The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has expressed concern over a popular phrase in Christian marriage vows. Especially as seen at many marriage ceremonies in Nigeria.
“Who invented the cliche ‘For better for worse’?
“Almost all weddings are ‘plagued’ with that recitation, and we have all accepted it as a norm over the years. Longevity is not legality,” Apostle Suleman wrote on his X handle on Saturday.
The cleric opined that the phrase should be changed. He said: “I feel the right word should be ‘in all conditions of life’..
Not declaring ‘WORSE’ on a home at infancy. My opinion.”
Naija News understands that there are no specific marriage vows stated in the Bible that must be taken by Christians during their wedding ceremony. However, many couples desiring a Christian wedding ceremony often request the presiding Pastor/Bishop or wedding officiant to incorporate marriage vows for them.
Although there are Bible verses pertaining to love, marriage, and weddings, the believers are not bound to any. In spite of that, most churches have ‘crafted’ written marriage vows given to couples to recite during their joining. The most popular of the marriage vows, which has the ‘for better for worse’ cliche, however, has been a topic of discussion for ages among modern Christians.
The popular vow reads thus: “The vows: “I, [Name of Couple], take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”
Barely four months ago, Apostle Suleman revealed reasons the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, can never be his friend.
Naija News reports that Apostle Suleman made this known during the Church’s Holy Ghost Conference 2023, live-streamed via YouTube.
Speaking during a sermon, Suleman shared his opinion about Pastor Chris, stressing he cannot equate himself with someone who has grown more than him spiritually.
He further explained that even though he respects Chris, he cannot be friends with him because they do not operate on the same level.
The controversial clergy gave some context for his opinion, with a recent conversation with Reverend John, who had just participated in a pastor’s classroom conference.
According to Apostle Suleman, Reverend John said over 103 million people had registered for the program online, and by the end of the meeting, over 110 million pastors had registered.
He expressed surprise at how Pastor Chris could hold such a large event, noting that he is way ahead of him.
He further described Pastor Chris as a field marshal who is in a class of his own, hence, they can never be friends.
He said, “Then I will now stand beside such a man and say, he is my friend? Never! Pastor Chris can’t be my friend. When you want to grow, stop equating yourself with those who have grown.
“That’s a field marshal, a class of his own, I am not in his class. He is in a different world. Are you trying to say that God can’t use little things to correct him? God knows who He sends little things to for correction”