Fountain of Life, New Ordained Pastor: Jimmy Odukoya responds to the queries on why he keeps Dreadlocks.
Actor and senior pastor of the Fountain of Life Church in Ilupeju, Pastor Jimmy Odukoya, has addressed the complaints about his outward look.
He stated that his appearance has nothing to do with his calling as a minister in a recent interview with BBC Pidgin. He continued by emphasizing that nothing he does is done on a whim and that everything he does has a spiritual basis.
In regards to her dreadlocks, Odukoya remarked, “The story behind it is long, but the thing is, whatever I do is supported by scriptures. God called me the way I am, just as I am.
I would advise you to consult the Bible if someone suggests that having long hair is improper because the Lord forbade Samson from cutting it.
Speaking of his facial hair, he defended it by pointing out that Jesus had a beard that was removed after. His crucifixion, therefore it is impossible for him to have sinful hair.
He continued, “Remember the Bible says that when Jesus was tortured, his beard was ripped from his face. So when people remark, ‘Oh he’s a pastor and he has a beard,’ remember that. What hair, if any, were taken off his face if he didn’t have a beard? Was it brand-new skin?”
People should distinguish between “sin” and personal tastes and opinions, according to Odukoya, because they are not always mutually incompatible.
Personal preference is distinct from sin, he added. “If you prefer short hair or long hair, no problem, but if you tell me I can’t have long hair. Because “it’s a sin,” my brother, that’s where we won’t agree,” he said.
This follows the criticism he encountered after being named the new senior pastor in August 2023, following the death of. His father, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya. Many people took the opportunity to criticize his appearance and declare him unfit to serve as a pastor.