Emmanuel Oset, the presiding pastor of Champions’ Church, Ilorin finally talked about the sexual scandal involving Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). In an interview by Arise TV on Thursday, September 26, Oset compared Fatoyinbo with the biblical Judas who despite being loved betrayed Jesus.
“Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that Judas had become a thief but it wasn’t Jesus who said so, it was John who said so. Not because Jesus was weak, but because Jesus was hoping that this man would change,” he said.
“You always find in the scripture, the purposes of God are redemptive. Before God comes with judgement in any case, you will see that he would have tried to get through to the person. It is when His love has been rebuffed and rebuffed again that He comes with judgement. That is God’s procedure.
“God does not rule by force, he rules by love.
“People have spoken. People spoke in 2013, but you can only help somebody who wants to be helped. If somebody doesn’t want to be helped, even God will not be able to help him, His hands will be tight in that regard.”
Oset also said:
“I had been Fatoyinbo’s spiritual mentor for years and have had to wade in when similar allegations were made against him.
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“I investigated and the evidence against him was overwhelming but at the end, he promised that he would change.
“I had to cut off from him after a member of his church accused him in 2013 of having an extramarital affair.
“When that incident happened, I called him and told him that I wanted us to talk, but he kept avoiding me for many months. as somebody he was close to as an elder I thought it was my responsibility to get across to him.
“I was preparing to go to the United States for ministry, and after some efforts because it wasn’t easy to get through to him, his pastor in Ilorin here, I told him, get through to your boss and I want to share a thing or two with him. Eventually he succeeded, and he called me from Abuja. And I told him this news is all over the place and I want to hear from you and I want to also give you some counsel if need be. And he said he would get in touch. I said okay, I’m on my way to the US, while I’m there if I want to get through to you how do I do it? I thought he would just say sir you can get through to me using my email. Then he said his fear that time was that he was being bugged.
“When I came back from the United States, I still tried to get across to him, because my desire is always to please God. I am not saying this to impress anybody, I wasn’t part of those already making comments on the issue. I just wanted to see how I could be useful in terms of helping him, but he didn’t show up.
“From August 2013 to April 2014, I kept putting pressure on him to come so we could discuss the issue but he avoided me. So I had to write him a letter telling him that I was no longer interested in being his mentor.”