Pastor Sunday Adelaja, the founder of the largest evangelical church in Europe, Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations, has said Putin is fighting to protect the traditional values of the Christian faith.
He said he lost property worth over $4 million to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He added that in his bid to avoid being caught up in the war, he had to leave the country with only one shirt.
Speaking via a Zoom meeting organised by Network of African Christian Journalists, the pastor adviced people to avoid misrepresenting Putin, saying the man is fighting for traditional values of the Christian faith.
The Nigerian-born preacher, who lived in Kiev, Ukraine, for some decades, said: “I’m beginning to believe that this Vladimir Putin who everybody is saying is mad and demon-possessed is the same man that is fighting for traditional values of the Christian faith.
“He is saying Christianity and satanism are not equal.
“He is against homosexuals, saying same-sex marriage is wrong.
“What is happening in Ukraine right now is pathetic and very unfortunate.
“Lives are being lost.
“My house, which is worth about $4 million, was burnt.
“I left the country only in one shirt.”
Adelaja also said the Russia invasion may lead to Third World War except urgent measures are taken. He added that God may use the war to glorify his name.
He said: “There is nothing I need from Nigeria Christians but what I want them to realise is that this invasion may escalate and lead to the Third World War whereby Russia will be ready to use nuclear weapons.
“Let us all pray against this.
“It could lead to war that may dictate how the world will be ruled.
“War is destructive, damaging, traumatising.
“I believe that this war is the judgment of God upon Ukraine, the attacker and the attacked, the victim and the aggressor are being judged.
“There is no way one can deny the fact that this is God’s judgment.
“God may use this to glorify His name.”