Adeboye (file photo)
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has denied asking Christians to purchase guns to defend themselves against increasing insecurity in Nigeria.
“I never asked Christians to go and buy guns; you didn’t hear that from me,” Adeboye said on Sunday in a thanksgiving sermon at Mount Carmel Prayer Village in Ifeiwara, Osun State.
The cleric made the clarification following earlier comments on the killing of worshippers in Ondo State by terrorists who invaded Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo.
Channels Television had reported that at least 40 worshippers who had gone for the Sunday mass on June 5 were murdered by the terrorists.
Although Adeboye had said that Christians would defend themselves in what he termed ‘‘fire-for-fire’’, the pastor stated that his statement was misinterpreted.
“Let the devil try any nonsense. From now on, it’s going to be fire for fire,” he had said at the time.
But clarifying his comments during Sunday’s sermon tagged, ‘‘Meant For The Top’’, the RCCG leader said, “Now, there are one or two things that were said during the Holy Ghost Service that I believe some people might want to misrepresent.
“You don’t need guns. Samson (in the bible) never bought an AK-47; he fought with the jawbone of an ass. So, don’t go and buy guns. In any case, they (the authorities) won’t give you permission.”
Adeboye, however, said that the church was ready to deter unwanted visitors from gaining access to its premises.
“Don’t buy guns. We don’t want to kill anyone right? we just want to make sure that unwanted visitors don’t come to our churches,” he said.