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Masturbation Controversy: Pastors Blast Oyakhilome

Published on February 27, 2012 by   ·   131 Comments

Pastors in Nigeria have lambasted the founder, Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome over his comment that masturbation is not a sin against God but a mere habit that God is not angry about.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Since the controversial pastor made the comment recently, angry reactions have been pouring in from Christendom over what they called heresy, being preached by the pastor, which negates the words of God.

Oyakhilome was asked by one of his pastors how one could overcome masturbation and he replied that “the reason you are thinking of stopping it (masturbation) is because you think it has become a habit for you… masturbation is not more than a habit than any other habit.

“So once you make up your mind that you want to break a particular habit, you just do it, you make up your mind… in fact the best way to break a habit is to replace it with another habit.

“There is one thing I would like to bring to your mind that may be of help to you because the reason you are thinking of stopping this is because of what you think it is.”

He added that “no matter how wrong you think this is in your mind, get this straight, in itself, it is not a sin against God,” emphasising that as a result of this belief that it is a sin, Satan used it to oppress people of God “making them feel ineffective and inefficient in the things of God.”

Reacting to Oyakhilome’s comment, the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr. Ola Makinde said there was only one way of having sex permitted by God in the Bible, which is only through marriage.

“There is only one way of having sex in the Bible which is natural. Masturbation is unnatural and unethical. Whatever is unnatural and unethical is abomination. I leave him to his own opinion,” he said.

According to Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, every believer must be able to subject his body to control because it could lead to something else.

Popular Evangelist, Pastor Akin Fasawe said Masturbation is a sin as stipulated in the Bible, saying that death was even recommended in the Bible for those who practiced such things.

“Masturbation is a sin because when you masturbate, you will release. If the minister of God said masturbation is not a sin, he can easily tell his church that fornication is not a sin. The Bible recommends death in the Old Testament,” he stated.

According to Primate Elijah Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Church, it is stated clearly in the Bible that masturbation is a sin against God.

“That is his own view. Where did he see it in the Bible that masturbation is not a sin? Maybe he has his own Bible. It is a bad thing. Maybe it is in his Bible,” he laughed.

Pastor Akin Akande of the Men of Purpose Ministry stated that masturbation is a sin.

“It is like abusing the gift of God. It is heresy. The Bible says it is a sin to derive pleasure outside the content of marriage,” he added.

Pastor Leke Akinola of the Upper Room Baptist, said self induced masturbation is a sin against God and that it is heresy for any minister of God to say it is not a sin.

According to Rev. Sam Ogedengbe, “masturbation is a sin and it is unbiblical. It is demonic and anyone engaging in it should know that it has spiritual connection.”

Many online readers of the Oyakhilome story published in the Friday edition of P.M.NEWS have criticised the controversial pastor for making such a comment.

One of the readers, Machie Sunie Chuks, asked: “how can you do it without your mind being there? Pastor please, call a spade a spade! Remember, your body is the temple of God, so keep it holy! Readers, please test which spirit is speaking through this famous pastor before you continue to bind yourselves with Satan’s yoke!”

Another reader who gave his name as Osa Jolly simply wrote: “masturbation is a sin…the Bible does not accommodate it in anyway.”

Nicholas Istifanus said his body is God’s temple and that he must keep it holy. Osinaku Benedict declared: “you will always be a slave to sin until you quit excusing your weaknesses claiming it is a habit or that you are helpless.

“As a child of God you are not helpless. A Christian hates sin while a sinner excuses and justifies it. Sir, please use your exalted office as a man of God to win lost souls back to Christ.”

Maigeri Joachim said: “Chris, stop plunging the world into confusion. The genital organ is made by God for a specific purpose. It is wrong to use it wrongly. The scripture says all wrong doing is sin. I ask you, is fornication a sin? Is it not a sin committed in agreement? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. I hope you are not a masturbator?”

Orsidy Bellowcy exclaimed: “God! I think Satan is taking over some men of God! How could Pastor Chris say that masturbation is not a sin?”

He added that since the human body is God’s temple, he is of the opinion that man should not indulge in any unholy things like masturbation “or are we now living in Sodom and Gomorrah of this age? Pastor, you are absolutely wrong!

“Please, you need to retract the speech you have made, because you are too far away from the truth if truly you have said it!”

A reader, who simply called himself David urged Pastor Chris to go back to Bible school “because, once you conceive it in your mind, you’ve done it.”

Pastor Victor Adimorah said: “although every man of God is being led by the spirit of God to bless us, when there is a problem within the man of God, we are expected to hear comments like the one made by the Pastor. Please pray for Pastor Oyakhilome. I believe he is undergoing a spiritual battle.”

Prince Coker declared: “If truly this man said this, I come clean, he is a Satanist. Get the book The Sin of Pride you will get to know what masturbation means.”

Elias while warning people not to challenge men of God said: “maybe God told him to deliver the message. I expect other men of God who have a contrary opinion to educate us because many men may opt for masturbation instead of sex, since there is danger in having sex now.”

Another reader, Kay asked: “does fantasy not proceed from the mind? If the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, is it not wrong to defile it? I like the man Pastor Chris but on this one, I disagree with him. This is not scriptural and it is morally wrong!”

Fola Dare says: “what is wrong is wrong! Masturbating is a bad habit. Our body is the temple of God.”

Bruce L. asked: “will Pastor Chris also tell us that pornography is also a habit and not a sin? Converted Christian who were in the occult world will tell you that it is a spiritual attack that Satan uses to destroy Christians as the semen goes to a semen bank.”

In her response, Susan Jones said: “masturbation, just like any other sexual immoralities, is wrong. It is just like a pastor, telling his followers that they could have intercourse with someone that they are not married to if they use condom. Semen is first and foremost for procreation, it is not to be wasted as it would normally happen when masturbating.”

Another reader, Wale, wondered: “Because masturbation is not in the Bible it’s not a sin? The Bible doesn’t talk about ganja (marijuana), cocaine and secret cult so they are not sin also?”

According to Zik Dave, “It is very bad that Pastor Chris is taking the gospel to another dimension. Before someone starts masturbation, he must feel like fornicating, which is a confirmed sin. Please my humble members in the vineyard, masturbation is a sin.”

—Kazeem Ugbodaga, Eromosele Ebhomele

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131 Comments for “Masturbation Controversy: Pastors Blast Oyakhilome”

  1. maverick

    I’ve read many comments here – people saying God hates “semen spill”, therefore God must hate masturbation. Now it’s simple, if God hates semen spill i.e. semen wastage, then the use of contraceptives of any kind (even by married couples) would be a sin – because it also amounts to semen wastage abi? So that means we should just go the old China way abi… 15 kids per person? People are criticising here, OK… if you want to understand what sin is really all about, you need to watch/listen to Pastor Chris’ message titled “The concept of sin” so that you can understand what sin really is. I see people quoting several scriptures here. If laws and commandments are what we live by, then none of you (including me and including the Pope) will “make heaven”. It’s Christ’s righteousness that saves us, that’s why sin is not the issue, righteousness is the issue. People pick the parts of the Bible – Old and new testament – that fits into their beliefs, and leave the parts that don’t fit e.g. from the same chapter of a book in the OT, you draw scriptural backing to say that incest is sin, but you carefully avoid the other parts that say people who do incest should be stoned to death! You think Jesus was joking when he said he has fulFILLED the law? Or when he said he’s giving us a new commandment? *smh*
    And if u want to know why u have that guilty conscience after masturbation – well that’s a result of culture – what you’ve heard about it since you were born. Tell me, who determines what sin is? Is it God? or is it man? The fact that man considers something wrong does not mean God also agrees.
    I fully support Pastor Chris on this one. This man has walked with God (probably) more than most of the ministers out there. And when it comes to the Word of God and interpreting the Bible correctly – the Holy Spirit has given it to Pastor Chris. The world knows it – Pastors all over, know it, they dont just want to admit it openly. I’m starting to see Pastor Chris content being systematically inserted into sermons and teachings in other churches… we’re getting there… “until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. (Eph 4:13-14 AMP).

    Please let us leave all this arguments jare… Pastor Christ won’t even like the fact that am defending him right now. He would prefer that I’m winning souls that are hell-bound out there: Let’s go win them!

    • Pearl Osibu

      Maverick, well done. If u scroll up, you will see my comment among the firs, i think 50 or so but i was not able to capture the essence of what i was trying to say the way you have done. God bless you even as the Holy spirit gives you greater insight.
      May you enjoy abundant favor as has been declared this month, while “the heathen rage and imagine a vain thing.”

  2. iron sharpeneth iron.marvrick i thing you are a gay.that a man is used by God,does not make him vulnerable to wrong are so blind to the truth.hw can you open your mouth and ask one to read teachings on concept of sin by the preacher of what i read is true that he said masturbation is not a purely an unclean act and a state of moral decay.pls read ROMAN 1:1 down.

    • john

      somebody pls answer this. when u visit a lab and u are required to give a semen sample 4 analysis. how did u get the semen&sperm out without masturbating?

  3. warle

    If u re saying semen spill is a sin I tink u mite be wrong cos how den will u explain wet dream which is a prove of puberty. Nevertheless, any habit dat proves so domineering and brings a thought of evil(fornication), is a SIN. There is no way u masturbater won’t have a fornicating picture in th mind of the person. That is just the truth, pls tell dis to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome evry one culd make a mistake. REMEMBER DEVIL IS SUBTLE and the correction method of those misled is in Gal. 6 : 1

  4. Imaginations of fornication is evil, of course. I have seen the video in question and can’t find where Pastor Chris said otherwise. Maybe, what you really need is to listen to the message, “concept of sin”. Do yourself a favor and get that material. It will transform your christian walk.

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