Pastor Adeboye’s comments to his members on marriage and the attributes of a “marriageable” woman has sparked up fierce debate in social media and out of it. I think the emphasis on cooking and laziness and length of prayer time is hilarious, I have seen marriages fail with wives who are excellent cooks, harder workers than the average bee and who can conduct their own vigils by themselves. There’s much more to marriage than food and prayer but I am not married, am I? So I’m hardly an expert on marriage 😉
What has amazed me however is the reaction of many churchgoers- notice I did not use the word Christians, on posts that are critical to Daddy GO’s statements. They start with “touch not my anointed sayeth the lord”, “Be careful” or “Be warned”. Be warned always makes me want to giggle- if you ever want me to take you seriously, never warn me about something or use that phrase, I’d just start laughing.
It’s funny how many people who carry bibles about, even the ones who disturb our peace- especially those beautiful last hours of sleep in the name of Morning Cry, do not know the contents of the Book they carry.
Who says your pastor is infallible? Who says you cannot call your pastor to order when he deviates from the path God has assigned to him or even when he does or says things that make no sense? Remember when Paul called Peter to order in Galatians 2:11-14. Don’t worry I’ll type it out in full.
“When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he was clearly in the wrong.
Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.
The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
Before you tell me that Paul was anointed too, Peter and Paul were not on the same level- nowhere near the same level at that time. Not only had Peter been with Christ for the full duration of his earthly ministry as opposed to Paul who only saw him in a vision. Peter (as any Roman Catholic worth her salt would tell you) was the rock/foundation on which Christ built his church. No one comes close to Peter today in stature and authority, not the Adeboyes, or Oyedepos, or Okohs, or Idahosas, or Hagins, or Copelands, not even the Pope. NOBODY!!! Yet Paul could tell him to his face and in the presence of witnesses that he was doing wrong.
But when did Christianity become synonymous to docility? That to be Christian means to swallow any hogwash just because it comes from a man with a cassock. I bet you all know that Jesus dude, yes the one who we’re supposed to be like- Christian= Christ like? Didn’t your bible tell you how even as a boy he had read his scriptures and could challenge even the teachers on the law? That guy took on Pharisees and Priests, he was a simple carpenter who was not even educated but he was knocking out those guys intellectually with the same scriptures they had dedicated their whole lives to studying. If you are a Christian, you too should be like him- rightly dividing the word of truth for yourself. He was so gracious as to also send us the Holy Spirit as our teacher, guide and comforter.
You don’t need a pastor to tell you how to live your life, who to marry and how to marry or any of that crap that they like to impose on their congregations. You have the word of God for yourself and the Holy Spirit too, your pastors might be wise men and women but they should never replace your brains, your Bible and the Holy Spirit. Use your brains my people! Even Jesus asked us to be as clever as serpents… You didn’t know this?! Matt 10:16 has your answer.
PS there’s another Bible verse we like to throw around when people criticise our pastors- Romans 14:4
“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”
Anytime I see someone throw that quote in defence of their pastor, I laugh because it’s obvious that they haven’t read it for themselves, just chanting a quote their pastor drummed into their heads. I really wish they’d read the full chapter though.