RCCG Dating Site Will Save Young Adults From Sexual Perversion —Iluyomade
Pastor Idowu Iluyomade is the Intercontinental Christian Social Responsibility (CRS) Supervisor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). In this interview with SEYI SOKOYA, he explains why the church created a dating site, which has generated reactions since its announcement.
The establishment of the dating site has stirred up dust since the church made the initiative public. What is your opinion on this?
The aim of the site called “ConnectNow” is to focus on single Christians to find life partners. We believe it is necessary to support them in their preparation to take the important step in their lives. We did our research and found that the dating site is essential and will help many adults, especially single Christians, to build a truthful relationship and eventually have a life partner.
Do you think it is right for a church to establish such a platform?
It’s a good idea and it was very well received. Experience has shown that the church has a structure for premarital counseling, but lacks in-course religious guidance and support to find the right person. That’s why we established ConnectNow to help many people have a happy life and a godly home.
How do you think ConnectNow can establish a responsible and Christian home?
If the partners know what to look for at the time of the search, the probability of success in married life will be improved. This is the void that ConnectNow will fill. It is a well-organized platform and you have to go through many processes to be on the site.
Could you explain what ConnectNow means?
There are relevant questions that some young adults ask during the search for bone of their bones and flesh of their flesh to find a life partner, such as how do I go about “finding the right partner” ? Where to find the right partner? (platforms). What am I looking for in the right partner? What are the pitfalls of the research process? What are the do’s and don’ts while I’m waiting? This is a gaping gap that we need to fill and provide support and a solution to as they prepare to take this important step in their lives.
Experience has shown that when they come together we have a structure for pre-marriage counselling, however, we lack faith-based counseling and support during ‘The Find’.
If they know what to look for at the time of “Discovery”, then the probability of success in married life is increased. This is the gap we wanted to fill with ConnectNow.
The Bible says in Galatians 6:2 that we are to bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. Due to the gap of “The Find”, the world has practically taken over with various dating sites such as “Tinder”, which has brought together all sorts of desperate people of all faiths and sexual perversions, as a platform. worldly form to find a future. partner. The church is supposed to set the standard because we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
It is a Christian relationship and interactive platform for mature adults who are ready and hoping to get married. It is not a dating site as the world knows it, but an interactive, faith-based community of mature believers who connect with each other to build lasting and fruitful Christian relationships.
The platform includes an interactive platform and engaging training sessions and modules taught by seasoned and experienced professions and spiritual leaders.
This is a pre-marriage counseling session to prepare mature adults, who are ready for marriage for this journey of a lifetime and for them to make their choices in accordance with the fear of God and the precepts of our faith.
Is it for members only and what are the requirements for those interested?
Anyone interested who wants to be on the site must be faith-based; good family values and is fit and suitable for marriage. The platform is for mature adults, widows, widowers who are eagerly waiting for God to marry, and the age range is 18+. Entrants must submit their personal contact information, including phone numbers, email addresses, pastor names, and church name. All information provided will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. No, the dating site is not limited to our church alone, we have registered over 2,000 people and many more are still signing up from various denominations and on four continents of the world.
But we have strict guidelines that partners must follow, such as; they should not go alone to someone’s house or to isolated places. If you are unsure of the invitations or places you have been invited, or exercise caution and inform the secretariat. Report any unfortunate advances or suggestions to the secretariat; Christian ethics based on the word of God must be observed throughout the hookup/dating process. And the partners should have the responsibility to verify the connection.
You’ve overseen the charitable arm of the church for years, how’s the experience going?
It was a wonderful experience impacting millions of lives through free healthcare initiatives and nurturing people through the church’s charitable arm called “His Love Foundation (HLF)” . The presence of the charitable arm was felt in virtually every region of the country. The RCCG, through its CRS, is concerned about the loss of life due to inadequate health facilities in the country, which forces Nigerians to spend millions every year on health tourism in search of health facilities. at the forefront of technology in countries like India and the United Arab Emirates. We believe that bringing kidney dialysis to the realm of education, skill building, and free food for millions of people will go far beyond preaching and prayers.