Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Faith Tabernacle aka Winners Chapel has been lambasted on social media for advising women to be submissive to their husbands, adding that it is the only way to have a fruitful marriage.
Bishop Oyedepo wrote on Instagram “The only way to a fruitful marriage is total submission on the part of the wife. Until it is in place, every other thing she tries to do will be out of place. A woman who refuses to submit to her husband is disobeying God. As a woman, you might even be a minister of the gospel, and your husband is not, the Word of God still says to submit yourself to him. A submissive woman is precious in the sight of her husband – Ephesians 5:22.”
But, Nigerians have faulted him saying submissiveness should come from both husband and wife and not from the wife alone.
See some comments below;
eselicious wrote “I disagree with this. What happens if she marries a man like Nabal as in the case of Abigail and Nabal in 1 Samuel 25. I doubt if total submission will work in that kind of situation. In marriage, it takes two for it to work.”
sweetambitious40 wrote “For marriage to work submission is a two way street. The Bible also says for the husband to also submit”
dikes_offspring wrote “In a situation where the husband tells the wife to either choose between worshipping God or follow him to worship idol, should the woman denounce God and join him in idol worshipping as a way of being submissive?”
dopestfairy wrote “Sir I respect you a lot but I will only add that it’s not only total submission from the wife that makes a marriage work. Why not emphasize on the part that Christ said that men should love their wives as Christ loved the church. It’s totally wrong to but the success of a marriage only on the wife. It takes 2 people to make a successful marriage, it’s high time we start preaching that.”
shirley_oghale wrote “Submission comes with love, if you love and being loved back in return Submission becomes easy?❤. We pray to end up with who we love”