The Senior Pastor of Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome’s recent teaching on marriage and wives duties to their husbands has caused division among Nigerians on Twitter.
The snippets of the teaching emerged on the micro-blogging site Twitter on Thursday.
In the viral video which has made Pastor Chris a trending topic on Twitter in Nigeria, the cleric told his congregants that the cause of broken homes among Christians was as a result of lack of submissiveness by wives to their husbands and non-adherence to God’s directive on marriage.
“Some of you think the male partner in a marriage, husband means master not the male partner in a marriage.
“That is the reason for a lot of problems among Christians in their marriage.
“Marriage in Christianity for most people is just a flop because they don’t agree with God’s definition they have theirs, they believe they are equal partners. A lot of times listen to two people that had just gotten married, a lot of times it’s the woman that speaks first.
“You are a help, not somebody to tell him what to do. If that is easily understood in every home, how do you think you will have problems?”
The teaching has evoked series of reactions on Twitter with many who supported Oyakhilome’s teaching saying his words are backed by the Bible, while others who condemned his teaching opined that a man and a woman are equal partners in a marriage.
See some of the reactions:
Pastor Chris is right. Even if a female contests to become a president, most feminists shouting on twitter won’t even leave their homes, talk less of voting. pic.twitter.com/scNzQ59XVp
— Dolar 😎 (@daney_olaoluwa) July 11, 2019
You’ve never listened to one message by Pastor Chris, but you watch one short clip and “he’s cancelled.” Lol.
I don’t agree with what he said in that video, but no one can deny his work over the years. He has stayed true to the message of Grace and that’s honorable.
— Tomiwa Immanuel (@TomiwaImmanuel) July 11, 2019
You people should better leave Pastor Chris and go and read your Bible… It’s your Bible telling you the truth, Pastor Chris is only referring to the Bible… So, go and argue with your Bibles 🤷
— Eyitayo Sulola (@e_s_yes) July 11, 2019
— Ukaegbu Great Jnr (@UkaegbuGreatJnr) July 11, 2019
Pastor Chris is correct from the Biblical POV. If you have a problem with that then go and argue with God. Period!!!
Ephesians 5:21-25 pic.twitter.com/1Uk7zGm76z
— John Abraham (@John_Abraham200) July 11, 2019
Women, Husband means master. He’s not an equal partner. He’s your master.~ Pastor Chris
Please if you want to Criticize what Pastor Chris said in the video, come out with a scripture that says a woman is an equal partner. Don’t just talk bullshit.
— 💕Iwuese April 💕 (@candybliss95) 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
A wife is an equal partner. The husband is not a master.
Stop teaching rubbish Pastor Chris. https://t.co/3llsbhTEMt
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) July 11, 2019
Feminists will disagree with this video, but the lessons in it will make any woman who desires a happy marriage appreciate those words of Pastor Chris.
You must understand what your employer wants and not the other way round.
— #BBNaija (@onos_147) July 11, 2019
Christ embassy has lead pastors as women
Campus pastors as ladies unmarried sef,
But no, pastor Chris is a dictator
You people are not well se and we won’t allow you ridicule Christianity
— Toyosi Odusanya (@TOYOSI_NO1) July 11, 2019
Right words Pastor Chris!
This takes nothing away from women! Leadership is actually about serving and not being served! https://t.co/3BkaLOPKby
— Adeniyi (@NEYOKI) July 11, 2019
Dear Christian feminists if you cannot back up your argument against Pastor Chris’ preaching with scriptures, please don’t join The troll.
— Chris (@IAmChrismike) July 11, 2019
Pastor Chris’ words in that video may have sounded extreme. But The Bible clearly states that the man is the head of the family. Christians (believers) follow the Bible. If you don’t agree with it, that’s your choice. Nobody is forcing it on you. Christianity is a choice.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) July 11, 2019
So you people are busy responding to Pastor Chris who’s divorced at the moment. As far as I am concerned, he shouldn’t be teaching on marriage.
It’s better for him to stick to his teaching on Holy Spirit and finances.
I can’t listen to Pastor Chris when it comes to…
— Mazi Leeward Iyke 🇳🇬 (@Leeward_IK) July 11, 2019
I think what Pastor Chris said is not for every woman. I think what he means is if you cannot submit to a man then marriage is not for you. I know a lot of women that can’t and they’re happy single. Shikenan!
Why the fuss about this though?!
— ISAAC (@Isaac_Tadongdi) July 11, 2019
The reaction to pastor Chris’ message on twitter just made me realize that so many Christians don’t know anything in the Bible.
How could y’all claim to be Christians for years (attending Sunday school) and don’t even know about creation story and marriage teachings?
— VICKI (@Vikteneus) July 11, 2019