The name Pastor Chris has become synonymous with the miraculous but there is one other even more striking phenomenon that is evident in the life and ministry of this great man of God. To explain it, I want to tell you about my very first encounter with this great general of our time, this would be the first time I would hear him teach God’s word and watch him minister.
It was in 1988 and it was on the University of Benin [Uniben] Campus in Benin City, Edo State Nigeria – then I was an undergraduate and I was actively involved in a Christian fellowship group in my school. We traveled four hours from my campus to attend this Christian Conference organized by a sister fellowship group in Uniben; Pastor Chris was one of the invited guest ministers and I will never forget that meeting and the impact it made in my life as a believer.
The interesting thing is that I cannot tell you much about the verbal content of his message that day, though of course I remember bits and pieces of it, but what it left with me was the impartation of the Spirit. There was something about him and the way he walked, talked, and ministered that just brought home the presence of Jesus. It was so intense; it was so real…..we were transported right into the presence of God in a moment of time.
This is most definitely what the temple police experienced in John7:46-47 [JB Phillips] when they were sent to arrest Jesus – after listening to him,
they went back to the Chief Priests and Pharisees empty handed and confessed: “No man ever spoke like that!” to which they replied “Has he pulled the wool over your eyes too?” I remember as we traveled back to school, there was a consensus – Pastor Chris is just like Jesus.
He ministered to the sick during that meeting in such a unique way: first, he called those who needed healing forward and asked them all to stand in a straight line facing the congregation. Next he asked those who have always wanted to heal the sick to indicate this by raising up their hands; then he picked two of the lot – one male the other female. He told them to start at both ends of the line, take each person by the hands, look into their eyes and smile. The result? Amazing miracles…one after the other, they testified that God had healed them; it was simply awesome. Just imagine, as far back as 1988, Pastor Chri
s was already healing the sick, how much more now.
You will agree with me that whether it be on TV, in a leaders meeting, church service or major program, Pastor Chris carries with him that tangible presence of the Holy Ghost; when Pastor Chris ministers, you feel the love of God….it’s in his eyes, it’s in his words and it’s in the moments of worship, he evokes the presence of Jesus Christ wherever he is. When you attend a meeting with Pastor Chris or you are listening to a taped message or watching a broadcast, you are literally transported into the very presence of God, and repeatedly, people testify of one thing…..
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is just like Jesus.
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