Masturbation Not A Sin, Oyakhilome Insists

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


145 comments

  1. Dr Ayobanna

    As a Theologian, I correct Pastor Chris by saying using his analogy. That both stealing and eating the bread are sins. You took and ate what belongs to another thats sin. Could this be why some of his members careless about public dressing?

  2. KLM

    pst stop explaining you r missunderstanding n contraditing your point.Just stop talking about it! don’t ever talk about it!!! and continue silent about it!!! HAHAHAHA

  3. lasbrey

    The next question is , what is sin? and how did the word sin emanate?

  4. lasbrey

    I am not a member of christ embassy neither am i a follower of pastor chris but the truth of the matter is that people should stop been irrational on this issue.people should sit down and review what the man of God said, its a high teaching meant for people who are spiritually sound and who understand what it means when mistry is been preached.Mastubartion is a sin against the flesh not a sin against God. its a tool that satan uses to defile the flesh and it comes from evil thought and tendencies, when this happens the flessh is defiled and it could cause anything to the body…just like sex, it defiles the body, you are been warned to desist from sex so that you dont contact disease or HIV, but if you refuse and insist that you love indiscriminate sex and contract Hiv, who will die , you or God? be should be intelligent in learning spiritual teachings….There are sins against God and sins that man commit against himself…Pastor Chris, if you say that mastubation is a sin against God, please with my whole heart i agree with you and stand by your words, its only God that knows who is a true preacher…

  5. Samson onyeka

    Perhaps people still do not understand him. What he’s implying is that the actual sin started right from the moment you thought of it and not the very act itself. And as an advise to us all, we should never speak against a servant of God even if he’s caught doing wrong cos we were not there when God called him. God could be very bitter with anyone caught doing so.

  6. Olabiwonnu Deji

    All Pastor Chris intended ab-initio was to create a publicity fiasco.
    From his his conclusion here, it is clear that he agrees that masturbation is a sin. Tracing the chain that led to the sinful act was an unnecessary publicity stunt.
    These pastors sef!

  7. pinky

    He is twisting d bible 2 suit and defend himself. pastor i pity u ur fake dey smell reach heaven

  8. madrid

    Masturbation is very good and enjoyable ,it is much better than sleeping with some dirty pussy.Masturbation,Masturbation,that is what we all are secretly enjoying,even Pope has no wife,what keeps him smiling is Masturbation,….So what is the sin about it…..? You will end up doing it even though your wife is there stretching by your side………. By the blood of Jesus Christ we are made clean….

  9. ike

    Guys, from a perspective of someone who masturbates when his wife is not around and also who masturbates when he feels stressed (because it gives relief), you all need to understand what he is saying. The man that is lustful is lustful and that is sin. Do you know that a doctor has once advise a 40 year old highbrow professional woman to go and get laid because she has been working too hard and having stress and health problems and she wasnt married (of course there are order ways of getting stress out of the body). Sex is good for your health and if that is why you do it, then it is not a sin. God is the only one that knows your heart. Meanwhile all you people that do “tufiakwa” easily ontop sexual immorality, dont forget that God will also jugde ‘mago’ ‘mago’, bribery, shortchanging others, lying, etc. These are mostly clearly conceived and carried out. Please listen to Jesus before you cast the first stone because even if this one thing is a sin that Pastor Chris committed, Jesus still looks at him as if he didn’t do it and says to all of you screaming “stone him” “stone him”. “Cast the first stone”, or drop it and go figure out the darkness in you.

  10. Dada Kafayat

    What a pity to a man who called himself a man of God who cannot teach or lead is follower to d right path, pastor chris should stop the nonsense we all know that masturbation is a SIN.

  11. victoria

    Pastor chris may d lord have mercy on u

  12. jide

    God have mercy!

  13. joan

    Hmmm, pAstor chris should be wAtchful, for heaven rejoice in every soul dAt repents so will heAven frown in every soul he(pAstor chris) misleAd. Men of God should leArn not to paint words to suit their teaching

  14. Emmanuel Slimzy

    G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡D have mercy… My people perish because they lack knowledge. ά̲̣̣̣̥♍ not surprised cos its all signs of end time.

  15. jummygee

    Pastor chris d almighty Father W̶̲̥̅̊ȋ̝̊̅ ̄ι̥ι̥ forgive U̶̲̥̅̊, coz masturbation Ȋ̝̊̅§ a sin, pls don’t teach U̶̲̥̅̊я follower’s nonsense

  16. Mazi Karl

    Pastor Chris, you are the best. Your teachings are top class. I love your teachings. Infact they are very inspiring. I agree with you completely with what you said and how you have taken time to explain it. The problem people are having is that, they have refused to use their brain to understand, rather they have allowed their feeling to block their sense of reason. Thank you so much, I love you sir.

  17. pastor ade atiba

    Am afraid of the teaching of pastor chris. very soon he will declare prostitution as biblical. please, run away from him

  18. Aderibigbe Adeyemi

    i am nt confused abt ur teaching on masturbation pastor chris…neither am i convinced by it. I hav no right 2 judge u,nt even as a pastor,but as a human being coz i knw nd undastand too well d implications of judging a fellow human being when i knw dat even i…am no saint. Only GOD ALMIGHTY has d authority 2 judge every mankind…JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARET,having obeyed his father unto death even in his own fears… authomatically nd authoritatively earned d place 2 judge d wrld. Only one thing is certain nd vry comforting 4 me…i knw wat my BIBLE IS TEACHING ME nd WAT D HOLY SPIRIT IS TEACHING AS WELL. DAT ND ONLY DAT SHALL I FOLLOW ND ABIDE WIFF IRRESPECTIVE OF MAN’s TEACHINGS. GOD HELP US ALL…amen.

  19. JACEE

    THIS IS A TEACHER OF ERROR .

  20. Vincent E

    ‘He who leads any of dis little ones to sin; it will b better he is not born or a stone tied to his neck & thrown into a river’ Beware!

  21. RaphaEl Aniekwe

    FOR GOD’S SAKE MASTURBATION IS A LUST OF THE FLESH. NO MATTER HOW HARD PASTOR OR RATHER MR CHRIS TRIES TO CONVINCE US, WE ALL KNOW THAT IT IS A SIN.

  22. NURUDEEN

    Pastor pls masturbation is a SIN teach another thing meaningful

  23. G'ment

    What can i say…judgement is for the Almighty God. If i may be right, the holy Bible teaches the abstainance from evil thoughts and before one commences masturbation, he must have been lust in the spirit…Masturbation to me is a sexual immorality commensurate to adultery. It is one of the reasons why God destroyed Sodom ad Gommorah.. So Mr. Chris pls drop your Phd and embrace the Bible the way it is.

  24. G'ment

    What can i say…judgement is for the Almighty God. If i may be right, the holy Bible teaches the abstainance from evil thoughts and before one commences masturbation, he must have been lust in the spirit…Masturbation to me is a sexual immorality commensurate to adultery. It is one of the reasons while God destroyed Sodom ad Gommorah.. So Mr. Chris pls drop your Phd and embrace the Bible the way it is.

  25. desmond

    People, before U̶̲̥̅̊ go abt talking bad abt pastor chris, maybe U̶̲̥̅̊ guys should read and understand what he is trying to say.
    D act of masturbation for me is not a sin. You all will agree with me that dia is a tin called mutual masturbation were married couples masturbate together. Re U̶̲̥̅̊ going to call that a sin? All wat he is saying is that you should guide ur heart not to allow evil tot creep in.it is d tot dat is d sin and not the act of masturbation. Is jst like sayin sex is a sin, U̶̲̥̅̊ all will agree that it is not a sin wen ur married. So guys think abt it.

  26. Prince Cokers

    What this man said is in contradiction. It violate the truthfulness and the integrity of his word. By considering all his words overall, I note that he still makes masturbation a sin. Pls, let this man be. Ignore this teaching. Don’t comment on it again. We have wasted our energy on this useless and baseless teaching before. Talk of something else and leave him to his fate. He will soon realize that God is not a joker neither a pamparer.

  27. Banjo

    But this is just the beginning of the end, the end is still far. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Just hold on to your Bible, that’s your compass.

  28. Ralph

    If a man can control his tongue den he is perfect. Bt wat i deduce frm al dis is dat masturbation is 2 b tackld 4rm d renewin of d mind. Bt sayn dat it is or isnt a sin may encourage pple 2 fil ok wit it. 2tim2:22 says we shud avoid youthful pasions

  29. thaddaeus

    hey! PM News u just use this caption to sell your newspaper… What has the pastor said that confuse people now… Some are just making comment based on ignorance …is better to remain silence than to begin to make biased comment. Peace.

  30. dhanny

    I quite agree with him. Once the heart is right, the body is right. Why is it that effectively dealing with the habit masturbation always begin from d heart. Thinking d right thoughts, meditation and all? It is because the problem isnt masturbation. The problem is the state of the heart. Masturbation is the symptom and definitely not the disease. The same goes for other bad habits.

    1. Ralph

      No mata hw u condition ur mind u can neva b above temptation as long as u live, bt wen temptation cums u can decide by d grace of God nt 2 act on it by masturbating. If u wait 4 d day dat sex dosnt cross ur mind b4 u stop u may die wit d habit

  31. The Justice

    Am happy that Pastor Christ has started exposing him self. Pastor Christ has turned christianity in Nigeria into a club of prostution by his teaching, that youths a no more interested to listen to the undilluted word of God.

  32. Muyideen

    A sin commited in the heart may not yet be a (an established) sin until it is been practically commited. Some degree of self control inherent in individual may help take a caution from practically commiting such a sin probably due to spiritual, physical, social or some kind of legal consequences. At the same time, Qur’an says everyone shall be judged according to his intention. A line of distinction here is that Allah in His infinite mercy forgives such sins not actually commited practically but in the heart and for which forgiveness is seeked while He rewards everygood deed thought in the heart and those that are actually done practically. May God forgive us all. Amen. But the of masturbation; I vote NO. Get married if need be. Marry more if you are capable healthwise, economically, n spiritually.

  33. umaru gidanadua

    As in the muslim world so it is in the christian world. This i know that among the christians there are baby christians and adult ones also. Am aware the bible says strong meat belongs to men of age with good teeths while babies desire milk for them to grow. Some issues are not to be discussed in the midst of everyone.each one has a level so why make a fellow brother fall if he can not comprehend that which he finds too hard to be true. Why must your liberty make another man sin? Am await a response from any christian who can posit an answer.

  34. Muyideen

    A sin commited in the heart may not yet be a (an established) sin until it is been practically commited. Some degree of self control inherent in individual may help take a caution from practically commiting such a sin probably due to spiritual, physical, social or some kind of legal consequences. At the same time, Qur’an says everyone shall be judged according to his intention. A line of distinction here is that Allah in His infinite mercy forgives such sins not actually commited practically but in the heart and for which forgiveness is seeked while He rewards everygood deed thought in the heart and those that are actually done practically. May God forgive us all. Amen.

  35. efe

    i think people are confused and looking at what he said on basis of habit and morality…..he only needs to discourage it.a lot of people get masturbated from dreams and not on purpose while purposely do it….so it is left for people to determine which is sin or not!

    1. Iphy

      If you eat rice in your dream while asleep, does that fill you when you wake up? Why then do you equate involuntary action (dream) and voluntary action (masturbation)?

  36. ogbeni naija

    I THINK SOMETHING ELSE IS GETTING INTO THIS GUY CALLED CHRIS OYAKHILOME.HE IS GETTING CONFUSED.IF HE DONT HAVE SOMETHING REASONABLE TO TEACH,HE SHOULD STOP CONFUSING HIS FOLLOWERS WITH HIS HERESIS.ANYWAY,I READ MY BIBLE ALWAYS AND BEFORE I READ IT,I ALWAYS PRAY TO GOD TO GIVE ME SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING AND NOT AN PERSON’S UNDERSTANDING.I ONLY PITY THOSE THAT LACK DISCERNING SPIRIT TO KNOW WHICH SPIRIT IS RIGHT TO FOLLOW.ON THE LAST DAY,THE CHAFFS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE GRAINS.

  37. bob

    Life and death are in the power of the tongue. So, I ask you, what have you been saying lately?

  38. famousC

    I can’t judge anyone, let alone a ‘man of God’. In the first place, why should a true child of God engage in masturbation? Sin or not, would the act be pleasant before our God? Apostle Paul said, that if what he does would cause his brother to sin, that he wouldn’t do it. My dear Pastor, if ur faith carries you to practice masturbation, even though you have a wife, you should keep it to yourself….this is not edifying God’s church(ur followers). Its an evil spirit that requires deliverance. May God help his true children to lead the right path.

  39. bob

    Pst chris, the apostles spoke σƒ people like you, but pls consider the judgement that awaits you! That’s all Ï have to say.

  40. bob

    This is a teaching from the pit σƒ hell. Ï wish Ï can have a one on one airing with pst chris. This is a concept σƒ dualism, God help the generation.

  41. ada

    I am not a Christ Embassy member. But I must say that Past. Chris vindicated himself tru the statement he made…that’s if u understand, But the whole point he made still boils down to masturbation being a sin.

  42. Christopher Itamah

    The teachings of the pastor is from the pit of hell, i pity the members

  43. EMEKA

    ANTI CHRIST. MASTOURBATION IS A SIN BELIVE IT OR NOT. IS IT NOT BETTER THAT THE SAME PASTOR SAY THERE IS NO HELLFIRE. END TIME

  44. vongrim

    Beware of fake propht

  45. Yusuf y olawale

    Sir, you are wrong.

  46. pastor Godwin Trinity

    Pastor Chris needs repentance, he needs to go to God and ask for forgiveness, as a man of God he is not suppose to teach on what he does not understand. Sin is Sin nomatter how you try to twist it.

  47. KOKO

    Chris you are full of shit, your church is full of gays and lesbians and you yourself is a big question mark if your are gay or not because a lot of people formerly from your church as saying that you and guy guy man

  48. Tunslesor

    Pastor, u’re right. I knew u won’t just say a thing like that. I hope people would undstand u.

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