A clergyman in Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, of the Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, on Friday, incurred the wrath of many Nigerians after a video of him asking a woman to move around the auditorium and pick a man as a husband during service emerged online.
In the about 9.42-minute-long clip, Fufeyin was seen ordering the woman to come towards where he stood at the front before asking after her husband.
When the woman responded that she was yet to marry, the pastor giggled before asking her when she wished to marry.
Immediately the woman answered that she would wish to be married on that very day, Fufeyin asked her to quickly go round the auditorium to pick a husband.
The light-complexioned lady sporting a blue native attire, moved round different sections of the packed auditorium while the pastor followed closely behind.
After insisting that she had not found a man of her choice to take as a husband, the prophet then asked men interested in taking her as wife to file out.
About eight men came out but the woman told the clergyman that she was not interested in any of them, prompting him to say that her eyes had been covered by supernatural forces.
He said, “The reason why you are just moving around without finding a man is that they put a mask to cover your face.
“In the realm of the spirit, you are just moving aimlessly. Anybody that comes your way just chop (sic) and go. No be so?
“They plaster your face not to find a husband until you grow old.”
***The clergyman thereafter asked ladies interested in marrying the eight men, who had come out for the first woman to line up behind them.
While one or two ladies queued up behind some of the men, a particular one among them had 11 women lining up behind him.
Fufeyin thereafter said he gave the men till the end of the month to screen their “wives” and pick the one person they want to marry.
He said, “Pastors, write down the husbands’ names. We cannot allow women to remain like this forever. I want to marry off these people. I give you people from now till month end to screen your wives. Nobody should go and meet them at night; if you go I’ll catch you.
“I will sponsor the marriages in this church on the same day. I give you time to check yourself.”
He then turned to the first lady and told her to go and look for her husband before laying hands on her.
The woman fell to the ground immediately his hands came upon her.
Reacting to the entire episode, readers on PUNCH’s online platform, http://www.punchng.com, rained hard knocks on the prophet.
A commenter, Omo9ja, said, “What these fake pastors will cause in this country, they will not be able to solve it. Stealing and lying in the name of God. They are just mocking Christianity. There is God o.”
Another commenter identified only as Nigeriamovingforward, said, “Religious enslavement has taken over Nigeria. Business/church centres.”
Admonisher, another reader, wrote, “This is so against the Biblical teachings on marriage. The church has become a business, reality shows and den of corrupt and discredited politicians.”
Emmanco, a separate reader, wrote, “I can’t believe what I just watched. How can these guys continue to take advantage of the weak and poor souls and get away with it? I am not judging but this is an abuse of power and immoral, to say the least. I think it’s high time the government set up an agency to monitor this type of abuse and fraudulent religious leaders.”
Dycc Dunukofia emmanco, wrote, “This is a show of shame… what these prophets of doom are doing now is terrible. Some pastors will tell their members to eat grasses like goat to get money… One church camera even captured holy ghost flying in the church….I wrote it in small letter oooo……ALL NA WORK.”
A commenter, Acheme David Ijegwa, said, “How lost Christians have become, unable to discern where the Spirit of God resides. Sheep that don’t know the voice of the master easily follows wolves.”
Daniel Dalton Comrade Easy wrote, “That lady is in love with the pastor – that’s why she couldn’t choose….Not to worry, he will soon divorce his wife and be her husband, it’s permitted in new generation churches.” (Punchng.com)