Popular Nigerian Pastor’s Porn Addiction Remedy Angers Conservative Christians

Popular Nigerian pastor and founder of Abel Damina Ministries International, Dr. Abel Damina, has come under fire for his comment on curing pornography addiction.

Damina made her introduction while speaking on Comfort FM’s Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT) program in Uyo at the end of February.

The sermon clip circulated on Thursday, where the pastor was asked how a person addicted to pornography could stop and get rid of it completely.

He advised such people not to struggle to stop, but to continue observing while listening to the word of God at the same time.

“Don’t fight to stop watching pornography. Don’t fight at all. Keep watching porn. While watching porn, spend more time listening to the “word.” If you watch porn for an hour, spend three to four hours listening to God’s word.

“Do not drink. Go find all my teachings about Christ. He just keeps learning and learning. After a while, you will find that your appetite for pornography is dying and your appetite for the word of God is growing. Before you know it, when you watch porn, you will become irritated.

“The Word of God will kill that appetite completely and give you a healthy appetite. That is what you have to do. Don’t try to stop. In fact, keep watching, but spend more time studying God’s word and you will discover that before you know it, your desire for pornography will disappear,” the pastor said.

However, this presentation has been met with dissent, especially from conservative Christians on social media who believed the pastor was encouraging people, mostly addicts, to sin.

A prominent pastor, Gideon Odoma of Strength Ministries, responded to Damina’s submission and called pornography a perversion.

“Christians have trivialized sexual adventures. The things that God calls iniquities, we should never call flexibility,” he said.

The pastor, who had previously criticized Damina and Apostle Suleman for supporting the Old Testament over the New Testament, commented that both have wrong teachings and their aim is to derail Christians.

“Damina and Suleman’s terms are wrong. It’s like their only goal in life is to derail believers, so they have a lot of free time and find different creative ways to say the same useless things: Your sin doesn’t matter; “They find all kinds of ways to discredit you like that,” he said.

Another prominent pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, quoting Habakkuk chapter 2 verse 15, stated that pornography is a sin that should be avoided completely.

He emphasized that God recognized nakedness as a feeling of shame because pornography is synonymous with prostitution, since it comes from the Greek linguistic corpus—pony—which means prostitute.

“The indication is that once nudity becomes public, it is a shame when you are not a child. As far as God is concerned, that is a shame.

“It all began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden apple. Their eyes were open and they found themselves naked and then they covered themselves with leaves and hid from God. Christians give up on it. Those who believe in Jesus should not do it,” she stressed.

Apart from Oyakhilome and Odoma, other Christians are lending their voice to criticize Damina’s sermon.

One Rachael, who tweeted with the handle @ab_seyi, wrote: “I’m fighting back tears. Lord, help this man, help his followers, help him not to die like this. This is sad.”

Sandra Okafor with the handle, @okaforsandra20 said: “Even the Bible says ‘flee from every appearance of evil.’ You can’t want to stop doing something and keep doing it, expecting a miracle to happen because you are reading the word of God. As one of the steps to quit smoking, you are advised to discard and move away from your triggers, be it cigarette boxes, lighters, smoking partners and the environment where you smoke, because gradually you become what you are into. constantly exposed. So this advice is biblical and also morally wrong.

“You’re supposed to throw away all the triggers that make you want to watch porn, and as you do your part, you ask the Holy Spirit to empower you and free you from its clutches. It is normal to stumble but thank God for God’s mercies that bring us back to Him.”

However, while backing the controversial claim, Pastor Oge, the senior pastor of Circle Church, said he battled bad addiction early in his life and despite consulting a therapist to stop the act, he continued.

“Dr. Damina’s porn remedy; I struggled with porn addiction early in my life and I can categorically tell you that fighting does not help.

“Saying ‘I’ll never watch porn again’ won’t stop you! That’s why it’s called addiction! I saw a therapist and the therapist told me to replace the desire to watch porn with something else… Help my brain associate porn triggers with something else,” he wrote in the X of it.

Oge further justified Damina’s sermon by saying that it was the biblical way to deal with addiction, but that the pastor did not convey it well.

“What Dr. Damina said is the way the Bible addresses addictions. He just didn’t say it right.”

A Facebook user by the name Restoration Arena also said: “I think what he is trying to say is that a believer should not struggle with sin. Instead, the believer must replace the struggle with living the Word and walking in the Spirit. As long as that is done, the appetite for sin will die.”

“There is nothing wrong with what he said. All these people of little understanding, why judge him? said another user, Evangelist Precious.

Chastising them for siding with the proposal, Wisdom Chiezugo with the handle, @Wchiezugo stated: “You are defending it because it is what you want to hear. That’s not how God works. Read the Scriptures yourselves.

“Maybe when you bring a scripture that supports you to continue sinning and read the word together, then I will involve you. In the meantime, keep watching porn.”

Damina is the CEO of Kingdom Life Network (KLN), a Christian satellite television channel.

He is also the senior pastor of Power City International based in Uyo, Nigeria, and outreach campuses around the world.

He hosts the television show Righteous Invasion of Truth (RIOT) on KLN, as well as other radio and television stations.