By OLAYINKA LATONA
THE increasing rate of divorce cases in Nigeria has been said to be due to man’s deviation from God’s plan, and a reflection of the present age. That was the verdict of assembly pastor and area evangelist with The Apostolic Church, Iponri, Lagos, Samson Gbenga Oke who pointed out that the marriage institution is no longer honourable.
“It is the spirit of the present age. I have seen marriages collapse within one year after they were solemnised. It is so rampant now that the marriage institution is no longer honourable. People now jump into marriage unprepared, without understanding the implications, and they end up jumping out”, Oke said at the opening/dedication ceremony of the ‘House of Worship’.
“The completion of this building has increased and is increasing the faith of members. It has really made them to know that with God all things are possible. This is because if you know the way God has been providing for the church for the project, you will appreciate what I am saying”, the cleric said.
On the allegation that some people embrace pastoral work because they have failed in other areas of life, Oke said: “Actually, not only the fact that they have failed, but you know that secularisation has entered into Christianity. There are no job opportunities out there.
“Some people think it is just easy, and for the sake of frivolity, just to be called “Daddy in the Lord”. But the work goes beyond all that. It demands total dedication and commitment, so it sho-uldn’t be a place where people go into for mundane reasons when they are not called.
“Commitment is paramount; faithfulness and dedication are very important in the work of the Lord. If you are not committed, if you are not serious and disciplined, you can’t accomplish much for God, and you will not be able to do the work. Ministers of God must be faithful with church money”, he stated.