By Bosun Obafemi
The leadership of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Region 1 recently held a glamorous couples outing for married Pastors in the region at RCCG The Throne of Grace, National headquarters Parish, Ebute Metta, Lagos. .
The host, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Oladele Temitope Balogun, Pastor-in-Charge of Region 1 as well as Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Administration, welcomed the pastors and their spouses to the special outing.
Asked to share his experience on guiding principles in marriage, Pastor Balogun said the fear of God, love and mutual understanding according to the word of God are principles that nurture godly marital relationship.
He advised husbands to sincerely love and take good care of their wives while the wives are to reciprocate in submission, caring and praying for their husbands.
Speaking on what are considered fascinating to wives, the wife of the Pastor-in-charge of Region 1, Pastor (Mrs.) Temitope Balogun, said every woman wants a listening and attentive husband. She said husbands should show affection to their wives at all times and everywhere by being selfless, loving, sacrificial and financially friendly. She said her marriage is enjoyable because her husband is doing well in all the aforementioned aspects.
Guest speaker, proprietor of The Ambassadors Schools, Ota, Rev. Samson Osewa, along with his wife, Victoria, spoke on the reasons for marriage.
Speaking on the topic, “Together Forever”, he explained that marriage is for companionship, sexual satisfaction and procreation. He affirmed marriage as the beginning of society. He said since marriage is a journey of hills and valleys, it requires commitment in the area of love, finance and mutual understanding to keep it working.
The marriage counsellor said that wives as helpmeets are expected to be assistants and source of joy to their husbands, adding that the husbands must be caring and loving.
According to Osewa, keeping one’s marriage forever imputed on couples to know their enemies, which is the devil, be strong Christians, have maturity of mind, share things and places together, respect each other and keep a lively family altar, amongst others.
Some of the interesting sessions of the programme were tying of headgears and ties and spouse introduction approach by some selected couples.
Couples were enjoined to engage in preferred sexual methods except oral sex. Oral sex is said to be forbidden in The Redeemed Christian Church of God; no spouse should demand for such.
Speaking to the Beautiful Day Magazine, Pastor Oladele Balogun said the purpose of the special outing was to remind couples of the rudiments of marriage and the importance of living together in peace and harmony.
He said: “We discovered that even in Christendom today, a lot of families are besotted with a lot of problems and challenges. So, we decided to call together the families of senior pastors in Region 1 so that we can learn and remind ourselves about the rudiments of marriage so that we can live together in peace and harmony. The purpose is to ensure that God’s principles on marriage are fulfilled in our families.”
The man of God buttressed the need for mutual forgiveness in marriage for families to make headway in life.
“We discovered that some wives will not forgive their husbands even husbands will not forgive their wives. Some are quarrelling over some little things that are not even to be mentioned in the household of God,” he added.
The programme, which is said to hold periodically in the Region, featured couples dancing to cool love music.