- The Topography of Marital institution in Celestial Fold(A Deep Concern for the future of marriage in the church)The institution called marriage was founded by God and he blessed it as holy, honourable and good.
Marriage is a covenant established by God with mankind given as a gift and blessing to glorify God.
Just as he gave it to man, he gave it to the church, honored it and solemnized it in his presence and glory.
Celestial church is not left out in this mission to have glorifying unions and marriages
A deep view of marriage in Celestial church according to the constitution in page 51, sections 195, 196, 197
*Celestial Church of Christ respects marriage solemnized in holy wedlock in accordance with covenants entered into between husband and wife before God at his holy altar
*All marriages in holy wedlock solemnized in other churches are recognized by celestial church of Christ
*All vows made at such christian marriages are recognized by celestial church of Christ as inviolate because anyone who covenants with God but fails to honor it sins before God(Ecclesiastes 5: 4 -6)
197. All marriages solemnized in Celestial church of Christ shall be in accordance with the marriage act which the church is licensed
Marriage is indeed honorable and respectable as seen in the vows, the institution respected and holy in the church but why do we have jokes of marriage in the fold today.
Let’s see the structures and topography
How is the topography of marriage in celestial :
A. Celestial approves polygamy
The approval and acceptance of polygamy in celestial has brought an huge misconception and abuse to marriage.
The excesses of this has produced covetous polygamy, fornicative unions and adulterous relations in widespread in the church.
This has become a problem in the sense that it has become an excuse, a defence for immoral acts
For years many have sited the pastor founder’s marriage, and polygamy as a reason and evidence for acts that abuse what marriage stands for.
polygamy is the excuse for adultery and fornication in the church because there is no law restricting it.
Once a married folk impregnates a woman, or has affairs with another woman, she becomes a second wife and is accepted into the church free and fair
B. Marriage is not a subject of interest….
Marriage. Marriage is like a piece of thread in the church since it doesn’t generate money to the pocket of the authority, like the IPIN and others
The church itself hardly talks about marriage or even shows any concern for it.
The Quality and Quantity of Marriage and solemnization is one of the least thing in the mind of the church.
There is no body, parastatal or panel, committee responsible, responsive for marriage in the church
We are all quiet about marriage, its betterment and challenges
C. One can marry as much as he can in the fold
and consummate multiple marriages even before the altar
Shamefully as it stands in the church, one can marry, remarry, and marry as much as he can with the church full support and nod.
There is no sense of decency and honor in marriage.
The unions can be bastardised.
The unity of husband and wife is insulted.
Marriage can easily be abused and corrupted with no challenge.
Marriage is as free as the air to do in celestial in fact.
You can marry in this parish and marry in another.
Marriage is a piece of shit….the vows at the altar a joke
D.Authority and leadership do not have a say on the institution of marriage in the church.
Authority…tell me which authority can talk about marriage
what can they say when they are the biggest breakers of the sanctity of marriage.
This is why they will see errors and wrongs of marriage and ignore
Marriage is rendered unhonorable and the bed defiled
E.No guidelines guiding and regulating marriage
Marriage doesn’t have any institution or foundation in the church.
The church doesn’t lay grounds for marriage to flourish, bloom and grow.
All what we have allows fornication and adultery to thrive.
No counselling, No monitoring, No orientation and mentoring, no example.
F. Discipline, Standard, and Correction
Our standard of marriage is a waver….
There is nothing we dont accept and there is nothing we reject. Abuse of marriage is very abject
Discipline. Who will discipline who. The fornicators in regalia in the altar? or the hypocritical adulterers
Correction….correction cannot be made because one himself is incorrect and needs to be corrected.
G. Silence on errors
When errors are made on marriage we all keep quiet and play hypocrites failing to speak the truth even if its the top person in authority.
We all watch the drama unfold and the actors perform their acts.
H. Victims in charge
The female folks are always the victim in charge of this abuse of marriage.
A man can easily marry another woman while been married to the full glare and view of the church.
The females suffer alot, so much silent injustice done as shepherd’s wives, sisters and many female swallow their spits at shameful acts committed against the sanctity of marriage.
They are made to accept this heavy cross of marriage pattern placed on their shoulders where marriage is not respected at all.
I. Other factors
The church itself is a factorial to many broken marriages than happy marriages, or even the growth of marriage.
Marriage seems to struggle because the church itself, the members doesn’t allow it to flourish.
We have this mindset that we can have and allow broken marriages, than quality marriages to flourish
Effects of this topography of marriage is Single Motherhood, Unholy unions, Separation and broken homes in large number.
I write in deep concern for the institution of marriages in celestial fold, for the vision of God glorifying marriages, and of a greater union of tomorrow
By Brother Tola Adele