Founder and most senior pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Williams Kumuyi, has told ushers in his church to stop compelling women to cover their heads in the church, saying persistent head covering heats up the hair and causes it to emit odour.
The pastor blamed Christians who misinterpret the Bible for driving people away from the church.
Kumuyi made the remarks in a sermon shared on Facebook.
He said: “Somebody is coming to our church for the first time. And she happens to be a lady not covering her head. We ask the person to cover her head before coming in. We don’t know whether the person does not even know God. We confront her out there before she even enters the church. We don’t know if she does not know how to pray or prophesy. But we impose rules on her.
“If I were the person, I would wonder what kind of church is this? If they treat me like a primary school girl, that will be my last time coming to the church.”
He also wondered why some sisters in the church would cover their heads for almost 20 hours a day, making themselves unattractive by their appearance.
Kumuyi said: “There are some women who are not attractive to their husbands. Some believe since they are married they are no longer obligated to look good before their husband. There are single sisters that are not presentable.
“Because of persistent covering, there will be heat in the hair and it will emit odour.
“Women who practice such put themselves in bondage because they never read the word.
“If I don’t tell you maybe nobody will tell you. There are some wives who dress shabbily and are no longer attractive to the man. There are some single sisters that are not presentable. Anybody who is looking for the will of God may not be attracted to them.
“The reason why you are covering is either you are praying or prophesying.”