Popular Nigerian pastor in Ukraine, and 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, Pastor Sunday Adelaja has faulted the preaching of Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) saying the latter was manipulating the scripture to enrich himself.
Adelaja made this observation in a video he published to YouTube, in which he replays a footage of Adeboye, lecturing on the subject ‘Sacrifice Overturns Wrath’.
During the lecture, Adeboye quotes Psalm 41:1-3, using the Scriptural reference to encourage the congregation to donate generously to the church.
“If you are a giver, when you are sick, God will visit you,” Adeboye is seen stating in the video, whilst purporting to quote the Psalm to congregants.
In the video, Adelaja pointed out that Psalm 41 actually states, “Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble,” explaining that the context refers to giving to the less privileged, not to a church or pastor.
The founder of Embassy of God described Adeboye’s interpretation as a “broad daylight lie”. “He is twisting the Bible just for people to give to him,” he angrily retorted.
Controversial media personality, Daddy Freeze, quickly latched on Adelaja’s jab at Adeboye, posting the clip on Instagram.
“Sunday Adelaja punches a hole in Pastor Adeboye’s doctrine,” Freeze wrote. “The givers the Bible is talking about are those that give to the POOR not to PASTORS!”
Freeze has been at the forefront of a very public spat with Nigerian megachurch pastors over the contentious issue of tithing.
Curiously, Adelaja used to be a regular speaker at conventions organised by the Redeemed Christian Church Of God and was even a recipient of an award from Adeboye’s church branch in Holland some years back.
In recent years, he was enmeshed in multiple sex scandals with female members of his church and also dogged by claims of financial impropriety.
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