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Pastor Kumuyi’s Son, John & Wife Suspended From Deeper Life Church Over Indecent Wedding

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July 3rd, 2013 – Pastor Kumuyi’s Son, John & Wife Suspended From Deeper Life Church Over Indecent Wedding

The second son of Pastor W F Kumuyi, John Kumuyi and his wife, Love Odih have been suspended from Deeper Life Bible Church over their controversial wedding that took place in Jamaica last month.

On the 15th of June, 2013, John Kumuyi married his lover, Love Odih at a non-deeper life church after the leadership of deeper life church refused to join them together in holy matrimony over Love Odih’s wedding dress.

Love Odih was dressed in a more modernized wedding gown that is unacceptable by the standard set for Deeper Life members by the church leaders.

The bride was adorned in a flowing wedding gown with matching veil and wedding flower. She also applied lipstick and other makeup

The couple also hired a Limousine to convey them to their wedding destination coupled with a gigantic wedding cake that contradicts Deeper Life church’s tradition.

Due to the multiple controversies their wedding generated on social media like Facebook and Twitter especially by concerned Deeper Lifers, the church has placed the couple on temporary suspension to allow them to seek the face of God for forgiveness over their ‘stubbornness’.

The announcement was made at Deeper Life’s monthly miracle and revival programme held at the Deeper Life Conference Centre, DLCC, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, John and Love’s suspension from church work was announced to the over 50,000 Deeper Life faithful at the event by Pastor Philip Oluwi, a key leader in the church.

The order came from GO of Deeper Life, Pastor Kumuyi.
He ordered the leadership of the church to suspend John Kumuyi and his wife for the embarrassment their wedding caused the ministry.

Read the short announcement of John Kumuyi & Wife’ suspension below

“The church, Deeper Life, remains committed to the biblical practice and standard of almost 40 years Christian dressing and still remains and does not compromise on biblical Christian dressing.

“Hence, deviation warrants the displeasure and frown of God and the leadership of the church. John and Love are now under discipline,” – said the leadership of the church through Pastor Philip Oluwi, a top leader at the church.

As part of the protocol, the couple have been forced to tender an apology letter for deviating from Deeper Life’s norm and doctrine.

Read their apology letter below;

“We also use this medium to profusely and sincerely apologise to the General Superintendent (Kumuyi) of the church for the embarrassment and heartache our action has caused him; more so as he had earlier declined to be at the event. We acknowledge that we may have benn distracted by cultural differences as we both have lived outside Nigeria for nearly two decades.”

 “This notwithstanding, we fully accept that having been nurtured, taught and brought up with the sound teaching of the word of God, we should have been able to draw the line which we failed to do. We have now realised the far reaching effect of our actions and omissions and do plead with the church for forgiveness and also appeal that any action that should be taken be directed at John and Love, as we take this time to prayerfully reflect on our actions.

“We take full responsibility for what has happened and this action should in no way be blamed on the General Superintendent or the leaders of the church in Nigeria, United States, Jamaica, or United Kingdom and beyond.”

For the past few weeks, some folks have been covering up for John Kumuyi and his wife.

John Kumuyi and his wife said they have both lived outside Nigeria for quite some time and they’re both suffering from cultural differences related issues.

Will their apology stop this from happening again in the future? Time will tell.

But wait a minute, what is indecent in this wedding?

The major bone of contention is that the bride wore a beautiful wedding gown and light make-up isn’t it?

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  1. mulikat

    July 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    useless church,what is bad in this wedding ,no earring and makeup for women is not only they key to heaven and type of christian Boko Harm way.1 time that is hwo the only son of a good close family friend lose is only son in last yr in uni,cos depper life didnt allowed them to take the poor boy to hospital,only fasting and prayer till he not saying fasting and prayer is bad,but u need to see doctor also,when join both ,some times things can get better.pls Pastor Kumuyi son john open ur own church with ur wife i know lot will break up from ur father and join ur reform new depper life church.

    • Iyan

      July 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      (Pls read n share this story to others….)

      Internet is like an open market, what u want to buy u stroll in, pay for and got it either good or bad. DON’T TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED – One of the greatest gift God has given us is the freedom to choose between good and evil. What are u doing at ur closet?

      I am a Man of 33 yrs of age. At a certain point in my life I thought sitting in front of a computer or using phone 2 watch free pornography or looking at nude post on Facebook, download porn video, having sex when u are not married was a normal way of life, in-fact I did it decently little did I know devil was knocking at the door of my heart. Read Ephesians 5:3. (If u are a child of God pls delete those porn pixs, video from ur phone or laptop) Until at a point in my life I started experiencing academic failure, finance, setbacks, disappointments, limitations, career failure. Pls if u have any of these pray to God and change ur ways except u don’t involve in any of these bad habits u know urs is for the glory of God to keep u for a new level in life.

      My spiritual life was strong as I thought not knowing watching these have brought it down to zero level atleast I pray like everyone, fast, go to Church yet all these nonsense was in my phone, at times I visualise what I watched resulting in lust for opposite sex, masturbation, nightmares seeing strange faces in my dreams having sex with me, eating in the dream, swimming and what have u. Can u call me a real Christian? No! If u say Yes Mmmmm…. Someone can be a Christian yet being use by satanic devices (Read Ephesians 4:22). Let the truth be told, there is no real Christian, I mean real one that would love to have pornographic material with him.

      Satan uses catalyse to capture people of God, those porn u watch is not for children of God, delete it, desist from it so that when u ask ur Father in Heaven a gift nothing can hinder it . Our eyes should not look at dirty things. I know a lot of people today are demon possess without knowing they are working for devil. To cut the long story short I nearly help Satan to ruin my life, health wise it was poor, sickness, near blindness and what have u…

      Thank God at last I was delivered! Pls our youth I share this story to sound as a warning and u should stay away from sin, stop watching what that does not bring glory to God in other not to help satan ruin ur future, God is ready to forgive u. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, to cut off ur relationship and dependent on God, to prove my point- Read 2 Timothy chpter 2:20 down – 1Thessalonians chpter 4:4 to 5.

      Also Colossians 3:5 down and Colossians chpter 3: 11.

      Pls if u make mistake as we all do, don’t run from God, run to him.

      • Ben

        May 4, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Waow ur message x real I have experienced this before . In fact not only does it affect your socila life it gives a way for misdirected and wretched life

    • jimmy

      July 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      mulikat that is not how to talk,that is the rule of the church so dont give john kumuyi bad advice to open his own church that is a bad advice john kumuyi and lover go and apologise to the church and also pray to God 4 forgiveness

      • Ojo David

        December 23, 2015 at 4:18 PM

        I am so sorry my friend.”they should ask for forgiveness” forgiiveness from who and for what?
        In the bible days(when scriptures was writen)men and women of theose days put on long dress.they don’t have suit and tie,skirt,jean and etc that we are wearing today.
        Pls let’s judge based on the word of God standard;not on man made rules and traditions.God and His is the only and the highest standard set by which man should live not by a local church or a perticular religious groug interpretation of’s me telling you to throw away all your electonic gargets,including your latest samsung or apple phone:we the intention of making you more righteous and then tell you to back to the medium of communication used from the early sixties and seventies.unfortunately, all these human laws are cheneled specificly against women,why? The woman caughtin adultery was brought to Jesus alone.where was the man that commited the act with her?


      August 17, 2016 at 1:26 PM


    • FAVOUR

      April 24, 2017 at 11:01 AM

      what a life your leaving sister…all is vanity upon vanity.repeat and be wise.GOD BLESS YOU

  2. Love Zion

    July 3, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    All d church members & pastors shud go & sleep. What is wrong wit d wedding dress or her face make up (which i can’t even notice) so, bcoz she dressed well on her wedding day God is angry wit her abi? All of una no well at all. I am a minister of God & i say deeper life is wrong for taking dis action. God continue to bless & strengthens my pastor ( Rev Chris Oyakhilome phd) He can never do dis kind of a thing.

    • Byron strange

      July 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      U are nt a minister….u are a false prophet…

    • OLU

      July 5, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      @love do u call urself a man of God and u use the words “una no well at all” it clearly shows what kind of man of God u r, i dont think u have the understanding to talk on the issue at hand bcos i even doubt ur salvation


      August 17, 2016 at 1:30 PM


    • eva

      October 2, 2017 at 2:20 PM

      hmmm…. u call ur self a man of God??… haba…. u should be ashamed of ur self…. im so sorry to say…

  3. Love Zion

    July 3, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Pls my dear new couple, if u know u are no longer welcome, comfortable or happy there, pls start another church. Ur father can be angry due to his own understanding of d bible but SURELY, God is not angry.

  4. Eazy

    July 3, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Cultural differences…? Was there no weddin in deeper life church jamaica 4d past 20 yrs. Why ws d family pix taken wt d couple? Why d change of venue nt made known whn d coverage ws made. So many unanswered questns.

  5. Special one

    July 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    They were not discipline because of wedding flower or wedding cake. Don’t exagerate

    • Giddy

      July 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      So what were they suspended for? See, lets face the real thing, all those things are dogma, ok why do their church in US use drumset, abeg, sorry to say, Pastor Oluwi wants 2 break that family apart. He wants to take over from Kumuyi, but God will not allow him. I was once a member of the church so I know what happens.

  6. Collins Hugo

    July 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    I think deeper life as an institution has his code of conduct which the couple have violated,and considering their esteem position in the church set up which ought to serve as a role model to his members,i think their punishment is well deserve pending their apology

  7. okoji

    July 3, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Abeg Love and hubby don’t mind them. Instead of them to open their eyes and change, they are there making noise. What is bad in a woman looking beautiful, is that dress indecent? The worst is that their men will be dressing cute on suit looking so good while d women will look like a house girl. Why are their men wearing suit and tye why not wear just gown like those old days when there was no trousers. You women of deeper life u better change dat old style of yours and make yrself look like a human being.

  8. Whyte

    July 3, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Dat z their biznes! Why didnt dey inspect her b4 d weddn. D gal has gotten d kind of weddn she wantd by nt dressn lyk dem

  9. JOE

    July 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Well, I pray that God will give John and Love the grace to prayerfully bear the pain of this situation. Also, the whole Church should not show to it a less-concern attitude as this, goes a long way to point to world our practice of LOVE TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER.

  10. theresa

    July 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    So deeper life is trying to tell us that holding a flowers at your wedding day is also a sin.

  11. sis gift

    July 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    it is very unetical when it comes to do with the standard doctrine of dlcm. It is cheating to other weeded couples in dlcm because so many weeding has been decline for going against the doctrin of the church. Without sin there will no forgiveness therefore let the church please forgive bro John for the said act. Thank you all.

  12. Nguzi

    July 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    CHAI!! God deliver us! its only by Grace and I repeat by GRACE AND NOT WORKS!! Man looks at the outward appearence but God looks at the Heart! This beautiful Bride and Groom are really descent and nothing wrong with their dress code! nah wooow!! Learn to live by Grace and your deliverance will come! Thank God for my Bishop Oscar Maloba!

  13. Maud

    July 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    You can also see from this picture the lady did not put on any earring.The church put on wristwatch how much more you don’t put on earring.

  14. Feyisan Lekan

    July 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and
    circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the
    Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s
    praise is not from other people, but from God (Romans 2:29).

  15. Feyisan Lekan

    July 3, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    “Even today as Christians, it is easy to replace
    the true intent of scripture for something man
    made. We readily assign rituals and regulations
    to follow in the name of Christ in order to
    ignore the objective of our heart behind it. It is
    easy to look at the natural realm of religion and
    therefore separate ourselves from relationship
    with God. To avoid this, we have to keep our
    heart in check.”

    • Nze

      July 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      I tank God for d life of our Go for taking d right decision


    July 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I want to say am not actually supporting the action of John and his loving wife,by disobeying his father and church..but i must confess alot of things shld ve been done that wld ve made it possible to both parties to avoid public embarrassment.1)the shld ve taken time to handle this b4 the wedding. 2)the father shld ve understood the great cultural differences involved,the facts that they born Nigerians does nt mean they are culturally nigerians but more of the thinking,reasoning,styles,fashion,ethics and mind set will not act the same. 3)the church shld admit the fact that Deeper life members in Naija cant just be the same in europe,america or asia due to racial,cultural,traditional and social differences..4)john shld ve tot of the world media attraction this will cause his family as a whole.

    In conclusion,am sure this give will teach both parties some lessons as well call for some review of doctrines,rules and regulations of the church that will foster the growth of the church..remember the major aim is to help the pple to mk heaven not compelling them to certain rules alone.GOD BLESS

  17. chizzy

    July 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I luv ur dressing girl nothing do u.

  18. commy

    July 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Na waooooo What then happens to the Groom’s Parents (I no mention name oooooooo) dat attended the so called indecent wedding. “WHO IS FOOLING WHO” God is the judge

  19. Smart

    July 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Sori Mulikat u shuld first give ur life to Christ den u will understand wat Kumuyi is doing. As for Love, ur church n ur kind as a minister is wat Christ loving christains should avoid. If it whr ur Chris oyakhilome Phd he will neva put his son on d line regardless. I tink u all should come to Christ genuinely 4 u to undastand

  20. David Osho

    July 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    @Collins Hugo, There are viable points with your statements. John did not act wisely at all considering his father’s position being the GO of the Church. In spite of the fact that he knew the Church is an organization that has standard rules and ordinances which hundred of thousands of its members has been in full compliance with for decades. He should have known better and acted differently. I know he is trying to please his wife, however, rules are rules and must be fully observed. Proverb 15: 29 says: A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish man despiseth his mother. Also Prov. 17: 23 (A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. Ironically, such characteristics is the norm with the sons and daughters of notable Clergies dated back into the bible age. The children of Eli – Hoph’ni and Phin’-e-has (1 Sam:3 11-13) acted foolishly before their father and Israel he did noting about it as a result God punished his household. As it was in the beginning so it is to the present day. The Church did the right thing to immediately correct the situation to prevent future reoccurrence of such behavior. If not, it may lead to a bigger problem that may affect or even split them and also alter their beliefs. Since the couple had tendered a reserved apology and has agreed to serve their punishment, the Church should forgive and accept them for their wrong doings, because at one point all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. However, big thanks to Jesus for His Grace upon our lives.

    • Faith

      July 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, that was why The Lord Jesus christ did not associate himself with religious people (pharises &scribes) while on earth. David Osho your reply is without the fear of God,our rightousness is like a filty rags, why don’t you learn from the bible religious hypocrites that brought the adulterous woman to test the Lord Jesus christ who cannot cast the stone when the lord spoke. As to the couple dressing the bible says we should do things in moderation so their wedding dress is not worldliness.

  21. Gracieux

    July 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    @ Mulikat,watch wat u say,or hv u forgotten dat Muslims ladies covers their body frm head to toe n nobody is criticizin them bcos dat is their doctrine,so if u cant cope with Deeperlife life doctrine, pls there are one thousand n one churches in d world pls leave,afterall,deeperlife has bin existin 4 d past 40yrs n it has collapsed.

  22. Special one

    July 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Let’s forget church doctrinal difference. Each church has her own doctrine and will want her member to abide by the principle. Base on DL doctrine, what the couple did was wrong.For the preservation of their doctrine what they did was right.

  23. Sincerity

    July 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    At 1st it was “Deeper Life are hypocrites” now it’s “why would they suspend him” it’s truly hard to please people. The church gave it’s reason for suspending them. The church has been in existence long before this boy was born, he cannot be the one to start defining standards. They didn’t follow the doctrines the church teaches and they had to be punished. So, if you really don’t have any meaningful contribution to make, you can as well shut up and stop wasting your internet subscription or bundle and get some other things to do. Thank you.

    • Ojo David

      December 23, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      Beloved, it sounds like Deeper Life doctrine is the standard to heaven. I thank God for what God has done thru Papa Kumuyi and deeper life as a whole. Apart from deeper life doctrines and the wedding stuff.How would Christ treat thi if was to be around in person.just like the woman caught in adultery but the man she slept with was never brought forth for judgement.We should be very careful that just bcos a person,a people group have been existing for years and doing a lot of good works exempt them from theological falacy. Let’s be careful:The body of Christ is the church of Jesus Christ and there is no specific local congregation that is higher in authority than that.I do understand your zeal and passion for your church but the truth remains; Jesus is the only way and true perfect standard to emulate.go back to scripture to see how He treats people.Think on how He treated Peter after denying Him tree times: He did not suspend and remove him from leading the early church.after He rose,He said go tell all my disciple and Peter.That is how God thinks and sees us His children.

  24. Oloyede Elijah

    July 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    These attack on Deeper Life as a Church is so numerous because of the standard of the Church on HOLINESS. It is therefore not surprising that even sinners and backsliders and those who even hate this Church now grab this opportunity to throw stones and say all manner of evil things against Deeper Life. Somebody was even expressing five years of anger due to the misbehavior of a member. Now that the offence has been committed and apology tendered, let all of us who are outsiders watch carefully how we use our mouth.

  25. Oloto

    July 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    When do you people want the new couple to be happy and well dress? Is it on their burial day? Na una Sabi ooo, all I know is God did not send you all these things you are enforcing on your self

  26. uffi oro

    July 4, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    People should know how to use their mouth toward this incident pls. Spiritual Thing is very rare 4 a carnal man to comprehend. So u people coment cant change the church standard.

  27. Amara

    July 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Hmm, let nt b dcivd, dnt folo d doctrin of man bt God. Its a pity dat most xtians folo man doctrin instead of Jesus esp Deepa lifas! As a tru bliva, u aught 2b closa 2GOD so dat u can n do dat which e requires 4rm u. 2me i c Ntn wrong in ha dres, she wz dcntly dresd! Pls my flo, if u no ur stand in God, u wil no d ryt tin 2do! We al ar Gods childrn! Hmm, b4 de dnt watch TV, nw TV is der mins of svic. Did God sa anytn lik dat? Abg Sik God’s opinion nt man

  28. dave

    July 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    @Faith what is without the fear of God in David Osho’s comments. I think you need to read the bible quotes before being judgmental. What is the correlation between the case of adulterous woman and that of Eli’s children? since you’re familiar with your bible. You need to read both case studies and then reflect on your comments. Be specific with your claim and lets see what you think is wrong with the statements.

    • faith

      July 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Dave. Your bible quotation judge the couple and grief their help the enemy of our salvation by throwing that arrow of sorrow,would you love to be treated like that?. As a christain your duty is to go to your closet and intercede for them, if you believe want they did was wrong then God would reveal the truth to you, if you did not have any idol in your heart(labour of true love not a persecutor). Secondly many youth has been driven into the world (mouth of lion)b’cos we are too selfish and arrogant to pray for them rather we persecute them through church standard, Lord Jesus said my house should be House of Prayer. Many Deeper life member did not have personal conviction with God but only conform with church standard and immediately we called them born again. A christain without true conviction with God would be quick to persecute others. I love Pastor Kumuyi and any true christain.Forces face by present youth are too many, I don’t know your age but in my youth day, I was not exposed to the of kind things present day youth are expose to.I thank God for John & Love Kumuyi modest.

  29. Nengi

    July 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Let’s be careful how we use our tongue against the church. Remember Saul and David. With all that Saul did to David, he deserved to die in the hands of David when he carelessly slept without guard. But David said he couldnt raise his hands over God’s anointed. Be careful not to say something that will offend God.Humans make mistake, no matter the level or position… and the church is made of humans. So, lets leave this matter and focus on whats more important which is, making Heaven at last.

  30. Udo kalu Teachings

    July 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    In time like this, love, humility, forgiveness, wisdom, and understanding is needed from all the parties concerned.


    July 9, 2013 at 11:36 AM


  32. Mike

    September 10, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    God,is d 1 who ll judge dem,not his fathers church,to me i dnt see any tin wrong in der dressing,4 d man who says dat his pastor is phd,go nd sit down,ur own is even worst,pastor inded


    April 14, 2016 at 1:02 PM


  34. gifted

    May 6, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    People have to mind the way they talk. You know in the generation that we are now there are a lot of false teachers being used by satan! Rarely will you see a church today that has a strong desire for holiness. In some churches the word ‘salvation’ has never been heard, nowadays preachers say false teachings just because of the fact that they may loose their members. But I thank God for Deeper Life! because they say the plane truth without fear or favour, just that the truth is bitter!

  35. FAVOUR

    April 24, 2017 at 11:08 AM


  36. Solomon

    August 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM


  37. Pastor 'Femi

    September 7, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    Please let everyone’s mind his or her contributions or comment concerning this issues, because each denomination has their own doctrines and was established in the scripture,in other words if you starts on the contrary, you may be offending God , because the church cannot change the standards of their doctrines because of your complained on this matter. God bless you as you continue praying foe the couples in Jesus name

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