April 6, 2024

RCCG has over 200,000 pastors in Nigeria — Adeboye

RCCG has over 200,000 pastors in Nigeria — Adeboye

Pastor E A Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God preaching art the ongoing 2018 Holy Ghost Congress at the km 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway camp of the church Photos Lamidi Bamidele

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, says the church has over 200,000 pastors in the country.

The revered cleric made this known on Friday during his sermon and anointing service at the monthly Holy Ghost service, with the theme “Shielded by Fire” at The Redemption City of God.

Adeboye, in his preaching, admonished the congregation not to mock any individual who backslides, but to take it as a lesson so they do not fall into such temptation.

He stated this while responding to media reports about a former pastor in Ireland who was alleged to have committed atrocities, noting that he’s not ‘justifying the unjustifiable.’

His words: “Do you know the Bible says he who thinks he stands should take heed, lest he falls?

“Even you standing today be careful. I pray you will never fall.”

“You can say ‘but he was ordained as a pastor’. But have you heard about backsliding? Once hot for the Lord and along the line became cold. The Bible even said ‘he that thinketh that he stand…’

“I don’t want to give the impression that I am justifying the unjustifiable. The Lord prayed all night and chose 12 disciples. One of them turned out to be Judas Iscariot. One failure out of 12.

“If you consider the number of pastors in RCCG in Nigeria, alone. Don’t let me tell you the number. But let me tell you mathematically. The number of pastors in Nigeria alone today is more than 200 thousand.

“If we find one here, one there over there, well our Lord Jesus Christ, the one we are following chose 12 but one was the devil.”

Adeboye also lamented the increase in the pump price of fuel and the hike in the electricity tariff, stating that the country’s problem is no longer natural.

“As I was coming out of the prayer room, I heard the government has increased the price of fuel and electricity tariff had increased.

“If the price of fuel increases, it means the cost of transporting the food to the market will increase. It means the food will increase in price.

“I had this feeling that the rate this is happening is no longer natural.

“And then I heard a prophet had prophesied that things would only get better towards the end of 2025,” Adeboye added.