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Masturbation Not A Sin, Oyakhilome Insists

Published on March 21, 2012 by   ·   145 Comments

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers Love World, popularly known as Christ Embassy, has insisted that masturbation is not a sin.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

He also said the issue should not be regarded as his personal opinion but as a resolution from the Bible concerning it.

Pastor Chris, as he is popularly called, was reacting to more questions from members of the public who seemed to be confused about the story going round that he declared that masturbation is not a sin.

As reported in P.M.NEWS weeks ago, the Pastor said the act in itself was not a sin against God but that Satan uses it to oppress people of God making them feel ineffective an inefficient in the things of God.

He also said God is not offended by the practice but by any habit that takes hold of one’s mind and this had resulted in widespread condemnation.

In a recently posted video in which he reacted to many questions emanating from his previous teaching on masturbation, Pastor Chris maintained that people should rather see the issue from biblical perspective rather than seeing it as his personal opinion.

While answering a question from one Timothy based in Russia, who said he was confused by the teaching about masturbation not being a sin because there is no way one can effectively masturbate without having evil thoughts, Pastor Chris said the first question that should come to mind in the issue is: “what is sin?

“What I find in many Christians is that not many of them even have an understanding of the concept; what is sin.”

He referred the public to one of his teachings on the concept of sin, saying it would help the people understand what sin really is, adding that “sin is not what we say it is but what God says it is.”

Reading out an another question from a Zambian, who said the Pastor’s previous teachings had inspired him, but wondering why he actually taught that masturbation was not a sin, Pastor Oyakhilome asked the Zambian to bother himself more with what the Bible said about it.

He asked: “Why are you concerned with whether I said it or I did not say it? The question is, what does the Bible say?

“Have you ever studied the Word for yourself? Now whatever you think, the first thing you should do is to go to the word of God and study it for yourself.”

Using an illustration, he said: “if a man stole a loaf of bread from a shop and ate it, does that mean that eating of bread is sin?

“Where was his wrong? Did he go wrong because he ate bread? Does that mean that eating of bread is wrong?

“The problem is not the eating of bread. The problem is that he stole the bread that he ate.”

He emphasised that Jesus actually said whoever looks at another woman lustfully has committed adultery in his heart, adding that means “the sin was committed in the heart.

“If you say that imagination goes with masturbation, then where is the sin?

“The sin is therefore your imagination of sin,” he added.

He further quoted Matthew 15 verse 16 saying that out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts.

In analysing it therefore, the Pastor said: “it is not what you did with your hand that is the problem; it is what caused whatever you did. That means your sin begins from your heart.

“Jesus makes us know it is not what you did with your hand that is the problem; it is what you did with your heart.

“You can have these imaginations while reading a book, you can have these wrong imaginations while eating your food.

“So the evil conceptions of your heart is where you got a problem, so what do you clean-your hands or your heart?”

He however advised that it is not compulsory for people to accept something because someone said it, but that they should get materials that would help them to understand such issues better.

—Eromosele Ebhomele

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145 Comments for “Masturbation Not A Sin, Oyakhilome Insists”

  1. Clems

    Pple r saying we shld not judge a man of God, he is called, but r we going 2remain silence while “men of god” like dis infest our minds wt dis kind of teachings? R u 2 sure he is a man of God? R u 2 sure God has called him 4dis kind of mesages? Cos I rmemba wen God called Jonah and de kind of mesage he gave him. Dnt 4get Jesus mention something abt de “last days” n “endtime prohpets”

  2. Kay

    Confused much!!!

  3. baba

    oh ye people of immoral justice, l could you believe our incompetent journalist and faulty media disposition on the man of God. Pastor Chris never ever said or encourages masturbation, but instead he condemned it in it totality. If you want to know the truth of what Pastor Chris said visit Pastor Chris question and answer on the church website….

    ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.

  4. Izu

    Read things before u talk shit wif ur mouth,dumb ass…

  5. timhyt

    this is not the first time nor the second people will be crussifying pastor chris withot thorogh investigation,,, am not suprise thogh, cus here in nigeria we judge what others cellebrate,,, dont 4get the issue of OKOTIE, TB JOSHUA,,, TUNDE BAKARE,,, TO name fews,,,, dis is not right let GOD judge,,,

  6. john padi

    GOD knows you, you can not deceive yourself and GOD. Remember whatever thing you say on earth, God gives wisdom and understanding to judge in between right and wrong so be careful. I wonder whether you of God

  7. John Eze

    We have missed the point! There 2 forms of masturbation. the first form is The fantasy masturbation that is induced by exposure to explicit material, sexual fantasies and infactuation with someone whom you objectify during masturbation. that form of masturbation is SINFUL because it corrupts the soul. The 2nd form is the body masturbation; this is results through the body biological processes, when your seminal versicle is full with spermatozoa, you experience a sexual circle or ‘strong urge’ by simply messaging your penis concentrating on ur body functions you will ejaculate without any form of impure thoughts involved and the pleasure will not be any less total. To write off all forms of masturbation as sin is to say SEX is sin, within marriage or outside it. Everything has a proper, holy use and the opposite is equally true.


    For those who are lead by the spirit of God Shall be call sons of God. Within You, if you Morally concious you know this is against God`s will (Identification of SIN and Gods don’t is the Problem as far as God forbids, its nothing but an abomination before God. It surprises me when one called by His name says this is not a sin. We we all stand before the judgement thrown of God. Including him the pastor for the last judgement after Death!

  9. Louis Aderemi

    One thing i will want the pastor to know is that, our body is the temple of the holy spirit as the scripture declares 1corth 6;19-20, we also have to glorify God in our bodies.Pastor, i am not satisfied with your analysis, because you are but a human.The Lord alone is perfect.
    Based on personal revelations that i had years ago on masturbation, i totaly disagree with you. my advise to you is to stop this debate so as not to lead ingnorant and innocent peolple to hell.

  10. Mickey Stone

    Dear Chris Oyakhilome,

    Over the past few years you have gotten away with lies, deceit, Idolatery, fake miracles and cunning fables. Note, you are about to be exposed in a way that you have never dreamed. Your comment above shows your lack of understanding and little knowledge of the word of God. We are not surprised of your ignorance though, just like the rest of you prosperity preachers in Nigeria and across the world. You are not rooted and grounded in the word of God.
    The answer to your confusion and inability to understand that Masturbation is a Sin is below: Please Chris, do you home work properly before making stupid comments:
    (a) 2 Timothy 3 v 2
    (b)Colossians 3 v 5
    (c)1 Thessalonian 4 v 5
    (d) Mark 7 v 21
    (e)James 4 v 17
    (f) Romans 14 v 23
    (g) Romans 6 v 13

  11. Omo'ba

    Dear all, to my understanding is not a sin as a act but your intention of doing it.
    Which makes it difficult to perform it without committing sin.
    Let look at it this way let someone answer this question.
    1.A man was avery hungry I mean starving nobody to help, no one to give him food
    When he beg and he will need to eat something to survive.
    He saw someone cooking jolof rice and the man help himself
    With the exact quantity of rice he will survive with and the owner of the
    Rice caught him and accused him of stealing. The man was beating to death
    By crowd now judge Did the man actually committed the alleged offence in gods eyes and according to the bible?
    2. A wealthy man use his biro to defraud his company
    To get more money And he was caught and the crowd lynch him.
    Now among this two individual who among them actually
    Actually committed sin?
    In conclusion you did not commit sin by your action but by your intention for taking the action.

  12. Akin

    It must generate controversy because what pastor says is more important than what bible says in christian world. The whole thing is personlity worship.

  13. Daniel

    Honestly i doubt if the man of God actually said that masturbation is not a sin. the media should be mindful of what they publish out of their own understanding and interpretation.

  14. According 2 d Holy Quran, having a bad intentn is a sin which God can 4give & reward u if not carried out but every action dat preceed bad intentn is a sin. So masturbatn is a clear SIN

  15. Ngozi

    Sin is sin no matter how small or big.

  16. Ngozi

    No matter how small or big. masturbation is a sin

  17. Janey

    This one na mathematical equation.. Let everyone do their own analysis and arrive at d conclusion..

  18. Tracy

    Alaska does the bank get full or a matter of your corrupt mind wanting to fix ure libido in soe cofined space.

  19. Mark Asemota

    The pastor should have kept his mouth shut. Our society is still too backwards for so many discussions a major one being RELIGION.

  20. mk

    All i can say on this issue is that, the bible advise anyone desiring sex should get married, to avoid sexual immorality. “I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous 1cor5:9” The message.

  21. well, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. It is almost impossible to not masturbate before marriage. Even in sex before u ejaculate sometimes u need to stroke d penis.. I think its a natural process and depends on d situation. When ur vessel is full,u dnt hav a spouse ,gf or bf, u dnt nid evil thots sef, u’ll masterbate. It becoms sin when u make it habit. Dats my opinion

  22. Achia


  23. Prophet Emma

    I suggest that Pastor Oyakhilome should be subjected under pyschiatric measure for mental correction, because by his public statement over the issue of masturbation as not a sin, he has already indirectly or directly lured too many into the act. recall that he has once in South Africa advised a TB patient not to take her usual drugs on a claim that he healed her which resulted to the premature death of the patient. this is ridiculous and i advice people to pray hard for JAH to reveal the source of his power before it is too late.


    I am begining to see the church in some circles taking a very dangerous stand with respect to some issues of life. I humbly submit that the best and only way of teaching the word of God is following God’s standard and not being philosophical about it. With due respect, I am yet to see how negative or evil thought and imagination can be divorced from masturbation. Apostle Paul in one of his epistles said ” The message that we preach is not according to fables and man’s philosophy but according to the truth of Christ and His Spirit” SPIRITUAL LEADERS PLEASE TEACH THE TRUTH REMEMBER: MANY ARE LOOKING UNTO YOU FOR DIRECTION AND MENTORSHIP. In my study of the bible, I have learnt that masturbation is a sin and LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, MASTURBATION IS A SIN. PERIOD.

  25. WAL

    It is good that our so call private ordained Pastors are opening up, without one praticing masturbation how can he support it. I just de watchoooo, CEO of the private churches will legalize kissing married women in their church as part of worshipping the Lord. No one is judging no one, only uttrances of man will judge him.Pastors carrying money out side the country for politicians are not commiting sin also, its holy work. Tax payers money.

  26. Haruna

    Please, don’t joke with eternity.It is real.Either heaven or hell fire.Masturbation is an act,a sin just like lying, fornication ,adultery and stealing.Without the Bible, did your conscience not tell you that it is a bad act.It is classified under uncleanliness in Galatia 5:19 and Rom 1:24.
    It is a dirty and sinful heart that will start fiddling with his body to the point of masturbating.
    Please, if you are genuinely born again you don’t need any pastor to tell you that masturbation is sinful.Even when I was a sinner, I know that masturbation is bad.Please,Pray for our Pastors.

  27. lasbrey


  28. Nnamdi

    We cannot say we know it all, this issue requires that we take a critical look at it from all angles, I feel the act on its own should not be considered a sin rather the motive behind the act, for men whom by reason of their inability to make babies have been asked to submit their Sperm for test, how did they go about it?, shall we then say they have sinned?, also a man can be far away from his wife for a long time and feels like it, if he thinks of his wife while doing it how then can it be a sin?. This is my view.

  29. Victor

    The cause and consequence of sin is the same. any thought of sin that lead to action resulting to sin is sin. Pastors should stop philosophising the teachings of Jesus. They should not preach another gospel to pamper the members

  30. A.K SAMSON

    This man is telling the world that he is not a man of God. Please dont dignify him by taking up this issue with him.God will expose him before too long for what he is.Stick with the scriptures.Just remember how Christ drove out of the synagogue the money changers and declared that his house is the house of prayers and not a den of thieves. The likes of him come now and again and they go down hill spectarcularly. Hold tight to Christ, brothers and sisters.

  31. victor

    pls pastor chris stop leading people to hell with dis type of teaching. B/4 a man will push his penis in order to satisfy his sexual urge OR a lady finger her private part for satisfaction, there must be filty thoughts inside him or her. Therefore, i dont believe that masturbation is not a SIN. Some people watch blue film and they are led to masturbate, B/4 anyone do this act, this must be filty thought.

  32. charles

    Sir with due respect, masdturbation is a SIN, in the bible book of Gal, 5v19 said that the work of flesh is listed as ….including desire for having sex, uncleaness.please pastors dont gramertise or democratise the word of the living God, to avoid HIS anger.Christoper or christain, make a good reserch again and tell us your findings

  33. john

    so when are going to grow up?


    For me here, the issue is not even whether or not masturbation is sin. It is the logic of this argument of the pastor that is strange. His case is: “What you do with your hand is not the sin, but what you imagine in your heart.” Jesus never said this. What He said was – all sin originate from the heart. But the heart does not commit a sin. A sin is committed by an act. If we go by the logic of the argument of the preacher, what it means is that if you steal with your hand or kill with your hand, the real sin is not what your hand did; the real sin is what your heart imagined to do. If we go by that logic, then no physical action really is a sin. We should be looking for what people are thinking about. JESUS said “By their FRUITS you shall know them”. In other words, it is by the physical actions that people that people carry out that we know who they are. He does not say we should be judges. But He expects us to be “Fruit Inspectors” – and we cannot do that researching into people’s hearts. We cannot see heart. We see actions – physical deeds. The implication of this logic of the preacher is that even if you commit a physical act of immorality of any kind, it is not sin; it is only the imagination of the act that is sin. THAT IS POOR LOGIC.

  35. With due respect sir,how can u tell d churh which is d boby of christ dat Masturbation is not a sin,sir if its not a sin then Fornication and Adultery are equally not a sin cos they walk hand in hand and will soon be legalise in ur churh,pls sir less not diviate 4rm d real truth of d bible,may God help us sir

  36. Abeg pastor check ur preaching oooh….
    Read ur old testament well….
    Masturbation is a grievious sin before God….
    Shuld we go into quotations?????

  37. lakson

    2Tim. 2:19 says the Lord knows those who are his and every1 who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away frm wickedness. Also verse 22 says flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness and so on so masturbation is a S.I.N Sin

  38. Dedah paul


  39. emlak

    owolabi d bible also said out of d abandon in d heart cometh all kinds of deeds so what eva d body do starts frm d heart so a sin is a sin thats all i know.

  40. Chino

    This is a case as regards the bible….ur opinion is not important. Thank you

  41. Samuel

    Why waste your time on the subject? just get born again, get married if you need to and live a holy live and enter heaven on the last day.

  42. Pst chris why have u decided to bring shame to christ kingdom dat even the enemy has mouth to blaspheme the lord, can you be in heaven and those you taught languish in hell? Jesus said where i am there will my servant be. paul said take heed to flock that the holy ghost had made you an oversea to shephard his flock. Pls come clean as God`s word is not conflictive, thanxs

  43. seg

    Before God and man, it is a great sin. please dont mislead people. it is a result of lust and the bible adviced that flee youthful lust. may God help us all>

  44. jude

    This man is pastor from the pit of hell

  45. dave

    Pst Chris says that the sin is in the imagination and not the masturbation. But but it is the body that does the masturbation.And masturbation is sexually immoral. See what the bible says about our body: “The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord”(1 cor 6:13). I will rather follow the bible than follow a mere mortal. That’s mine opnion

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