The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations is often referred to simply as the Embassy of God. It is headed by Sunday Adelaja, and headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine.
Adelaja’s focus on money can be seen throughout his teachings, and in particular in his creation of “Club 1000” — a club of Christian millionairs. Adelaja said:
Most of you know for sure that I began a program, that is aimed at raising 1000 millionaires for the coming years. These millionaires will become the instrument for change and restoration of the country’s economy.
There will be no changes in the country if Christian businessmen of the new generation don’t grow. To accomplish this growth, I have held the seminar “Financial Independence” and wrote two books on this topic.
I have been giving special teachings on how to earn the first million and how to be successful.
To go further on this I want to create the club of Christian millionaires, called “Club 1000”. I invite all people who are called to restore a national economy to be participants of this club.
God gave me the Word that in the end time He wants to hand over riches to believers. This will not be possible without selling goods and services.
I know that many of you bought tapes on this topic. Today I continue to fulfill God’s Word by creating the “Club 1000”. This is the club of Christian businessmen of the new generation, who are called to spread the Kingdom of God and restore the country’s economy. It will not only happen in Ukraine, but also in other countries for those who receive this vision.
– Source: Address of Pastor Sunday about “Club 1000”
Sunday Adelaja is preaching Dominionism, a repackaging of the age-old occult doctrine that we can bring about a literal heaven on Earth. It shifts the gospel of salvation by grace to salvation by our works. The logical outcome of this worldview is nothing less than despotism in the name of Jesus Christ. […]
It should bother Christians that Adelaja wants us to buy his book in order to force change through press coverage of his movement. Financial success isn’t necessary to legitimize Christ’s message. And Pastor Adelaja’s invitations to speak to the UN and the Clinton Global Initiative don’t make me feel better about his true motives.
Also tough to swallow for some is Mr. Adelaja’s goal of bringing Western-style democracy to Eastern Europe. Mr. Adelaja’s church has grown beyond its core clientele of substance abusers and petty criminals to include the mayor of Kiev and several members of Parliament, all of whom have allied themselves with Ukraine’s West- leaning Orange Revolution.
Mr. Adelaja says his sermons have already helped topple governments in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Kyrgyzstan as well as Ukraine. Rivals say he exaggerates his influence, but Moscow and its allies in the region are taking no chances: He has been booted out of Russia and Belarus and declared persona non grata in Armenia, he says.
The Kremlin has always been suspicious of evangelical churches. In Soviet times they were considered cults and possible puppets of Western governments. Now fears have been revived by Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, which Moscow says the West wants to make an ideological springboard for Western-style revolt in Russia itself.
It is said that Adelaja escaped from witchcraft in Nigeria to travel in 1986 to the Soviet Union to study journalism, to later found his own church. Just 12 years after starting that church, “The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations,” boasts politicians as members, including Leonid Chernovetsky – Kiev’s mayor – and 250,000 members spread throughout the country.
Adelaja’s style appears to be a mixture of hype and US tele-evengelism, with a slick website that pictures himself beside Mel Gibson and Chuck Norris. On that website, readers are told that Pastor Sunday – as he likes to be called – is responsible for over one million “salvations in the first 8 years” that his church existed, and now averages “over 10,000 salvations a year.” His website also claims that his church has planted over 300 churches in over 30 countries; three thousand leaders ministering in the Kiev church; soup kitchens serving 1,500 each day: the church’s television network hits over 100 million viewers in Africa, Europe and Russia; and that Pastor Sunday has “personally written over 40 books.”
The main purpose of this site is to help Christians and others to carefully evaluate Sunday Adelaja’s doctrines in light of the Bible’s command to “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21–22).