NigeriaTrends.com — Photo news of a 72yr old man in Port Harcourt who just married his 60yr old woman after living together for a lengthy 45 years, is trending lately in Nigerian media. Interestingly, the Nigerian Pastor who conducted their church wedding, said it’s a sin for unmarried couples to live together. Do you agree or disagree? Pls, read on…..
The 72 year old man, who is said to have been living with the 60 year old woman for more than 45 years without paying bride price and no marriage, were just joined together in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Omega Power Ministries in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
According to reports, the church announced the good news on their Facebook page, adding that they bankrolled the weddings of other 140 couples who have been living together for many years without legal marriage. They reportedly provided money for the bride price, wedding gown for brides, suit, shirt and even ties for the grooms absolutely free of charge.
“Why did I decide to do this ?” the Pastor asked.
“Every day I get sleepless night because of the amount of people living together when God has not joined them. IT IS A SIN BEFORE GOD. Do you know that; one out of every five people you see in the street are living together without being legally married,” he said.
- Question: Is the Nigerian Pastor saying traditional marriage outside the church is a sin?
The Pastor continues…
“If Rapture happens now , they will all miss Rapture. So what is the solution ? Solution Number one: Couples must Live apart until you get money to WED. Which is very risky. Any of those women can be my sister or maybe she already has 5 children. The woman will suffer. And a strange woman may take advantage to come in. Solution number two: Legalise their union. But many don’t have money to legalize it. They already have children, but no money to pay bride price. So that is why I decided to intervene, so when Rapture happens they shall not be found wanting.”
“What is a church building when the people inside the building have visa to go to Hell-fire. Salvation is better than beautiful church building.This is why I conducted marriage blessing for 140 couples @ OPM headquarters. By the grace of God, I gave them money to pay bride price which they have traveled and come back after paying. I bought wedding suits and gowns including shirts and tie for 140 couples. Paid for marriage certificate and paid for food, drinks that will be used for their reception. Now I can sleep well knowing that extra 140 souls have been added to the kingdom of God.”
The question now is, must couples be officially married before living together? Also, is it a sin for unmarried couples to live together? That would mean, boyfriends and girlfriends living together would be considered a sin in the eyes of the God of this Nigerian Pastor?
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