President and head pastor of Believers Loveworld Ministries, Chris Oyakhilome, reportedly enjoined his members to desist from speaking against a man of God, Premium Times reports.
It was gathered that the church also suspended a pastor in Lagos, Michelle Okojie, for her “subversive activities” and reason for her suspension was not disclosed.
During the service, Pastor Oyakhilome, described a man of God as different from a preacher , as one who had been given a revelation from heaven.
“To speak against the man of God is to bring a curse on yourself and your children. When you hear people speaking against a man of God, move away from there. “Men of God don’t just talk. When they speak, God is forced to move.”
This will be the first appearance of Oyakhliome since the divorce news broke last month.
“This is the first service of this nature and I don’t know what you are expecting, but you will be blessed. “It’s gonna be a short service but will be loaded,” Mr. Oyakhilome said.
Though he was not physically present at the church’s headquarters in Lagos, he conducted the service via a telecast from the branch in Pretoria, South Africa.
After collection of offerings, it was announced that Michelle Okojie, one of the pastors in Lagos, had been suspended from the church.
In a statement issued by the church’s Secretary General, Ray Okocha, it read: “It has come to our attention that Pastor Michelle Okojie has been visiting church members in private and slandering the ministry, engaging in subversive activities that are against the scriptures.”
Citing Bible passages from Romans 16:17-20 and Titus 3:10 wherein Christians were told to “watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles,” the church warned every member of the congregation to stay away from Ms. Okojie.
“The church is not a social club where you can walk in and walk out at will and live disorderly. “Pastor Michelle is hereby suspended from the fellowship. “Avoid her. Do not fellowship with her. Do not try to counsel her or receive counsel from her. All you can do is direct her to her pastor. “Do not be a partaker of another man’s sin.”
According to Premium Times, efforts to ascertain from the church members the real reasons for Ms. Okojie’s suspension were unsuccessful as all the church members approached for comments declined to speak. But one who spoke over the telephone said that the pastor was suspended for blasphemy.
"She has been suspended for blaspheming against the ministry. But we don’t know exactly why,” said the church member who did not want her name mentioned for faith reasons. “My zonal pastor just told us we should not have communication with her,” the lady added.