Alumni/Professional Convention 2021 (Update)

The leadership of Professional and Alumni Forum wish to notify all that the 10th International Alumni/Professional Convention has been rescheduled to hold :

Date; 25th to 28th November 2021.
VENUE:. Watchman Diocesan Headquarters Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

For Registration, Participation and Special Hotel arrangements Please Visit
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 Corpers’ Convention shifted

Due to the rising case of insecurity and subsequent declaration of one week Sit-at-Home by members of IPOB in the South East, the leadership of Watchman Corpers’ Fellowship have come to an agreement that the  Corpers’ Convention be shifted to Thurs, 18th – Sun, 21st Nov, 2021 venue remains the same.

The security and welfare of our corp members are paramount to us and should not be toyed with.

We are sorry for the inconveniences this may have caused you.

 

God bless you as you remain rapture-ready

Corpers’ Convention 2021!!!

The NYSC Fellowship Of Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement holds her Annual Conference. 2021

Theme: Necessity

Date: 5th – 7th November, 2021.

Venue: Watchman District Headquarters
No. 1 Court Estate Rd, off Acconabat Filling Station by Redeemed Church,
Elimgbu,Rivers State, Nigeria.. (for south east & south south) all other regions will hook up online from their clusters)

Eligibility: All Corps Members, Prospective Corps Members, Ex-Corps Members & All lovers of Campus Ministry.

Registration: #1,500 per participant.

For more information on registration and participation, visit:
wcccfonline.com/nysc

Alumni/Professional Convention 2021 

 

The Alumni/Professional Forum of Watchman Campus Fellowship are excited to invite you to their

10th International Alumni/Professional Convention

titled “GO YE”.

Date; 11th to 15th November 2021.

VENUE:. Watchman Diocesan Headquarters Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

It shall also be live on zoom,
Facebook, Vowtv, YouTube and Campus radio.

For Registration, Participation and Special Hotel arrangements Please Visit
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For more information please call: 08068351993
08037426449

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Alumni/Professional Convention 2021

 

The Alumni/Professional Forum of Watchman Campus Fellowship are excited to invite you to their

10th International Alumni/Professional Convention

titled “GO YE”.

Date; 11th to 15th November 2021.

VENUE:. Watchman Diocesan Headquarters Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

It shall also be live on zoom,
Facebook, Vowtv, YouTube and Campus radio.

For Registration, Participation and Special Hotel arrangements Please Visit
http://wcccfonline.com/alumni

For more information please call: 08068351993
08037426449

#watchmanalumni
#watchmanalumniconference
#watchmancampus

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HINSTAFF 2021

The Higher Institutions Staff Forum of Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement announces her first Annual International Conference 2021

Theme:
The strategic role of Academic Profession in Church Growth: The Unexplored Potentials And the Way Forward

Date: 1st 3rd October 2021

Key note Presenter
Professor Emmanuel Chukwunyere Nzegbula, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Management (Immediate Past Dean, College of Natural and Environmental Resources Management) Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Plenary Presenters
1. Professor Taiwo Taye Amos (Dean School of Agricultural Technology) Federal University Akure
2. Dr. Felix Ilechhukwu (Bursar) Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Uli, Anambra State
3. Dr. Christopher Ebo (Director of Mission, WCCRM. Lagos, Nigeria
4. Professor Adengbenro Henry Akinmutimi, (Professor of Animal Nutation and Biochemistry) Immediate Past Dean, College of Animal Science and Animal Production Michael Okpala University of Agriculture, Umudike
5. Dr. Paul E Anyanwu (Department of statistics and Chairman, Research Review Committee, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niber State.

Venue: Fisheries and Wildlife Technology (FWT) Ultra-Modern Auditorium Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

For registration and more information on Hotel booking and Guideline for Paper presentation
Visit: hinstaff.wcccfonline.com

Signed
Dr. Johnbosco Emeka Umunnakwe (Department of Environmental Management Federal University of Technology Owerri)
L.O.C CHAIRMAN
Assc. Prof. Godwin Iwuchukwu (Former HOD Linguistics and Communication Studies University of Calabar)
INTERIM CHAIRMAN

Echoes from Hilltop Encounters

We thank God for the successful execution of Hilltop Encounters 2021

We heartily wish to congratulate the General Body of the Campus Fellowship and our Diocesan Campus Coordinators on the successful execution of Hilltop Encounters 2021. It was a wonderful moment in the presence of the Lord.

We encourage you to stay connected to wcccfonline.com because more activities will be unfolding, ensure you are registered, ensure you are able to login, feel free to share your testimonies by clicking on “testify” in the menu bar

The slides and other useful contents of Hilltop Encounters 2021 will also be posted shortly. meanwhile, here is the link to download all hilltop messages  www.wcccfonline.com/messages

TSUNAMI OF FASHION

What is fashion, which we are considering here as a tsunami of its kind? Two different dictionaries, Oxford advanced Learners Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language respectively defined fashion as follows:

  • A popular style of clothes, hair, etc. at a particular time or place;
  • The current style or custom, as in dress.

 

In our treatment of this topic we are going to list and consider relevant scriptures on dressing and hair, and compare what is recommended with what is obtainable today, so as to determine what is wrong or right.

 

  1. Genesis 3:2-10

 

This scripture tells us of the first provision of dress for mankind. Here God provided a covering for their nakedness, they having now lost the glory of God and known shame. This situation has continued to play out itself from then till now. Wherever things are normal, when a child is born, that child is oblivious of its environment and so does not bother about dress. But as the child continues to develop or grow, there comes the time he/she will become aware of his/her nakedness and will begin to cover same.

 

This provision of animal skins by God, strictly to cover the nakedness of the first man and his wife, to kill their shame, condemns all those wears of our day that expose the alluring parts of the body, be the mini or micro-mini skirts, see-thoughts and the like.

 

Some critical and logical mind may argue thus, it is like the animal-skin clothing God provided only covered their private parts and no more; what then is wrong if women in particular just cover their private parts with their mini and micro-mini skirts? Hear what one of those, whom we in the Pentecostal circles call the “un-born again”, has to say: “Men and women are not “wired” alike. This is why some signal would be sent and some sensation created in a man if he stares on the alluring parts of a woman, thereby creating sexual lust and making him sin against God (Matt. 5:27-28). Take it or leave it, this so-called “unborn again” is more heavenly bound than the Pentecostal argumentator “wise man”. Has anybody considered the numberless multitudes of men that go into sexual lust as they behold those who dress to kill on the streets, at the airports, on the tennis courts and tracks and indeed everywhere including the Churches? Such people who continue to make others to sin are as guilty as those who sinned through them (cons Matt. 5:27-28; Rom 14:13; Rev. 2:14).

 

Deuteronomy 22:5

This is the law given to the Church in the wilderness. It was a law against dressing like the opposite sex. It shows that men and women should not wear the garments of each other, or anything that would violate the distinction of their sexes.

 

Hear and consider this point of view: This law was made not only to preserve decency and the clear distinction between males and females but also because pagans were in the habit of erasing such distinction in idolatrous worship. Men wore the coloured dress of women when they presented themselves before the Star of Venus, and women wore men’s armour when presenting themselves before the Star of Mars. Idols were frequently represented with the features of one sex and the dress of the other, and their worshippers endeavoured to be like them. Even today, when idol worship is not involved, it is an outrage on decency and nature of men and women to seek to erase the distinction of their own sexes. Imitating each other fosters softness and effeminacy in the man, and impudence and boldness in the woman. It breeds levity and hypocrisy in both and opens the door to many evils which are an abomination to God and a disgrace to man.

 

But today’s dress fashion has thrown this rule in Deuteronomy 22:5 overboard and into the sea, even in the Church. Whatever the men are wearing, the women are wearing too. In some aspects and places, whatever the women are wearing, the men are also wearing.

 

These are some of the arguments of people in the Church today:- How do we know that slacks (also called trousers or pants) belong to men only? What about winter? What about the workplaces, such as the military, the police, cold rooms and the like? How can we prove that shorts are for men only? How do we know that piercing of the ears and hanging the jewels belong to women only? Who said that artificial curling of the air is not decent for men? Is God bothered about fashion and how we appear in Church? Are we living in the past or in the present? Are we not trying to put the people in bondage?

 

Now, let us try to provide answers to some of the above questions, as follows:-

Concerning the question on women wearing slacks, let us consider this extract from a researcher’s library from America.

“The Western world has a code of dressing for the women. Until the 19th-century women usually dressed up in floor-length dressed in gowns or skirts. Before this time, however, in the 1960s women wore slacks/trousers only when they were to play men’s roles in the theatre.

 

“In 1880, women felt they needed to be heard and liberated from men-dominated world. They must fight against inequality with men and change societal views about them. So sometime in the 19th century in America, a woman called Amelia Jenks Bloomer launched her “Regional Campaign” in her Feminist Paper, “The Lily”. She posed for a photograph wearing Cossack style trousers, advocating for a change in women’s code of dressing. Her dressing campaign hit the rocks and was greeted with amusement and ridicule whenever anyone wore such in the public.

 

“In 1910, Paul Poivet, a fashion designer, designed tailored trousers for women which he labelled ‘fashion for tomorrow’. His designs lacked popularity amongst women. They were loose and voluminous and could not give the mature and sensational look desired by women.

 

“In 1915- 1918, women were drafted into the military to lend their hand in some military activities. Some of them worked as bus drivers and in some other technical areas. Men’s clothes such as tunics worms as loose trousers or boiler suits with trousers were offered to them as proactive clothes for the kind of job they did, with an option of putting on the normal regular women’s attire. Though these women in the military preferred wearing these men’s dresses at work, it did not give them the boldness and freedom of wearing them in civilian life. Thus the military, because of its job nature becomes the only place where it was common to see women in men’s apparel. Those who had the boldness outside the military life to war trousers limited so-doing to the private (i.e. at home).

 

In 1920 a cult, known as the Cult of Open Air was formed. In this cult, highly influential and wealthy people in the society encouraged what is termed Healthy Sun Bathing in the sun, usually on the beach. Women of all classes were given the freedom to dress casually and to appear sexy; in other words, sleek and lithe. Tight trousers that greatly emphasized the body contours of women are worn to satisfy the burning passions of men lusting after women in trousers. Men found satisfaction in the obnoxious exposure of the women’s body and therefore took it as a worthwhile hobby going to the beach to feast their eyes on women in various forms of trousers and to solicit for illicit companionship. By the late 20s, men gradually felt comfortable seeing women in trousers either at fashionable resorts or in the pages of a society magazine.

 

“The period of 1927 ushered in another class of women in trousers; this time, the sportswomen. Star women in tennis began to wear men’s trousers in courts, but this never caught men’s attention until they began to put on trousers openly; contradicting the social conventions, adopting an entirely male look. They appeared in well-tailored suits with trousers, hairs cut shorter than that of men, assuming a more robust manly manner and even smoked cigars. Wonders they say never seized to happen; an unprecedented outrageous abomination had been launched, which would gradually engulf American in the near future. As a deterrent to women putting on men’s clothes, men began to ridicule women in trousers in papers like punch and other satirical magazines.

 

“The 1947-year marked the birth of the Youth Culture. The teenage girls wanted to have as much fun as the boys do. The idea of clothing for the fun became the Denim Jeans trousers, invented primarily as tough and durable work clothes from men. The invention was the brainchild of an émigré, Levi Strauss from Bararia who came to America in 1850 in search of gold. The jean trousers instead of being used for the purpose for which they were meant, work clothes, the girls converted them into their regular wears. Designers took advantage of the girl’s craze forth the jeans and came up with various jeans designed trousers in diverse multicultural styles with an emphasis on the hips and buttocks, tapering the trousers towards the legs for a more elegant and sensational outlook. Unisex jean trousers came into being, fashioned to the demand of women to compete with men in their dressing attire.

 

“The advent of colleges and universities gave birth to New Women Era fashion. Enlightened women, through college/university education, agitated for a change in their code of dressing. They succeeded in forcing their agitation down the throat of the society and changed their dressing from Victorian Fashion to what they called Modern Suit. This, as they claimed and desired, gave them an efficient outlook that commanded respect from their male employers and enabled them to finally begin participating in a men-dominated world. The society is completely beaten, men who could no longer enforce the proper dressing code for the women, threw in the towel and joined the crowd; accepting women in trousers as the norm of the society. If you cannot beat them, they say’ join them’. The women had achieved their status symbol, being in men’s trousers which meant to them, aspiring to a world where they would perpetually strive to keep ahead of the crowd; therefore, they had to carry the crowd with them”. (Culled from a researcher’s library in America).

From the above article, the following points can be lifted:-

 

  • Long ago, women in the Western world from where the modernism of today came dressed decently and differently from men.
  • Women’s departure from their code of dressing to put on that which belongs to men was the brain-child of women, who had sinful motives, who did not have anything to do with Christian values. This departure, which also has been long in existence, has now griped all the societies of the present world confirming the saying, “if an abomination lasts long unchecked, it becomes a norm”. In the light of the above points, men and women in the Church must be counselled to return to what is decent, honourable and rights in God’s sight. Copying evil is sin (I Sam 8:4-6).
  • All our women should be informed that those jean/trousers and the like emphasize all the contours of their bodies, waist down to feet, and can be seductive (Cons Ex. 28:42; Prov. 7:10; Cp. Gen 38:13-22). Using the winter to justify such wears is like a basket that cannot hold water. Were there no winters before the ungodly entrance of these things?
  • All those clergy men, who originally are tough-haired, but who now artificially curl them like women, or who do other things of this sort are both effeminate and lovers of the world (cons I Cor. 6:9; Jas. 4:4; Jn 2:2; 2:15-17). No wonder the press calls them “punk clergy men”.
  • The issue of women in the Church wearing work dresses, the kind that men wear, is understandable.
  • Anybody using the argument that we are not living in the past, but in the present, is just a lover of the world. And lovers of the world hate the Lord (Cons J. 14:15, 21-24; Jn 2:15; 5:2-3).
  • Some argue that God is not bothered about what is outside, but what is inside, misapplying such scriptures as I Sam 16:6-7. The reason for such arguments is still the love of the world (Cons Ii Cor &:1; Rom 12:1; Phil. 3:18, 19, I Thess. 5:23; cp Rom. 8:1, 4-8).

 

It is possible that some ministers could get angry with all the above and remark thus: “But God answers the people’s prayers even in the state you are speaking against”. The answer to such a remark is this: in a world that is filled with numberless multitudes, filled with ungodliness and disregard for the Creator and His salvation offer, would the Father, who would have all men to be save (I Tim. 2:4; Rom. 2:1-11; 2 Pt. 3:9), throw these comparatively few away because they are involved in these things? Not at all! He must wait for a time like this, a time of preparation for that wondrous incident (the rapture). He must at this time remove all the dross that they have acquired and been polluted with.

 

Note well: going to heaven through the rapture experience is not the same as going to heaven through death. Those who have gone to heaven through death mostly did so through the pain of sickness etc. they had opportunity to search their lives while they were getting ready to die. Only a relatively few die without such time of reflection and preparation. The rapture is a glorious experience and there shall be no time for reflection and preparation. The preparation is what you are hearing now. He must remove all the dross, make them glories and take them away in a moment and that shortly (I Cor 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:5-17).

 

I Timothy 2:9-10; I Peter 3:3-6

 

The above scripture is a further yardstick for measuring true Christian women in the matter of fashion. There can be, and there are lots of arguments and practices, yet what is enjoined is clear.

It is like there are two groups in the wider Church in the matter of the application of these scriptures. The one group is the extremists on the right, who condemn anybody whose ears, neck or wrists have anything on them. The other is the extremists on the left, who wear every manner of make-up; every manner of jewellery; the heavily dressed in hair, ears, neck, wrists and body. Whichever way, the devil is using the situation of each group as a tsunami.

For the group on the extreme right, they could be so poorly dressed that their appearance can constitute a stumbling block and an offence to multitudes of the salvable who are yet outside (con. Rom. 14:13-22; I Cor. 10:31-32; 14:26, 40; 2 Cor. 6:3, 4; Cp Ex. 28:1-2; I Cor. 8:8-13). This kind of tsunami is working in the opposite direction of the ones we have hitherto been discussing, pushing out those who want to come in.

 

For the other group on the extreme left, their outlook can attract multitudes of all manner of people who just love the world and fashion. Having won them, they now Church them i.e. make them learn to sing to God, pray, confess Jesus on the lip, “speak in tongues”, etc., yet they remain as natural, semi-natural and in some cases, possessed as they had been. This situation is the conventional tsunami pushing in every manner of rubbish into Christendom.

 

The above situations notwithstanding, our scripture references are clear (as before stated). The first one (I Tim. 3:9-10) enjoins the women to adorn themselves with modest apparel (not very large or expensive); and not with all manners of hair do, attachments, gold, pearls or costly array (extravagance in ornaments and costly garments). The second scripture reference (I Pt. 3:12, 3-4) enjoins that the adoring (i.e. the lending to beauty; the enhancing; the decorating) should not be the outward adorning (of hairstyle; wearing of gold; wearing of apparel), but let it be the adoring (the lending to beauty; the enhancing; the decorating) of the hidden man; (the inward man or the spirit man of Rom. 7:22; 2 Cor 4:16; Eph. 3:16).

 

The two scripture references are complementary one to the other. The two are saying to the Christian lady, let your concentration, your focus, your concern,  your pre-occupation,  that which you really value,  be the decoration,  the beautifying,  the enhancing of your spirit man with sobriety, shamefacedness, good works, quietness and meekness. On the other hand, let the outward decoration be moderate and secondary. How the Lord wishes that the women apply and practice these scriptures as above explained!

MARRIGE FUNDAMENTALS

Marriage defined

The perfect biblical definition of marriage is “the act of a woman separating from her parents with consent of the later, and being joined to one man (also separated from his parents), the two now living and sharing their lives together as necessary and accomplishing parts of each other”. This is what happened in such faultless bible-time marriages as those of Adam and Eve (Gen 2:18, 21-24), Isaac and Rebecca (Gen. 23:1-4, 9-26, 28-51, 53-67), and all other such marriages However, the bible also has record of marriages that contradict this definition of “one man, one wife”, such as Jacob’s (Gen 29:15-30), King David’s (I Sam 25:39-43), King Solomon’s (I Kgs. 11:1-3), etc. This is polygamy, the error of which can be seen in the following scriptures (Math.19.4-6; 1Cor.7.27, 39; Eph.5.232, 31-33).

The Purpose of Marriage

In instituting the union of marriage, the Lord had definite objectives in mind. They include the following:

  • The need for companionship, helping hand, accomplishment and the benefits derived from them (Gen. 2:18). From the beginning,

the principle of “Two are better than one” was at work (Eccl 4:9-10).

  • The need for reproducing, increasing and multiplying (Gen. 1:27-28 e.g. of 21-22).
  • Apart from the above original purpose of marriage, the need of the present to avoid fornication and adultery makes marriage mandatory for those who are susceptible to “burning” (I Cor. 7:1-2,9).

 

Finding God’s Perfect Will in Marriage

The Need: The necessity for the believer to find God’s perfect will in marriage is rooted in the fact that there is “the bone of his/her bones and flesh of his/her flesh” (Gen 2:23). It is also rooted in the fact that in many things, the very mind of God differs from the believer’s (Isa 55:8-9; Rom. 11:33-34). This is the reason we have been commanded not to make a choice with our eyes but lean on the lord (Prov. 3:5-7; Ps 37:23).

Also, the future of every man is only known to God. He only knows what shall befall any man at any time. Choosing by sight may lead one to a short-lived marriage or the like.

Again, God is the only one who perfectly understands the temperaments of every man, and He is in the best position to know one’s match. We must release our minds to accept God’s choice for us than to venture into uncertainty. One cannot afford to gamble with a lifetime program like marriage.

Above all, when God chooses a wife or husband for one, the one has a reference point before the Lord and a locus standi before God in times of need.

Knowing God’s will: The means of finding the perfect will of God in marriage is through asking (by prayers) for guidance and waiting for the same (Matt 7:7; Phil. 4:6; Ps 37:4). Such prayers must be from a heart that is free, a heart willing to receive whatever the Lord wants to give, knowing full well that the perfect will of God is the best for one. The prayers could be the type that Abraham’s servant made by asking for signs (Gen. 24:10-14; Judge 6:36-40). It could be prayers just asking the Lord for the guidance of whatever form, as He may choose.

 

NB: It is possible for one to have made a selection in the heart and yet pray for God’s guidance. This is hypocrisy, which thing often results in dreams from the devils, confirming what is already in the heart (Ezk. 14:1-4). All that glitter, they say, is not gold. The things that are highly esteemed by men may be an abomination in the sight of God (Lk 16:15). The standards set by men for themselves may be their undoing. The mind must be left unbiased for God to direct or lead it. Whereas it is possible for a person to desire a thing, such desires must not be presented as a yardstick for choice before God. Such will mean recommending to God What He should give or leading the Lord to choose, whereas He (God) should lead us to choose or rather choose for us.

 

We don’t choose a husband/wife and present to God to approve, rather He chooses for us and plants His love/virtue to prove His choice (Gen. 2:21-23). God brought the woman to the man Adam and Adam quickly recognized the woman as his missing rib and was glad.

Let us be careful to allow God to lead us, this is the best way. Remember that to find a wife is to obtain favour from God (Prov. 18:22).

God’s choice: God’s choice of husband or wife for a child of God cannot be from among the unregenerate (those who have not the salvation experience of Christ) (II Cor. 6:14-18). The Israelites were prohibited from marrying or being married by the gentle nations that worshipped idols (Ex. 23:32-33; Deut. 7:2-4; Josh. 23:7-8; Ezra 9:10-12). Abraham knew this so he made his servant swear that he was not going to get wife from the Canaanites for Isaac but form his kindred, not because of ethnic sentiments, but because there was knowledge of God with them (Gen. 34:1-5, 29-50). God cannot and does not contradict Himself, and He is not an author of confusion (I Cor. 14:3). It will amount to self-contradiction if God should choose an unbelieving husband/wife for a believer, after instructing them not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers (II Cor. 6:14-17). Holy things must not be given to dogs (Matt. 7:6). God’s choice of husband or wife for a believer will always be a believer. However, this is not indiscriminate i.e. any believing brother to any believing sister. Among the believers, there is always one perfect will of God among the lot for every individual. God’s choice to be specific is that perfect will (Rom 12:1-2).

 

Revealing God’s Perfect will: There are very many options in the hand of the Lord in making His perfect will known to His children who are praying aright. The Lord uses the following methods among many others;

 

Dreams or other forms of revelation (Matt 1:19-20; Acts 16:9-10)

Signs to convince and prove His choice (Gen. 24:11-21; Judge 6:36-40).

Some definite impression in the heart, usually very strong to be ignored.

Special love springing out for the person He is giving to the other. It is advised that in order to avoid confusion and misconception, counsel of genuine, experienced and spirit-filled ministers of God should be sort for purpose of guidance and clarifications. God has His own way of making His leadings and revelations distinct from counterfeits of the devil for those who are careful, diligent and conscientious in their walk with Him.

 

Information to the Pastor or Marriage Elders (Committee)

When a believer (a brother) has sought the will of God and become convinced that he has known same, the first port of call is the Pastor, or marriage elders (committee) set up by the pastor to act for and report to him. This is so because the Pastors and elders of the church are the whom the Lord has raised to feed, direct, rule and oversee the flock in all things until heaven is achieved (Acts 20:17-18,28; I Peter 5:1-2; John 21:15-17). Following this information, the Pastor or marriage elders will proceed to scrutinize and investigate to ensure genuineness of the brother’s testimony of God’s leading. The committee will then send the brother and sister for medical examination to determine medical/physical fitness or otherwise to enter into a marriage program with each other. The freeness, soundness and maturity of the sister in question is also ascertained. On their being convinced of the sister, coupled with their medical compatibility, the brother is permitted to share his testimony with the sister, which thing must be done in such a place and manner that make for holiness.

 

It is not uncommon that some unsaved fellows can cook up marriage testimonies or the devil could deceive some people by marriage vision or otherwise. This makes the testimony scrutiny necessary.

 

Some marriages were discovered to be thrown into untold sorrows, regrets and anguish due to medical incompatibilities of the couples, arising from genetic and other health-related factors. The marriage committee owes the intending couples the duty of discovering these factors and counselling the brother and sister appropriately to avoid the grave consequences/hazards of such factors in marriage.

 

In the case of a sister bringing the testimony of God’s leading, such should pray and wait for the brother to know it and make the approach since it is usually the men who approach women. However, in some cases or peculiar circumstances, a sister can be allowed to share her testimony with a brother (as may be instructed, advised or arranged by the marriage elders).

 

After the said brother’s testimony has been related to the sister, sufficient time must be allowed for the sister to pray for confirmation or otherwise. No tactics or any form of influence or inducement must be used on her while her prayer last.

 

All the above rules are rooted in the fact that it is the will of God that must be done (Matt. 26:39,42; Act 21:14), the Lord is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33), the church is not a place of confusion, but a place of where all things are done decently and in other and to the glory of God (I Cor. 14:40; 10:31).

In the event of the sister confirming that the brother’s testimony is true and informing the brother of same, the two can now be allowed to go into courtship.

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