By Sam Eyoboka
Head pastor of Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos, Dr. Tunde Bakare hasÂ joined the growing army of Nigerians opposed to the recent sack of Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of the Christ Church Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God for remarrying 10 years after divorcing the wife of his youth.
A letter purportedly from the Office of the General Overseer of the fastest growing Pentecostal church in the world, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, was said to have directed Pastor Ighodalo to immediately hand over to another cleric who would pilot the affairs of one of the richest model parishes of the church.
In obedience to the church hierarchy, the chartered accountant immediately announced the new development to the church during a Sunday service and immediately many members broke down, weeping with several said to have urged the amiable pastor to quit and set up his own church.
Pastor Bakare in a sermon titled Mammon and their counterfeit astonishing power, penultimate Sunday denounced the controversial sacking of Pastor Ighodalo.
Speaking essentially in parables, the fiery pastor who had his Christian baptism after conversion in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said the church’s action was not in consonance with the holy scriptures.
According to Bakare who was born a Muslim, this same church that sacked a pastor for remarrying would honour other inviduals with more than one wife, offering them prime positions in the church.
His words: â€œAs a young Christian, a man married a total stranger and when it was time for him to come home, his wife refused to follow him.
â€œThe man came down, gathered people to intercede for him for 10 years while gathering the flocks for his God and after 10 years, he decided to re-marry and all of a sudden, the church said they found it somewhere in the Bible that he cannot remarry, whereas those with three wives are given front seats in the church.â€
Such was the level of the degeneration of the church generally to the extent that those who belong to occultic organisations, he argued, would be given very important personality (VIP) treatment in the church at the expense of imparting strict religious doctrines.
Bakare, who recently featured prominently at the remarriage ceremony of Rev. Chris Okotie and Stephanie, at the Household of God Church, Lagos, averred that very many churches have actually embraced sorcery in order to perform fake miracles.