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Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

Despite assuring his flock on Sunday that he intended to serve as their senior pastor “for the next 20 years,” Matt Chandler’s elder board decided that he needed to take an urgent “leave of absence” because of his use of inappropriate language in Instagram posts to a lady who is not his wife.

“We are strong proponents of brothers and sisters in Christ being friends, but there are boundaries around what’s appropriate in these kinds of friendships. A pastoral role requires a greater awareness of those boundaries,” The Village Church elders announced in an Aug. 28 statement.

“In this case, while the messages were not romantic or sexual in nature, the frequency and familiarity of the messages crossed a line. They revealed that Matt did not use language appropriate for a pastor, and he did not model a behavior that we expect from him.”

Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

According to the elders, the pastor revealed the inappropriate messaging between himself and the woman after being confronted about them several months ago by the woman’s friend in the church’s foyer.

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The pastor said that shortly after the woman raised concern about the messages, he shared those concerns with Josh Patterson and elder Chairman Jasien Swords and “submitted to their leadership in addressing the situation.” He also informed his wife.

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“I didn’t think I had done anything wrong in that,” Chandler explained as he faced his congregation. “My wife knew that. Her (the woman’s) husband knew that. And yet there were a couple of things that she said that were disorienting to me. “

After reviewing the situation, The Village Church elders concluded that while the inappropriate messages “did not rise to the level of disqualification,” they, along with Chandler, agreed that his behavior “was a sign of unhealth in his life and that the best course of action would be for him to take a leave of absence from teaching and preaching at The Village Church.”

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Pastor Matt Chandler Takes ‘Leave of absence’ Over Inappropriate Conversation With Lady

“The elders have decided, and I think they are right, that my inability to see what I was in probably … [revealed] some unhealth in me. And I don’t know if that’s tied to the pace I run or the difficulty of the last six, seven years, but I agree with them,” Chandler said.

The elders said the lead pastor’s leave of absence “is both disciplinary and developmental” to allow him time “to focus on growing greater awareness in this area.”

Elders did not give a specific time for Chandler’s return to the pulpit, but noted that “his return will be dictated by the expectations the elders have laid out for his development.”

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“I’m just really embarrassed. I feel stupid. I feel dumb. I feel like I’m embarrassing my wife and kids, putting a ton of pressure on our staff. [I] feel like I’ve fallen short for you,” Chandler told his congregation while holding back tears.

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“You might not even be a Christian; you might be saying, ‘What the H?’ But the Word of God holds me to a certain standard. And I need to live into that, and I fell short,” Chandler explained.

He said he is grateful that the elders held him accountable because it would have been easy to make it “nothing.”

“Forgive me,” Chandler told his congregants before praying, adding, “I love you.”

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Bishop Makanu Steps Down After He Was Allegedly Caught on Record Asking A Lady For An Affair

Bishop Makanu Steps Down After He Was Allegedly Caught on Record Asking A Lady For An Affair

Bishop Makanu Steps Down After He Was Allegedly Caught on Record Asking A Lady For An Affair

Televangelist and Pastor, Bishop Makanu Steps Down After He Was Allegedly Caught on Record Asking A Lady For An Affair

A popular South African Bishop known as Bishop I. Makamu, has stepped down as LOVE TV host after he was allegedly caught on record asking a lady out.

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Bishop Israel Makamu is the founder of the popular South African church, known as Endless Hope Bible Church which is situated in Alberton. The Bishop also plays host to a television show known as Rea Tsotella which airs on the DStv channel called Moja Love.

According to the incident which has caused a scandal that is rocking the pastor and his church, the pastor was reportedly begging a member of his church for an affair.

Bishop Israel Makamu

While speaking to the lady on phone, the man of God could be heard allegedly begging the lady for an intimate affair, not knowing that he was being recorded.

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In the alleged recording which is available online, the Bishop who spoke in a South African language, was telling the lady how much he wanted her. Reminding her that they should meet very soon.

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After the recording was made available online, the Bishop reportedly stepped down as host of the television talk show in order for investigations to be conducted.

The lady in question

The Bishop himself has said that the incident happened very long ago and that he thought that the issue had been settled.

He also said that the recording was doctored, while maintaining that the lady wants to extort money from him, hence publicizing the recording.

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FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

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FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

The Punch News revealed that the aircraft, AgustaWestland AW139 chopper, with registration number 5N-EAA, was suspended from flying over two weeks ago, following the expiration of some of its papers and spare parts.

Investigations by Sunday  PUNCH has revealed that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has grounded a private chopper belonging to Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Lagos Airport.

It was learnt that the aircraft, AgustaWestland AW139 chopper, with registration number 5N-EAA, was suspended from flying over two weeks ago, following the expiration of some of its papers and spare parts.

The suspension, officials said, would also allow the regulator to conduct vital safety checks on its safety-critical components, especially some spare parts that are due for replacement.

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Adeboye had, last Saturday during a special meeting with all ordained ministers of the mission at the RCCG, Region 21, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, called for drastic action against corrupt practices in all facets of Nigeria.

The RCCG leader, who flew a chopper to the venue, said he arrived late for the meeting because someone had requested a bribe from him to fly his chopper.

FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

He said he had decided to embark on the trip via his chopper to avoid a possible gridlock on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The 79-year-old mathematician-turned-preacher said, “I don’t give excuses because I have discovered long ago that only failures give excuses. But you must pray for Nigeria.

“Something must be done about corruption in this nation. All I can say is that I am this late because somebody wanted a bribe. And you know if you are expecting a bribe from me, you have to wait forever.

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“But the devil has failed. And the devil will continue to fail. I decided to come by helicopter so that there won’t be a traffic jam that would tie me down on the expressway because I know what the devil could do.

“Then, I ran into something else. But by the grace of God, we are here.”

Although Sunday PUNCH could not ascertain who requested the alleged bribe from the revered servant of God, investigations by the paper revealed that the cleric’s chopper was suspended from flying by the regulatory authority over safety issues.

Multiple aviation sources confirmed that Adeboye could not fly his chopper with registration number 5N-EAA to the Ibadan programme but had to fly another aircraft reportedly belonging to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel).

FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

A top official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, who is close to the operations of the two choppers belonging to the servants of God, said, “The team relating directly with Daddy G.O. should have told the man of God otyn time that his chopper had not been cleared by the NCAA and, as such, it couldn’t go on the Ibadan trip. They shouldn’t have waited till the last minute.

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The NCAA (aviation regulatory agency) that we have now is different from what it used to be. There is a new man in charge who always insists that things must be done properly as far as the safety of lives is concerned. The church’s protocol team should have told him that the NCAA has not cleared the aircraft and it may not clear it within a short time because certain procedure must be followed. As such, an alternative arrangement should have been made.”

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The NAMA official, who chose to speak on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, further said, “On that last Saturday morning, when it later became obvious that the jet was not cleared to fly, they had to make an alternative arrangement with Bishop Oyedepo’s chopper. They had to quickly begin that process by filing the flight plan, etc. It was Bishop’s aircraft that Pastor Adeboye later flew to the event. He could not use his own.”

A top official of Omni-Blu Aviation, the airline operating the chopper for Adeboye, confirmed the development.

FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

The official, who chose to speak on condition of anonymity, said a letter from Italy-based Leonardo, the manufacturer of Adeboye’s AW 139 helicopter, requesting the NCAA to grant a time extension on some spare parts that are due for replacement came late.

The spare parts due for replacement have been ordered from the manufacturer but they have yet to be shipped into Nigeria because they are usually produced on demand, according to Omni-Blu Aviation.

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As such, the NCAA could not immediately grant the requested extension. Instead, the regulatory agency requested that comprehensive safety checks be conducted on the aircraft in line with standard aviation safety practice.

He said, “The NCAA that we have now is different from what it used to be. It always insists on standard. We don’t want any disappointing situation for anybody, especially for a globally reputed servant of God like Daddy G.O. It appears the man of God was not properly briefed. But we thank God an alternative arrangement was made to rescue the situation. Safety is first and paramount. No life is worth toying with, how much more that of a servant of God like Daddy G.O. As an airline, we won’t compromise safety no matter the pressure.’’

The Omni-Blu official denied knowledge of any bribe request, either by the airline or aviation officials.

He, however, said it was not impossible that some people might have cashed in on the situation to demand a bribe.

“You know some people don’t fear God no matter what. They can even go to the extent of asking a servant of God for a bribe. So, it is not impossible. But on our part, I am not aware of such.”

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FG Suspends Pastor E. A Adeboye’s Helicopter From Flying

As it stands, it is uncertain when Adeboye’s chopper will be allowed to fly.

However, findings revealed that NCAA had directed maintenance and safety checks to be conducted on the aircraft.

As such, the operator has secured a date for this at Aero’s maintenance hangar.

When contacted for comments, the Director-General, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, confirmed that the regulatory agency had suspended flights on the aircraft for safety reasons.

According to him, the NCAA does not often deal directly with individuals or owners of aircraft but the operator.

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In this case, he said the NCAA only had business with the operator of the aircraft, Omni-Blu Aviation.

Nuhu said, “There are safety-related issues that must be resolved before the aircraft will be approved for resumption of flights. Safety is the paramount consideration in all approvals given by the NCAA. No matter what, we must not sacrifice safety for flights; that is the whole idea.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, said the matter was being resolved already.

On the bribery allegation, he said the church would not want to take issue with the aviation authorities on the matter.

Olubiyi said, “We will not want to take issue with the aviation authorities but I can assure you that an amicable solution is being found to the issue.”

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Fans Lament On Tim Godfrey’s Fearless Concert Gate Fee And Artistes

Fans Lament On Tim Godfrey's Fearless Concert Gate Fee And Artistes

Fans Lament On Tim Godfrey’s Fearless Concert Gate Fee And Artistes

Fans Lament On Tim Godfrey’s Fearless Concert Gate Fee And Artistes

“Pray for Tim Godfrey. He is backsliding” The world shouts on the Fearless Concert

Tim Godfrey has been dragged by fans over the outrageous gate fee and line up or featured artiste in his annual Fearless concert.  Fans expressed sore displeasure as the flyers and billboards reveal the guest singers and gate fee.

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First, it began with the price for the concert which goes as high as TWO MILLION NAIRA! while the least of the ticket tagged “early bird” which is known to be the regular ticket goes as high as TEN THOUSAND NAIRA.

This, to many music lovers, shows no difference between the concert and the secular concerts organized by secular artists.

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Indeed, there are many sensational gospel artists slotted on for the program but this didn’t resonate with lovers who still feel the price tag is too high for a gospel concert.

Secondly, on the unveiling of Timi Dakolo as one of the ministers on the night. This didn’t meet well with gospel song lovers as they claim Timi Dakolo isn’t a gospel minister but a secular Artist.

To their claim, irrespective of how the song sounds and the lyrics go, if it isn’t about Christ, it isn’t gospel.

Albeit, With the calibre of ministers unveiled coupled with the venue, Eko Hotels and Suites, it is glaring much money will be required. Which might be the reason for the price tag. But this reason doesn’t please fans and music lovers worldwide.

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