Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian Pastor based in Ukraine, has been accused of serially committing adultery with members of his congregation; an allegation he denies.
According to Sunday Punch, the Pastor, in an e-mail, denied the rumours, and attributed labelled it an attempt by some people to take over the church from him.
“That is not true at all; I have read what people are saying about me. The funny thing is that nobody asked me for any information; no interview was granted to anyone,” the mail read.
“It is actually an old story that was cooked up by some disgruntled members of my leadership team when they knew of my decision to hand over the church because of my plan to return to Africa."
The rumour had apparently became publicised after a statement appeard on the website of Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith, where it was stated that Pastor Adelaja confessed to having committed adultery with his female parishioners at a meeting of pastors and board of elders of the church. The statement also revealed that the pastor claims he has repented.
According to a letter posted on the website of the Spiritual Council Russian Union of Christians Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals), written by one Apostle Toff Ulissis, a clergyman said to be providing spiritual care to the Nigerian pastor, Adelaja was urged to “seek psychiatric help in Kiev and the United States.”
Ulissis said, “Pastor Sunday mentioned that he had a relationship with 20 or 30 women; probably, the number was more than he could remember... People are very sorry about the current situation with the pastor and wanted him to have psychiatric help.
“I made it clear that my aim is not to destroy either the Embassy of God... I wanted to make sure that everything has been done to these women and the couples have received care, reconciliation and redeeming restoration.”
However, the Pastor refused all advice, saying no one could dictate to him how to act or behave.
According to Anatoly Belonozhko, a former minister of the church who resigned due to the scandal,
“We, as church elders, began to create new projects and exercises to heal and restore the church, a new structure, and of course, help our pastor. But Pastor Sunday in writing categorically rejected our help, humiliating us and saying that we have no power to tell him what to do and how to do it and that he knows how and what to do."
Pastor Adelaja however maintains his stance of innocence. According to him, “t’s a leadership tussle from those whose desires for church leadership were not granted. I’m happy with my wife. The church here in Ukraine is doing well. So I thank God that their stories, though believed by some without confirmation, is still false nevertheless.”