Wealthy Nigerians, Pastors Spend $225 Million On Private Jets-Nigeria2Day

Bishop David Oyedepo inside one of his four jets
Cabin of GLOBAL XRS
By Nigeria2day

A few wealthy Nigerians spent at least $225 million acquiring private jets between March 2010 and March 2011, a Nigerian newspaper reported yesterday. According to the report published by the Punch Newspaper, a couple of the acquisitions were made by billionaires Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga.

Last year, Dangote acquired a US$45 million Bombardier jet as a gift to himself on his 53rd birthday, while Mike Adenuga purchased a Bombardier Global Express XRS. Both Dangote and Adenuga own at least two private planes each. Apart from wealthy business tycoons, Nigerian clergymen and spiritual leaders are also joining the very elite league of jet owners.

In March this year, David Oyedepo, a Nigerian cleric generally believed to be Africa’s wealthiest gospel preacher, acquired a Gulfstream V jet for US$30 million. Oyedepo, who presides over the Winners Chapel, one of Africa’s largest churches, now owns a private collection of four aircraft. In addition to his latest acquisition, he previously owned two Gulfstream planes and a Bombardier Challenger Aircraft.

He is also reportedly creating a private hanger to accommodate his flying toys. Oyedepo is not the only Nigerian clergyman to own a jet. Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the revered overseer of Nigeria’s largest congregation, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, is also a proud jet owner. In March 2009, the great man of God spent $30 million on a Gulfstream jet amidst widespread criticism. Pastor Sam Adeyemi, another cleric and founder of the Daystar Christian center, a flourishing Pentecostal congregation which repeatedly preaches financial prosperity, is also a jet owner.

It’s not cheap to own a private jet. On average, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to maintain a personal plane. The majority of Nigerians frown at such flagrant displays of opulence, particularly on the path of their clergymen, given that 60% of Nigerians still live below the poverty line. Paradoxically, the same people who complain about the extravagant lifestyles of their spiritual leaders are the same ones who finance it. Every Sunday, swarms of worshipers rush to the church to give away their hard-earned money to the pastors’ coffers in the form of tithes, offerings and special gifts with the deluded hope of multiplied financial blessings in return. For many, this is but a pipe dream. Deep down, the pastors smile; they’ve got just the perfect suckers.

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Psalm 24:1, the earth is the lord's and the fullness thereof, wealth is of god not of the devil, God purpose and plan for his sons is to prosper in all things, to be the head, we as sons of God we ar suppose to be more wealthier than those who are in the world, cos the earth is the lord, any one that say christian is notro be wealthy is of the devil, cos God give power to make wealth Deutronomy 8v18, judge ur self, God did not say we must be poor, but he command us to prosper, in all things, when Jesus was on earth the bible says that he was made poor so that we might be rich, not that he is poor, but because he want us to be rich

those complaining, did you

those complaining, did you contribute to their wealth or did anyone said that it was their money that were stolen? the greatest source of wisdom is the word of God followed by history, with the word of God you can tap into any level of wealth don't forget this is the book describing the features and characteristics of the creator from Him all things came to be even wealth. Reading the word of God gives your access to the wisdom of unveiling great wealth.
then when it comes to history the catholic that brought you this gospel had such that they used in bringing things to us, every invention and development even made on earth had basis on the Gospel for instance HARVARD University the no 1 university in the world was found by Rev Harvard. SO THE BEST OF LIFE HAS ALWAYS BELONGED TO PEOPLE WHO EMBRACED THE GOSPEL

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ouar master jesus said who evever will forsake all to follow me will gain a hundred fold in this earth this men of GOD HARD MAKE SO MANEY people RICH so even if they dont want rid on jet, jet must come to them through those life the have toched so dont be enve of them am not their memeber

Thanks dear 4 correcting them

Thanks dear 4 correcting them

Give God Praise

God is wonderful, in his word he said seek ye 1st d kingdom of GOD nd every other tin will b added unto u, dey deserved more than dat.

d bible also mentioned VANITY

d bible also mentioned VANITY ryt? its called a PRIVATE JET. do u get d message? its not a commercial airplane which can take a lot of ppl. think about this. i know as christians we were called to live a life of affluence buh can u distinguish btw affluence and vanity? that is d balance that Solomon found in the end ehich led him to conclude. we all criticize rich men for having !)cars saying how many will they ride at once, well, how many PRivate jets can he b in at once? lets b reasonable. Vanity is Vanity

Seek ye 1st d kingdom of God

Evry bdy against a clergy man esp. My PAPA OYEDEPO owning 4 jets is doomed 4 perpetual poverty bcos u cannot serve GOD-the owner of d earth nd nt enjoy d pleasures thereof bcos d bible sayz :seek ye 1st d kingdom of God nd evrything pple ar dying 2 get shal b added 2 u.
Tithing,offerings nd other kingdom investments ar avenues 2 connect GOD'S CONVENANT OF PROSPERITY.
Don't b decievd.

Re: There's no god

Do you have proof?

Mr. Segun, I see where you're

Mr. Segun, I see where you're coming from. But the reality is that these messengers are not and cannot be greater than the message or the Sender. With respect to the article above, it is important to understand that Jesus Christ, by His lifestyle, teachings, devotion to God, sacrifice, and promises for the future, has shown mankind a higher kind of lifestyle. It's not one that expresses itself in aggrandizement and flamboyance. It is rather, one of humility, self-sacrifice, and the purest form of love. In that respect, it becomes very obvious that no one has, nor can be greater than the Master Himself--Jesus Christ. -100 and 1 are never equal. Though the number 100 looks greater, it is a negative 100. We could become great and famous, but in the wrong.

Mr. Martins: "There is

Mr. Martins: "There is nothing in Christianity that was not derived from the primordial religious thoughts..." So, where did the primordial religious thoughts come from?"
I think one of the main problems in all religions today is the fact that most adherents miss the point of making contact with God--the true Object of worship--and focus on intermediaries, including human agents. Most religions have a standard book that describes their tenets. But, unfortunately, most adherents of the different religions do not read for themselves. On the other hand, every human being has been given common sense and the liberty to exercise goodwill. My take: read for yourself, seek God for yourself, express your goodwill in line with the discoveries that you make from your "holy book", while using your common sense and liberty to make the best possible decisions in life.

this is what i have to say

I believe in tithing and giving offerings to God.
But I also believe that these tites and offerings are meant to be used
to do Gods work, like building churches, free schools, free hospitals,
orphanages, and giving aids to extremely poor societies. When I look around me today I see
A lot of nigerians suffering. A lot of people hopeless in the streets
There is a lot to be done with money! I feel that the money gotten
Thru tites and offerings are not really put into good use. God
Said we shouldn't judge anyone. So I will leave it to him to
Either punish or bless all those involved. But all I know is thsat
They are not doing enough! Men of God should strive hard to make
A difference in this world. How could we live with ourselves
When enjoying in our luxries and a little boy ar girl had just
Died out of starvation? Nigerians please THINK!

Abraham and Jacob's Pre-Law Tithes

Abraham: Gen 14:18-20, Heb 7:7-8..This was not mandatory; also wasnt a tithe of his personal goods and was one time only.
Jacob: Gen 28:12-16;20-22..A vow made it total unbelief after God's assurance. The unbelief still showed when he was about to meet Esau his brother; God had to wrestle him in Genesis 32.

The new testament encourages cheerful, predetermined, voluntary and generous giving to the poor, the widow, less priviledged saints and for ministry work. Multiple Churches have today made a business out of falsely demanding tithe rather than faith giving.

who made you a judge? should Christians judge.5/23/11 response

Biblical discernment requires judgement, applying scripture. The Bereans did so before accepting teachings(Acts 17:11). A review of Matt Chpts 5-7 and Matt 25: 31-46 will help us make Christ centered decisions. 1 Thess 5:21 says Test all things. Jesus commended some for resisting error, blamed others for accepting error in Rev Chpt 2 and 3. Some peddled the word of God for profit in Paul's time(2 Cor 2:17). Then there is 1 Tim 6:6-11; see Paul's advice to Timothy(verse 6). Finally, all believers are priests (1 Pet 2:9)and Christ himself(alone) is high priest(Heb 2:17); we are to respect and appreciate all saints, but not to idolize any.

Who is anointed, and what does it mean to touch?

Who are the New Testament Anointed?

Per 2 Cor 1:20-22, 1 Jn 2:27, 1 Peter 2:9, the entire body of Christ is anointed, not just certain people in the body. Jesus condemned doctrine of the Nicolaitans in Rev 2 and 3; most believers dont know what this is.

What does it mean to touch? It means doing physical harm(do your homework); it doesnt mean being critical or questioning shady behavior. Saul was anointed and David wouldnt Touch him, though David still scholded him.

Tithing or Giving

The new testament, including Jesus himself, emphasized giving(whom, when and how), not tithing(do your homework). Also proper Mosaic tithing is in 4 types(Levitical, Priest Tithe, Celebration tithe and Welfare tithe). None of this is cash; only the Celebration tithe was substituted as cash at 125% value of it component equivalent. Please believers, let's be diligent Bible students.

But is it Biblical Tithing?

I would agree if you said Giving works; a Biblical tithe is not mere 10%. The whole Tithe in Mal 3 requires proper administration of 4 different tithes(Tithe to Levite, Levite Tithe to Priest, Welfare Tithe and Celebration Tithe); none of these was money, except where Celebration tithe was converted to cash at 125% of initial value. A Tithe brings you back under the Law, and James 2:10 applies if you are under the law.
The Bible teaches Christians giving in Matt 6:1-4,Matt 10:8-10 and 2 Cor 9:7. Who to give to: 1 Cor 9:7-10,Prov 28:27, Matt 25:34-41. Who not to give to in Prov 22: 16.

Let the men of God enjoy?

1 Pet 2:9 states that every believer is a priest. We are required Biblically to test all things, not just follow blindly. The Bereans were praised for this in Acts 17:11. In 2 Pet 2:3, Apostle Peter predicts greedy teachers and God's intention to destroy such for making merchandise of believers.

Jesus cares about the poor too, and God's attitude to carlous neglect of the poor is seen in Matt 25:31-46. The Bible gives multiple warnings concerning wealth pursuit, such as 1 Tim 6:6-11, Matt 6:19-21 and Matt 19:23-25. Also, be careful who you give to: Prov 22:16

JUST A KINGDOM THOUGHT

I just want to say that I love Bishop David Oyedepo and the great work he is doing for the Kingdom of God. His life and ministry is truly opened my eyes to see a better life in the Kingdom than this world system has shown. I am happy that he owns a jet so I can personally get a chance to meet him when he makes his next visit to the United States. I enjoy and get blessed by his lifestyle and teachings.

In addition, I have read a lot of the comments against his lifestyle and the inaccurate comments that a lot who disapprove of him have said. I will not attempt to defend him because his character speaks louder than any negative comment that I have read. It should not be strange for a Kingdom citizen to have a jet … notice what I did not say … “it should not be strange for a pastor to have a jet” because Bishop FIRST is a citizen.

In our day, we know very little about Kings and the lifestyle of their citizens

Origin of Tithing, firstfruit giving, sunday and sabbath

The greatest disease that can afflict a man is that of ignorance.
Tithing, firsfruit giving, sabbath and sunday institutions were all borrowed from the pagans that existed before Judaism and Christianity. Elohim was the name of Canaanite God and the most high God called EL-Elyon was the high God of the Cannanite pantheon just like obatala was the head of Yoruba pantheon. Commandment to observe the sabbath was not given in Exodus 20; there the Israelites were merely encouraged to remember it to keep it Holy. Sunday was the day to worship the Sun God among the heathens. Trinity was derived from solatheology: Sun,light and heat (energy)as God the father (Sun), god the sun (light) and god the holy ghost (heat). Jesus as the light of the sun was considered the true light in the gospel of John and Holy ghost is considered the power of God. There is nothing in Christianity that was not derived from primordial religious thoughts. Jesus became God in 325 AD and Holy ghost became God in 381 AD.

Beware!

What happens when the messanger is greater than the message and the Sender?

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Let the men of God enjoy what belongs to them

I strongly believe that whatever riches pastor possesses belongs to kingdom of God .He has given him through His followers and nobody has authority whatsoever to judge how he/she is going to spend these money.If it the issue of the poor in the society they should try very hard to pull themselves from that social status and earn himself new status in life because you might find even the pastor you are now crucifying pass through hard times in the past but his hard work and blessing from Almighty God he has been able to accumulate some wealth for himself and remember he is using this latest machine to reach out to his people.Men of God lets be watchful in anything we write and speak with our tongue it can sometimes turn to be poisonous and cause great destruction.May God bless you.Amen.Fredrick Onyango Okuto from Africa-Kenya.fokwareofronyango@rocketmail.com.

Dont say wat u dont kno

Jesus was poor , hav u sen wia He wok on a horse O carrivan ? He wok on a donkey 2 show modesty n avarage woldly enjoyment . Isted of dem 2 empower d poor around dem wit wat dsem ppl gev dem de ar dia galvanisen wit it n u ar hia sayen robish . U ar d types dat only blivs wat pasto says n not d Bible dat is y u ppl hav cheken brains .

let them say.i uv david

let them say.i uv david oyedepo,daddy adeboye,kenneth copeland,kenneth hagin,they have been a blessing to this generation,jesus was not poor on earth so we the followers are not to be poor,who u follow determines wht will follow u,i will continue to follow this men of God,i know wht my life was till God brought them my way.only fools doubt result.if u give u give to Gods work not to man.any body dat whts to talk bad about this men of God is lookin for quick death unpon his life.stay clear from men of God,david oyedepo daddy adeboye,I LUV U ALL WITH ALL MY HEART,may God keep u all and give u more blessin so u can be blessin to this generation

Confirm your information before you make a fool of yourself

I will like sharareporters to confirm some of the information post on their website before publishing it.
There are some lies in this report and can make sharareporters discredited and lose the hold on people that constantly view their webpage for correct, accurate information

Unnecessary wealth

I don’t mind for churches to be rich but i do question the pastors and their handlers to be extremely wealthy.
How can you explain pastors going on private jet, driving in extreme expensive cars, living in very big mansions and yet people believe such people are men of God.
The money generated for the church is meant for church goers and humanity at large. It should be used for charity and create free education and free medicals regardless of your believe and which part of the world you are from.
Only business men and top government officials should live such life style and I hope those xtains do wake up and challenge their pastors to put the wealth into good use.

pastor private jets

There will always be the poor amongst you in every society, community and nations.critics are not achiever because they only look at the resource persons and the successful to criticize, they never see anything positive in the life of those who discover their calling and purpose in life. God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is contained therein even the 'jets' the principle of prosperity in all ramification, is it health, wealth, favour, influence, name it, are all embodied in the 'Word of God' all you need is to find it and apply it in your life. SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND EVERY OTHER THING SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU. "Jets" are mere jara no big deal. cheers!

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