Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has sparked arguments on social media platforms over his teaching on extramarital relationships.
The cleric had taken to his verified Twitter page on Wednesday to disclose that he once asked one of his sons to fire his secretary to prevent an extra-marital affair.
Adeboye said this in a series of tweets while sharing his take on intimate friendships outside marriage.
“One of my sons told me that he was always excited to resume office every Monday so he would get to see his secretary again. I told him to fire her immediately. No one is worth your marriage,” he wrote.
The statement has, however, sparked a heated debate on social media platforms especially Twitter, where users are currently registering their different opinions.
While a segment of users expressed outrage at the cleric’s call for the sack of the secretary — stating that the “problem clearly lies with the son” — others argued that his critics would apply more extreme measures if they were in Adeboye’s shoes.
“You’re angry because a Pastor Adeboye said one of his sons should fire a lady he was crushing on despite being married. You people will still come back days later to drag female secretaries for sleeping with your husbands. Do you hate the message or you hate the messenger,” a Twitter user said.
“My sister if you chase away the help cos you feel she might tempt your hubby then you have no right to blast Pastor Adeboye. Like the only crime, your help committed is developing breast and growing into a beautiful woman. Everyone is woke on social media, hypocrites,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
You're angry because a Pastor Adeboye said one of his sons should fire a lady he was crushing on despite being married.
You people will still come back days later to drag female secretaries for sleeping with your husbands.
Do you hate the message or you hate the messenger….
— Dr. Oluwafemi Anthony (@RealSOK_) January 29, 2020
My sister if you chase away your help cos you feel she might tempt your hubby then you have no right to blast Pastor Adeboye. Like the only crime your help commited is developing breast and growing into a beautiful woman. Everyone is woke on social media ,hypocrites..
— Mercenary (@Ifeatu9) January 29, 2020
After dragging Pastor Adeboye on Twitter today,they will rush to redemption camp tomorrow to tap from his anointing 🙄
— Sister Tinu 🦅 (@Bami______) January 29, 2020
Even people that won't let their partners keep besties of the opposite sex are condemning Pastor Adeboye…lol
I don't agree with his thread but most of you won't say pim if your partner pulls that move.
Infact you'd even feel "special" talmbout "cut him/her off for me"
— UG (@UgwunnaEjikem) January 29, 2020
If a Feminist says.
"Men are scum, they can't hold their sexual urges"
Una go complain.
But Pastor Adeboye instead of telling His Son to Man up and bury his sexual urges.
Told his boy to sack a staff for merely existing.
U lot are defending it.
Low quality men🤝 hypocrisy
— William Ukpe (@William_Ukpe) January 29, 2020
You are attacking Pastor Adeboye but if your husband tells you he sacked his secretary because of lust you will be happy and you will praise your husband.
— PorPorRee 💫 (@VEJ0ME) January 29, 2020
"Pastor Adeboye, Crush that Crush is for married people, right? That means the son & secretary are not single, right? That means for your MARRIAGE to work, no room for David & Bathsheba drama, right?
Take the lessons & stop this follow the crowd mentality.
— Michel_231 (@231_michel) January 29, 2020
Pastor Adeboye asked his son to fire his secretary because he couldn't control the ecstasy of working around her.
An innocent woman lost her job for nothing and people are replying, "More grace to Daddy."
I don't understand, grace to fire more innocent people??
— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@cliqik) January 29, 2020
I'm not even surprised people are defending Pastor Adeboye.
It's the norm.
Nigerians will contort themselves into unbelievable positions b4 they'll admit any fault in their religious leaders.
Let me catch u idiots tweeting about the oppression of the poor again on this app.
— Adunni Achebe (@Adunni_Achebe) January 29, 2020
Pastor Adeboye is not my GO.
I’m a Catholic.
His thread was the truth.
The “sacking” was excessive but knowing him, I’m sure they’d have transferred her somewhere else or gotten her another job.
He didn’t have to put that in that thread.
Y’all should chill tf out.
— Edmund 💉 (@EdmundOris) January 29, 2020
Let's flip the script, Let 's assume that the person Pastor Adeboye's son is attracted to is the boss.
Would the advice be to resign? Or does it just concern people that work for you?
— Aproko Doctor™ (@aproko_doctor) January 29, 2020
People that went to school are under Pastor Adeboye’s tweet quoting Mark 9vs47 “If your eye causes you to sin, get rid of it.“
Technically, it’s his Son’s Eyes that’s causing him to Sin, God didn’t say “if another person’s eyes….”
Your own two damn eyes. It’s a YOU problem
— DANNY WALTER 👑 (@Cutewalterr) January 29, 2020
We can all criticize Pastor Adeboye for asking his son to sack his secretary until the wife of the son sees a romantic message between her husband&the secretary, takes it up,get into a fight with the husband and kill the husband in anger.
Then she gets sentence to death.
— Tosin Olugbenga (@TosinOlugbenga) January 29, 2020
Every work environment has its rules. That she was 'sacked' does not mean she wasn't assigned another role in the Church.
That 'sack' may have prevented a marriage from breaking.
I'm not religious but Pastor Adeboye remains 💯% right.
— Chinedu Adikwu_esq (@ChineduAdikwu) January 29, 2020
I just Read Pastor Adeboye’s thread
I don’t support the sacking part but every other thing is true
You can’t be married and be spending more time with someone else than your spouse, The marriage will break up.
his son should have just left the company tho 💁♂️
— Trouble Maker 😒(G.O). (@ObongRoviel) January 29, 2020
Court of Law: Why did you sack ur secretary?
Pastor Adeboye's son: Daddy GO says if there is any fellow aside from your spouse you are admiring unduly, u must see such a person as the devil & get rid of them immediately
Can u argue this in a developed society? We are backward!
— 👑 OLUWAFIFUNMI 🎨🇳🇬 (@FifunmiRexx) January 29, 2020
Pastor Adeboye used the word ‘excitement’ as the reason for his son to sack his secretary.
Excitement used here is contextual and can indicate two things; his son’s Iack of self control or the lady’s plot to destroy his home.
Nonsense wokeness won’t make you think b4 talking.
— Pablo Noser (@pablobignose) January 29, 2020
Pastor Adeboye, an innocent woman (who might have people depending on her) lost her job, at your command, because your son couldn't control himself & you are proud to tell us? Why? 🤷🏾
Shouldn't you have fired your son for spiritual misconduct? 🤷🏾 https://t.co/OFmIt2qpbG
— Afrikaan Giant 🐾❁ (@AfrikaanGiant) January 29, 2020
Whenever I hear stuffs about some anoited men of God like Pastor Adeboye & Bishop Oyedepo
I just mind my business and waka jeje
That anoiting is too much for me to misyarn o pic.twitter.com/3ATf4mmmeR
— Oliver♥️💞💦 (@tz_urboyoliver_) January 29, 2020
I understand Pastor Adeboye’s point. The only problem was his advice to sack his son’s secretary. The secretary wasn’t the problem of his son’s urges. Your son told you he’s always excited going to the office because of her. He’s the one that needs urgent deliverance. Shalom! 🙏
— BeksFCB (@Joshua_Ubeku) January 29, 2020
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