Nigerian Fake Pastors and Church Businesses Exposed- Video

// Headline | Nigerian Fake Pastors and Church Businesses Exposed- Video
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Miracles, expensive cars, exorcisms and bodyguards: religion is big business in Nigeria. Reporter Seyi Rhodes and director Matt Haan travel to Lagos to reveal the extraordinary world of the millionaire preachers. Watch the 23 mins video for shocking revelation.

Watch the video or you may read the video transcripts below.

By promoting the dream of escaping poverty, they have turned their churches into corporations, which are changing the face of Christianity.

Every Sunday millions of Nigerians crowd into thousands of competing churches. The team visits one church in Lagos run by Dr Sign Fireman, an up-and-coming preacher who is attempting to break into the big time.

They find 2000 people at an event billed as the Burial of Satan. After a rock star entrance, Dr Fireman begins his service by exorcising the demons in his congregation.

Many Nigerian Pentecostal Christians believe that demons are the root cause of their problems in life and come to people like Dr Fireman to get rid of them. Over 20 men and women, including some who worked for Dr Fireman, have the evil spirits inside them expelled.

Sick members of the congregation come forward for miracle healing. Dr Fireman claims to have God-given powers that can change people's lives, from raising people from the dead to curing earache. One man tells the crowd he is crippled and blind. Dr Fireman then channels his powers to help the man walk and see again. Yet, earlier the team has seen the man walking unaided.

At the close of the event the crowd swarms forward and throws money at Dr Fireman's feet. There is so much cash it has to be collected in dustbins. Rhodes talks to one worshipper who says that those who give money are repaid by God with good fortune.

Some Nigerian Pentecostal Christians believe giving 10 per cent of their income will bring God's blessing into their lives, their families and their businesses. With the service over, Dr Fireman leaves in his yellow Hummer 4x4.

Through the marketing of his talents, Dr Fireman has expanded his Perfect Christianity Ministry to 40 branches. Key to this growth is the emphasis on prosperity preaching: teaching that prosperity is a sign of spiritual blessing. The idea is that to become rich, you should give money to the church.

Pentecostal and independent churches in Nigeria tap into the Nigerian dream: the aspiration of having and being seen to have cars, houses, money and power. To get more people to join his church, Dr Fireman believes portraying the right image is essential and shows the trappings of wealth his church has brought him. He travels everywhere with his bodyguards in one of his three yellow luxury cars with a combined worth of more than £150,000.

Dr Fireman's business model is not a new one. Most of the richest pastors in Nigeria use similar methods of expansion. The team meets Pastor Chris Okotie, the fifth richest pastor in the country, who had hits in the 80s with records such as Secret Love and Show Me Your Backside.

His church, House of God, attracts Nigerian film stars, celebrities and musicians. Pastor Okotie has used his power base to run for the last three presidential elections, believing the principles of prosperity preaching will provide a better future for Nigeria.

Local journalist Simon Ateba says it's almost impossible to establish their true wealth. Simon takes the team to the headquarters of Christ Embassy. He claims that two years ago when he tried to take photographs of the building, security guards dragged him inside and beat him until he fainted. Soon after he tells this story, security guards drag Rhodes into the building by his belt. He escapes unscathed.

The team visits Dr Fireman. He's busy in a music studio recording a new song as he expands his business into the music industry. Rhodes asks him how he can square his wealth and celebrity status with the teachings and life of Jesus.

Dr Fireman says that God wants him to be rich and denies that Jesus had a humble life. 'Jesus was rich and had an accountant who followed him around,' he tells Rhodes.

Tagged : Nigerian Pastors, Nigerian churches, Church Of Satan

Headlines Newsview all

Federal Government Fails To Produce Dasuki In Court For Trial

The Federal Government failed today to produce former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja for trial ...

Buhari Meets With Catholic Bishops

Catholic bishops in Nigeria rose from their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari with a resolve to collaborate with the federal government in the areas of ... Full story

2016 Budget: National Assembly Reduce Budget Padding From N500bn To N75bn

President Muhammadu Buhari is warming up to receive a reworked copy of the 2016 budget any time this week from the National Assembly following the ... Full story

Kidnappers Of Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo Demand Huge Amount For Her Freedom

Deadly kidnappers who abducted a former minister and senator have made a shocking demand involving huge sums of money.  The abduction of a former Minister, Iyabo ... Full story

Yemi Osinbajo Reveals: Over N4.8 Trillion Stolen In Arms Deal Under Goodluck Jonathan

Around $15 billion (about N4.8 trillion) which is equal to about half the country’s foreign currency reserves was stolen from Nigeria’s public purse under the ...

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Saga : Igbo Should Be Patient And Peaceful Says Federal Government

The Federal government, weekend, called on the people of the South East geo-political zone to be patient, law-abiding and peaceful as President Muhammadu Buhari was ...

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Kaduna Village, kills Monarch And Nephew

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night invaded the Fadan Karshi village, killing its district head and his nephew. Fadan Karshi is in Sanga ...

Fayose Is An Ungrateful Person Says Bode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose as an ingrate for saying that he ...

Fidelity Bank Appoints As Balarabe Acting MD

Fidelity Bank Plc yesterday appointed an Acting Managing Director, Alhaji Mohammed Lawal Balarabe in place of its troubled Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo. The bank’s Board ...

Willie Obiano Using Helicopters For Aerial Surveillance Of Fulani Herdsmen

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has launched a helicopter for aerial surveillance of the activities of herdsmen in the state. The governor, who stated this ...

REVEALED: EFCC Traces Diezani’s $115m Bribe To Stolen Oil

What is the source of the $115 million bribe for election officials to alter the results of the 2015 presidential election? The Economic and Financial Crimes ...

Comment on: Nigerian Fake Pastors and Church Businesses Exposed- Video

Rate this article

2.50

Breaking News

See Amazing Photos From Asa's Concert In Lagos

When host, and veteran broadcaster; Olisa Adibua heralded Asa’s arrival on stage, the crowd rose and ushered in the international superstar with resounding applause that ...

Ronaldo Declared One Hundred Percent Fit By Zidane

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been given the greenlight for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, coach Zinedine Zidane ...

Pepsi Reject Tiwa Savage As Ambassador As Police Arrest Teebillz For Cocaine

News getting to us from an insider with Pepsi confirms dropping of the Nigerian music star and Mavins first lady Tiwa Savage later this week ... Full story

Leicester City Crowned Champions Of England

Finally, the seemingly impossible feat has just happened, the fairy tale story is completed. Leicester City have just won the the 2015/2016 English Premier League ...

Mane Hat Trick Overshadows Iheanacho Brace

Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain in the balance as a brilliant Sadio Mane hat-trick secured Southampton an easy win, BBC ... Full story

Foundation Remembers Yekini

Ibadan Grammar School face Methodist High School  at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Wednesday in remembrance  of the late Nigeria striker Rashidi Yekini.  Yekini ... Full story

Nigeria's U-17 World Cup Winner Crowned Club's Player Of The Year In Spain

Isaac Success Ajayi, Granada CF and ex-Nigeria youth international, has dedicated his award as 'Granada Player of the Year' to his mother.  Former Nigeria youth international, ... Full story

Cynthia Morgan Says 4x2 is Equal To 6

Nigerian rapper and dancehall artiste better known as Cynthia Morgan, has now joined the list of Nigerian celebrities who have failed questions on live TV.  Speaking ... Full story

Blac Chyna's S3xtape With Tyga Ready To Leak Online As The Curvy Model Threatens Lawsuit

Her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Kim Kardashian is famed for her s*x tape leak. And Blac Chyna is doing everything in her power to stop herself from ... Full story

Stella Damasus: I Am Not a Husband Snatcher

After the name calling and bashings that has trailed former Nollywood actress over her controversial marriage, Stella Damasus has finally broken silence.  Nollywood actress and singer, ... Full story