Church of Nigeria

CELIBACY NOT ORDAINED – MOST REV. LASEBIKAN

(BY VEN. FOLUSO TAIWO)

“It is not good for man to be alone… hence homosexuality is evil and celibacy is not ordained.”

The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo, the Most Rev. Dr. George Latunji Lasebikan gave this submission at the holy solemnization of the daughter of the Anglican Bishop of Ekiti West Diocese at Christ Church Cathedral, Ijero Ekiti. He said God’s ordinance has been fulfilled by the joining of Esther and Samuel, now Mr. and Mrs. Adefala, because they will no longer be lonely.

Dr. Lasebikan drew an analogy, comparing a couple to a three legged race, where there must be an agreement between the two lest they fall. Marriage, according to him is a test of people’s obedience, faith and love with God. The erudite scholar quoted profusely from the Bible and shared experiences of many years where he warned the husband who is the head of the new home to be very careful and give himself to his wife as Christ gave Himself for the Church. He said for now they don’t know each other because of individual differences, hence he must watch his temperament. He said it is unfortunate that Nigeria cannot boast of many good heads, because of irresponsible behavior, love of money and the way Nigerian heads commit atrocities and corruption with impunity.

The Cleric described the woman as a beast of burden, not a donkey not a horse, but a workaholic and part of the body of the man. He said the Bible is very deep, deeper than man can ever think and it is clearly stated that when the husband takes care of his wife, she will naturally submit; hence marriage demands giving and receiving, it is reciprocal. He urged the newly wed to always sleep together, talk together to understand each other, enjoy together and pray together. He prayed that the marriage shall be in compliments and the devil shall fail.

People from all walks of life, including Archbishops, Bishops, the Clergy, Kabiyesis graced the occasion. It was indeed a glorious service.

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