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Christ Embassy Church Worshipers Decry N1,000 Gate Fee for New Year Crossover Service




Chris Oyakhilome

Some worshipers of Christ Embassy Church are unhappy about the N1,000 gate fee requirement for entry into the New Year Crossover service on December 31st, 2014, which was presided over by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

According to PM News, those who were unable to afford the fee were turned back from the church’s headquarters in Oregun, Ikeja.

Sources state that the gate fee is not a new policy. It was reportedly instituted for the December 31st, 2010 crossover service. However, many have been petitioning for the abolition of the fee, which some have described as “a form of extortion.”

In response to the criticisms, the church is said to have stated that the fee was implemented as a means of controlling the crowd, as thousands troop to the service at the end of every year.

The report also states that, “with a sitting capacity of roughly 20,000 seats, Christ Embassy might have made at least N20 million from the sale of gate passes used for the crossover service.”


  1. zeezee

    January 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    what you won’t do for religion. Has God become a rich man?

    • tosin

      January 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      I don’t think God was poor just saying

    • zeezee

      January 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      You can’t leave that sort of post and be “just saying”. That doesn’t trivialize what you typed. I believe the bible has shown us that God was a poor man, born in a manger, and lived with poor fishermen and the uneducated. What exactly are you “just saying”?

  2. bruno

    January 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I wonder what this adulterer is preaching that we haven’t heard before. the kingdom of god is at hand, repent blah blah blah.

    nigerian churches are just like music concerts. you must pay to see the performer.

    lets not forget, they don’t pay taxes,

    • Y

      January 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Please don’t say Nigerian churches are like music concerts people pay for. Don’t make a blanket statement about all of them. This happened in one church, in one night.
      The biggest music concert in Africa is organised every year by House on the Rock Church and nobody pays a dime to attend. Nobody pays a kobo as offering at the event.

    • champ

      January 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      People like u are perverts with duplexes in hell,hw much do u think u hve dat will increase d furtherance of d gospel,or dnt u knw it takes money to publish d gospel,u always speak ill abt men of God,Nigerians always become more financially inclined wen it comes to giving to God bt day dnt hesitate to pay at beer parlors,nite clubs and juju shrines,n tours and vacation.note for the fact u received d gospel free doesn’t mean it’s cheap,someone somewhere had to pay for it to get to u,#the gospel must be sponsored,no be today devil start to fight church.# most important course ever to the ends of the earth.

    • Diuto

      January 6, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Champ I liked your comment till you went off track. Preaching the gospel costs money but it should be voluntary via offerings and not gate fee. The gate fee is totally wrong. Please how much did Jesus charge to preach or feed multitudes? #justsaying

    • zeezee

      January 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Is it that expensive? Now I wonder how the apostles survived. They must have been filthy wealthy, wouldn’t they?

    • I_I

      January 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Your head is not correct.

    • Diuto

      January 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Champ I liked your comment until you got it all mixed up. The Gospel is not for sale to those who can afford it. It is for everyone free of charge. The church should raise money through offerings and free will donations. Please how much did Jesus charge to preach and heal people? A rooftop was opened to let in a man for healing and he dint turn him back. Jesus also fed multitudes without changing a dime. Anyway I dont blame Chris Oyakilome, its his members that allow themselves to be fooled with such especially as its not the first time this is happening

    • ahmed I.

      January 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

      It’s really sad that such a thing is happening in a Nigerian Church. I equally hope that you will understand that you had no right to have cursed the way you did. Are you implying that after paying N1000 to enter the “House of God”, there won’t be Offering, Tithing, Special Requests for Donations et al? Do you know how many people would have sinned against God, by spending their tithes, simply because they were denied access into the House of God?
      What is wrong is wrong… Cross Over nights are not by force, and it is PURE EXTORTION to demand payment from people who’s only crime was wanting to be in the PRESENCE of GOD on a cross over night! What sort of crowd are they controlling? Is that how God will control “CROWDS” on the LAST DAY? Haba!
      May God in His infinite mercies, REDEEM US, in Jesus’ name!

    • Royalpriest

      January 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Its easy to criticize anything and anybody. No one ever said the church aired over 2 hour program on NTA and other stations in Nigeria , africa and on satelite network on that same 31st night for free but they are quick to calculate 20 m. Nobody will make news out of that because i am sure NTA and other stations air programms for free on the 31st night and are charitable organisations. I am sure the members that paid never complained because they understood better but those who are are looking for news will publish what will sell their news without genuinely asking why or what reasons are behind it while others just follow.
      It is always better to mind your own business and stop using panadol for another mans headache.

    • Ardent Believer of Jesus Christ

      January 10, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      IS GOD COMING FROM HEAVEN TO TAKE THE MONEY????Have you forgotten that at the second coming of Jesus Christ none of these buildings or properties you all acquire will stand??? so why are all the so called ministers of God crazy over material things???: Have you also forgotten that the scriptures clearly states that a man that has no rule over his household can’t be a leader in the Church??? they always preach touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm??? WHO IS THE ANOINTED???(CHILDREN OF GOD INCLUDING YOURSELF AND THE PASTOR those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Load and personal saviour. go back and read your bible that’s why Prophet Hosea said we all perish for lack of knowledge . when you have a personal relationship with God ,no one will lead you astray ask him to reveal himself to you. God of Abraham ,Isaac and Jacob. Have a blissful day.

    • Elijah

      December 17, 2015 at 5:23 am

      Waste no time on the slow thinking enemies of the gospel who hunt for evil report to write and increase readership. Same pit will take them unless they are ready to change.

  3. mizzy

    January 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm


    • Ginika

      January 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Here is another idea or solution for crowd control, first come, first serve. First 20 000 people get in remember the parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish ladies?! First come, first serve!

    • Aii

      January 8, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Oh my goodness. You took it straight from my mouth. I guess first come first serve wouldn’t have suited them in this case. Ulterior motive and they use crowd control as an excuse. It baffles me and what baffles me most is those that paid.

  4. AB

    January 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    hmmmm..I await the comments..(Wonder if our saviour who died on the cross expecting nothing from anu of use would have done…Why dont you get an open, canopied space then if you envisage an overflow…oh well…what di I know..

  5. AB

    January 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm


  6. Kenneth Nwume

    January 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Lmao!!! What a way to reduce the influx of people to church. Nigerians can you open your eyes and serve God the way He shows you to. Whatever reason the church had to do this, it’s not encouraging for sinners like me. This sounds like a fund raising gathering. smh!!!

    • tee

      January 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      It’s funny when people who know nothing about a situation talk from outside (a place of ignorance). Is any of you aware that that same service was streamed live in all the local and international branches of the church and also on major TV stations in all those countries (which cost wayyy more millions than you think they gained from ticket fee for that service..but that’s besides the point) The choice to be in the main arena was absolutely optional and they say their reason for the fee was crowd control. That amount is really a token and the people who chose to pay against all other available options really dont mind. So you guys need to relax.

    • Aii

      January 8, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Crowd control = First come, first served.

  7. AB

    January 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    hmmmm..I await the comments..(Wonder if our saviour who died on the cross expecting nothing from any of us would have done the same…Why dont you get an open, canopied space then if you envisage an overflow…oh well…what do I know..

  8. jeyne

    January 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    na wa o is it a nite club?

  9. Changing Faces

    January 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    And people still argue for them not to be taxed? It’s sad what some churches have turned Christianity to, and you’d see people cursing others defending this madness… charging gate fee in church to control crowd? What’s the essence of church then? Is it not to get the Message to all and sundry? big shame

    • Leah

      January 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Yep! That is why the rich gets richer and the poor get stupider. I vote with you to have EVERY religious organization in any part of the world taxed. A bunch of religious entrepreneur lining their pockets off of other’ ignorance and pain.

    • bbz

      January 6, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      I do not know about Nigeria but i know for a fact that churches in Canada are taxed.

  10. ks

    January 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    And the people who paid and “crossed over” over that day are where now, exactly?? Crap! !! And how come no one made gospel preaching a course in the university when I was there?? I would have been better off “winning souls” with that in Nigeria rather than wearing wigs and gowns!!! Career mistakes !!

  11. Banjo

    January 6, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    You all can read well that it is a means of reducing the number of attendant not money making venture. We don’t want stampede pending expansion and better organization.

    • Fashionista

      January 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      You don’t need to charge to reduce the number of attendants. There is a simple concept called crowd control/ safety measures. Once capacity of the venue has been reached, you simply do not admit anymore people in! It was a blatant money making scheme – lets call it what it was. Or to give them the benefit of the doubt – poor judgment.

    • bbz

      January 6, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you jare!

    • Uru

      January 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      So will you guys give the money to the poor?? I mean since you asked for money because you don’t want “stamp”..and it’s not like y’all are ripping people off…y’all just want to control crowd.
      And hey, whoever it was that thought of this idea did not think of other ways to control crowd…it had to be money.
      Did the person consider the poor? Those that have nothing and are coming because they have faith that God will provide? So it’s only those that can afford to pay that can worship?
      Y’all are balling!!! Glorified club! smh

    • Iris

      January 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Isn’t that a convenient reason. And what do they do with the money? Since it’s purely for crowd control do they donate the money to charity then? Perhaps they use it to combat the problem of infrastructural overcrowding in Lagos? Abegi.

    • Que

      January 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Banjo, even your fingers were typing in disbelief, what your brain was transmitting to them…..

      How can charging a fee be the only way to control a crowd? Whatever happened to ‘first come, first serve’; using reservations; free invite tickets to people who indicate interest early…etc. when you want to control a crowd you have options, and certainly should have health and safety plans too…not cash deposit plans.

      . Were you expecting only 100 people when the church members were donating funds to build a 20k seater venue???

      In other news, the Lagos state overactive IRS shld leave my broke behind and follow this people charging show goers money for attendance…..see a potential 20million in one night, are you kidding me??

      Well, Oyaks and his ilk, will simply go on revealing themselves as celebrities/divas and performing artistes earning their fee, till wisdom helps d congregation.

    • Diuto

      January 7, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Very myopic view. Did Pastor Paul Adefarasin charge gate fee 4d experience? There was alot of crowd control and even a larger crowd. Keep supporting your very ‘thoughtful’ Pastor blindly

  12. aurora

    January 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    ironic, the reading today was about Jesus feeding the 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. at first the disciples were like jesus should send them away but our Lord insisted in feeding them all. and He did and ahd left overs sef. Noone should be sent away from the presence of God/house of God because of money or status or whatever
    isnt there a better way of having the cross over service without people needing to pay? HOTR does the experience at no cost at all and millions go there every year, lets not even talk about eh redeemed camp every first friday. so what is chris oyakhlomen talking about?
    God sees our hearts and judges our intentions sha. i can imagine that there would have been families who genuinely wanted to cross over in church but could because they couldnt afford it. that is sad.

  13. FA

    January 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    But they could have simply made this a ticketed event – provide free tickets on a first come first serve basis- before the event – if you don’t have a ticket you cannot attend. Crowd control issue resolved.

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      January 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      @FA: You’re on point.

    • Iris

      January 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Exactly! They could have given out free tickets until they ran out of space and then made people show their tickets at the gate. Crowd control indeed.

    • dare to be beautiful

      January 6, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      That was how it was done in Jesus house this year … ticked event for crowd control and by the time I got to church all seats were taken and I left to watch it online
      How they still have members in Christ embassy is the million dollar question

    • yt

      January 7, 2015 at 11:16 am

      @FA…LASAA organised Lagos countdown and it was free. people would have paid if they asked them to. To ensure crowd control, they had a place you register and get FREE tickets. No ticket, no entry…..end result crowd control within the venue.

    • tee

      January 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Where your treasure is, is where you heart will be also. How often is what is given for free valued? But if you paid even two cents, you would not forget to/change your mind from attending half way thereby leaving empty seats in the hall and denying other serious intending members the opportunity to be in the hall.

    • Jane Public

      January 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Salvation is free numpty

    • Diuto

      January 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

      Please ensure you pay 1k by the gate of every single service you attend. Even if its week days. Then add tithe and normal offerings n special offerings. We knw u can afford it. Bcos Jesus demanded that all his followers beginning frm his disciples shud pay gate fee each time dey go to church. More private jets, cars n houses for your pastors

  14. fleur

    January 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    if you could not afford to pay you are probably lucky. Jesus never charged and he raised the dead. Perhaps you would have been like those people who went to see the pharisees and never really saw any change in their lives until Jesus arrived. Things happen for a reason…….

  15. omoibo

    January 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Gotta pay before you crossover to the promised land 😀 ! GTFOH

  16. daisy p

    January 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Must they attend the church…..Jesus didn’t charge us before dieing on the cross of calvary

  17. Creamy

    January 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    If this is if this true,their excuse of crowd control is lame most churches r over crowed during cross over services especially the few minutes b4 midnight.

  18. Tikka Masala

    January 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    UTTERLY SHAMEFUL!!!! If this is true, this Christ Embassy and it’s head pastors should be ASHAMED of themselves! Thank God Jesus doesn’t charge money for salvation. I’m a Christian and this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while!! #MORTIFIED

  19. Chidinma

    January 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Jesus is now FOR SALE!

  20. Samy

    January 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    This is too bad, collecting gate fee to worship…Sign of end time.

  21. mywifeisfiiiiiiine

    January 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    While I am not a regular church goer, I don’t understand why people are making a fuss over this. Last time I checked there is something called “NO” in this world. If you all can pay to go to clubs and other events you may as well sacrifice 6 dollars to go and enrich your soul and maybe receive your miracle. Religion is not b by force, don’t let your fellow being control you with it. You have a choice, choose well!!

    • Idomagirl

      January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      abeg this ‘if you can pay bla, bla, bla to go clubbing’ excuse is nonsense. Why should we compare the church with a club or an event? Can you not see how wrong that is?

    • Dom

      January 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      ABI? Ask him

    • Gtouch

      January 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I can see how wrong ur mentality is. U need to upgrade. The gospel isn’t cheap. Please note, it’s not the people inside complaining. Is the 1’s outside. Choose this day, where u want to be. Inside with us or outside with the haters. I’ll pay for some haters to come in this year. Deal? Lmao

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Please don’t equate God to a club boss. This gate-fee requirement for a church is miles away from the comparison that you’ve made. Or do you think, for instance, that orphans should be charged fees to be accepted into any orphanage?

      There’s a reason why it’s called a church.

    • mywifeisfiiiiiiine

      January 6, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      See vexation o, oya let me explain again. Religion is not by force, you have a yes or no choice, choose wisely. People had the option of saying “hell to the no, I aint paying” or “yes please, make that 2 tickets. No one will accompany you to heaven or hell or for those that don’t believe you will sha find out alone if there is a heaven or hell. It’s your choice, don’t let anyone control you.

    • S!

      January 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

      You don’t pay N1,000 to go to heaven Mr. And Christ Embassy is certainly not heaven!

  22. NaijaPikin

    January 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Abeg allow the man (I refuse to call him a pastor). He has shown his hand as a fraud, but people continue to follow him like flies.

    Let the brainless ones continue to waste their resources on salvation that is free. when the scales fall from their eyes, they will return to the free true God like the rest of us.

  23. Omo daddy

    January 6, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    What other signs do we still want!!! May God have mercy

  24. Idomagirl

    January 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Na wa o. N1,000 for crossover service, is the church responsible for keeping you alive until December 31st? Why pay? This is just rubbish.

  25. halimat

    January 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    U re brainwashed already. Hope and pray God opens your eyes soonest

  26. otrizzy

    January 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Were are all those pastors worshipers ? they will soon start defending their error up with illogical reasoning, backing them selves with bible quotation ,This FRYING HEAD PASTOR IS A FRAUD .

  27. silly person

    January 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Shuoooo 1000 naira. I give up abeg. All this business centres

  28. oj

    January 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Jesus said:
    “Not everyone saying to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens but the one doing the will of my father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ and then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’.” – Matt 7:21-23
    “A good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce fine fruit….Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.” – Matt 7:18, 20

    A word is enough for the wise….

  29. Presh

    January 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    A parking fee of N1,000 and seating capacity of 20,000 persons does not equate to 20 million Naira. If the car park has a capacity of 20,000 cars then we can estimate they made at least N20m. All these mathematicians self.

    • Diuto

      January 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Presh pls read well before you post your comment. They charged a gate fee of N1000 per person not car park fee per car

    • Diuto

      January 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Presh its gate fee of 1000 per person not car park fee. Pls read the write up again

  30. adeola

    January 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Where in the scripture did people had to pay to listen to Jesus? If christianity is about christ like I wonder where this is coming from.

    • prince ajibade

      January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      THE GOSPEL IS FREE BUT IT’S NOT CHEAP. It cost money to publish it. poor folks

    • sumbury

      January 7, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Come on,close ur mouth…..yenyenyenyenyenyen…heheheh Oo,shey d offering dy r collecting in dt church is nt enof…..its naw cross over money dy wil use to publish d gospel at. dend of d year….pls nd pls,i repeat,if u knw u are frm Christ embassy,jst swallow ur tongue on top ds matter,biko nd for d percn dt said d pple in d church aren’t complaining,its we outside dt r complaining,my love,if I was in dt church, I wil tel u point blank dt wat z happening z wrong nd am sure d pple r equally,it jst takes ur deaf hears to be opened to hear dm…..

  31. Cee

    January 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    What is more saddening is the fact that some persons actually paid the 1k and entered leaving those who couldn’t pay to go home and perish yea??…people could be so gullible sometimes…smh

  32. FinchleysFinest

    January 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Ok. Let me explain.. The annual cross over service with Pastor Chris is a global service (Live Streaming to the whole world). People get sick or faint sometimes when the hall gets packed out. Hence the need for the gate fee(For crowd control….I know some of you will say why don’t they have a mechanism to control the crowd… Who says this has worked in the past? go and… And just few minutes to the the Church are over 4-5 other Christ Embassy churches showing this service as a viewing centre …so people should take several seats and not judge…especially if you don’t have the right information….)

    • prince ajibade

      January 6, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      GBAM!!!! you’ve said it all.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Your reasons still don’t justify the fee. If the hall isn’t large enough and there were viewing centers 4/5mins away, attendees who arrive after the main hall’s filled up should simply have been redirected to those viewing centers.

      Okay, let me ask you for the sake of argument – what would have happened if every single person who’d shown up at the gate had said, “okay, N1k isn’t a big deal, please give me a ticket” and the hall had STILL filled up. These would-be buyers would still have been given an apology and the directions to the viewing centers, not so?

      Bringing us back to the same question that many have asked. Exactly why did the church see the need to sell tickets to a service when free tickets and proper planning would have still achieved the same purpose? Clearly, the N1K gate fee wasn’t going to perform the magic of turning a 20,000 seat venue into a 40,000 seat venue.

      Unless (& this is my guess) the church decided that free tickets were a risk if people took tickets without turning up and it was decided that N1K was a safe token sum to ensure the commitment of those who’re billed to attended. That would still not be a valid reason to have mandated that gate fee, though…

    • bbz

      January 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I do not believe one thing you just said, and i quote “.I know some of you will say why don’t they have a mechanism to control the crowd… Who says this has worked in the past?”
      so your agument is that the mechanism to control the crowd in the past that did not invlolve money did not work but the mechanism that controlled the crowed with money invlolved worked.
      Common now did u actually analyze that before u made that statement.
      I am a born again christian and when a church starts to give excuses on why they take money from their church members then thats the last time i would have respect for that church or any pastor that associates themselves with that church.
      So i am sure they did not think of another aproach like letting their members know before then that they should come early if they want to get sits because of the capacity they can allow into the building and ones it reaches that, the church gets closed.

      Its sad and painful because i thought having churchs are ways of reaching out to lost souls and keeping the ones saved incheck for the coming of Christ. Then if thats not their agender, GoodLuck to them!

    • otrizzy

      January 7, 2015 at 9:10 am

      After you have controlled the crowed with their money ,then you would smile with their hard earn cash in your pocket singing hallelujah .Churches tuning into business enterprise hisssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

  33. yemi

    January 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Everyone has said it all,
    Paying 1k for crossing over is not encouraging @all cos people come to church by Faith not by wealth,
    What if the person can’t afford the 1k?
    Does it mean the person is not crossing over?

    • prince ajibade

      January 6, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Go to a viewing centre. its simple. why are we making issues out of nothing. must you see pastor chris live. shuooooooooo


    January 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I am more shocked that “Some” and not all were appalled by this nonsense.

  35. prince ajibade

    January 6, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I agree with you. and the truth of the matter is the venue has a capacity. the 1k gate fee is to reduce the flood of people. you have viewing centres everywhere and you don’t have to pay there.

    • Fineola

      January 7, 2015 at 1:26 am

      So can you let us know what your share is out of the 20million? How one can come on here to defend something that evidently defies all logical reasoning is beyond me. You sound more foolish with each comment.

  36. yemi

    January 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    What one church does doesnt equate to all churches. I have been to many churchesw and I have never been taxed to go for any service before. I haven’t evem paid offering in months

  37. prince ajibade

    January 6, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    why do we always complain when it comes to giving money in the house of God where your real self is being bless. you’ll rather pay 5k to watch tuface, dbanj, kcee and the rest but 1k will become problem. social medias too are not helping, no real Christ embassy member will complain of 1k (I bet you on that)

    • TrueTalkCritique

      January 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Absolute garbage! the act of giving offering and the amount you decide to give is entirely up to you and by the way, most of the monies given are mainly used to fund the rich lifestyle of the pastors. Peeps need to wake up and realise that there is a difference between religion and Christianity and not everyone who calls the name and preach the word truly serves him. What a wicked way to extort money meaning that those that truly wanted to serve God and didn’t have the money were denied the opportunity. What a ludacris society!

    • Royalpriest

      January 7, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Dude did you ever ask how much NTA charge per hour to air that program that night and when you finish calculating find out how much it cost them to air in Ghana and south Africa and on satelite and they think again about what you said.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 8, 2015 at 9:02 am

      @Royal Priest… MUST it be shown live??? Since the cost of buying TV airtime on NTA, AIT, even BBC sef is so flipping expensive, why couldn’t your leaders have simply worked within their budget?? Gospel superstardom has clearly become the new way foward & it seems the real work of the God can’t be accomplished without being on TV. So, should we assume that the spiritual enrichment of your international viewers is more important than that of those who didn’t pay the gate fee?

      Raising money for TV airtime should be a completely separate exercise from the organization of a church service and there is no justification in any of the reasons being given by you or others on this page for defending this fee. Or have we forgotten completely what it means to be Christians? This is the body of Christ!! All of what we do regarding the Church is meant to be for God (God only!) to be Glorified!! We are increasingly turning His ministry into a public joke and it is very disheartening.

      May this 2015 be the year that Christianity starts to make the news for the right reasons.

    • Sisi

      January 6, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      please do not compare paying N5000 to watch Tuface et al to paying N1000 to go to CHURCH, that’s why its called CHURCH, na wa

    • Diuto

      January 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Prince go and bury yourself in the trash. Spewing rubbish online. I’m so upset!!!!!. No real membet my foot. So you don’t have any less privileged members in your midst? So sad a semi educated person would type this. I wonder what illiterates would do then. Smh

  38. Stella Kashmoney

    January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Gate fee in church? What won’t I hear… Jesus is coming very soon.

  39. Banjo

    January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    You are on point. CB don’t have an inkling intention to make money with this one-night service. As for free ticketing, to be honest, I think this is a bright idea to whoever God destine to witness it.

  40. prince ajibade

    January 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    THE GOSPEL IS FREE BUT IT’S NOT CHEAP. It cost money to publish it. poor folks

    • Fineola

      January 7, 2015 at 1:28 am

      What did it cost Jesus to spread the word during his time?

  41. Gtouch

    January 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    #strictly4haters, it’s free on local television stations across d nation. U ain’t gotta go there mehn. It was meant for people like me that don’t mind the fee. @bellanaija, u r loving this, it’s like a hit track, bet a bunch of people will click. Strictly bizwiz, Lmao. Did he say ass n he is a Christian. Getalife.

    • Diuto

      January 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Grouch u r such a sad person. No wonder you attend Christ Embassy

  42. tish

    January 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Religion is a very sensitive topic and so are the discussions surrounding it. We need to be careful when expressing our views so that we do not sin against the Holy Spirit in our bid to show our disagreement. I’ve read some careless sweeping statements here that make me wonder if the writers are in tune with their spirituality. That we don’t know who is writing is not for God, He knows who wrote everything, so be careful. Whether you believe or not doesn’t change the fact that it’s true, so again be careful.
    That being said, I won’t pay for a cross over service. The reason for the fee doesn’t cut it for me.

    • Changing Faces

      January 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Please shut it… Who appointed you as God’s police on Bellanaija? Questioning if people are not in touch with their spirituality! Please carry your righteous self elsewhere

    • tish

      January 7, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Every christian is supposed to be God’s police in some way, if you want to decline the appointment, that’s entirely your choice. I won’t shut it by the way, I don’t need BN to say what I want to say, I’ll say it either ways. Obviously I touched something in you cos you seem hurt by the comment, hopefully you stop suppressing that voice in your head, listen to it. I repeat, a true christian will always try to be careful with words, spoken or written. We are all works in progress.

  43. chica

    January 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Prince ajibade and banjo,SMH for you two…religion Trully is overated.ISIS memebrs are killing people on a daily basis all because of religion…God direct us all thesame.

  44. True

    January 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    7 words!! By their fruits you shall know them!

  45. Ade

    January 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Firstly of all I will like to point out that there are plenty of Christ Embassy (CE) Churches in Lagos Nigeria talk-less of the whole of Nigeria/the world that watched Pastor Chris minister the New Year’s message from their viewing centers aka their church venue location or other pre planned venues without having to pay N1000.

    The programme is transmitted from an auditorium owned by CE that seats 20,000 people so technical this is not a weekly Church service venue’ meaning any one can show up to attend. The only way to control the crowd really is what i believe they did. We all know alot people tend to attend church service on New Year’s Eve. Even in my CE Church venue the place was filled up we had to use an over flow area.

    The Lord is using Pastor and it is evident like it or not.

  46. Ade

    January 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Firstly of all I will like to point out that there are plenty of Christ Embassy (CE) Churches in Lagos Nigeria talk-less of the whole of Nigeria/the world that watched Pastor Chris minister the New Year’s message from their viewing centers aka their church venue location or other pre planned venues without having to pay N1000.

    The programme was transmitted from an auditorium owned by CE that seats 20,000 people so technical this is not a weekly Church service venue’ meaning any one can show up to attend. The only way to control the crowd really is what i believe they did. We all know alot people tend to attend church service on New Year’s Eve. Even in my CE Church venue the place was filled up we had to use an over flow area.

    The Lord is using Pastor Chris and it is evident like it or not.

    • Omolola

      January 6, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      I am embarrassed for you even as a Christian. Church service should be free even for a cross-over service. Jesus didn’t charge a penny, he fed d hungry, healed the sick, preached the gospel……without collecting a ticket fee.
      Crowd control could be done on a first-come basis, the 1k was totally unnecessary.

    • Fineola

      January 7, 2015 at 1:32 am

      So what happens if more than 20000 people could afford to pay the 1k? How will that have controlled the crowd? This really makes me wonder if people think before they type or do you people think we are all brainless?

    • BlueEyed

      January 8, 2015 at 2:30 am

      Thank you for this angle, what would’ve happened then if more than 20k ppl had 1k to pay ? Is it then they would’ve thought of other crowd control measures? And if so why was money the first crowd control measure that came to mind for them?….Moving on pls

    • Ginika

      January 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I hear you but here is another idea or solution for crowd control, first come, first serve. First 20 000 people get in. Remember the parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish ladies?! What about the parable of the good farmer that sowed good seeds and the enemy planted evil seeds? The solution was to wait till the end to separate the good from the bad. Even with the selective entrance, just because you can afford it doesnt mean that the person is a true worshipper. Even thieves go to church and tithe etc. the apparent rotten ones of our society seem to have a lot of money too. I would say it isnt an effective solution or the best solution, but thats just my opinion.

    • NaijaPikin

      January 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      How do you think Jesus would feel if a sinner was ready to surrender to the Lord. Passed by Christ Embassy Church and said, “Now is the time to receive salvation”….Then the sinner reaches the door, and is asked to pay N1000 which he does not have. The sinner immediately changes his mind about salvation and walks away. 1 soul lost because of N1000

      It’s simple, churches should never hold “paid” invents on the church premise. You never know who is coming to the house of the Lord for salvation. No one should have to pay for salvation because Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross.

  47. Wemimo

    January 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    The congregation still paid offering and thanksgiving didn’t they? Wonder how much the final taking of the night was

  48. Lifted

    January 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Is this a news or gossip? Foreign media blogs and agencies report valuable things that is of economic importance. But in Nigeria, the “fameless” people/group spend over 15hrs of the day to keep talking about the famous people,yet the talkatives are not known/recognised. This is 2015. Strive to get up and grow,not talking about people on money when you can’t even eat. This man have made his money, why not think of how to defeat poverty and make yours than talk about God’s servant?

    • Reverse

      January 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

      How can they eat when your pastor takes the little they have to be rich? Please take your own advice and go make something of yourself, instead of parambulating the Internet defending rich pastors.

    • Clara

      November 2, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Abi oo.all those critizing CB are all babies spiritually.and dat Was not the only place that christ embassy held worship dat mindful of what you say about God’s servants before u infilict bible curses on urself

  49. opium4dSoul

    January 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Robust response will be provided at some point in 2015!

  50. FinchleysFinest

    January 6, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    You’ve all said it well… Back to the professor analysing my comment

    I know some of you will say why don’t they have a mechanism to control the crowd… Who says this has worked in the past?”

    Yes–Have you been Pastor Chris’ program at the stadium in Lagos before? People actually beg to be thrown to the front sit. Like for real…Some get injured, sick and tired before the word.

    To end it all: If you are a Christ Embassy Member and this method is fine by you…Happy You..If NOT…. Have you been listening to the word? 1K? some of you buy calling card and all without shaking your body with this 1k.

    If you’re not a member of Christ Embassy and you have issues with this mechanism…Biko ..Take a chill pill and focus on your ministry…

    Enough Said…Happy Nu Year

  51. scarlet

    January 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    This Prince Ajibade is a typical example of a brainwashed church goer! I tried to resist the urge to comment but your comments are so infuriating, All this silly excuses for the 1K gate fee is RIDICULOUS!!!! Yes 1K is not a biggy but why in God’s name is a church asking for gate fee for a cross over service? I no blame una! I blame the attendees, Crowd control my feet! Am not sorry to say this, your pastor simply needs the extra ego, and y’all come her and say how much is 1K, ignorance will not kill us in this country! Politicians will reap us off, pastors will reap us off….. please please please this is wrong on every level! case closed.

  52. zeezee

    January 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Jesus wouldn’t have been able to afford to attend this crusade if he were in our time.

  53. Ona

    January 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    So people are even remotely buying that BS crowd control story? Why not do first come first serve like everyone else? I mean, after the church reaches its capacity, where will people who come after sit? Wont they leave and find elsewhere? There are soooo many options but brainwashed nigerians will never consider this appalling because a “man of god” mandated it. So u’re telling me that being able to afford N1000 makes u worthy and privileged to enter church?! So those who cant afford it are turned back and those who can are ushered in, and some people still don’t see how horrible this is?! I just weak for some of u i swear. Just weak!

  54. vheeki

    January 7, 2015 at 12:09 am

    There is no excuse what so ever that qualifies taking gate fee of 1k for a cross over service! Crowd control&wa’eva are simply BS!! Its simply a money making motive by whoever thought it through & for those saying de gospel is not cheap? Let people make free will donations of their own to support the gospel not cajoling them into it in the name of gate fee. The CE head council should feel ashamed for this. Giving the likes of Bruno the right to say whatever they want. I’m a christian n I’m also appalled by this! My 2kobo…

  55. ace

    January 7, 2015 at 12:35 am

    So how did dey control the crowd at the viewing centres or is stampeding allowed there?

  56. carmen

    January 7, 2015 at 1:23 am

    even Sip does not charge an entry fee. meh

  57. Nurumba

    January 7, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Prince Ajibade, somebody comes into the church at 8pm and wants to worship. You tell him to go to the viewing center because he doesn’t have 1k. Another person comes at 11:30pm he goes in to the main auditorium because he has 1k. How will you feel if you are in the first person’s situation, sincerely from your heart oo. What your church has done is just separating the rich from the poor. It’s allowed. No problem!

  58. made

    January 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

    this is the most professional presentation of this story, i have read.

  59. miss max

    January 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I have been laughing since i read this story and the comments. My questions are: 1. so people still watched the service online at viewing centers? 2. what exactly is the point of building a 20,000 sitting capacity auditorium if you still think that it will be so crowded that you cannot control it? 3. was it only 20,000 people that were able to afford the 1k that night? others who could but came when it was filled up, what happened? 4. those who did not get in, please are they still in 2014, will they not be fulfilled or meet their expectations this year?
    I strongly support that motion of TAXING churches and Mosques.

  60. olami

    January 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    If you all know and sit down with a CE member then you shouldn’t be surprised at this,they are brain washed to live above their means, you see them talking about millions even when they don’t have a job (they call it faith). Telling them to pay 1k is nothing to the real members of CE. They pay (sow) more than that for their faith and deliverance.your words and advice can only get to them when realities of life hit them.

  61. teeteewright

    January 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

    totally disappointed at this. I wonder why men of God and churches do things that bring disrepute to God. I cant fathom why you would charge N1000 as gate fee and call it ‘crowd control’ just like someone wrote earlier..’first come, first serve’..also why not ‘overflow canopies’..its sad…i dont know any part of the bible where Jesus or his disciples charged anyone to access the gospel. And seriously speaking..churches should start paying tax, and the government needs to start addressing these kinds of issues. Its totally wrong. Gospel should be freely given.

  62. JULIE

    January 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Christ Embassy church is becoming sumthing else o. Must we pay before going to church

  63. TheCountess

    January 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I didn’t know 1000 Naira was such a large sum of money until now. The poor complain. If you are poor, you need a new church!

  64. aba

    January 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    For real????? hmmmmmmn

  65. FinchleysFinest

    January 7, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Jesus wouldn’t have been able to afford to attend this crusade if he were in our time
    .[Jesus is Rich…Stop posting Bullshit!!!]

    Its simple guys, don’t try taking panadol for someone’s headache…
    1. Are you a Christ Embassy Member – NO
    Then you shouldn’t be bothered about this …
    Do you have any issue with this 1k gate fee: Go back to your church and worship

    2. Are you a Christ Embassy Member – YES
    Do you have any issue with this 1k gate fee: YES
    You were never a member of Christ Embassy. Find a new church…

    2. Are you a Christ Embassy Member – YES
    Do you have any issue with this 1k gate fee: NO
    Keep Living In An Atmosphere Of Miracle/Triumph.

    • Helen

      January 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Please that is not a miracle. If say the church buys a new building…. That’s no miracle, they simply just used the income from gate fee to make a purchase. Business 101. Jesus didn’t charge gate fee, so no man should charge to reproduce his teachings. When pastor Chris is able to come up with his own teaching( w/o words from the bible or Jesus teaching) then he can charge for it.

    • Diuto

      January 9, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Jesus pls open his/her eyes to see the truth as he/she is totally blind

  66. FinchleysFinest

    January 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    And we stick to the Reason : Crowd Control Mechanism.

    Churches are like families, we do things differently.. I am sure most of you have had marriages and wedding ceremony where you asked your self if your inlaws are/were normal becos of their tradition. Christ Embassy is a family….RCCG is a family. Because we Walk and eat at the same time and its ok with us doesn’t mean when you Walk, EAT and Sleep at the same time in your family then we see you as strange..

    You’re trying to think corruption and churches right? Leave the Pastors to God and do your bit…. Bible never asked us to question them…Bible says Believe in the prophet.. If you are doubtful, then Go to another church where your trust in the Pastor is 100%. Enough said….

  67. Helen

    January 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    pls Nigerians it’s time to open your eyes..
    1. There is no where in the bible where it is written that you need to pay to be in the presence of God. So if someone asks you pay ask yourself what you are paying for because it’s def not for God’s presence. You pay to go into the club and that’s not for God’s presence.
    2. For ppl justifying it citing costs of spreading the gospel…. That actually show huge lack of faith on the church’s path cos you are inadvertently telling ppl that the God you serve cannot provide for your needs unless you charge gate fee. So for the ordinary man like me that can’t charge gate fee, I am doomed. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that is not the kind of God I want to serve.

  68. Anonymous

    January 7, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    There are several other ways to achieve crowd control and I would give an example.

    Please note I’m not trying to glorify my church here.
    I attend Daystar Christian Centre and we hold a yearly carol service which we do not publicise, yet we have a mammoth attendance.
    The church realised that inspite of the fact that we always made provision for huge screens outside in at least 8 locations around the church, people would still insist on sitting in the auditorium. Mind you we have Annex 1 and 2 asides the screens. People would be in church from as early as 1pm for a concert that starts at 5 pm to secure seats in the main auditorium.
    So last year the church decided to have people pre-register for the concert. Mandatory online registration, that won’t allow one individual or a family of five more than 2 attempts at registration with an email address. People would register to seat in the auditorium and the annexes. The portal was to be opened for 3 days (from 9am – 3pm) for people to register but by 12 noon on the first day all halls were fully sold out. Registration was so fool proof, people were given tags per hall they were seated with separate tags for children,teenagers and adults. The rest who want to be in church watched screens at the various locations. While people like me and my husband who no like that kin wahala watched online at home from 5 pm. Local and Satellite TV started broadcasting the event at 6pm.
    Now that is crowd control! NOBODY PAID A DIME!

    • Ni Ne

      January 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      God bless you ojare. I was just about to share the Daysatr experience regarding crowd control., proven time and time again. If Christ Embassy’s objective was to control crowd, then having people pay for tickets was not the most objective means, the least they could have done is return the money to attendees in exchange for the tickets on gaining entrance into the hall. That way, it’s obviously not about the money.

  69. FinchleysFinest

    January 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Well done Daystar/…..

    That is why Daystar is Daystar and Christ Embassy Is Christ Embassy.

    I am sure Christ Embassy Members are not complaining… so this shouldn’t be an issue.

    By the way.. I love Daystar Choir : Healing stream of God? right?

    • Diuto

      January 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Pastor Chris’ voltron u need to wake up from the spell cast on u cos your arguments r lame. Go and learn from Daystar else truthfully tell everyone Christ Embassy used the gate fee as an opportunity 2 raise funds.

  70. gerryola

    January 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    i cant stop laughing oooooo… my naija pastor with 24/7 brain alert. END TIME is nearer tho. Pastor Chris….Lmao.

  71. Clara

    November 2, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Judge no one so you won’t be judged,i never though anybody was forced to pay d money. And you d programme was on screen free of charge at every other christ embassy chapels all over D world.

  72. Bright

    February 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

    grate multitude that followed was never restricted by a form of tax, does it means that the poor who can’t afford 1000 are not permitted to cross over? the gospel is for the captives, the broken hearted, they could have shared the money to the less privileges and orphans.

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