The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has opened up on the reason he decided to stay in the church against starting his own church.
According to him, he was tempted to start his own church in 1977 but the voice of God told him to remain in the ministry he had been placed in. He cited his obedience to the voice of God as the key thing that has made him who he is today.
Pastor Adeboye took over the helm of leadership of the church after the late founder, Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi died in 1980.
He said, “When every Dick and Harry will come to say, ‘we don’t want to belong to any denomination, we want to start a ministry, God told me, this is where you stay.
“I obeyed, I followed that father, I did whatever he said I should do and that’s why I am where I am today. Oh, I could have started my own ministry long ago.
“Way back in 1977, I held a program, ‘Christ Redeemer Congress’ in Ile Ife Grammar School, people came from all over Nigeria. I collected the names of all secondary schools and teachers training colleges and I invited them all and they came.
“I could have taken over from there, but God said no, here, this is the one to follow. And He had given instructions that my brain couldn’t understand.
“But God who knows the end from the beginning said this is where you go. So, if some of you said you hear from God, and God asked you to go and start your own ministry, congratulations! Let’s see how far you will go.”