Recently, forbes listed the five richest Nigerian Pastors who are Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel, Estimated net : $150 million, Chris Oyakhilome of Belivers' Loveworld Ministries, aka Christ Embassy, Estimated net worth: $30 million - $50 million, Matthew Ashimolowo, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Estimated net worth: $6 million - $10 million, Chris Okotie of Household of God Church, Net worth: $3 million - $10 million, Temitope Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Estimated net worth:
$10 million - $15 million.
Pastor Adefarsin of House on the Rock Church was not listed and it was reported, he was not happy about this.
It was reported by Forbes he set out to prove his point to his church members at the 5-Star Eko Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos where he held this Sunday’s service.
“I am a billionaire and there is nothing anybody can do about it,” he boasted. “I have coached many billionaires and you know, the pastor of billionaires is a billionaire.”
“The preacher of a billionaire can only be a billionaire because a monkey cannot give birth to a goat and a goat cannot follow a baboon.”
“I am a preacher. I am a motivational speaker. I am a TV personality. I am a life coach. You can criticize me or slander me in the pages of newspapers but the blessings are in me and there is nothing anyone can do about it,” he bragged. As a ‘billionaire’, he went ahead to give tips to his vast congregation who apparently are all dreaming of becoming billionaires.
“To become a billionaire, Christians must simply imagine it, ask and realize that money, blessing and favour are already in them. All they need is to ‘work out’ what ‘God has already worked in.’ ”
I am not against pastors being rich but the way our Nigerian pastors behave when it comes to money seems to make money more important than things concerning the spiritual realm. Their attitude to money often brings Christianity to disrepute. It's not for me to judge any pastor but some of their actions when it comes to money do not constitute a good shepherd like Jesus Christ
What do you think?