Sunday Adelaja, founder and senior pastor of one of Europe’s largest churches, The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations church in Kiev, Ukraine, has said that sinners deserved help and condemnation.
Pastor Adelaja made this plea in an interview where he denied his reported confession to multiple adulteries, and hinted at his plan to establish a church in Nigeria.
“When people fail, sin or make mistakes in life, especially when they are pastors, you must first of all think of how to help them and restore them, rather than seeking to destroy them further.
“Jesus said they that are without sin should cast the first stone. But when we know that we are all fallible, we have to extend mercy to others rather than passing judgment. This does not just pertain to pastors or ministers, all men must be treated with some amount of understanding,” the Ijebu-born pastor pleaded.
Denying the adultery scandal that recently rocked him in Ukraine, the father-of-three said, “First of all, the media is making too much noise about it. I was said to have confessed to some people in Russia about having sexual relationship with 20 women but I have not been to Russia in the last 10 years.
“It’s part of a conspiracy by some former members of my church leadership who, after hearing that I was leaving for Africa, decided to take advantage of the vacuum to gain for themselves temporary benefits.
“This is nothing new really. In the Bible, Paul spoke of similar situation. He warned that when he departed from his congregation, the wolves will come in sheep’s clothing to take over. To attain that goal, they are ready to do anything.”