Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Senior Pastor of Christ Embassy, a Nigerian mega church, has caused a stir in Christian circles with controversial statements he made recently. Some people may not agree with my decision to dedicate a blog post to this issue but I feel we have a responsibility to challenge one another based on the scriptures.
The controversy is centred around the fact that in giving counsel to what I can only presume to be an individual struggling with masturbation, Pastor Chris essentially told the individual that the practise is not necessarily a sin against God as it was just a habit like any other. Just so you don’t take my word for it, here are the actual quotes:
“The reason you are thinking of stopping it (masturbation) is because you think it has become a habit for you… masturbation is not more than a habit than any other habit.
“So once you make up your mind that you want to break a particular habit, you just do it, you make up your mind… in fact the best way to break a habit is to replace it with another habit.
“There is one thing I would like to bring to your mind that may be of help to you because the reason you are thinking of stopping this is because of what you think it is.”
He further added that:
“No matter how wrong you think this is in your mind, get this straight, in itself, it is not a sin against God,”
He said that as a result of this belief that it is a sin, Satan used it to oppress people of God “making them feel ineffective and inefficient in the things of God.”
I don’t know how you feel about these comments but I find them upsetting. Here was a young man or woman with the intention of seeking wise counsel from a pastor regarding a sin they were struggling with and in the end, their actions are basically endorsed. This individual in question might now feel justified in continuing to live in what is clearly a sin against God. Masturbation is sexual immorality. Period.
These sort of comments are extremely dangerous because if you occupy a position of influence or leadership, your words can literally shape the lives of countless others. Understanding the challenges with breaking free from addictions, anyone with such an experience will tell you that justifying such sin especially through a pastor, opens doors for much more deception by the devil. The bible says that we should be able to subject our bodies to being controlled. It says we should not use our members as instruments of evil but of righteousness. The only context in which sex is permitted in our faith is within the context of marriage.
What do you guys think about this issue? I know as Christians we tend to shy away from pointing out the truth when we see deception but when you think about the millions of men who are suffering from such addictive behaviours and are suffering severe consequences as a result, we are constrained by duty to speak the truth. I have nothing personally against Pastor Chris even though so many people have much to say about his approach to ministry but I draw the line as a Christian when the truth is blatantly being twisted or misrepresented.
- Masturbation Is Not A Sin – Pastor Oyakhilome. Do You Agree? (africanleader.net)
- When Pastors Abuse Their Authority (setwatchman.com)
- The cult of Christian celebrity (gangsgoonsandgunz.rahrahrecords.com)