ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, asserted that same-sex marriage contradicts the teachings of Jesus Christ for Christians.
He made these remarks during the opening ceremony of a joint event, the Global Crusade with Kumuyi, and the 2023 National December Retreat, themed “Emmanuel,” held at the Deeper Life International Conference Centre on KM 48 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
In response to recent developments where Pope Francis permitted blessings for same-sex couples, Kumuyi reiterated the Christian doctrine that marriage is intended for a man and a woman, aligning with the commands of Christ.
He emphasized the commitment to obedience and submission to Christ’s teachings, particularly on the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.
He said: “The Lord Jesus Christ told us before he left that we should go to the world, teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
“He even says heaven and earth shall pass away but his words will not pass away.”
“We stand in obedience to Christ and submissive to him and we carry on the works of Christ that said a man and a woman should be joined together in marriage until death do us part,” Kumuyi declared.
Highlighting the significance of the Yuletide, Kumuyi emphasized celebrating the impacts and sacrifices Jesus made for the world.
“There are some things that people do during this time that do not honour Christ Jesus, and do not help their health, things like; smoking, drinking substances, and doing other things that impact their health negatively.”
Expressing concerns about behaviors that do not honor Christ during this season, he discouraged activities such as smoking and excessive drinking, citing their negative impact on health.
Further, Kumuyi shared his focus on impacting youths, announcing a special ‘Youth Impact’ event on December 26 to discuss the transformative work of ‘Emmanuel’ that aims to positively influence their lives.
He outlined a vision to guide young people towards meaningful lives, emphasizing redirection without condemnation.
“I have the vision, passion, and a mission towards the young people. People are looking for something that will make life meaningful for them. We have the road map; we have goals and everything they are looking for. We don’t condemn them, but we want to show them the best alternative.
“We’ll show them steps that lead to the discovery of what they are searching for. They will have the redirection they ought to have in life and a great thing is going to happen to everyone that comes,” Kumuyi said.
The upcoming Global Crusade under the auspices of GCK, scheduled from 21 to 26 December, 2023, promises to prioritize the safety of participants’ lives and properties.
Kumuyi assured that the event would provide a platform for positive change, aligning with the mission to guide individuals towards a more purposeful and fulfilling life.