Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, has cautioned elders to be good examples to the youths.
The Man of God also has frowned at ministers of the gospel growing beards in the name of new fashion.
“I don’t want to see any of my pastors looking like fellows from the training camps of Al-Qaeda,” he said, stating that any elderly person who cannot show the noble journey for the youths in terms of dressing is not worthy to be described as an elder.
According to him, the youths are young and they don’t know where they are going, noting “they often look up to their fathers for direction but if a father himself does not know what he is doing then there something wrong.
“The youths don’t respect an elder that looks like them. You are supposed to be their guiding light after they have fooled around,” Adeboye stated, saying pastors should be clean shaven at all times and must not in any way grow beards that will portray them as persons of different persuasion.
Pastor Adeboye also condemned tribalism in the church, saying no pastor has the church’s blessing to impose Yoruba songs as part of the church service in other parts of the country, emphasizing the need for pastors in other parts of the country to encourage the locals to sing and rejoice in their local dialects.
Adeboye warned RCCG pastors to refrain from arranging marriages among brethren in the church, just as he advised youths not to marry outside the church.