Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Public Outrage over Pastor Chris Oyahkilome's collection of gate fee during 2014 Cross Over service

Since around 2010, pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy at every Cross Over service(January 31st night) has been charging worshipers N1,000 each as gate fee to gain entry into the church HeadQuarters located at Oregun, in Lagos state. The same thing happened on the night of January 31st, 2014.

But the pastor is currently being attacked for this decision by Nigerians despite having in the past explained that the reason for collecting gate fee was to control the number of people who come for the annual service because the venue could only accommodate about 20 thousand people.

Pastor Chris says many of the people who attend the Cross Over service are not even members of the church and suggest that Nigerians can follow the program live on television.

However many people are not interested in his explanation, and they are asking why people should be made to pay gate fee to receive end of the year blessing from their pastor.

"It's really funny that a church will send a member back home if he can't pay 1k gate fee. There is God o#pastorchris", Adeola Subomi tweeted.

"Do the maths N1k each, that means the church will accrue like N10m from just the gate fee since the church is a 20k capacity. Walai Nigerian pastors sabi business die", says Okon Stephen, a Facebook user.

"It's pure extortion, how can Pastor Chris charge his members gate fee to attend his church, didn't the Bible says salvation is free?", says Alex Sogbola.

Desmond Dezzy wrote on facebook; "Is it a D'banj and 2face concert? Some of this church followers sef are just magas. Even Experience concert sef is free."

Anita Odalo is however of a different opinion and defended the clergy; "The church has done the right thing. People just lack faith. You can watch this same service live on your TV and still receive your blessings but you want to come to church by first on the 31st even when you didn't go to church throughout 2014. If a stampede happens at the venue, it's this same Nigerians that will criticise the man of God."

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