the bible to say no evil about Men of God, rather keep your opinions to yourself and pray for them so that you don’t short circuit God’s blessings in your life

    • dunni

      October 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I am so happy with this comment. It saddens me that people are comparing men of God to people of the world. Meryl streep, Nicki Minaj and co. God has abundant riches and he is faithful enough to share with all his children. Even the bible says seek ye first His kingdom, and other things will follow. This just shows that these men of God follow God alone, hence HE blesses them, thereby fulfilling HIS word.
      Please note that God is no respecter of persons, if you live by His commandments, and keep HIS covenant, operating on the level of faith these men of God are, I can bet that you will receive the same treatment from him. Simple!

    • mike

      October 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      ooh my my my, am speechless. .
      i luv u brother dats all i can say. i luv d mentallity, all i can say is God is going to increase ur treasure.
      i personally luv pastor enoch, i have ever met him in kampala here in uganda.
      i call pastorCHRIS OYAKHILOME ma spiritual father coz i listened to his teaching 7yrs ago that changed d entire course of my life.
      and i will give even to my last penny for his ministry with my ears and eyes closed.

  50. Charles

    October 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Who blesses a man, God Himself or man ??? For He has given them the power to wealth. Let’s stop beefing them, they’ve paid their dues, both in the place of prayers and hardwork most of them are still paying. If you are not happy with them, pray that God should call you too and then become the New Generation / Modern Day MODEL Pastor, so that we can use you as a point of reference. Some of us can’t even fast for 24 hours… Shalom.

  51. Bisous

    October 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, in Nigeria church is a BUSINESS. God help all these so-called pastors running around with private jets, sending their kids to school abroad when the majority of their congregation cant even provide the basic needs for their families.

  52. Giant

    October 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    if these men were working hard for their money then there would be no argument here. But to get wealthy by exploiting the less fortunate is just the lowest of low. After all their source of wealth is funds from their congregation. Goodluck to them, I sincerely hope they know what they’ve gotten themselves into. For everything in life has repercussions..

  53. dotty

    October 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    BB can we GET A HATE icon for some comments? mtchewwwwww

  54. commonsense!

    October 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Sometimes it amazes me the sort of people we are as Nigerians, we just see a headline and start writing in whatever way we like without thinking with reason where this list emanated from. So Bishop Oyedepo is richer than all the great tele evangelist all over American that they overlooked them all and focused on Nigerians and Nigerians themselves are criticizing their own.
    Pst Keneath Copeland has been giving out private jets as gift to individuals for a while now, Pst Joel Olsen bought a large stadium in the US that made headlines, yet an American website claims that bishop oyedepo is the richest. Sometimes we just buy these propagandas that are trying to put us down. That is the same way the Ghanaian president said they would be exporting electricity to Nigeria, thank God its was the people of Ghana that came on this website to laugh at such statements. My point please lets try and be conscious in our remarks and even think properly we can even research before we write. It was recorded during the ikeja bomb blast incident that Bishop Oyedepo ministry gave the highest amount of support even the government acknowledged that. the same ministry single handedly brought solace to KOMA hills in abuja in 2002. Daystar church also single handedly built a government secondary school in ikosi ikeja. the churches are working in our society we should be appreciating them. and if you think its a money making venture all you need to do is go to CAC and register your church and start simple! dont pour frustrations on pastors. too long I know thanks

    • Repent

      October 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

      You have more than common sense. In fact, yours is an uncommon sense. Help me tell them.

  55. www.africanstorytellers.blogspot.com

    October 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Simply put…religion is the opium of the masses. So funny is the quote above that stated the Bishop as saying that the difference between his wealth and others is a function of how long he stays in the presence of God or something like that.
    Meanwhile, you can imagine if we all went to be in the ‘presence’ of God all day, all week what will happen to our jobs, businesses and engagements that bring the money we carry to church for tithes and offerings.
    There is God!

    africanstorytellers.blogspot.com

  56. Repent

    October 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

    You like argument too much. You wont understand, because it is written that the spiritual thing is foolishness to the carnal man. Instead of argument, why not try to do what he says he is been doing and see the outcome. Ok, since you have been going about your biz or whatever, why have you not being like him. He is telling you his secret and you are arguing. Try it and see how it works out.

  57. Ilesanmi Paul

    October 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Isaiah 61:6-7.

    And you will be called priests of the LORD,
    you will be named ministers of our God.
    You will feed on the wealth of nations,
    and in their riches you will boast.
    Instead of your shame

    7
    you will receive a double portion,
    and instead of disgrace
    you will rejoice in your inheritance.
    And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

    You keep criticizing them, why not work hard and make sure you work with Faith.

  58. Ayo

    October 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    giving and receiving is personal
    the two opinions are in a way kinda correct
    but my believe is, these spiritual leaders are as conditioned to recieve(tithes,offerings,seeds,gifts,donations etc).
    if u are a christain give if u can but condition urself to recieve too, not just to give because u’re told to do so
    it is personal o. if they so wealthy. whether followers are ignorant or not personal conditioning/faith whatever u wanna call it has a part to play

  59. chuka

    October 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    My people, i have not read this story from source, but the $150m , does it include the church and schools’ assets? I wouldnt’t think so anyway because those should be worth more than that.

    I go to Winners church and can assure you all that debates on all these issues go on internally (amongst us) at all times. So, whatever we do, is with a keen sense of awareness of whatever shortcomings there are.

    So why dont i up and leave? To where? All churches, to the extent that they are human institutions have flaws, albeit in differing degrees. Now if we all leave Winners out of feelings of self-righteousness or jusfiable indignation, what becomes of the church of christ on earth? This i ask with other churches in mind too, for instance, if all catholics leave the church because Rome is so rich when there are poor catholics or that some priests are peverts, or whatever human failings we can identify what becomes of that institution and ultimately the church of christ?

    If we know the God we profess, we willl realise that He knows that there are no perfections with humans, we are all works in progress. We should celebrate the freedom that christianity affords for us to air our views/discuss/debate/argue- whatever, but we should never lose sight of the fact that the Devil will win if we allow our dissapointments with fellow christians blind us into taking actions totally destructive of the institution of the church. Bishop Oyedepo and other ministers with their styles today will be history tomorrow, and others will take the stage- for better or for worse.. But in all, God is able to preserve His church and His people who seek Him in sincerity. God is equally able to correct the church leaders- in His own way.

    I am still in winners because all said and done, i realise i owe myself the duty to be a ‘”helper”‘
    in building the church not in destroying it. So, we all must rise up to the occassion and contribute whatever we can, under God’s guidance, to keep the House/family of God progressing so the enemy does not take advantage of us. Let us begin to be bold in thoughts and words and actions to help ourselves and our leaders. God bless us who love His name and His family/church

  60. MT

    October 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    This is cock and bull story until proven otherwise… how did they derive the numbers? which legit sources did they consult?

  61. adeola

    October 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Well ………………..SMH

  62. TOS

    October 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

    All stories about celebrated clergy men and women are based on our perception of what Jesus, church and church leaders stands for, so we Judge. Judgement must begin from the House of God. The point is, most church leaders have failed in their followship with christ, so their members are also in danger of the same. Christ followers need to be strong in finding TRUE FAITH based on the knowledge of the word of God, day~to~day living with help of HOLY SPIRIT of God and Life of Jesus the Christ(saviour). Certainly, NOT BY RELIGION of SHOWMANSHIP(found in the “house of God”), but, to show mercy and compassion for the needy, fatherless, widows, stranger around us.( i know it’s hard without questioning) Anything outside this, is not TRUE FAITH/RELIGION.

  63. ATL's finest

    October 28, 2014 at 5:21 am

    How on earth did Joel Osteen not make the list???? IJS

  64. War aganst false teaching

    January 2, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Yes, the Bible expects that much is expected from the rich:
    “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” (Lk. 12: 48).
    oyedepo is a multimillion naira “bishop”. And God expects much from him. Please also read Matt. 25: 21-. There you find Jesus entrusting various amount of talents to three of his servants. One was given five talents (money) and he was expected to come back with a return that was equivalent to his income. The man that was given two talents also did likewise-He came with a return of two talents. He was not queried by his Master for not making a return of five talents like the first servant. The master requires that his servants fulfill their responsibilities in proportion with their income; He does not require more and will not accept less. So also was the man with one talent required to make at least a return no more than one talent, but in the story, he came back with excuses but was condemned. He had not expected much of this servant in the first place; that’s why the servant received so little. So even putting the money in the bank to earn interest would have been enough. Yet the wicked and lazy servant had not even done that.
    Oyedepo has so much, and God requires so much from him, but self-centeredness and greed blindfolded him like so many wealthy people today. That is what prosperity does to so many rich people. This is true because the rich, with most of their basic physical needs met, often become self-reliant. When they feel empty, they can buy something new to dull the pain that was meant to drive them toward God. Their abundance and self-sufficiency become their deficiency. The person who has everything on earth can still lack what is most important-eternal life. This was why Jesus said that it is hard for the rich to enter into the kingdom of God. And Paul told Timothy never to flatter the rich like so many fake “Pastors” are doing today on crusades and television but to warn them (I Tim. 6: 17-20) or have them denounced if they hoard their wealth them (Jams. 5: 1-7; Mark 10:24-25).
    Thus said the lord, Oyedepo stand condemned:
    The leaders and the princes will be the first to feel the LORD’s judgment. “You have ruined Israel, which is my vineyard. You have taken advantage of the poor, filling your barns with grain extorted from helpless people.” (Isaiah 3:14)
    “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow (Isa. 1; 15-17).
    Amos denounced the rich who afflicted the poor (Amos 2:6-8; Amos 4:1; Amos 5:11; Amos 8:4-6).

  65. tony

    April 19, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Sigh for poverty minds oo, the man oyedepo God given mission is to make people rich..I ask can you expect people to belive his message if his message doÑt show in his life?

    Peasants crying that tithes and oferings have made him rich..really? How much offerings and tithes can one arrange to buy a private jet?

    There’s a bsaic law in life which is the law of faith and when understood, all things must answer to you,the man understands this law,preaches and works with it…others may not have developed their faith to that extent,so you all should keep blaming others for your poverty..for the just shal live by his own faith.
    If money was bad how come heaven is such a lovely and luxirously described place?
    You all say Jesus was poor?…..assuming you leaved in a rented apartment and your land lord came to visiting he starts knocking on everybodys door to inform them he’s the owner of the house and he’s soo rich…wouldn’t sound stupid? He owns the house he doesn’t need to brag or show off,Jesus owns all we can see and can’t see, and didn’t need anyform of show also he came as a scarificial lamb. Some one said pastors shouldn’t work, because peter didn’t..who told you that? Well the writer of most of the new testament paul was a hard worker and maker of tents and its written he who shal not work shall not eat.

    God doesn’t seek to give you wealth..he seeks to give you his word which you can translate into wealth, peace, salvation etc if you BELIEVE, if you don’t nothing will happen for you. Its such word that oyedepo is peddling and thus blessed by God.so if ye don’t believe God give you nada.

  66. alemayehu lelissa

    October 19, 2015 at 2:01 am

    how many of Nigerians are in hunger and how many Africans are died in hunger today? you knows very well but you have multiple of jets and houses.you fell nothing about them.the bible says we have the mind of christ. if you believe that show us your heart.share not only your charity but also your life.

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