By: Charles Awuzie –
“Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Archbishop Duncan Williams and Everyone Who Divorced Or Remarried Will Not Make Heaven.”~Excerpts from a long legalistic article.
I don’t know why Religious people believe that divorce or remarriage can stop a person from enjoying eternal life in paradise. Nobody desired or planned to be separated or divorced from the one they once loved. So divorce is not a sin, it is a condition. Just like been poor is not a sin, it is a condition. Been single is not also a sin, it is a condition. These are conditions that sometimes, we can’t do anything to change it. I know people who would have done anything to avoid being divorced, they did their best but the other partner was a beast so divorce became inevitable in order to save their lives. Do you think God is angry with them? God is not angry with them. If they find another man or woman tomorrow and decide to settle down, they have not sinned against God – they only sinned against religion. It is religion that puts restrictions on people who are genuinely searching for happiness and fulfilment. God wants the best for His children – including those who had bad marital experiences. God is their Father and desires their happiness. If you are angry about this, you are religious. Let’s see the Bible.
Can you remember this story?
“…for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”~John 4:18 ESV
Jesus was ministering to a lady who had been married and divorced for 5 years and was currently sharking up with a boyfriend. Did Jesus condemn her? No. Jesus preached the same gospel He would have preached to anyone else without customizing the gospel to deal with her condition.
Guess what happened…
That woman ended up as THE FIRST FEMALE EVANGELIST who brought an entire town to Jesus.
So the first woman to do ministry was a woman who was divorced 5 times and remarried 5 times.
Notice that Jesus didn’t even ask her to leave her current boyfriend. Jesus knew that if her eyes were opened to see Him as the Messiah, she would WILLINGLY give up the things of this world to follow Him.
Friends, do you think that the first female evangelist who was married for 5 times later went to hell fire ????? Let me shock you – she went to heaven. ????
Heaven will be a shocker.
I might speak against false doctrines preached by preachers, BUT woe betide me if I condemn a preacher because of their struggles. Alas, that’s what religion does. Religion will never condemn false doctrines but will quickly judge a preacher because of their challenge or struggles. Religion is hypocritical. It condemns when it ought to heal and embraces what it ought to judge.
Jesus never condemned or lashed out at a single sinner – not one. But with the religious hypocrites, he harshly condemned their wickedness. This is because religion is the anti-Christ, not the sinner.
The church of Christ in our time must learn to accommodate our sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers who go through divorce or are blessed with a new marriage. Not all of us will get marriage right with the first attempt. Some of us aren’t so lucky.
If you think that this post is giving license for people to divorce, you make me laugh out loud. ????. If you needed a license to divorce your spouse, it means you are not in a marriage, you are in a mirage. Nobody needs a license to divorce a wicked person and even if they need a license, I will willingly provide them the scriptural license to leave a self-centered beast. Religion will Wed a beauty with the beast and when it is obvious that the other partner is actually a beast, religion will say “endure to the end”. Endure what? Religion is wicked. Religion is heartless. Religion is insensitive. I hate religion. I am eternally grateful that I am forever free from religion. I love the liberty that we have in Jesus. Glory to Jesus. Not that we can behave anyhow, God forbid. But that we are no longer bound by any chains against our will. That’s our freedom.
To the author of that article that harshly condemned Pastor Chris and Pa Duncan, you are a religious, heartless and insensitive fellow. Thank God that you are not God else all of us would have gone to hell. Get ready to see these servants of God in heaven rejoicing with the Saints. What you condemned them with is a wound that Jesus already sorted out on the cross even before they were called.
And if you have gone through the horrible doors of divorce, I encourage you to rejoice in the finished work of Christ. You are saved eternally. You have already made heaven and neither divorce or remarriage will stop that.
All those who condemn you because of your divorce are also sinning secretly. Don’t let anybody judge you by what happened to you or what you went through. Stay away from legalistic religious folks who sex with the Old Testament every night but hope to give birth to the New Testament in the morning. They are confused. Stay away from them. Stay connected to the truth of the finished work of Christ because truly, IT IS FINISHED.