Rev. (Dr.) Chris Oyakhilome was thrust into Public Space in late 1996 with his flagship program on DBN which were excepts from his Services that aired for an hour every Saturday. This program would be followed by another, a few months later titled Atmosphere for Miracles (AFM).
AFM like the name of depicted was a 30 minute miracle and healing Program which aired at 6pm on Sundays also on DBN. AFM took the Nation by storm and spread like wild fire. Both programs would bring about an exponential growth and spread of Christ Embassy Churches and the emergence of the highly esteemed and sought after Clergyman as a Global figure and leading Tele-evangelist.
There was bound to be a reaction. It came before long. Notable Pastors and Leaders of the PFN and CAN latched on to his budding friendship with a particular Pastor whom they had ostracized on account of what they considered his strange healing methods and excommunicated him (Pastor Chris) from their fold and circulated the Excommunication to all and sundry. But there was a twist. Pastor Chris queried how he could be expelled from a body he never joined in the first place. For two months or more, the print media (including soft sell magazines) ran weekly smear campaigns against him. Sales boomed. To sell your paper or mag at that time, all you needed to do was have his face on the cover page. All these were towards a singular objective– Damage his credibility and get his programs yanked off air.
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Again, another twist. The more they tried to smear his image, the faster his congregation grew and new Churches planted. It was inexplicable. To rub insult to injury, he would have a program tagged the Good Friday Miracle Night on his newly acquired premises on the Lagos/Ibadan Express which jammed traffic on the
Express for two days. This proved to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was conscripted to use their leverage to get his Programs, particularly AFM, off the air. The NBC Code was modified with a portion concerning airing of Miracles, incorporated. The Miracles to be aired had to be verified and verifiable. How do you verify a Miracle prior to its occurrence? NBC yanked off AFM and gave stiff penalties to be paid by any TV Station which aired it. Still his reach and influence expanded, particularly the Rhapsody of Realities.
He made a vow to himself after this incident. A vow to own his own TV and Satellite Stations such that no one would ever be able to determine what he should air and what he shouldn’t. Today, so many years later, he has TV and Radio Stations as well as Satellite Tv stations around the world. So, when we say at Loveworld for instance, that we had over 5.3 Billion watching a Program, like it happened at the recently concluded Global Prayer Day, be it known to each and to all, that as much as we are excited, we would have been no less excited if the number was 1B.
The Lord takes records seriously. So do we. We would not call people to Global Prayers and then tell lies over the number of those confirmed to be watching. That would be a Paradox of monumental proportion. So…………..If like you have seen, over 5.3B are alleged to have hooked on to the program, I can assure you that it was indeed over that number.
But something comes to mind. Something interesting.
Those guys that raised their wine glasses in celebration at that time about 18 or so years ago when AFM was no more, what would happen to them when they see this figure? 5.3 billion+. At that time, the concern was to curtail him from reaching 30m maybe 50m. Now we are talking 5.3B+. How do you stop a moving train?
Credit: Tee Man
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