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Secret Filming shows Pastor Praying for Undercover Reporter’s Deliverance from Homosexuality

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A reporter with Britain’s ITV went undercover as part of an investigation into alleged gay conversion therapy carried out by several organisations, including religious ones.

In this report, the reporter, armed with a hidden camera, revealed to Pastor Gbenga Samuel of Winners’ Chapel in Dartford that he was gay, and in less than an hour two pastors, including Pastor Samuel, were praying on him.

“Let there be a release. the fire come upon him!” the pastors say.

At a pre-arranged meeting, Pastor Samuel told the reporter that “something shifted” in the process of his life, “which God can fix”.

Pastor Samuel also told the reporter that society may try to convince him that being gay is right, but all that is part of a “carefully scripted” agenda by Satan.

He also compared it with the way Germans were brainwashed by Nazi propaganda.

The reporter then underwent a prayer session to fill him with the Holy Spirit and distance him from homosexuality.

Reacting to the investigation, The Evangelical Alliance, which represents thousands of Pentecostal churches in Britain, said:

“Churches and their leaders must be held accountable when they misuse their influence over others. Winners’ Chapel International is not a member of the Evangelical Alliance and we would have serious concerns regarding the behaviour depicted.”

Responding to the filming, Winners’ Chapel said it will conduct an internal investigation.

The church is open to all people, and take “inclusion and diversity very seriously,” it said.

The statement added that the church complies with the law and follow the “biblical teachings of love for everyone regardless of their belief, gender, background or sexual orientation”.

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Here’s what the reporter had to say about the experience:

From the first moment I mentioned my sexuality, presenting as a gay man to pastors at Winners’ in Dartford, their attitude was immediate and obvious.

They told me that I didn’t need to feel guilty about what I said I was, but that wasn’t in any way reassuring.

To them, it was clear that being gay was both a sin, and in some sense a sickness that is both mental and spiritual.

They described it as demonically-influenced, and so my lack of guilt was because I didn’t necessarily cause it.

I went through hours of counselling and prayer sessions, all directed at ridding me of my homosexuality.

Sometimes the prayers in themselves seemed harmless, such as for God to direct me and guide me.

I felt it changed from something that could have been comforting to something sinister and potentially traumatising.

Prayer is, for many people, a powerful and spiritual experience.

Belief in God helps many religious people in their lives in numerous ways. I grew up in the church and understand how faith can be a strength and a comfort.

But my experience at Winners’ showed that there is a disturbing ignorance around issues of sexual orientation in some churches.

Some of the pastors who counselled me made highly disturbing comments, comparing me to brainwashed children in Nazi Germany.

There was little sensitivity about how this could have been incredibly damaging to me.

 

34 Comments

  1. RichyGame

    November 13, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Homo, terrible still… and thank goodness money was not involved.

    The church did nothing wrong. I’m even shocked they are fretting and saying they are not into gay conversion. So dat one has been outlawed? They did not discriminate or cast out the reporter… only provided Biblical truths and indeed facts.

    Chai, dis world don cast aswear!

    • didi

      November 14, 2018 at 7:15 am

      This is the reason why bellanaija will collapse so hard and fast, their intention of this info was to cause gay commenters to insult pastors and make christianity look stupid but guess what bella we are here to DOMINATE, theres nothing that will make christianity accept that homosexuality is allowed what drives and sustains us is bigger than humanity combined, Abeg rest.

    • didi

      November 14, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Jesus loves you irrespective of your wrongs and its the desire of every true christian that you receive help from whatever you are battling with weither homosexuality,pornography,masturbation,depression,bipolar,stealing whatever all you need is a WORD FROM GOD THrough the BIBLE and you will be free. You must first accept jesus christ as your saviour then, he can control your life and that problem you can have authority over it. We christians love you veerrryyy much what we dont love is the ACT but we love you as a person and we welcome you 2ith open arms. Theres nobody born as a saint we are righteous because jesus paid the price. So rise up and take back that life jesus paid for. Nobody can help you if you are not determined. It doesnt take long to receive your deliverance but it takes accepting JESUS and confessing his lordship then thereafter select a scripture in the new testament that talks about your deliverance and your new life in christ, read and confess it everyday asking the holyspirit to help you. Do this until sth happens and boomm you reqlize your delivered. You are loved.

    • Jane

      November 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      There is nothing wrong with what the Pastor did. The Pastor only upheld the truth according to the word of God. He is a honest Pastor doing his job. What is the role of the church then If the Pastor cannot pray for deliverance. The man did not steal or commit adultery. He only went by the belief of the church so what’s the big deal . This is why I want to move back home. Their wahala over everything is too much. When you came into this world whether at the hospital or elsewhere with no clothes which private part did you carry now you want to change it. I beg no disturb me.

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  2. Cocolette

    November 13, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    ???? and so? If you didn’t want prayers or counseling, you could have declined. I guess this is some sort of smear campaign and you want to force the whole world to accept homosexuality as normal? Well, to some of us it isnt

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  3. Jummy

    November 13, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    This reporter is so silly! So so silly! What is the aim of this “expose?” Set aside whether or not this pastor’s “method” of ridding him of homosexuality is legit. The reporter himself said “They told me that I didn’t need to feel guilty about what I said I was, but that wasn’t in any way reassuring.”
    They didn’t throw racial slurs at him and throw him out the church. Per the Christian way they seemed like they genuinely offered to help him as homosexuality goes against the tenets of the Christian faith.

    All he could have done was decline and walk out. What was the point of deceiving them into thinking he actually wanted help all in a bid to make this “expose”? All that is showing is his anti-religious bias. Christianity is vehemently against homosexuality, as well as other sexual sins, and yes we do believe in the ethereal and that there exists a demon for homosexuality, just as there are demons behind lust, adultery, lying, and pretty much many other sins. I’m so disgusted with this entire story. The West has truly gone mad.

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    • Cocolette

      November 14, 2018 at 4:23 am

      Like!!! I’m disgusted with the reporter and more disgusted with Bella naija

  4. newbie

    November 14, 2018 at 12:42 am

    I don’t see anything wrong with what the pastor did. He acted according to his beliefs as a christian towards someone who came to him seeking help on a subject. If the reporter didn’t like what he heard, he was free to walk away. It’s ok to hold different convictions on an issue, it’s ok to agree to disagree.

  5. An Reporter

    November 14, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Bellanaija what is “An reporter”? The quality of your writing, captions and reports have dropped tremendously. My goodness. The first two words of an article on this reputable site and no one has noticed the grammatical error? You guys need to do better please.

  6. Richard Head

    November 14, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Nigerians! You are all rushing out to go live in other people’s countries but you do not want to live in accordance with their generally-accepted mores and values…smh

    • Jummy

      November 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Uncle, even westerns DON’T all accept homosexuality. So what’s your point? Would you have said this less-than-smart comment if this pastor was a white man?

    • Richard Head

      November 14, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      @Aunty Jummy, there’s a reason for the preface “generally-accepted”. Some of are circumspect with words and opinions, so next time before you rush to respond (and even add the obtuse projection of color influence), try to first to read and comprehend. This is not Janakara Market!

  7. Ross

    November 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    What many of you commenting don’t understand is the law of the land the church is in. Thats why the church quickly wrote that statement. They could get shut down for this. Your thoughts and opinions don’t count for jack. There is a law against what the church did. Period.

    • didi

      November 14, 2018 at 10:31 am

      The church did nothing wrong please and we know these laws in america and britain that these people should not be talked into changing their orientation but the case here is this reporter came with his legs to the pastors office seeking jelp in disguise, are they not testing the waters? They will drown if they dont change.

    • Nne

      November 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Educate yourself please. There’s no law against gay conversion therapy if the person WILLINGLY agrees to it.

    • Toyin

      November 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      There’s no law against what the Pastor did. I live in Britain. Stop spreading untrue News

    • Richard Head

      November 14, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      @Ross, apparently many Nigerians take the rank lawlessness that they ruined their country with along with them. When in Rome… If not, stay your arsenal back home in Remo!

  8. Uceeee

    November 14, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The devil is indeed out to destroy the church and is using the media and Journalists to carry out this plan? first of all the reporter is looking for cheap popularity and is very wrong to enter someone’s church under the guise of being gay, all in a bid to write a libelous article against the church in question. The pastor in question did not condemn him, he only said what was in line with the christian stance on homosexuality, What crime has he committed by staying true to his faith???
    The truth is that, there is a slow plan to silence the practice of Christianity all over the world by men of the underworld in high places and Christians have to speak up against this, but unfortunately most of us don.t. If this should happen in Islamic religion, they would act in such a manner that the Media house this reporter is representing, will be forced to fire him.
    It is sad that Christianity, which is one of the most peaceful and tolerant of all religions is going through persecution and much is not being done about it.

    • didi

      November 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

      My dear we must rise up and pray, use every platform we have to win as many people over. WE DONT NEED TO FIGHT FOR OURSELVES! THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S just walk in love and in the spirit cause jesus is coming for us, these attacks are not a suprise but in the end we WIN?

  9. Tony

    November 14, 2018 at 9:55 am

    So the pastor’s could not feel in their spirit that he wasn’t. Neither did they get revelation of hidden camera. Be that as it may the attention given to people’s sexuality makes me wonder.

    • Tobe

      November 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      What attention? HE was the one that put the focus on his sexuality by mentioning that he’s gay!

    • Nunu

      November 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Pastor not magician.

    • Wilmz

      November 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

      My thought exactly if the pastor is so spiritual could he not get the revelation that this person wasnt gay and was doing undercover work. All seems a bit fishy to me.

  10. Person

    November 14, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Why didn’t he walk into a mosque na? Go and try them and see what they would do to you. You didn’t have to go into a church. I am so tired of Not being able to speak our minds against what we don’t agree or believe in. Not homophobic. We just don’t think homosexuality is right. Same as adultery. Etc

    • Ada

      November 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      My thoughts exactly! It’s normal western stupidity to target Christianity and idolize islam, meanwhile these same people wouldn’t dare to live in muslim country. They wouldn’t dare. Western civilization, as flawed as it may seem by today’s standards was built on Christian principles, and was better off than other civilizations of its time.

  11. Cherie

    November 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I see the religious zealots are out in full force. E pele o, eyin omo winners.

    Tonnes of data shows that prayers don’t work, gay conversion therapy doesn’t work. You can’t change a gay person. Whether queer by nature or nurture, queerness cannot be prayed away. Oyibo people wey bring una the religion sef have been praying away gays for centuries and e neva work. But religious Nigerians love to cling to disproved beliefs. The sense of superiority they get from their churches is all many of this lot have. If they lose that, they have nothing.

    • Bunmi

      November 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      If your reading comprehension skills are up there, you will understand that people are mostly angry because he went on their turf! Their territory! He very well knows that homosexuality is against the tenets of the Christian faith.

      So if that didn’t sit well with him, why go into a church, and accept to be “delivered” from homosexuality? He’s clearly an attention-seeker and wanted cheap fame.

  12. Cocoa

    November 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    You went somewhere pretending to need help…they gave you the help they know and now you’re complaining, They prayed for you ….is that a crime?

    You go to a church that believes in the God of the Bible and you know the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin…so why are you upset that they offer you prayers and counsel?

    If you don’t want either …don’t come to a church….thats thier territory. They didnt turn up at your house uninvited. Or am I missing something.

    Sigh.

  13. Californiabawlar

    November 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I’m not even a religious nut/fanatic and don’t see the need to go ballistic on gay people like previous commenters but common! my first and honest reaction was a big ANSO?! he wasn’t doing gay conversion therapy – which is what is against the law. I mean 2-3 years ago there was a video going around with an AA man giving a testimony in church saying “I’ve been delivert, I ain’t gay nomo”.
    Silly lazy British ‘journalists’ always looking for cheap fame off of Nigeria and Nigerians. I literally saw a ‘documentary’ once about the lack of traffic lines/lanes on Lagos roads! 40mins to an hour talking about this bs! ? The next expose will be that Nigerian water is actually wet ??????

  14. Akpeno

    November 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    In as much as I could care less about someone else’s sexuality,…to each his own….

    I fail to see what the preacher did wrong… he is praying and preaching based on his beliefs.
    The reporter should be sued for baiting the pastor and fraudulent intentions.

    Most Christian churches preach against homo sexuality… they believe it is a sin because sodomy in the bible is referred to as a sin… so what do you expect when you go to a place that does not accept that lifestyle?

  15. whocares

    November 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Generally, I am against “praying the gay away”. It is wrong. I don’t care what bible passage you want to quote at me etc, that’s for you and your bible.. I think it is wrong. It is for the person to try to align their religion with their sexual preference, it is not for the church or a pastor to attempt to pray the gay out etc etc..
    Now to this specific issue, my first thought was, of alllllll the Pentecostal churches in the uk, you chose a Nigerian church.. The majority of Nigerians are homophobic, so you already know your report is imbalanced if this is how you start out for the sensationalism.. The pastor was not terrible, yes he was inappropriate, but I don;t think anything said during prayer was traumatizing.. yes, they could have been more sensitive, and maybe not even attempted to pray the gay away, but – it is a church, churches are misguided and this is what they do, so this response is not strictly a “Nigerian church” response. This report is trash because they are trying to build up anger and sensations around this story and winner’s chapel is the unwitting scape goat here. The pastor’s were not even doing a gay conversation therapy as it was so called.. it was a prayer session. A conversion therapy would involve a lot more and nothing of the sort was mentioned. That said, less praying the gay away and more acceptance from churches i think.

    • Elle

      November 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Acceptance of what is against their tenets? Yet you carried the same hand to type “it is a church, churches are misguided”. What an irony.

      Bella, I’m glad to see your intentions concerning this post backfired on you well well. Keep pushing the agenda, na here we dey.

  16. Jane

    November 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Bella. I am waiting for you to publish my comment.

  17. Wilmz

    November 15, 2018 at 11:15 am

    where did my comment go?

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