General News of Sunday, 4 March 2012
I Don’t Agree With Pastor Chris Okaying Masturbation...It Is A Sin Against God
The General Secretary of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alfred Koduah, says the implied endorsement of masturbation by a renowned man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, leader of the Christ Embassy Church is wrong.
The renowned Nigerian Man of God is reported to have said that “masturbation is a normal habit that is not a sin against God”. According to him, God is not worried at all about persons who masturbate because it has got nothing to do with Him (God).
Pastor Chris made the masturbation justification, when during his ‘Pastor Chris Live Show’, a certain Kweku from Ghana called into the programme to ask how to overcome the habit of masturbation. In response to Kweku’s question, Pastor Christ explained: “The reason you want to stop this is because of what you think it is.
“If you were in the habit of playing football, you probably would not ask ‘how can I stop playing football? But because you think there is something wrong with this, that is where your problem is coming from. But no matter how wrong it is in your mind, get this straight: (masturbation) in itself, it is not a sin against God.
“There are many Christians who think it is a sin against God and Satan uses this against them, oppressing their minds and making them feel ineffective and inefficient in the things of God. But when you get to understand that it has nothing to do with God and that is all about you and your own body, then Satan loses his power to use it to accuse you. So if you don’t like it, stop it but God has got nothing to do with it. It is your own body, masturbation is about your body and God is not offended by it.”
“He is only offended by any habit that takes a hold of your mind and if this takes a hold of your mind and dominates you then, God is offended by the fact that it takes a hold of your mind,” Pastor Chris explained in a three (3) minute video recording which can be accessed on YouTube.
But speaking in an interview on Peace FM News, Apostle Koduah sharply disagreed with the Nigerian televangelist and faith healer saying masturbation is part of the immorality that the Bible speaks about and for that reason, God is against it.
According to him, masturbation is a practice of sexual self-pleasuring; adding the only sexual act God allows is that of sex in marriage which often leads to the bearing of children and gratification on the part of both couples.
“Any act of sexual-gratification done outside the context of marriage is wrong,” he added.
Quoting from the Gospel according to Matthew the Chapter 5 and the 28 verse to buttress his point, the Chief Scribe of the Church of Pentecost said “anybody who looks at a woman or man lustfully, wishing to have her has already committed fornication or adultery with her in his his heart.
Explaining further and using several analogies, he said: “masturbation, is a sexual fantasy; fornicating with the mind… In the days gone by, when you are a man and your brother’s wife died without any children, you can fulfill your duty as brother-in-law to the woman by marrying her and naming any offspring after him (the deceased) to preserve the family line...Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 is an example of this. With Onan, when he married his brother wife (after the brother Er, died), he disregarded this principle when he withdrew before climax anytime he was having sex with her (now known as Coitus interruptus) and spilling his seed on the round. But the wrath of God came on him and he was killed so that tells us that anybody who toes that line will incur the wrath of God. This is also to tell us that masturbation does not glorify God. So if my colleague pastor is saying this, I don’t agree with him and I think he should go back and read his Bible carefully….,” Apostle Koduah said.
According to him, addiction to masturbation has several effects which include psychological and physiological problems and the possibility of long terms effects after one is married, he therefore urged all who indulge in the practice to repent and pray for God to have mercy on them.