*Drags Adeboye’s name into sexual escapade
*Aggrieved husband seeks CAN’s intervention
By Yemi Ogunsola
This story might not have got to the press if the offending pastor had repented as he promised in the presence of other men of God. But he did not. He went back to his vomit…
Could it be because he combines the names of two most notorious womanisers of the Bible? King Solomon reportedly had 700 wives and 300 concubines while David, his father, arranged the death one of his loyal generals, Uriah, the Hittite, to get hold of the latter’s wive, Bathsheba.
It was shortly after Sunday service. Pastor Solomon David, head pastor of Christ Kingdom Bible Life Ministry, United Street, Off Ade-Ade Busstop, Abaranje Road, Ikotun, lied to his wife that he was going for evangelism. The wife found that a bit odd so soon after a long Sunday worship.
“Why not rest a little?” the wife advised.
But Solomon, an indigene of Kwara State, gave an excuse and hurried out.
He headed for a rendezvous with the wife of his neighbour, Mrs. A, who is also a friend of his wife. Together the two headed for a hotel (names withheld) on Ifesowopo Road, off Hotel Bus stop on Igando-Isheri Road. They did not emerge again till late in the evening. The affair had lasted about four years.
Pastor Solomon’s crime is many-layered —adultery, betrayal, treachery, hypocrisy etc. Earlier that same day at the Sunday service Solomon had preached vehemently against adultery and fornication to his congregation. He was also quite “friendly” with Mrs A’s husband.
He sometimes preached to him. And the two had on occasions discussed the Bible. All the while, the “man of God” was having a steaming affair with Mrs A.
When Lighthouse cornered Pastor Solomon in his rented upper room church, it met a man in his mid-forties. About 46. A sly smile often sat on his face despite his efforts to look repentant. He confessed his escapades:
“I did not just stumble; I fell. I won’t say it was Satan’s work. All I can say is that I had sex with the woman. I have begged her husband for forgiveness…”
But is it true that after other pastors pleaded on your behalf and the husband forgave you, you went back to harass the woman?
Eem… she greeted me when my wife, who is her friend, gave birth. I started calling at her shop after that.
But we heard that recently again, you called at her shop and asked her to share with you the coke she was drinking.
Yes, but she refused.
Is it true that you returned to her shop the following day and boasted to her: ‘You refused to share your coke with me yesterday, but I will still drink the one in your breasts?’
Pastor Solomon could not respond immediately. He cleared his throat, stammered, then:
Emn… I did not say exactly that— I, I only said we… we had shared more than a coke—
Oh, More than a coke? What —?
Sorry I, I mean I did not mean that. I did not mean that we should continue the affair.
Mrs A’s husband told Lighthouse that any pastor who could still mouth that kind of thing to a married woman after being pardoned the first time is really a son of Belial hiding under the cloak of “man of God”— and does not deserve forgiveness.
“He’s not a pastor. CAN should not allow such criminals to remain in its fold. I hear that the same sex scandal drove him from his former church in Alagbada.
“My wife had been reporting his fresh advances to me. This is a man who, along with his wife, begged and prostrated the first time in Pastor O’s (names withheld) church, before I reluctantly heeded the pleadings.
“So, when I heard his latest harassment, I called as witnesses Pastor O and another Pastor Mustapha, a member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ikotun Branch. We went to Solomon in his church to confront him in the presence of his wife. I have his confessions on tape. At first, he denied, probably because his wife was there, but he later confessed and started another round of begging… His wife could not believe her ears. She was devastated.
“Before the affair blew into the open, Solomon was always shaking hands with me whenever we met and flashing smiles. And we would discuss the Bible. He even invited me to his programmes which I never attended. Though I sometimes met him in my wife’s shop, I assumed it was the usual harmless ‘evangelising’ since his church is on the same street with my wife’s shop. These are the shady characters who parade themselves as men of God today.”
The whole affair first blew open late last year when Mrs. A’s husband chanced upon romantic text messages (many of them unprintable) from Pastor Solomon in her wife’s phone. One of Solomon’s texts read: “Can we see tonight?” To which the woman replied: “I am already at home. I can’t go out again. Our new place is dark, not like the former place.” The message clearly indicates that the two had been having secret night meetings; probably in the church.
Another text from Solomon says: “It is not a sin to love you.”
Pastor Solomon even dragged Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s name into his adultery by first lying that the last message was sent by a woman to Pastor Enoch Adeboye and that he only forwarded it to Mrs A.
But under questioning in the presence of Pastor O and Mrs A’s brother (also a pastor), Mrs A confessed that it was a direct text from Pastor Solomon.
Seeing the secret was out, Solomon also confessed. He however kept claiming it was Mrs A who started it all. Mrs. A denied that, claiming it was the Pastor who started it all by fondling her whenever she went for prayers.
But Solomon seemed to be an old hand in sleeping with his female church members, married or single. Lighthouse learnt, that a former member of Pastor Solomon’s church, Frank, disclosed that Pastor Solomon fled his former church venue at Alagbada area, also in Ikotun , after committing a similar crime with a married woman.
When Lighthouse met Mrs. A, a businesswoman in her late thirties, she was very reluctant to talk. She only vowed never to fall into such sin again. She said that was why she reported the pastor’s fresh moves to her husband.
According to her, Solomon was in the habit of relating to her the secrets of church members and other women who came to him for help. For instance, she said, Solomon once pointed out a woman whom he said came to him for prayers over worsening relations with her husband. Then Solomon added: “It’s all a lie. She only wants somebody to sleep with her.”
Asked why she should also fall victim, when she knew Solomon’s questionable character, Mrs A could only mumble unintelligible excuses.
Mrs A has been given an ultimatum to pack out of her matrimonial home. Now she’s running around to save her marriage. The future of her five children are now threatened by the possibility of a broken home.
If truly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has a branch in Ikotun, it had better look into Pastor Solomon’s case.
That is, if the male organ has not become a tacitly accepted tool of “spreading The Gospel of Jesus”.
*Drags Adeboye’s name into sexual escapade