Christians all over the world have been called upon to avoid divorce and polygamy. They have also been told never to discriminate on the grounds of caste or social class.
Speaking during a marriage seminar recently as part of activities marking the 3rd anniversary of Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, a guest lecturer, Bishop (Prof) Steve Gbazie cautioned Christians to abstain from acts capable of incurring the wrath of God.
Prof. Gbazie who is the rector of Cornerstone Theological College, Owerri described marriage as the oldest institution ordained by God, adding that marriage is older than sin, rulership and kingdoms. He said marriage is meant to be enjoyed and not a burden.
Highlighting what he described as laws and ordainces of happy married life, Prof. Gbazie enjoined couples to love one another, even as Christ loved the Church and gave his life for it. He emphasized on marital love and conjugal rights among couples, saying none will deny the other these rights.
Expounding with biblical references, Bishop Gbazie said Christians should not enterprise their marriage, especially now that men and women of shaddy deals, and easy virtues are prowling the streets seeking whom to devour.
On why men of old were allowed to marry more than one wife, and also permitted to issue bills of divorce. Bishop Gbazie said it was due to ignorance and hardness of heart. Quoting our Lord Jesus Christ, Prof. Gbazie said from the beginning it was not so (Matt. 19:8). He said God hates divorce, and implored couples to reconcile with and forgive one another.