Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of The Redeemed Christain Church took to his Twitter page Wednesday morning to admonish married individuals against having a close relationship with opposite sex other than their partners.
Baba considered those that might say that they are “just friends” with someone other than their partners.
“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”, he said.
The septuagenarian was also noted that if there is anyone you admire “unduly” other than your spouse, that person must be seen as “the devil” and gotten rid of immediately.
To drive home his point, Adeboye narrated the story of one of his “sons” who told him how he was always excited to resume the office every Monday because he would get to see his secretary again. Adeboye said he advised the said son to “fire her immediately”.
His reason: “Nothing and no one is worth your marriage”.
To combat the “problem” of being close to someone outside one’s marriage, Adeboye advises that couples should spend more time with each other.
“Spend more time with your spouse and make him/her your confidant. Exchange compliments… If there is no distance between yourself and your spouse, no crush can come between you.”
“No one should be closer to you or know more about you than your spouse,” he concluded.
Baba’s message questions the friendship between married individuals and members of the opposite sex.
Guardian report queried: Is Daddy GO sexualising all forms of friendships between man and woman or does all friendship with the opposite sex lead to infidelity?
The RCCG pastor stopped short of saying a married person can never have a platonic relationship with persons that are not their husbands/wives.
Daddy GO’s Twitter sermon was met with criticisms as his message was seen as encouraging irresponsibility on the part of married couples who have a crush on other people.
He asked his son to fire his secretary rather than reprimand him for not curtailing his own emotions. Is the preacher advising that other people should take the fall for our own actions or inactions?
Why did he not advise his son to put himself in check? A Twitter user noted that would he have asked his son to resign if he was crushing on a female boss? Would the man keep on firing one secretary after another if he is susceptible to infidelity?
As with all sermons, some are received with admonition and praises, others fall by the wayside where critics have a field day trampling on it.
However, the other way to look at it is perhaps Baba was re-echoing the words of Jesus in Mathew 5: 27-30:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”.
In this case, it is better for that son Baba was referring to, to lose his secretary than lose his marriage or worse case scenario, becomes neck-deep in sin and ends in hell.