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 come under attack after the lid on his sexual relationships with several church members were blown wide open.
Pastor Sunday Adelaja, a father-of-three hails from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. With more than 25,000 members and 700 parishes in over 45 countries, The New York Times once said about the 48-year-old pastor: “Could there be a more unlikely success story in the former Soviet Union than the Rev. Sunday Adelaja, an immigrant from Nigeria who has developed an ardent — and enormous — following across Ukraine?”
In March, Pastor Adelaja after being dogged for months by rumours of committing adulteries with several female members of his church, spread across Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the United States and Uzbekistan, admitted to adultery, and was deposed as the church leader by the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith.
But a month before Pastor Adelaja confessed to sleeping with church members and parishioners, he posted a video on his blog titled “Sexual Sin Is Not Enough to Take You to Hell.”
Apostle Ulysses Tuff of The Way The Truth and The Life Christian Centre in Decatur, Georgia, who was reportedly providing spiritual care for Adelaja and his church for several years, announced the influential preacher’s defrocking and removal from all forms of ministry “until restoration.”
Tuff also concluded in a statement released by the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith that Adelaja was unrepentant and refuses to submit to spiritual and moral authority.
“During my meeting with Pastor Sunday and his wife (Pastor Bose), Pastor Sunday said that I should just tell him what to do, and he will do it,” explained Tuff in the statement.
On deeper investigation, however, he said he realized that Adelaja had deceived him.
“Initially, Pastor Adelaja informed me that he left the service, and no longer appears in the church, and he also said that he repented in front of all the victims. I found that all these actions were superficial,” said Tuff.
“Pastor Adelaja mentioned that he had a relationship with 20 or 30 women, probably, the number was more, he could not remember,” noted Tuff.
Tuff said he met with a number of Adelaja’s victims and they concluded that he needs “psychiatric help.”
“I talked with many women (married and unmarried), as well as with their husbands, and they shared with me the pain, described how pastor supervises them, and how he manipulates people.… All the stories were equally horrific, disgusting and depressing. People are very sorry about the current situation with the pastor and wanted him to have psychiatric help,” said Tuff, in a report published by Christian Post.
Before now, Pastor Adelaja was at the centre of a fraud scandal after he encouraged his church members to invest in King’s Capital, a Ponzi scheme, an investment that later turned out to be a scam where investors lost over $100 million.