Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers Love World, popularly known as Christ Embassy, has insisted that masturbation is not a sin.
According to him, the issue should not be regarded as his personal opinion but as a resolution from the Bible concerning it.
Pastor Chris, reacting to more questions from members of the public who seemed to be confused about the story going round that he declared that masturbation is not a sin.
Pastor Chris said the act in itself was not a sin against God but that Satan uses it to oppress people of God making them feel ineffective an inefficient in the things of God.
He also said God is not offended by the practice but by any habit that takes hold of one’s mind and this had resulted in widespread condemnation.
Pastor Chris maintained that people should rather see the issue from biblical perspective rather than seeing it as his personal opinion.
While answering a question from one Timothy based in Russia, who said he was confused by the teaching about masturbation not being a sin because there is no way one can effectively masturbate without having evil thoughts, Pastor Chris said the first question that should come to mind in the issue is: “what is sin?
“What I find in many Christians is that not many of them even have an understanding of the concept; what is sin.”
He referred the public to one of his teachings on the concept of sin, saying it would help the people understand what sin really is, adding that “sin is not what we say it is but what God says it is.”
Reading out an another question from a Zambian, who said the Pastor’s previous teachings had inspired him, but wondering why he actually taught that masturbation was not a sin, Pastor Oyakhilome asked the Zambian to bother himself more with what the Bible said about it.
He asked: “Why are you concerned with whether I said it or I did not say it? The question is, what does the Bible say?
“Have you ever studied the Word for yourself? Now whatever you think, the first thing you should do is to go to the word of God and study it for yourself.”
Using an illustration, he said: “if a man stole a loaf of bread from a shop and ate it, does that mean that eating of bread is sin?
“Where was his wrong? Did he go wrong because he ate bread? Does that mean that eating of bread is wrong?
“The problem is not the eating of bread. The problem is that he stole the bread that he ate.”
He emphasized that Jesus actually said whoever looks at another woman lustfully has committed adultery in his heart, adding that means “the sin was committed in the heart.
“If you say that imagination goes with masturbation, then where is the sin?
“The sin is therefore your imagination of sin,” he added.
He further quoted Matthew 15 verse 16 saying that out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts.
In analysing it therefore, the Pastor said: “it is not what you did with your hand that is the problem; it is what caused whatever you did. That means your sin begins from your heart.
“Jesus makes us know it is not what you did with your hand that is the problem; it is what you did with your heart.
“You can have these imaginations while reading a book, you can have these wrong imaginations while eating your food.
“So the evil conceptions of your heart is where you got a problem, so what do you clean-your hands or your heart?”
He however advised that it is not compulsory for people to accept something because someone said it, but that they should get materials that would help them to understand such issues better.