by Stanley Azuakola
No one knows what she did, but whatever the offense of the wife of Bishop David Benenoch, it must have been very serious to warrant his desperate attempt to justify it from the Bible.
Bishop Benenoch, the founding pastor of Communion Church, Lagos, is divorcing his wife of 20 years, Esther Benenoch. His announcement was met with shock and disbelief by many in Christendom.
However, during last Sunday’s church service, the bishop talked about the issue before his congregation. He justified his proposed action by using the Bible.
Benenoch told his congregation that his pastor friends have all been asking him to reconsider divorcing his wife, but he was unmoved because the divorce was an instruction from God. Anyone who can prove that the Bible is against divorce should present the scripture saying that, the Bishop challenged his congregation.
Then, he narrated how a pastor friend of his had tried to dissuade him by presenting Matthew 5: 31-32, which he said is against divorce.
According to Matthew 5: 31-32 reads: ‘It hath been said, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committed adultery’.
But the bishop remarkably didn’t consider this as proof. He asked his congregation to read that scripture with understanding.