Today 5th February, 2016 Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is in Ghana for: “NIGHT OF BLISS ACCRAGHANA-2016 WITH PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME”. Principal streets in the capital Accra have been blocked because of night of bliss. Now who is Pastor Chris? A visit to his website will give further information about him.
But my main focus in this article will be on what he teaches–his doctrine.
1: Word Of Faith/ Prosperity Preacher
Chris Oyakhilome belongs to the band of false teachers who teach and preach that God’s will for Christians is to live in prosperity, health and wealth. This teaching is recorded nowhere in the Bible, but word of faith preachers conveniently twist scriptures to propagate this dangerous doctrine. In a message he preached titled “Increase In fortunes” Pastor Chris shared excerpts of the message on his facebook page. He wrote:
My name is on every naira, every rand, every dollar, every cedis, every euro, and every pound, Just look at them closely with the eyes of faith and you’ll see my name boldly written on them. Glory to God!Yes! my name is on every million, every billion, every trillion of dollars. My name is on every property, every vehicle, and every aircraft for I’m a joint-heir with Christ. I am Abraham’ seed, possessor of all things, things present, things to come (1 Corinthians 3:21-22) Glory to God!!!!!!
Will any bible believing Christian take this message serious? Unfortunately, some do.
Now the Bible clearly warns against equating Christianity or godliness with gain. In the face of the obvious that nowhere in Scripture does God promise us material prosperity, word of faith preachers go every length to lead many astray. This they do by twisting and perverting Scriptures. Word of faith and prosperity preachers have a very low view of Scripture, hence interpreting every biblical text that speaks about blessings as material blessings.
This is fundamentally what word of faith proponents believe. Jesus died to make us rich. The proponents of this heresy have corrupt minds and corrupt the minds of their followers. They are greedy. They pry on the innocent, using their position of influence to lead people astray. They are robbers who fleece the sheep for selfish gains. They are deprived of truth not understanding the truth of God’s word. Anyone who believes and accepts the prosperity and divine health nonsense is clearly guilty of thinking godliness is a means of gain, which Paul says “does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness” (1Timothy 6:1-10) .
2: Jesus Was Born Again
When Jesus rose from the dead he was born again. He came out with a new life (Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5)In John’s gospel, He is called the only begotten of the Father (John 3:16). However, in the epistles, He is called the first begotten of the Father. That’s because until He was born again, He was the only begotten of the Father, but after He rose again, He became the first born among so many brethren” (Healing from heaven vol 3, pg. 39).
This probably is the most heretical statements of everything Pastor Chris teaches. Unfortunately, he is not alone in the word of faith movement who teaches this. It seems to be the latest illumination they have pounced on. Joyce Meyer teaches same. To say Jesus was born again is to commit a serious biblical error, that’s is, denying the sinless nature of Jesus. It is only sinners who have to undergo regeneration. It is only us, sinful humanity who need to be born again to be able to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).
There are indeed many questions to ask if someone asserts Jesus was born again. Did Jesus have a sinful nature that needed regeneration? Can we say of Jesus that He was dead in sin and trespasses as Ephesians 2:1 describes every unregenerate person? How we answer this determines what we believe about Jesus. If Christ, who is described as”…the precious…lamb without blemish and without spot”(1Peter 1:19) was born again, then indeed His sacrifice wouldn’t have appeased God. Because what God demanded for a sacrifice is a lamb without blemish (Exodus12:5).
It is heresy to say Jesus was born again. Jesus was not “born again”.
3: Second Blessing
A second blessing is a teaching that can be viewed from two perspectives. One is with regard to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the next is sinless perfection. Pastor Chris preaches all two. In his book Healing from Heaven , he makes a distinction between when one is born again and when one receives the Holy Spirit. “After you’re born again, experiencing the Holy Spirit is the most important thing in your life…If you have already received the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues is a spiritual necessity” (Healing from heaven vol 3, pg.111).
This teaching doesn’t align with what the Bible teaches. There is no time lapse between when a person is regenerated and when they receive the Holy Spirit. In fact, without the Holy Spirit, no one can be born again. Regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit. When a person is born again, they immediately receive the Holy Spirit.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5).
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Romans 8:9).
On sinless perfection, recently, he made certain statements that allude to the fact that he was preaching sinless perfection. “If you study the scriptures, you will not find one man of God go against God, sinning against God”.
The question we might ask is that, can a person get to a point in their lives they are not sinning against God? Indeed the Bible calls us to a life of holiness but that doesn’t warrant a sinless state in this life. To this, the Apostle John says “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1John 1:9).
4: His God Is Not Sovereign
In the 4th February, 2016 devotional reading For Rhapsody Of Realities, a devotional written by Pastor Chris, he openly displayed an affront to the Sovereignty of God with the title “He Needs Your Permission”. Writing from Psalm 115:6, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men”, he expounded that God needs humankind’s permission before He can intervene in human affairs.
Now, here’s how it works: God gave the first Adam, a lease on this earth; God gave him authority over this earth; but the earth always belonged to God. The Bible says “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…” (Psalm 24:1). However, He put it in the charge of Adam. And as long as that lease is on, God has no “right” to intervene in the earth.
God requires human permission before acting on earth. Is that what Scripture teaches? The error here is that Pastor Chris just took the text and engaged in eisegesis—reading into the text a meaning that is not there.
Though Psalm 115:6 was the theme Scripture for that devotional, it seems Pastor Chris didn’t see verse 3 that reads:”Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” Does this suggest to us God needs our permission before intervening on earth?. Now if the Bible says “The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man”(Ps 115:16) it doesn’t mean He has relinquished His authority. It simply means God has given us the earth as the dwelling of humankind, of course with rules and commandments to keep with consequences for disobedience.
Beyond the acknowledgement that God has given us the earth to dwell on, there is nothing in that verse that suggests God needs our permission before doing anything on earth. That is absolute sacrilege. God is fully in charge of His creation and He doesn’t need our permission to rule in His creation: “…the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.”( Daniel 4:17).
There are indeed many other biblically inaccurate statements Chris Oyakhilome preaches and writes in his devotional and other books. But I believe these four are enough to get anyone who follows him to be discerning.