Pastor Adeboye: A Prophet Or An Imposter – A Candid Look At His 2016 Prophecies By Ijabla Raymond
Pastor Adeboye’s prophecies for 2016 are no different from his previous ones – he has managed to keep everything fuzzed up and has avoided being specific so as not to incriminate himself in the future. However, there is one item on his list that requires scrutiny because I believe it shows Pastor Adeboye to be a manipulative person. I shall return to this in a moment.
First, let us build a quick picture of the man. Pastor Adeboye is probably the most influential pastor in Nigeria. His church has branches in almost 100 countries around the world, with an estimated 14,000 churches in Nigeria alone. The Redeemed Camp is responsible for perennial traffic congestion on the Lagos-Ibadan motorway because of where it is situated and the sheer size of the congregation that worships there. Whether the church has done enough to forestall this problem and alleviate the sufferings of road users is a subject for another day.
Pastor Adeboye’s fund raising methods are a cause for concern. He announced plans in 2013 to build a church auditorium of approximately 3km in length. To fund the project, he told his followers: “We need N1 billion from ten people . . . We also need N100 million from those who can afford it. Please see my secretary.” How many hard-working people with unquestionable source of income would dole out money on a project like that which will not yield any returns for them? This behaviour encourages corruption – the thieves who steal our commonwealth will see this as an act of buying penance from God. Pastor Adeboye is importunate – he never tires of using mental gimmicks to persuade his members to give him money. Only last month, he was reported to have told them: “Let me tell you the truth, the only reason we still take offerings is to get you out of poverty. When you give offerings you’re sending money to heaven.” A few years ago, he claimed that he drove his car without fuel from Ore to Lagos to a thunderous applause from his congregation. It beggars belief that anyone would believe this story.
To complete the picture, take a look at his 2015 prophecies and decide for yourselves whether he made any ground-breaking predictions or if he just played safe by refusing to make specific statements. (https://secure.saharareporters.com/2015/01/02/end-year-prophecies-ijabla-raymond#.VKbHn0sJtN4.wordpress). Notice that he had prophesied: “Daddy (referring to God) says all over the world insurgencies will be considerately weakened.” The terrorist activities of jihadi groups like ISIS, Boko Haram (BH) and al-Shabab in 2015 do not support this prediction. This observation alone completely invalidates his claim of speaking the mind of God.
Thankfully, the days of lying to Nigerians are drawing to a close. Information is the greatest weapon against ignorance, fear, superstitions and exploitations. Nigerians now have access to the internet and can easily cross check facts. By this time next year, we would know if a new STD has been discovered and if indeed God speaks to pastor Adeboye.
Ijabla Raymond is a medical doctor and he writes from the UK. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ijabla.Raymond@facebook.com