Japheth Omojuwa: It’s time for COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo to answer these questions

by Japheth Omojuwa

Ese Walter pastor

Now read my lips, I know there are people here that are not part of our church, read my lips, we are going to speak but we are consulting to come out with a robust reply.”

“When we asked God, God said be quiet.” Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo in his non robust reply to the Ese Walter accusations on Sunday 25th August 2013.

One shouldn’t need a robust reply to say “I didn’t do it!” but I digress. The Miss Ese Walter – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo affair has since come and for many, who’d rather the truth be buried, should be gone by now. Unfortunately, this will not go yet. The reason is simple; pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo just has to speak up. This was my initial take on the issue and you may need to read it to understand where this writer is coming from. If you haven’t read that, you’d not understand my mind with respect to how, no matter what we think or assume, we should never judge until all sides are heard. I now know more than I did from that last time and all sides have had at least 3 weeks to be heard.

Before I continue, let me address the men worshippers who go to church on Sundays and during the week sincerely believing they are worshipping God but in reality are bowing to the carnal desires of fellow men. My last year in Nigeria saw me spend more time in Abuja than any other Nigerian city. Anytime I found myself in Abuja, I’d always attend the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) or on select occasions The Everlasting Arms Parish (TEAP) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. My Lagos church has no branch. COZA was convenient for me for many reasons but the most appealing part was the fact that it was a church I could go without being treated specially. Yes, a few people would know and notice me but I’d largely be just another member of the congregation and my life needed just that. I was not just attending COZA though; I truly liked the church. I was committed to the church financially. I may be did not give as much as many people but I at least gave enough to receive a gracious call from Pastor Fatoyinbo himself. I am yet to give anyone – including my mother – as much of my resources as I have given to COZA. More often than not my donations were in hard currency. Given a chance, I’d do this again. Giving is my culture anyway. This point needs to be made because some hypocrites will come up here to pretend they love the church more than people they’d consider evil like myself because one has chosen to ask questions. I don’t know how else to prove one’s love for where one’s heart is without spending one’s money on same. I gave not because I was moved by words but because I was impressed by the church’s dedication to excellence. Hate him or love him, pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was a man driven by excellence. I was impressed because after each journey away from Nigeria, I’d visit COZA to see the aesthetics have been improved upon markedly. I was just impressed and I was even more impressed because being a man driven by excellence myself, it was great to see it in display in a Nigerian organization. That mattered to me because Nigerian positive outliers gain my attention for obvious reasons – excellence remains a scarce commodity in here.

I saw pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo for the first time in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, I think in 2007 when he came to preach at The Father’s House where I worshipped at the time. His depth impressed me. Again, hate him or love him, he knew his word. He knew (knows) the bible and he had – of course still has – the God given ability to not just preach the word but to teach it and impact people. His strongest attribute for me though would be his vocals. I don’t think there is a better singer than the man in COZA!

I have made all the above points because some would come here, not to read this or in search for the truth, but to defend their illusion and the lie they want protected in their hearts. I have said the above to let you know if you love the man, I love him too and if you love the church I do too. Unfortunately, I love the truth more and that was the reason I opened myself up to hearing the experiences of the many people who reached me after this article. I exchanged emails with Ese Walter – she had reached out to me to encourage me during my Arik matter but I didn’t know that until after I sent an email to her to say to be strong – I was speaking from my understanding of what being in the media storm is. I received a call from an Abuja based counselor and had exchanges with people who had worshipped at pastor Fatoyinbo’s church in Ilorin. I did not reach out to any of these people myself; they sought me out themselves.

Loyalty is a necessity in every relationship. There must be a purpose and truth behind it. Should one remain loyal when one discovers that, that loyalty was pledged on the wrong premise? Every loyalty has a foundation and once that foundation is destroyed, loyalty must find a new shelter.

The Nigerian society is what it is because we do not care about the truth as a people, we only care about our interests. People think they care about the truth when the truth does not affect them, as soon as the table turns; their only care is about the protection of their own kind of truth or their own interest. It is the reason the same people say to you one day, “I love the way you write and focus on issues and the fact that you are unbiased” and the next time they go “what’s your interest in this? What is the point? I used to be your fan but not anymore!” I am so used to this yo-yoing from readers I never care about fans, friends or foes, I just care to put the word out based on what I think is right only being at peace with my conscience and my God. I don’t care to be loved or hated. I think I can do without caring for people whose feelings change at the direction of whether the matter affects them directly rather than whether the matter deserves one’s sincerity. This will open me to abuse but who cares about people whose lives and souls are subjected to what fellow men feel rather than what God cares about?

We may not be acutely aware of this as Nigerian Christians but while a man of God is truly a man of God, he becomes just another man when it comes to his own failings and addictions. A man of God who is addicted to drugs for instance is not addicted to drugs as a man of God, he is addicted to drugs as a man. The same thing goes for sex, stealing, adultery and all the other vices listed by the bible and our understanding of morality. When a man of God who is not married to you touches your breast, he touches it as a real man not as a real man of God. The hardness that comes with it is of his own blood, no matter what you want to assume.

Of course men of God have a special kind of grace, a certain level of Grace, but that grace has its purposive boundaries. You can have grace to pull 100,000 people into a stadium as a preacher but that grace may not be available to you if, say you invited people a year after to come hear you declare yourself to run for a public office. Every form of Grace has a purpose and a place for it. Will Pastor E.A. Adeboye gather as much people in Redeem Camp if the event was his declaration to run for a political office? I have gone at length to make this point about grace because as Christians in Nigeria, some of us have become passionate church going zombies! My words sound harsh but think mot juste – it is what it is. As long as pastor says it, it is right. As long as pastor does it, it is right. So then, pastor is always right. Our thin line between pastor and God, which was supposed to be a clearly marked reality, has since become eroded. Pastors have indeed become our gods! We literally worship them now.  My last service at COZA on the 25th of August showed this a lot. It was the loudest I had heard the church and trust me, COZA on a regular day is loud. On this day, I sat there in church and asked myself sincere questions;

Why is this church overly loud today, is it because of God or because of man? The extraordinary praise and worship session – which I really danced to because of my weakness for praises – and the loud cheers and applauses had a note to them that never used to be there. This was no longer about God, it had become about “our pastor.” I ordinarily would not tweet during a church service but I did on this day because I was so sure in my mind I was no longer in church. I realized I was in a theatre. Everything was a show and it was at best a world-class show. It was no longer about God, it was about “our church, our pastor” and you are sure to see that put up here in the comments. Why have we suddenly assumed and believed that defending our pastors mean defending God? Who told us that when our pastors fall God will fall? Are we mad or are we just spiritually insane? Our Christianity is no longer about God, it has since become about pastors and our church’s brand. We are more obsessed with what people perceive of our church’s reality than what God cares about. Even the most seemingly independent minded among us lose their ability to rationalize anything as long as it is about defending these pastors and their increasingly way ward ways. In our usual way, we misinterpret the bible for our end, saying for instance “touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” I leave you with thisWhat does it really mean when it says not to touch the anointed? article. This is our way of putting pastors above board, beyond questions and their actions protected inside our common ignorance of God’s word. People continue to perish for lack of knowledge. And you better not think this is a Pentecostal thing, it is as ubiquitous as you’d find religions. There is a fake version of anything that is original. If your religion has no fake version of its good leaders, your religion itself is fake!

There are of course true men of God and real churches dedicated not just to getting men and women focused on God and the things of God, but contributing extensively to the development of men, women and families including underprivileged in the society. The existence of a fake thing is proof there is an original. I work with some men of God fully committed to this and the works of the likes of Daystar and the Elevation Church in Lagos inspired this piece on what the church can do about poverty in Nigeria . I think pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is a real man of God but he is a real man too; much more real a man than a god at least. And when these realities come clashing, we must not treat these separate phenomena as one. You can tear yourself to pieces over these questions as one of these folks with suspended minds, but he really needs to answer them or just let silence do the talking.

These are questions for the real man in pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo to answer:

Did he do what Ese Walter accused him of doing? When she came back to Nigeria and asked that he needed to step away from the pulpit, did he meet up with her, even tried to kiss her again and later called her to say he forgot something in her car after he left? Did the thing he forgot turn out to be N500,000 cash! Was this part of his personal earnings in church or was it part of the church’s income? Did they meet at another hotel – not in England – where he tried to pay for his own accommodation and had his cash refused because the hotel wouldn’t take cash so Ese had to pay with her card? Does he use an aphrodisiac perfume? Is that for the fun of it or for some kind of fun? Did he insist Ese Walter stay back in London after she came back to Nigeria defying his earlier demand? Ese Walter might have held back many details in her blog because no one gets to write it all on matters like that, but will the real man please stand up and say something? Oh, and our ultra-super-religious-and-spiritual-we-are-all-clean society has crucified Ese Walter, making sure others like her never dare come out to cast other pastors again. And trust me, there are other named ones. You see, we think we are a free people but we are not. The person whose body is shackled is freer than the person whose mind is. We have been manipulated to assume certain things. It is so bad it has become so tough to confront falsehood in our society. In contrast, it has become the norm to confront those who dare ask questions around such. We remember the Bible verses that justify our ways as though even the devil doesn’t quote the Bible for his own end. Here is one thing you should take home; “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:15).

The sheer number of women who cannot speak up on their experiences like these shows how much the society condemns the brave and gives the halo of holiness to their mental oppressors. This is not limited to pastors, leaders of other religions are very much involved in immoralities with wives and daughters of trusted members but this is a mirror for my home. I ignored my Muslim followers who insisted I speak about their own leaders for obvious reasons. This remains Nigeria. I know they will have fearless people who will show them their mirror too. Some even already started with tweets on those yesterday.

One thing appeared constant in all the other alleged affairs; the pastor always used disparaging words for his wife, telling the other women his wife is “pretty on the outside, empty upstairs,” a theme that appeared in all the stories. This set me off over and again, hearing it from people who even as I write have never met themselves. Did the real man in pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo tell these women his wife is too fat and tried for years to lose weight but just couldn’t; and to think that the woman in question is not fat. There is more on this but better to reserve some questions. Is it true the wife is aware of the pastor’s issues to the point she makes sure to regularly keep tabs on him with phone calls? Is it true some of the pastors are well aware of this? Are they party to it like some of the women in this loop suggest?

What about these other stories?

One of the women – who admitted she was seeking counseling not because she felt abused by the pastor but because she felt used and dumped, because the pastor had abandoned her – had much to say. She said that it started when she went for counseling with pastor Fatoyinbo. That, they exchanged numbers and they started calling each other at odd hours. It went from phone sex to the bedroom. There is no need to give the graphic details of the wildness she said transpired. The second story as relayed by the Abuja counselor was exactly like the first, from marital counseling to wild sex. This second person is actually married, and remains married. One of the ladies admitted she was so addicted to him she threw all caution to the wind. The money according to them was another attraction they’d not deny. They didn’t say they were abused, they said they felt used and dumped. She said the pastor has a huge appetite for sex but gets bored easily and this explains his constant change of girls.

Hard to believe, but these stories from Ilorin make the hardness go a bit softer. Had an Ilorin student, who lived off campus, who was at the time his member, ever drive out pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo out of her room? Did he ask her to sit on his laps? Did he try to touch her breasts? Did he try harder until she threatened to shout? Would the pastor remember if I added he used to visit the family, that they used to push his car at the time? Did any pastor at the time reprimand pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo after the lady in question had reported him? Does he still remember the words that man of God told him? Did the lady continue to come to church after the incident? She left the church eventually when she couldn’t stand seeing the pastor preach. People know about this, families know about this. These are open secrets.

What about this other girl pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo allegedly dated in Ilorin? She admitted they had a steady relationship, and that he would tell her how his wife was not homely, how his wife couldn’t cook. Pastor Biodun, according to her would tell her how he felt very homely and welcomed around her, how she was just like a mother. She admitted she dated the pastor for a very long time and even got pregnant and aborted for the man of God. People say there can be no smoke without fire but I don’t even agree with that because I know at least one gas that produces smoke without fire. Unfortunately, this is beyond the smoke of a gas, this is a thick, fat, carbon soaked smoke with burning flames that can only be associated with fire! Like Moses’ burning bush, something is wrong somewhere and silence will not help on this one.

Silence can be beautiful, silence can be ugly, silence can be so subtle no ones hears it and silence can be so loud it screams “guilty!” I defended pastor Fatoyinbo’s rights to be heard and I still do but I cannot defend his long silence. This silence is so loud it is too distracting. This silence is too robust to be ignored. Anyone who says it is better for the pastor to remain silent at this time is not only a hypocrite but also a church zombie. This is not me being abusive, this is me saying it as it is. Just look out for the meaning of the word.

When God created things, he said it was good, after God created man He said it was very good. God did not do all that so that we’d suspend our ability to think when it comes to matters of our pastors or anyone for that matter. Even God called out to Adam after he committed the first sin. God did not convict him, he gave him a chance to defend himself and Adam did present his case.

You see, after all said and done, we all like Adam, we fall short. King David fell short and prophet Nathan told him to his face. We all know what he did and the price he paid for that but we all know that several millennia after, King David remains an iconic figure in Israel. Israel’s flag and major national symbols bear his insignia to this day! King David said “hata al-Yahweh”  (Hebrew for “I have sinned against God”) and his admission of his own human failings is the reason we can all read Psalm 51 today and raise our heads knowing God is able and willing to forgive us. God of course did forgive David but he never let go of the consequence of that sin. His life was spared – against the Law of Moses, which at the time meant David himself should have died – but he lost the child born by Bathsheba. Of course we never read of David committing that sort of sin again because the chastisements of God helped clean him like David himself wrote in Psalm 51.

Talking about Joseph; is this what the pastor says Joseph did not defend himself for? Would Joseph have defended himself if he was offered the chance and he lived in the society as a free man and not the slave he was? How did Moses write the account of what happened inside a room between Joseph and Potiphar’s wife if Joseph never made a point to defend himself at one time or the other? Would Joseph have kept quiet if he had a congregation to account to? How come a young lady in Abuja who had been in the COZA Ilorin choir knew Joseph was going to form part of the message on Sunday the 25th of August even before the pastor came on the pulpit? Had this happened in Ilorin and pastor Fatoyinbo had to offer the same “the people who lived in Joseph’s time did not know he did not do what he was accused of, we are the ones that know” excuse? Should we forget these questions and wait for those who will be on earth in 5000 years time to know all these were supernatural co-incidental lies or would it be better for pastor Fatoyinbo to accept he is a real man of God yes but he is indeed a real man with flesh, with the ability to indeed fail? Can pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo do what David did and admit his wrong to his congregation and let those who will stay, stay and those who will leave, leave? Is it better for the church members to know exactly what they are getting or should they all just continue to live a lie or in-between a lie and confusion? Sir, can we even just let go of the robust response and just say “I never did what Ese Walter accused me of,” because you were true to your conscience enough on Sunday the 25th of August not to deny it happened. I remembered clearly no words were said to that effect. If indeed it did not happen, can we get an “I did not do it” short, simple and direct response before this robust reply is ready for our consumption? How can all sides be heard if one side decides silence should do the talking?

At least no one can say I wrote this because of the new COZA land or building project because I worked for the money I contributed to it. And I hope to visit when this project is completed. But our Christianity needs to rise above this carnality and obsession with buildings and what toilets and church seats should look like. These are all cool and I’d always be likely to worship in a church that pays attention to all these but at the end of the day, this is not what Christianity is about. Our faith is about Christ and we were called Christians at Antioch for the first time not because of how beautiful our churches looked or how well our pastors/apostles spoke, it was because of our Christ-like attitude. Is this what the Nigerian church is about today or should we forget this question was ever asked? Are we still worshipping The Way, The Truth and The Life or have we redefined God? We need to ask these questions and more about our Christianity. Let us even for a while forget what others think or say about us, who really are we? Now let the abuses rain on me. I need to shower myself. May the peace of the Lord be upon His church!

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Comments (38)

  1. Japheth, God bless you. This is the truth you have spoken. I attended COZA for 4 years in Ilorin and I was almost molested by this man of God in his home. In my opinion,his wife fueled this terrible habit of his by bringing in young girls to her home and having them spend the night just because she was toooooo lazy even to cook for her husband.
    And for your information, I knew them before they got married January 2000 and they were living together before then so this disrespect is expected from him. Even unbelievers would rather not talk about their wives to thneir babes instead of bad-mouthing her!
    Pastor Biodun that I know will NEVER confess but i know that God will expose him.
    Unfortunately, alot of the ladies he molested in Ilorin cannot come out because they are married and would rather let sleeping dogs lie. How many do we want to talk about? is it those his trips to Ogbomoso with babes for the weekend? or ‘straffing’ girls right in his office in church?

    I commend Ese Walter and I know that you are healed. you have spoken for a lot of girls that cannot or will never speak out against this Man who has chosen to continue to enjoy himself in this terrible habit under ‘Special Grace’.

  2. Honestly,I was left dumbfounded when I heard PST Biodun’s shallow response to ese’s accusations.I strongly thought he should have just said No I did not do it.or Sorry I did it.because keeping silent will make us assume many different things.please PST.say something.I will still love and respect you irrespective of your response.Joshua 1:8

  3. his church has forgiven him, so lets move on

  4. @shit…..we all sin. we are righteous in CHRIST through faith.

  5. So now what…..did he not do what he's been accused of…

  6. @ehi u said shit happens and pls can you define the shit u mean?

  7. I reeeeeaaaalllllllly hate this article………….human beings are opinionated, how i wish they could keep their thoughts to themselves. Biodun owes no one an explanation. Nigerians are just fucking religious……shit happens!!! Its done,can we move on please.

  8. Thank u so much for this piece, some people are ignorant and some have chosen to be blind to pastor Biodun's filthy way of life. I salute Ese's courage cos she spoke d mind of so many ladies. Truth is plain and doesn't need to be prepared. This is God's own way of exposing him

  9. Your write up was interesting to read. You though have made up your mind on Pastor Biodun's guilt and only require his confession to satisfy your gut feeling. That's unfortunate. Everything from Ese's exposure to several comments here and in other places is just out to humiliate and humble the man of God. Many are only interested in his relinquishing his bishopric as if it's a political office. All Christians here including the writer should be mourning in ashes over this allegation. Whether true or false, the church under an attack and when one 'soldier' falls the enter battalion is weakened. The Bible says we all are members of the same body which is Christ. And that when one member is sick other parts of the body cannot escape or avoid that sickness. Both Ese and Pastor Biodun are victims of the wiles of the enemy of the church and our preoccupation should not be to ascertain whether the servant of God is guilty or not because the wrath of man has never produced the righteousness of God. Meanwhile, David did not gather the whole nation of Israel to confess his sin. Even the prophet that God sent had to use parable to confront the king. We don't also read that Peter gathered the other disciples to confess his denial of Jesus before repenting. Unless our God is now so weak like Baal that we need to fight on his behalf when somebody desecrates His altar. The man of God does not need any public confession or response to this allegation. Our God can still handle His own and how He does it is His prerogative. As new testament believers and not Pharisees in disguise looking for faults and who to nail to the cross, let us kneel before our Maker and pray for His church and the saints of God especially Pastor B and the ladies mentioned whether true or false because we are all involved as members of the body of Christ.

  10. On this piece, i raise ma hat for Japhet. This is what we have been talking about. Pastors are humans( I’m not saying he is right or wrong) and should be treated as such.Formerly, Yoruba would say “esu na ni araye paro mo” (once a bad deed has been done, they lie on the Devil) but now it seems God himself is no longer spared.
    Please, it is my opinion that the Pastor says something either accepting or negating the allegation.

  11. Personally i think he does owe the church an explanation. Do you realize the terrible consequences of causing a christian to fall? I dont even understand how people just interprete this matter. When you are a leader it comes with its perks and obligations. please we should stop making excuses for people who should be accountable abeg

  12. Hi Japhet, i dont think anyone should curse or rain abuses on you cos you ve d liberty n freedom to make comments. However, if you read 2 Cor 8…Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthians not to lay any blame on them (the Apostles) Verse 20 becos everyone was "willing of themselves" verse 3..In essence, weda u wait for a response or responses and weda Pastor Biodun replies, let him be (anyways, u cant kuku force him to speak sha), so why bother…By the way i am not a zombie church member but let the man be…I however agree with you that he should settle any short coming btw himself and his God (not any man)…..Let him follow what he says God has told him (sebi he has been preaching like that before) this shouldnt be different……..

  13. Sunday Enoch … its obvious u are a baby/Canal Christian…no one is defending him…My advice to u is to ask God for wisdom cos ntn anyone says will make meaning to you!!! BE WISE

  14. Emmanuel Maledo touch not God's anointed and do His prophets no harm. you are not God , don't play God.

  15. like seriously?????? not sure you even read the article properly. if men like David can come out openly to say God forgive me, why is the pastor any different. We have all sinned, agreed and no one is casting the first stone here. But pple like you will be the first to judge Ese and then quote bible verses to defend the man of God. Nigerians are just to religious and by the way, chirstianity is not a religion, its a way of life. if he is not guilty, let him talk, if he is, he owes his church an explanation as they look up to him. If you remember well, King Saul was also rejected by God even though God clled him. he fell and grace left him. David only honoured the call of God on his life when he didnt kill him. so let's stop intepreting the bible to suit our purpose. Let us stand by the truth cuz this is the only thing that can set us free

  16. Nice one Omojuwa. First, I don't agree with anyone who says you shouldn't have said you gave "hard currency" to the church. However, when you label a politician or who ever unpalatable names for doing same (or similar), I'll remind you of this piece.

    For every other point, you hit it on the head with dexterity. But then, does he really need to respond? I believe waiting or expecting a response from him is buying into the "church-zombie" theory you spent time explaining. I believe if we all come to the realisation that salvation is personal and Jesus should be our only example, then we wouldn't be hurt when our "pastors" lead wayward lives. Whether he did it or not, na him business with God be that. Does he owe you an explanation? Maybe but if you don't get one, abeg free the guy. If his congregation (especially the women) like they should keep falling for his wiles. "On the last day, only true believers would be rapture".

    For me, if hear my pastor sleeps with all the female choir members, I wouldn't be shocked one bit not because I suspect him of foul play but because we are in the end times after all and "men of God" are first of all "men". And if he doesn't apologise, I'll change church if I'm not comfortable with seeing him on the altar of God. No church has a monopoly of God's presence. And if I can't find a good church, I and my household will worship God in my house. After all the early church started in people's homes and God is everywhere and of course we are his temples.

    Find God for yourself and don't let a mortal man's actions or inactions dictate your relationship with him.

  17. The motive is simply to desist people from worshiping the so-called 'men of God'. I believe you were around when twitter went abuzz because of this scandal, how people were calling the girl names because she was so bold to air what happened between herself and a supposed Pastor.

    I particularly know of one guy on nairaland that defends like no other. The motive is for people to seek God – not men.

  18. He s a pastor, he should come forward and say yes or no
    and the church pastors should deal with him accordingly

  19. why will u call him a fool, y cant you simply state your own opinion

  20. Thankful for this piece, I honestly thought this was buried and over it, why am thankful for this piece is cause if Pastor B comes out and says yes it all happened and am sorry for all I've caused, it will remind a lot of how and why we should ask for forgiveness from people and God. Life is too short for cover up's.

  21. Hmnn. Finally Japheth Omojowa has come up with something objective. Thank God . This is the best write up I have read about the issue. Someone who though attends coza and contributes to the project but will not allow that the blur his vision. Thanks for committing to the truth. David didn’t commit the same sin many times. He also repented. I am tired of people using King David as an excuse. As for Ese, it may have been difficult to resist an order from someone she considers powerful just like in the case of Bathsheba. The only people who can truly explain how hard it is are those who have experienced it themselves. Other people can’t understand. As for me, I have left Coza and I am praying that someone who is dear to me truly leaves. He is a man that is very special to me. I see his zeal for the Lord and I don’t want him to engage in anything immoral. I was seriously burdened by the story and couldn’t imagine him preaching. The picture kept flashing through my mind even though I am not the victim. Pastor Biodun has to really check himself. God loves us all but He can also expose us. He gives a wide long rope. I know someone who kept breaking the red lights by mistake, she had done it many times. the next week she got caught by the police and guess what? She didn’t blame God. When you keep doing the same thing all over again, God will watch u and warn you but if you don’t stop, it will become and issue of public disgrace. Guess at that point a person will be forced to stop. It’s just sad. I refuse to be gullible or be a people pleaser. Is that how to wisely use the people’s tithes and offering. Some of those people can’t even afford to take their own wives abroad. Yes Coza mirrors excellence but I think they should stop putting people under pressure. Some people who can’t afford to feed themselves go spending money to be clothes just to look on point. It’s honestly hard on the girls. And as for his wife, I am beginning to question the genesis of their marriage. Na wa, I don’t believe that she is a useless woman. Spare this woman now .It’s not fair.

    1. I agree with some of your responses but who puts whom under pressure, to give? Nooo…what you dont have u dont, except if u steal it or borrow it (nothing wrong it dat) but for some1 to say i was put under pressure to give is not fair…….By the way when u give, give to ur ability and capability…So is the Parable of the Talent……

  22. i've hardly seen a young lady with deep spiritual insight. U speak wisdom but many will disagree. Weldone

  23. u shud watch wat u saying, stuffs out of anger. that's my opinion no need to call it blatant rubbish n all wat u said . say wat u think n that's fine but don't insult me. n clearly if u had clamed down n read what I wrote u would see dat I am neither in support of d man nor otherwise. my point here is why are we so keen on him coming clean, shud it be to crucify him or lead him back to Christ. whats our motive. I was trying say that in our wanting to prove justice it shud be for correction. may God help all of us

  24. Oh please, Elizabeth! what manner of blatant rubbish! that is precisely what I'm talking about: deliberately quoting God's word is areas where it only suits one. OF COURSE he has to answer the questions looming! what bloody keep quiet is that? and if you REALLY read his comment, he did not say God told him? people did. even if he said God sef! ehn? doesn't seem like the God I know. NO! he has to answer. he has to speak, like Omojuwa said, and say he has sinned against God and the church, or say he is innocent. what sort of rubbish and sins do we permit and let go over our heads in church in the name of religion? I say religion now, because this does not denote true christianity. this whole story, shenanigan or whatever it wants to be called, pains me to the core! CHURCH is to worship God not Biodun Fatoyinbo. where men of God or ordinary men have fallen, they confess WITH THEIR MOUTHS, that they have sinned so that forgiveness from God is theirs. HOW can you just be saying rubbish and quoting the bible wrongly in a situation where it obviously should not? Who do we now blame for the misuse of God's word? God Himself? God forbid! be still does not apply here, nne biko. he had better dance and move and speak! mschwwwwwww. be still ko. speak up, man! too many people cannot all be lying. they all can't really hate you that much unless you HAVE done something to be hated for. SPEAK!

  25. Am shocked that people still muster defenses for men who use the name of God to perpetrate evil. His act was a gross abuse of office. He has fallen from grace (that is, if he was ever in grace). Men of God are models to the church and society. Apostles, written epistles. He should be given a back seat in the church. He has failed the church. He has failed God. There is no way u can polish it, Elizabeth. God did not ask him to keep quiet. He doesn't have what to say. Simple. He's still even making it more and more difficult by telling lies in the name of God. Meaning he has not repented.

  26. Sunday Enoch u obviously do not understand wat I wrote, I advice u read again.

  27. The writter of dis article is a fool.u are impressed my his oratic qualities.u dnt nid to tell us,the way u give to the church,hard currency and all dat,its btw u and God.

  28. Lizzy which God are u talkin. Pls use Big G for GOD. N mind u. He is not everybody,he is an Icon.as for him I tink he is beyond that struggle.if he can not overcome that addiction which means he is not qualify to help any man spiritually.go and check d bible who is qualify to run a church(pastor).pls dnt support evil. Many ppl are lookin up to him as mentor n “him come fall their hand”. If anytin comes up like this tink of the milk christians new converts or intend christians.

  29. Hi, I read ur long epistle and have just the following to say. I am quiet frankly not a member of coza, neither have I eva attended. He really doesn't n mustnt give an ans to any of the accuses. Eva heard of the scripture that says be still n knw dat I am god. I quote that based on his reply that god said he shud be quiet. Not justifying weda or not he is guilty but let's just say he is, then wat? Are u asking him to come forward to u can correct him as the bible says or so u all wud have proven how wrong n gulity he is. Wats really the motive here. Remember we all have sinned and fallen short. Just cuz he's may have come out in the open doesn't make urs and mine any less different. We all struggle with different 'addictions'. I guess wat I'm saying here is, ur piece doesn't make u any better than the church zombie's u mentioned cuz it seems all u are out to do is condemn the man n not lead him back to christ as shud be the priority.

  30. To some are given the Gift of Discernment… I didn't need to read this expose or hear Pastor's Fatoyinbo side of the story to know Ese Walters story was true. The plot did not only reveal a well-planned and well-carried out scheme but the fact that this scheme has been carried out many times before. My only grouse with Ms. Walters is that she is not a victim. No one carries fire on his (her) bosom and is not burned. She had every right to blog her misdeeds but not as a victim but as a sinner. The contrite and broken God accepts and not the excuse-givers like Adam or Cain or Walters. Pastor Biodun's judgement is left for him and God but she should seek reprieve for her's and her's alone as a conscious participant and not as a victim. And oops, I am not a sinless Christian but i try to acknowledge my faults.

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