Nigerians on social media have been left divided over a video which emerged online showing Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy saying that “husband means master”, and “not the male partner in a marriage” as widely held today.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome made this known while giving a sermon to his congregation on marriage.
The clergyman warned wives against opposing their husband in public, which he says is a sign that they do not recognize the anointing of God’s spirit.
“Do you know the meaning of husband?”, he asked. “I think some of you don’t know. You think husband means the male partner in a marriage.
Chris Oyakhilome went on to define what husband truly means, which made his congregation give a loud cheer in approval of his words.
“Husband does not mean the male partner in a marriage. Husband means master. That’s what it means, not the male partner in a marriage”.
He added that the failure to acknowledge the role of the husband is “the reason there are problems among Christians in their marriage”.
“Marriage in Christianity for most people is just a flop. Why? Because they don’t agree with God’s definition, they have theirs. They believe they are equal partners”.
He went on to give an instance of how the position of a husband is disregarded today.
“Listen to two people that have just gotten married. A lot of times, it’s the woman that speaks first”.
He continued by revealing the reason why God made woman.
“If you want to live according to the Bible, according to the scriptures, then understand what the word says. The reason God made woman was because of man. He made the woman because of the man, that’s why he made the woman. So, woman was not his original idea”, he said.
Speaking on the biggest problem women have today in regards to marriage, the clergyman said:
“If most women had their father bold enough to talk to them, they’ll be very successful in their marriage and they’ll be very happy people. Most women have never been taught by their parents, their fathers particularly. That’s their biggest problem. They don’t know who a man is. They think he’s another woman. You see, in a marriage, you have the man who is the head of that union. And because he’s the head of that union, it is important to understand him. Now, you think “he’s the one that needs to understand his wife”. That is where you are wrong. He will, but until you know who you have married”.
Watch the video below:
My mum sent me this saying “I know this will upset you, the pastor is not normal”.
I couldn’t agree more. The pastor and his congregation??? pic.twitter.com/eZdL8Fv1BV
— Stephanie C Odili (@StephanieOdili) July 11, 2019
The sermon which was applauded by some social media users was however labeled as archaic by some who questioned why his own marriage ended in divorce. See some of the reactions below:
Pastor Chris stated what was written or what we ve been told and you won't expect him to change it to please us…
We are the ones that need to do better with ourselves cause no one is my master o
— khadeejah (@thorpland) July 11, 2019
All the men supporting Pastor Chris should please keep the same energy with Nigerian men who go abroad and marry white wives who make them do all the chores. Just saying. pic.twitter.com/avRoT94TgE
— NixieBangtan (@NixieBangtan) July 11, 2019
A girl insulting me in my Inbox ? all coz I said Pastor Chris is right !! First of all I have two female friends that are lesbians and I swear I support them and want them to be happy and they both know I tell them that they are not Christians or Muslims anymore ! They..
— ? (@OsaraSir) July 11, 2019
People use Religion to oppress and perpetrate evil. Pastor Chris is a sham. He could not even tidy his own family affairs.
— 0lumide (@lumyydee) July 11, 2019
So it's pastor chris' turn to be dragged today?
You people will be all right
— Free Games Only (@FreeGamesOnly2) July 11, 2019
On Twitter today…
Pastor Chris: the word husband means "master"..
Pastor Chris: women were a jara. According to the Bible, God created everything and after, saw that it was good. He then created woman after. Women weren't in the original plan, the "God's plan"..
— final obongowo (@Ek_Josh) July 11, 2019
Pastor Chris has made everybody on the TL to be studying the Bible today ???? pic.twitter.com/q4Xim4cMMN
— itstomiwascott ? (@Tom_Tom23BJ) July 11, 2019
First of all pastor Chris didn't say anything wrong as what he said is scriptural n factual..
But that message was just a 2 minute video
YouTube pastor Chris message on marriage n you will see him talk fully on marriage n husband laying their lives for their wives pic.twitter.com/SRs7gGv9rS
— Savagery???? (@bijmjoeno1) July 11, 2019
When Pastor Chris said
“God made man and everything was very good. Woman was not in God’s original plan”.
— Umeh and 99 others (@UMEHoma) July 11, 2019
Whatever Pastor Chris likes, let him say. My Madam is as much my master as I am hers. I am Baby Boying in my house. Come and beat me.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) July 11, 2019
Wives be submissive to your husband. _ Ephesians 5:22-24
Your husband is your Master. _ "Pastor Chris"
Women are not your slaves. _ Feminists
Pick your struggle!
Me? I choose to respect my husband and treat Him like a King just as he'll treat me like a Queen. pic.twitter.com/uBG0z5CPKo
— Sarah Ifidon (@The_Plainsarah) July 11, 2019
U can't be a Christian or Muslim & a Feminist.
If u think otherwise, u're either confused or have a bad case of Cognitive dissonance.
Abrahamic religions clearly state that God made d Woman to assist Man.
Aunty, there's no equality in Zion.
Pastor Chris jst exposed ur ignorance.
— Adunni & her demons (@Adunni_Achebe) July 11, 2019
Why are you people attacking Pastor Chris? No be wetin dey Bible he talk. You people don't have mind to attack the main guy na the messager una dey attack ????? pic.twitter.com/DQt3b0U4Gc
— The GodKing (@BATTLETIDE) July 11, 2019