Nigerian Pastor Says Don’t Marry a Woman Who Can’t Cook

Nigerian Pastor Says Don’t Marry a Woman Who Can’t Cook

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God, shared in a recent sermon his guidelines for marriage. Adeboye advised his members to marry within the church so that pastors can help them during difficult times, but he added that men should not marry a woman who cannot cook and who cannot pray for at least an hour.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Hearing the way that a pastor undermines and limits women in another context can help us from keeping similar mistakes.

  • Control Issues? The pastor in this story encourages members of his church to only marry each other so that church leaders can help them, but is that crossing the line toward control?
  • Just Cooking? This pastor makes the mistake of placing restrictions around the role of women in a marriage. How does this view limit the particular gifts and callings of men and women?
  • What about men? Are there times when pastors focus too much on the roles of women and fail to challenge men in their marriages?

Gender roles can be a divisive topic in some churches. How do we call our members to the costs of discipleship while still honoring where they’re at with gender roles?

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