Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of Believers' Love World Inc. (Christ Embassy Church) has described as “stupid” media publications on his alleged marital crises.
There were reports that after months of a cover up, the matrimonial crisis of charismatic Pastor Chris and his wife Rev. Anita had become public. Reports suggested, Rev. Anita had served Pastor Chris with divorce papers after initiating divorce proceedings in a London court.
Pastor Chris did not deny the divorce rumours but threatened to take legal action against some journalists for publishing stories about the divorce.
The pastor, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), called the accusations of adultery as "false and malicious."
The founder of the Christ Embassy Church speaking publicly for the first time on the alleged divorce, chastised media houses for “writing some real stupid things, frivolous charges,” about him.
"I understand that some media houses particularly in Nigeria and maybe in South Africa, I don't know but there're some of them who've been writing some real stupid things, frivolous charges, that's crazy.”
According to him, “You have to understand something about a Man of God. A man of God is not just someone who worships God or who preaches God. A man of God is handpicked by God, set on course by God. If you study the scriptures you will not find one Man of God going against God, sinning against God. No Man of God does something against the Lord… A Man of God is set on course, there is a type of life that he's been given, alright?
“But a Man of God setting himself in defiance against the word and living like they are writing those stupid things about me that I did this and I did that, you don't know who a Man of God is. I don't go in that direction. That seems crazy,” he lamented.
Pastor Chris said even "Jesus Christ was accused by many, with lots of frivolous charges. There would always be those who would like for it to be true, but you know, in spite of the accusations against Jesus, it didn't change who he was…”
“There are preachers and there are Men of God. I'm not a preacher, I'm a Man of God. Understand the difference and I go in the way I'm asked to go, it may cause some troubles with individuals, but that's not because I've done something wrong,” he said rather vaguely.
He urged his followers to pray for his 'wife', Rev. Anita and explained that if a woman is married to a Man of God it does not make her a Woman of God.
“And when it comes to Rev. Anita, what I would say to you is, pray for her… If you're married to a Man of God it doesn't make you automatically mature. You can make mistakes… but you know, people expect the wife of a Minister to definitely be at the level of the Minister.
“If a Man of God is married, it doesn't automatically mean that the wife of the Man of God is therefore a Woman of God! That's not the way it is in the Bible. That's why you don't really find the wives of Men of God mentioned in the bible. How many of them? Who was Peter's wife? Did you ever know her name? You never found out. Who was John's wife? Did you ever read the name? What about all the other apostles? How many of their names are written in the bible? You never find their names, why? Ask God when you find Him,” he rambled on.
Pastor Chris counseled that “Christians should not have a divorce. It shouldn't be but that doesn't mean a Christian may not take the step. They may do it, but that doesn't make it right. And we shouldn't take one another to court, but when it happens, not because we want to go there, someone is taking us there. That's a problem.”
“But be wise and stay focused in the Word of God, and don't let those who want to feast on things like this including Christians. The Christians who like things like this, they want to make something big out it and say yeah we said it. You said what? You should only say those things that are from God, and become honorable in your speech. And judge nothing before the time. Be wise, Glory to God,” the Man of God concluded.