A Walk Through The Marriage Between Pastor David and Faith Oyedepo.
Categories: Colour of Love, Lifestyle,
In a time where marriages do not last, and people have one wrong thing or another to say about marriages, wouldn't it be nice to narrate some beautiful marriage experiences?
Well for me it is a yes! So, I would be going through the marriage between Bishop David and His wife Pastor Faith, of the Living Faith Church.
We would be discussing who they are, how they got to know each other, how long their marriage has been for, we would also be getting to know their children.
Furthermore, we would look at their views on marriage, individually, and discuss a few challenges they have both conquered in their marriage journey.
David and Faith Oyedepo Got Married in 1982
Bishop David and Pastor Faith Oyedepo are the leaders of the Living Faith Church worldwide, they are also the co-director of the Kingdom Heritage Model School, Faith Academy, Landmark, and Covenant Universities.
The Charismatic couple got married in 1982, after their meeting in a bus station in 1976, when she was on her way back from Ife University where she studied. He was in the Kwara State Polytechnic at the time.
In the year they met, The Bishop explained to his then wife-to-be the ministerial mandate he received from God. She agreed to be a part of his vision.
During courtship, he had to resign from his job with the federal ministry of housing Ilorin, to begin ministry and she stood by him, as challenging as it was.
All he could offer her were God's promises to him, he was so poor that after their wedding they both spent the night in a rickety Volkswagen beetle.
Meet The Children Of Bishop David and Faith Oyedepo
Their marriage which has lasted for almost 40 years is blessed with four biological children; David Jnr, Issac, Love, and Joyce.
David Junior was ordained by Pastor Kenneth Copeland and was put in charge of the church's London branch; he is married to Kemi.
Pastor Isaac Oyedepo and His wife Ayomitide are pastors of the winners chapel in Maryland, United States of America.
Both of His daughters are married, the first is married to Pastor Stephen Ogah, who is also a pastor with Winners Church. And Joyce is married to Mr Abimbola Abodunrin.
Their Views On Marriage
From time to time, they say a thing or two about marriage. I would give a quick summary of Pastor Faith Oyedep's words on The secret of honour in marriage.
The secret of honour in marriage
She explains that God is the author of marriage and that is why it is an honourable institution.
She also sees marriage as a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. Where terms for the covenant is the word of God, and so, for harmony and fulfilment of marriage the couple will need to obey all of God's terms.
She adds that you cannot obey God if you are not surrendered to His Lordship over your life.
In other words, honouring God in our marriage is key to receiving God's reward for marriage.
This is most likely her secret to having a long and successful marriage.
Let us also consider Bishop David Oyedepo's thoughts regarding marriage.
Submission and Availability
Very recently the Bishop spoke about sex-starved marriage heading for destruction. Let us take a quick look at what he taught.
He advised couples to be readily available to each other, as when one of them is starving the other of sex it exposes the spouse to adultery.
In his exact words: “A sex-starved marriage is heading for destruction; spouses should be available for each other, otherwise, there will be a tendency to go where they would be accepted because the burning must be satisfied.”
He has also made headlines for stating categorically that the Bible instructs women to submit to their husbands. As non-feminist as that may sound, it's the Bible's instruction.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.
Few keys that have kept this marriage going for 39 years:
Seeking to honor God in Marriage.
- Being readily available for your spouse to satisfy their sexual needs, and any other need they will want you to meet.
During their anniversary both couples appreciated each other and made it clear that they probably wouldn't have gotten this far without each other's passionate support.
Their Union Has Not Been Devoid Of Challenges
No journey is swift, and without a few challenges to test our strength and most importantly our faith in God. Pastor David and Faith Oyedepo have not enjoyed a smooth journey.
I believe one challenge that is very notable with this couple was when Pastor Faith fell ill with a strange illness that kept her in a wheelchair.
She was flown out of Nigeria to receive treatment and in 2010 she returned to testify of God's Goodness for saving her life.
I guess the devil didn't accept his eternal defeat as he struck again, Pastor Faith fell ill and the wrong medications were administered to her in 2014, at a hospital in South Africa.
It was so bad that she almost lost her leg as a result, except for the intervention of God. To date, she walks with a slight limp.
But in all, God delivered her. She urges believers to be unshaken in their relationship with God.
Finally, I believe marriages can still be all God intends them to be, and all we need to do is to ask God to help us stand firm through any challenge we face.
As no matter how physically unreasonable that it might be, do not forget that God delivers from all oppression indeed.
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