Revered General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E.A Adeboye has stirred the hornets’ nest, literally, with a statement on his verified Twitter account. Speaking broadly on the topic, “Crush Your Crush”, wherein he surmised that if there is anyone aside one’s spouse that one is admiring unduly, “You must see such a person as the devil and get rid of them immediately;” Pastor Adeboye then stated emphatically, “One of my sons once told me that he was always excited to resume in the office every Monday because he would get to see his secretary again. I told him to fire her immediately. Nothing and no one is worth your marriage.”
Though a long thread, where Pastor Adeboye spoke on the dangers of married people still having crushes on persons apart from their spouses, none incensed social media users as much as the septuagenarian cleric admitting that he instructed his son to sack his secretary.
A United Kingdom-based writer, Kola Tubosun said, “Very bad advice. Maybe your son should have resigned. Or restrained himself.” Comedian Wale Gates who has become popular for his anti-modern day Christianity practice stated, “Pastor, What part of employment law is this? Will this hold in an employment tribunal? In a place where there are laws, 'your son' will be paying out loads. Finally, why should an innocent woman lose their job cos 'your son' couldn't control himself?” He added, “That ‘Secretary’ is someone's loved one too, someone's daughter, she probably has people who depend on her for survival, education & health bills. She might even be your tithe paying member too. Let us be reasonable.”
Social media activist, Demola Gbajabiamila asked incredulously, “You asked your son to render his secretary jobless over a possible non-issue that is not her fault when you can simply just tell your son to behave himself and honour his own marriage if you suspect that there's more to the excitement?
Pastor Adeboye, however, gave context to his assertion stating, “No one should be closer to you or know more about you than your spouse. What is a married woman doing on the phone with another man for countless minutes? Why would a married man be spending so much time with another man’s wife? Why would you prefer to discuss intimate issues with your “friend” of the opposite sex instead of your God-given spouse?”
He continued, “Oh, you may say “I am not doing anything with the fellow; we are just friend.” That is exactly where it starts from. The devil knows you are a Christian and would not fall for someone just like that. So, he makes you become good friends with the fellow and before you know it, you would have fallen. May you not fall for any strategy of the devil in the mighty name of Jesus. If you have any friend that you talk to more than your spouse, break that friendship now.”
Pastor Adeboye advised that couples should spend more time together and exchange compliments. “The reason many people have crushes outside their marriage is mostly due to a distance between the couple.
“They no longer communicate as they used to. When they talk, it is only on serious issues about the children or other family needs, instead of talking/gisting about just anything as they used to in the early days of their marriage,” he concluded.
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