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Chris Okotie divorces wife

The couple had been married for four years
Chris and Stephanie Okotie

House Hold of God General Overseer, Pastor Chris Okotie, has announced that he and his wife will be splitting up after four years of marriage

Pastor Okotie, broke the news to his congregation few hours to the end of the service and this left members speechless and puzzled for seconds.

According to an eye witness who was at the church service, Okotie drew the attention of the church after the June brethrens birthday celebration (a monthly programme to celebrate those born in different months of the year) of the church service and made the pronouncement.

“Stephanie and I are no longer married. We have separated. You can see she’s not in church today. It’s due to irreconcilable differences and you should please respect our wishes at this time because there is no going back,” he was quoted to have said.

It would be recalled that the House Hold of God pastor got married to his second wife, Stephanie Henshaw, who is also a member of his ministry, in 2008 after he had separated from his first wife due to unresolved issues that were undisclosed.

A lot of controversy trailed his marriage to Stephanie, a widow and mother of three. Pastor Okotie had earlier divorced his first wife Tina, who is now living in the United States of America.

The marriage between the estranged couple started during a thanksgiving service held in his church on August 10, 2008. Okotie created a stir when he told his congregation that the Holy Spirit revealed to him that his bride had never been married before. The woman, who was married, was dead and this one is born again, a new creation and quoting the bible, he said, “old things had passed away”- so also was the fact that she was once married. Okotie had also dispelled the belief that the bible is against re-marriage after divorce in a situation where the spouse is still alive. 

“There is a difference between a man abandoned by his wife and the one that divorces. The only thing that breaks a relationship is a divorce and even when there’s a divorce, the bible says you can re-marry,” he said at the time.

Okotie had ignored opposition from his church members and other relatives concerning his decision to wed Stephanie, claiming he had heard God clearly at the time. 

Efforts to reach the G.O of the House Hold of God as of the time of this report proved abortive.


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okotie nw d bst 4 him slf bt he jst ve 2 bcareful bcos does pretty girl in is church need more 4rm him. Did u no wat it mean 2 b de numba 5th richest postor dat wot ova $10m in nigeria? A country wit ova 140m ppl & ova 5m pastor, so u ppl should luk 2 dat matta bcos de man of God should b very bcareful of does girl & ladies in is church da need more 2 grab!

tester ,testing . or rather text i do not know how to describe this man who is crazy about who to sleep with .

I don't think Chris is a man of God,God don't lie.He said,"God told him he will b d president but he did not win the election.

A man of GOD for that matter. Changing wives as if they are CARS.

There are lots of insane people in our society & de pastor or rev is one of them, GOD's stand on marriage matters is clearly vivid, let de pastor enlighten us with de meaning of ''Vow" or "marriage VOW'', to my bible knowledge, VOW is a divine rite, its a spiritul establishment bond, when one initiate a "VOW", he/she is establishing a spiritul bond dat can never be broken by man/woman or by GOD himself, when two persons accept to be together as husband & wife, a VOW rite is initiated & established, 4rm then onward, no court or man or so called man of GOD has de power to put apart, GOD cursed dat man or woman who set de divorce wheel in motion, divorce is not a Christian doctrine or practice, modern days clergy are not helping matter, they have destroy more marriages than they have help 4rm collapsing

that man seen to be a devil,my country people make una run from him devil is using him to have more member whom will fellow him to be on hell

God will help us all. Divorce is not good and does not speak well of any one but when one's life is on the line because of marriage should the person stay in the marriage and dies of should the person leave and live.

The Bible says we shld beware of false prophets. The Bible also says by their fruits u shall know them! Anyone who reads the Bible closely and studies how Jesus Christ lived and what he taught, what he emphasised and stressed and what he focused on will see a clear difference between all that and what Pastor Chris Oko... And Pastor Chris Oya... are living and teaching and emphasising and stressing and focusing on today!! If u doubt what I am saying please just pick up ur Bible and slowly (and prayerfully) read Matt 5,6 and 7.

Nobody can mock God and go free. do we know what has been d prayer of Okotie's first wife?....why his first divorce? d 1st wife might hav bn accused of this or that...but she endured 2 see her vindication today. Okotie, as a mere man, not as a man of God, may hav problem wt keeping to 1 wife. If God has not kill ur flesh, u can't surpress it no matter who u r. IT WILL SURELY MANIFEST ONE DAY!!

This is another opportunity for non-Christians to mock Christianity.Anyway, when do we expect his next wedding? For i am sure his god will direct him to another woman sooner or later! And yet another one after the next divorce.

PASTOR CHRIS,
JUST DAY FIRE THE WHOLE LADY 4 UR CHURCH I SUPPORT YOU NO MIND THEM. DAY 1 BE LIKE YOU REMEMBER SAY AID DAY TOWN MY BROTHER NO MARRY THEM AGAIN JUST DAY ARRANGED THEM 4 SPECIAL PROGRAM BESIDES SOME STILL DAY WAY GO GREE. TAKE CALL ME OK

I just pity the stupid lady D̶̲̥̅̊ąτ̲̅ ฟᵢι̥ι̥ be the next victim. Irreconcilable issues the first and second time. I say he is the problem and the early he stops useing and dumping eligible Spinsters D̶̲̥̅̊ąτ̲̅ would have made good wife for others the better.

I do not agree with Lucy Edolo referring to Pastor Chris Okotie as a devil. We all are accountable to God, If he is fake,he is not answerable to you but to God. If adults worship in his ministry, I am sure they are being blessed by his ministry, if not , they will not be there. Those who go there believe in him and it is not in your place to judge... The bible says you should judge not so that you shall not be judged because with the same measure which you have judged you will be judged.

he is just deceiving those who r ready 2 listen 2 his trash.to his herecy usin d bible 2 deceive others.God wil handle him

my brother, your own hit and run get nafdac number. Who is going to be the next victim? I still dey laugh.

Obviously i don't blame Chris i blame the congregation that seat under his ministration. Blind leading the Blind. What do you expect or how can you explain this.

Mr.kunle Afolabi,good communication but i must let you know that God does not put PASTOR in his name,he named himself to be a pastor and mind you do you know what it takes to be a pastor? TOLERANCE AND PERSEVERANCE.He call himself man of God and cannot withstand the shorcoming from his wives!I wonder how he can conquer the devil.So also,let people say their mind either having secret or not,they dont call them self pastor.Anybody call Pastor,should work in the way of Jusus Christ because people look up to them.

MANY THINGS PLENTY ... PSALM 19:12-13 ; JOB 2:3 ; GENESIS 3 :12 -13 ; DEUTERONOMY 13 : 6-8 BUT JOB 2:3 IT HAPPEND THAT HE WAS INSITED SO ANY ONE CAN BE INFLUENCE ,TEMTED OR MAKE TO DO WHAT YOU NEVER EXPECTED HIM OR HER TO DO. 1 CHRONICLE 21:1 IT HAPPEN TO DAVID TOO. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANY ONE SO LET US PRAY ACCORDING TO PSALM 19: 12-13. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL THANKS.

''He without sin first cast d stone'' na me talk am?... Uncle n Sister Hypoc!.... REPENT n do ur part, Jesus still love US

No matter what pst chris did i will never join you in criticizin him bcos he has bn annointed by GOD, pls be careful the you talk about him b4 the anger of God will b cadle against u. Shalom.

come to islam and u will find peace. Devoid of all these maneoverings and blasphemy against God Almighty.

brothers and sisters, i think this is enough for u to see christianity as the handiwork of man and not a religion from God Almighty! Most of u are still christians simply bcos u were born by xtain parents not bcos u r convinced that xtainity is truth. The xtains in nigeria do not even read, they dont read bible talk more of reading other scriptures to find out the truth about this whole life. Pls think twice, u still have a chance, there is no god but Allah alone, no religion but islam, every other thing is falshood.

JESUS LUVS U.......just luk carefully at wat is happning around u if ur people r nt guilty of it den u can preach to people...n is nt better divorce which every one knws dat is permittd fr a reason dan doing smtin on innocent people n citizens jst in d name makng amends n u call dat a peace..

Just imagine the way Nigerians reason? The same way Nigerians have reason that has kept that country in the dark for this long. I can read many here calling for Okotie head as if they were in the marriage. No one is talking about the woman. What if Okotie has caught the woman in the matrimonial bed? What if the woman gives Okotie slap every morning? What if the woman does not allow Okotie to correct her kids if they go wrong? Nobody is asking what must have gone wrong for Okotie to be brave enough to tell the world this heart breaking story? Or are we saying, no matter what the woman must have done wrong Okotie should just keep shut and be deing in silence bcos he is a pastor?

If a man of God is divorcing his wife, what should his church members do? The Bible made it clear enough and stated the only reason why a man can divorce his wife.

it is not about what Pastor Chris has done. it is about what his congregation have done. let me ask, when last did they pray for their pastor. most of them dont pray at all. they assume that such men of God are supermen by default and dont need prayers. remember, man by nature is corrupt and subject to committing iniquities. He is called 'man' of God. this shows that there is the humanity and the divinity. so, when the humanity is not handled properly, it affects the divinity. i am in no place to judge pastor Chris but i know that if members of his congregation have been praying for him, this wont be the story we would be hearing.so, why dont you go on your knees and pray for your pastor: that God protects them in this season.

PLS LET BRETHREN PRAY FOR THAT MAN, COS AT THIS POINT HE NEED DELIVERANCE

To me, Chris is still the musician who uses and dumps women at will.

Well,he without sin cast the first stone. He's just human like us and he can also fall into temptations. The place he occupies makes him more liable to attacks, temptations and afflictions. Let's not be quick to judge him, let's leave all to God to judge. The way everyone is striving so hard to make heaven, so does he. You say "doesn't he read the bible", do you read yours also, cos if you do,you won't be quick to judge.
Let's pray for him,so he can get back on track. He's not a spirit, he's human. I pray God forgive his sins.

Has any1 bodad 2 kno y its always 'irecouncilable'. Bn a pastor doesnt make him a perfect man nd d bible says dat if ur eye, hand or leg wl make us loose heaven we shd pluck or cut dm off 4 its beta 2 go thr wt half body dan go 2 hel wt complete body. D only tin i c thr is dat as a man of GOD he shd b able 2 put his house in order 4 pple 2 emulate. Bt i stl believ dat they hv thr reasons 4 dat decision nd it shd b respected.

I CONFESS
I didn't vote for Jonathan
I couldn't pass my hand through
The PDP Filth to reach him.
I didn't vote for Buhari
I couldn't pass my head through
The dogs and baboons to reach him.
I didn't vote for Bakare.
He had simply said too much
That hadn't come to pass.
I didn't vote for Ribadu
Although I had absolutely
Nothing against him.
I voted for Pastor Chris Okotie.
Cos it's such a blind blind world.
Now I can't even condemn him
Cos it's such a blind blind world.
'If the light in you is darkness,'
Cos it's such a blind blind world
'How dark is your darkness!'

Pastor Chris, please seek counsel. All these things associated with your name is not glorifying God. Just see how so many people are speaking against the church of Christ.

We dnt kno y they hv both agre on divorce. They hv thr reasns whch is best known 2 dm. On d oda hand hv we tot of posible reasns dat warants such decision, tins lik sexual satisfaction which is d bedrock of a mariage, childbirth, internal ailment, etc. So we shdnt jump in2 conclusn. Its posible they cnt tolerate each oda in many ways. U al wl agre wt me dat each an evry1 of us hv worse probs.

Please non of us ordained him Pastor so we have no right to remove it from his name.
It is not for us to judge But the creator who knows all.
Don't forget David A Man after Gods Hearth that killed someone for his wife and yet God loved him and proclaim him righteous. So Please everyone bridle your tongue because we don't know your secrets.
Please be care-full because he his A pastor and has probably has done more for the lord than you all would ever do in your entire life.
And most of all,
Please Mind Your Business and don't be the proverbial Pot calling Kettle Black!
Thank You

yeah wat ur sayng is true bt wen u read d bible further more....david repentend and also surffer some consequeses......we r nt to back him up or condem cos no 1 is perfect bt wat he did is wrong lets just pray dat he understnds n repent...if u read d nw testmnt u will neva hear d apostles divorcng

God bless you! I feel so sorry for all the pretenders bad mouthng him! it shows one thing! they are not saved! if they are< they will feel pained and pray for this man! lie you said this man has led thousands to Christ that they may probably not do till they die! Let God judge us all! Moreover! they did not stop to ask their self what if this is a case of infidelity?! short sighted bad mouths! mtscheeew!

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Gal 6:1-5.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Gal 6:1-5
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law.If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
(from THE MESSAGE BIBLE. Gal 6:1-5.)

You can only feel anyone's pain if you wear his/her shoe, Pharisees! you're not clean either.

khai! you have said it all!! make we pity the guy because nobody really knows what he has gone through. But why you sef come call us pharisee for the end of your wonderful comment?

I agree with Kunle completely. You are spot on. It is better to get to heaven as a divorcee than spend eternity in hell just to impress the world. Why stay in a relationship just to be socially and religiously correct. He has a master, God himself. Why don't you allow God to judge him. The truth is that God will love him more for taking the right decision. Do you know David in the bible, he was a man after God's heart, yet he killed a man and took his wife. He is one of our bible heroes. Let's pray for Pastor Chris and his ministry. I know he will come out stronger. The gates of hell will not prevail against the church of the living God.

What I know about us is that soon we would forget and when he takes on a 3rd wife, we would all wow and ooh again. The ladies who are planning to replace Stephanie, don't bother at all.

M

Why d outrage? Shine shine bobo alwz needs someone new 2 satisfy his fiery divious lust. All these 'illuminati' (occultic) aclaimed 'men of god' are out 2 do d works of their fallen master~ da DEVIL. Do not b decieved, SATAN often appear like an angel of light! So, try every spirit with d sure word of GOD 4 agents of darkness abound in high places within d 'church'.

Fuck him, na the beauty attract am; fool..

My people perish bcos they lack knowledge, the so called pastors don't understand what they read from the bible bcos they lack spiritual understanding. they turn the word of God up side down to suit themselves and tell you, who want miracles that the Lord spoke to them. it is only fools that believe them. let them ask God for wisdom and understanding and He will reveal Himself to them, if not they will continue to lean on their own understanding and pratice the doctrines of men rather than God.

May GOD of heaven help us.but u shld knw thats one of the SIGNS of the END time. So its u who shld WATCHOUT. JESUS is coming SOOOOOOOOOOOON

no one seems to be bothered why its always irecosilable reasons...do u guys think people just get married to divorce. you dont know what the women or himself might be going tru trying to keep the relationship...
IS IT A CASE OF VOILENCE? SEX? CHILDBIRTH? DEFINITLY NOT MONEY....
dont kill someone if you dont have an evidence of the crime he commited.

So hw do we knw dis is nt a case of fornicatn?I dnt support divorce but pls dnt judge any1.

PASTOR chris . u need deliverance by flogging. we look up to pastors as an icon. now what do u have to tell ur congregations who have marital sickness? nothing . because u are sick of d same illness. chris. go check urself. maybe u have a mental problem.

D man in question where did he comes from bcos i do not no if dat is what they do in his place

Matthew 5:31-32
"And it was said, 'Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce'; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

I read the above Bible passage and didn't understand can anyone help out. Well, we should try not to be swift to run to conclusion. I'm not a member of Household of God, but I think it is not right to judge, especially a man of God. Let God be the judge, He knows what is good and bad.

God hates divorce and but he doesn't say that you should remain in that marriage and die there if things get really bad, but he never said anywhere that you can remarry either.
1 Cor.10v10-11, a woman shall not depart from her husband or else she shall remain unmarried. The other option is to get reconciled to her husband.

In verse 39, the woman is bound by law as long as the husband liveth only by death is anybody allowed to remarry.
Its for both spouses.

Ans as for men of God, i don'T INTERFERE in their issues or else God will judge you. Leave them to their God who called them since you were not there when he did, its not your business.