|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on December 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM|
Wonders would never cease in our dear country but a melodrama bothering on criminality was recently introduced. I have never been befuddled about the Nigerian mess but the dramatic situation presented by the ever savvy, ambitious and suave businessman cum pastor, in the person of Pastor Oyedepo was another sore show.
It has the pastor, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his church, slapping a lady kneeling before him. Apparent from the video, the lady refused to admit she was a witch after several prods by the pastor.
The lady rather insisted she was a “witch for Jesus” a claim that apparently angered the pastor.
Mr Oyedepo then hit her hard on the left cheek, yelling, “Do you know who you are talking to?”
The congregation cheered but the courageous lady insisted she wasn’t a witch. The disappointed pastor dismissed the lady, saying she had no place in heaven.
Brutal methods of exorcising children and women are a common place with among Christian preachers in Nigeria.
Most times, the victims are intimidated into admitting membership of evil cults before they are subjected to different forms of cruel exorcisms.
The recent case - in Akwa Ibom State - where children were branded witches and then abused, sometimes killed – received global condemnation leading the government to ban such practices.
Many Nigerians who have seen the video took on to their social media communities to condemn the pastor’s action while hailing the lady for maintaining her stance in the face of such brutality.
The condemnation, commentators say, is not just for the pastor’s spiritual tactics but also a denunciation of violence against women.
Well, you know, the churches are so powerful in Nigeria. These men all have private jets. They live like monarchs. They are all kings as well, in the name of God. The Catholics are still there. But these Pentecostal pastors, they have stolen all of their customers. I don’t call them a congregation. They are all “customers,” because they are paying money to these men.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Affiliation: Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel
Estimated net worth: $150 million
Church: Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy
Estimated net worth: $30 million – $50 million
Church: Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)
Estimated net worth: $10 million – $15 million
Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)
Estimated net worth: $6 million – $10 million
Church: Household of God Church
Net worth: $3 million -$10 million
1000S OF THEIR CHURCHES MEMBER ARE DIE OF POVERTY EVERY MONTHS.
Read about the full list at Forbes .http://www.myweku.com/2011/06/forbes-the-five-richest-pastors-in-nigeria/