I really don’t know what to make of this story. I hear Christ Embassy has been charging its members who wish to attend the crossover service a N1,000 ($6) gate fee and this has been going on since 2010.
According to Linda Ikeji Blog:
“Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy made his followers pay N1,000 each as gate fee to attend the Church’s New Year Crossover service which held at their Ikeja church HQ on Dec. 31st, 2014. The ones who could afford to buy the gate pass were allowed in, the ones who couldn’t were asked to go back. Now, some of them are mad [angry].
In 2013, the church said the reason they did this was to reduce the number of people who come for the annual service, because the venue couldn’t handle the thousands that showed up, many or whom were not even members of the church. So, it was their own way of controlling the crowd.
So the HQ sitting capacity is about 20k, and let’s say half of the crowd paid N1k each, that would be about N10m for the church from just gate fee. Some say it’s extortion, that no church should ever ask for money for members to attend, some say they understand why the church would insist on this.”
Then the blogger asked at the end of her post:
“What do you think? Is crowd control a reasonable excuse to collect gate fee at a church?”
Pastor Oyakhilome is a man I greatly respect, for the simple fact that he was the first man of God who opened my eyes to see the rhema in God’s Word and how to apply it to my everyday life to achieve both physical and spiritual success. There is no doubt that he carries an unusual unction.
Having said that, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t question this action which for now has no logical explanation. I know one of my readers is a staunch Christ Embassy member. I don’t want to call him out…yet to explain this practice to us. But I might do so eventually. I’m hopinghe gets to read this and throw more light on this issue in the comments section.
Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to charge people money before they can gain access to worship their God. The faith of many might be damaged and the trust they put in the ministry may diminish especially nowadays that fake men of God are springing up everywhere.
I perceive Pastor Oyakhilome to be one of the End Time generals that should keep the Lord’s banner flying in order to preserve God’s sheep on Earth.
Like I said, this deevanalysis isn’t complete until we hear the other side of the story. Any Christ Embassy member in the house to enlighten us please?