Pastor Ade Abraham of Christ High Commission Ministry, also known as Royal Christ Assembly, Kaduna State, has revealed why he charged his members N310,000 to make heaven.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that the Pastor Abraham allegedly collected N310,000 from members of his church on a promise to ‘fly them to heaven’.
The pastor said that he got authority from God to order his church members to relocate to the church and pay N310,000 each to be able to have access to heaven at the end of the world.
Abraham kept about 40 people in his church at the Araromi-Ugbesi in Omuo-Oke, Ekiti State in what he described as preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, otherwise known as the rapture.
Some of his church members have allegedly sold their belongings, hoping Jesus would meet them while camping at his church while a few others are said to have abandoned their families who refused to join them to live in the church.
According to BBC Pidgin, the pastor believes a “mighty palace” will descend from heaven and land on his church, where members would live forever with the “one that sent him.”
Abraham was allegedly charging money to fly them to heaven, saying with the relocation, the gate of heaven would open.
However, the pastor who confirmed to BBC Yoruba on Wednesday that he truly told his congregation to pay N310,000, said he made the declaration when he noticed that his members’ troubles were increasing.
He affirmed that he did it because he got the authority of God whom he said had called him to become a cleric.
“Truly I told my congregation to pay N310,000, I made the declaration when I noticed that my members’ troubles were increasing.
“I did it because I got the authority of God who called me to practise for all that want to serve the Lord with their whole heart.
“I have never received any payment yet from any member of the church, and the Ekiti State Police has intervened in the matter.
“I was called by the police for Investigation and all the members of the church were there and all of them took notes of what happened,” he said.