I would have reported this story as soon as it broke but each time I moved to do so, I couldn’t. The story is very disheartening and has touched me in a very sensitive spot. Please read:
According to reports, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in the Enerhen area of Delta State, recently set himself ablaze to escape the shame of his illicit affair. It was gathered that the decision of the Pastor, simply identified as Pastor Celestine, to take his life was because he allegedly impregnated a choir girl in his parish whose name is given as Rose.
It was learnt that he pleaded with Rose to abort the pregnancy which she refused blatantly as she did not want to lose her life during the abortion. He gave her a cheque for N2,000,000, which she refused, even after explaining to her that her refusal to abort the pregnancy may lead to the fall of the parish.
After all efforts to get Rose to abort the pregnancy failed, he reportedly drove himself to Udu bridge under which he lit himself and was burnt to death. He was married and had a 2 month old baby from his wife of two years.
My question is why would a Pastor commit suicide when he is fully aware of the spiritual consequences? According to the Christian faith, suicide is forbidden, and anyone who takes their life goes straight to hell. Obviously, this man of God was under pressure of castigation. Are our young men truly ready for pastoral work? Do they realize what it entails? Are our church doctrines too harsh to comply with? How can we find a balance between enforcing discipline and godliness in The Church and also preventing a soul from going to hell?
Please share your thoughts.