RCCG: Pastor Adeboye didn’t step down of his own freewill

Written by Biodun Ishola Ladepo…

Interesting Months Ahead.

Apparently, the reported bombshell announced yesterday by Pastor Adeboye (himself) that he was stepping down as General Overseer (GO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was not entirely of his own free will.

He had to step down in compliance with a 2015 Financial Reporting Council (FRC) rule that stipulates a 20-year tenure or the attainment of 70 years of age for church leaders. Adeboye will be 75 on March 2,

Adeboye did not just step down, he also appointed his replacement. And that is where wahala may soon scatter that behemoth of a church.

Firstly, doesn’t the RCCG have a Nominations Committee that should ratify such senior appointments?

Secondly, how can one man control the spiritual, financial and administrative portfolios of such a huge church for 20 years or more and then appoint his own successor?

Thirdly, if God called you to be the spiritual head of a church, did He also call you to be in charge of financial auditing and general administration of it?

Fourthly, the man said he stepped down as GO but that he remains the “GO Worldwide” of RCCG; what is GO Worldwide? When did the RCCG Board of Trustees create that position?

Methinks when you give someone a goat, you also let go of the leash. It appears Pastor Adeboye is trying to circumvent the law while pretending to obey it.

But I won’t criticize the man lest those who equate him with God accuse me of blasphemy. I have made too many religious posts this month.

Finally, I am waiting to hear from pastors Kumuyi, Oritsejafor and all the other mega-pastors what they think about this FRC rule.

Interesting months ahead.

Written by Rotimi Akinola

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