What happens when a minister or pastor becomes divorced after they have been espousing the message that divorce is not for Christians. Many Christians believe that though the Holy Bible views divorce a sin, others believe that it should happen if things get really bad or a marriage is supposed to last until death do you part. However, when it happened to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, he gave his thoughts on his divorce from Anita Oyakhilome. Pastor Oyakhilome is also a teacher, healing minister, television host, satellite station owner and best-selling author. Pastor Chris has been reaching people globally since he was called into the ministry over 30 years ago.
There were many online rumors that Chris Oyakhilome and his wife of 20 years, Anita were getting a divorce. On August 29th the truth was revealed when Rev. Anita filed for divorce at the Central Family Court in High Holborn, London, UK and yes, it was a shock. Nigerian Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Rev. Anita grew Christ Embassy Church together to the mega evangelical church that it is today. Anita ministered by the Pastor’s side around the world.
Pastor Oyakhilome finally opened up and made a public announcement in the pulpit of his church. Pastor Chris told his congregation and that divorce was not supported in the Bible, but since Rev. Anita filed without his consent, there was nothing that he could do but to sign off on an agreement. The divorce was finalized on February 8, 2016.
Shortly after speaking to his congregation at Christ Embassy or Believers Love World Ministry, he told his membership to pray for Anita, as if he is blaming his ex-wife for the dissolution of the marriage. Media rumors published in Nigeria and in South Africa report that the cause of the divorce cited by his ex-wife was due to adultery and irreconcilable behavior. Pastor Oyakhilome denies all of these allegations and has threatened to sue certain media publications.
Still talking about his ex-wife Anita, Pastor Chris states that just because you are married to a man of God, does not make you immortal, you can make mistakes also. He further stated that Christians should not get a divorce, but that doesn’t mean a Christian can’t. No, it doesn’t make it right, and we shouldn’t take each other to court, but when it happens, your significant other that is filing the petition is the one going to court, not you.
Again, speaking about Rev. Anita, he tells his congregation that people believe that the wife of a minister with the title Reverend is equal to her husband, but Pastor Chris says that her position is really just a post assigned to her by the church. Chris Oyakhilome, PhD, DSc. DD compared the rumors of his divorce and then subsequent divorce proceedings to Jesus Christ who was also accused of things that were never true.
Pastor Oyakhilome stated that like Jesus, he would remain stoic and that this occurrence would not change him – that he will remain a Man of God. Pastor Chris standing before his congregation, like the motivational speaker that he is, told them to focus only on the word of God. He said people just want to use his divorce as a source of gossip and hate, which also includes fellow Christians. He further asked his members not to judge so quickly and not to make anything out of his personal news.