Was Son of Pastor Who Refused to Officiate Wedding in Nakuru Eying the Bride?

Apostle Jesse Karanja of Mizpah House of Prayer has defended his refusal to officiate a wedding between two members of his church amidst uproar by Kenyans.

The preacher in an interview with a local TV said the couple Joyce Waithera and Paul Waithaka, failed to meet standards of the church that included failure to produce medical test results.

Mr Karanja said the couple had also failed to attend premarital counseling that was necessary to determine if they are good Christians.

The preacher was adamant that he will not bend the rules and warned errant members of his church that he will exercise his “mandate from heaven” to excommunicate them.

“Basic principle standards of our Christian Pentecostal ministry were not met. If I tell the people you must go through our program of premarital counseling before you get married, If you do not go through it, because that is the only way I can know whether our responsibility to make you a good Christian and lead a happy marriage has been met.”

Pastor Karanja and his wife

He added: “If I tell you, you are sidestepping the line of normal Christian life, if you don’t do, it I have a legal authority from heaven to excommunicate you. We had given the couple up to Friday to fulfill some standards and requirements of this ministry because we proclaim living a life of purity.”

This comes amidst claims by a section of the faithful from his church on social media claiming his son was eying the bride.

Others have called for his license to be revoked.

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