Chris Oyakhilome

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Chris Oyakhilome PhD
Born Nigeria
Occupation Pastor, televangelist, author, speaker, preacher, life coach
Spouse(s) Pastor Anita Oyakhilome
Website

http://www.christembassy.org/

http://www.pastorchrisonline.org

Christian Oyakhilome (known popularly as "Pastor Chris") is a Nigerian televangelist faith healer who is the founder of the controversial healing school and the founding president of Believers' LoveWorld Incorporated also known as "Christ Embassy", a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities (a daily devotional with global reach), and an N.G.O called the Innercity Missions as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's television programs feature his faith healings, miracles and large meetings which his ministry organizes around the world, with gatherings over 2.5 million people in a single night's event. He is one of the most influential preachers in Africa and as a result has been the target of the Nigerian government's scrutiny for his meetings and miracles.[1] Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has also been a target of criticism by the Treatment Action Campaign for his support of faith healing to cure HIV.[2]

Pastor Chris started preaching from his youth, holding large miracle meetings during his secondary and tertiary school days. His grandfather was also a Minister.

Pastor Chris' ministry has expanded rapidly beyond coasts of Nigeria and South Africa, and he now holds large meetings in the United states and has Healing school sessions in Canada, and United Kingdom. Pastor Chris has a strong following especially among youths and is notable for organizing the Night of Bliss South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg,[3] and Higher Life Conferences in Canada, United States of America, and the United Kingdom.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome runs a global prayer network using social network platforms to send messages to Christians around the world regularly. His account is @PastorChrisLive on these platforms, he currently has over 1.2 million followers on Twitter,[4] as well as his own social networking website called Yookos.

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Charisma Magazine editor J. Lee Grady published an article 27 June 2012 titled "False Prophets, Foreign Charlatans, and Global Deception" in which he criticized Oyakhilome. The article reports that Oyakhilome lives a lavish lifestyle, teaches a "new creation" doctrine which states that all sins committed after becoming a Christian only affect the body and not the soul, and is preaching a prosperity gospel by telling people that God wants everyone to be rich. Grady also reports a complaint that Oyakhilome closely associates with T.B. Joshua, a cult leader of a group called The Synagogue, Church of all Nations, which mixes pentecostalism with pagan practices. [5]

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