John was suspended on account of his bride, who flouted the church’s rules by using make-up and other flashy ensemble that accompanied a fitted wedding gown. The gown also had see-through sleeves. His bride, Love Odih, was accused of flouting the established doctrine of the church on conservative dressing.
Though the new couple, who got married on June 15, 2013, had apologised, the apology did not stem the tide of criticisms by numerous members of the church.
In a video, their apology was read on Saturday by Pastor Akpofure, during the church’s monthly miracle and revival programme, held at Deeper Life Conference Centre, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
It read in part, “We unreservedly and wholeheartedly state that we did not intend that our acts or omissions will, in any way, undermine the great works that God has done through the Deeper Christian Life Ministry worldwide and more especially, through our Father in the Lord, the General Superintendent.
“We also use this medium to profusely and sincerely apologise to the General Superintendent for the embarrassment and heartaches our actions have caused him, more so that he had earlier declined to be at the events.”
Pastor Philip Olowu, during the programme, said the church overseer had expressed his displeasure with the “standard” of the wedding.
In the video, Olowu said after a thorough accessment of the wedding, the church had decided “to place John and his wife on discipline.”