Celestial church of Christ at 73years.
How did we do for 73years?
For 40 years it stood against the kingdom of darkness it was all glorious. For 40years it was heard all over the corners of the world as a church where all kinds of problems are solved. A church that the dead rise, blind see, lame walk.
A church with a unique order of service and a never seen before order of worship. For 40 years we had leadership that stood basically on righteousness, and lead the church as one indivisible body. For 40 years we had a uniform order of service, worship, ordinances and ranking.
For 40 years the church conquered and triumphed. This was the story of Celestial church of Christ for 40years. It means we can confidently say the church has a very good foundation, because of the impact it made in the world for 40years. Many Celestials who are still in the church today hold on to the memory and glory of what they saw and encountered in those 40years. They hold on to the brotherly love that existed in the church which by mere saying the word HALLELUYAH to each other is all that is needed. They hold onto their encounter with the pastor founder Reverend SBJ Oshoffa who manifested a different and very unique level of humility, even though he wielded so much power and authority. Many Celestial hold on to their encounter with shepherds who dedicated their lives absolutely to the mission of Celestial, shepherds who were not only disciplined but instilled discipline. Many hold on to a period where nobody is addressed as Chief, Professor, Admiral, General, President, Otunba, Yeyemesho, etc. We were all just Celestials, we all sat on the floor during worship and ate from the same plate and drank from the same cup.
This is the Celestial that many who experienced the first 40years of our great church hold on to.
The calling of Papa Oshoffa and the establishment of the church between May 23rd 1947 and September 29 1947 is to gather a people for a unique mission. A mission to call the world into the last boat of salvation, not that the world has not seen the light of salvation before Celestial ,but Celestial was given so that the world can see, experience and partake in the grace of divine worship.
Jesus Christ told Papa Oshoffa expressly when he visited him after the first harvest:
65. “He spoke many things with me. Among other things, He confirmed: ‘All your services of worship in the Church are acceptable unto the Father. Tell all members of the Celestial Church that they should be steadfast in their services of worship because worship will be the ultimate salvation of mankind. The love of money will constitute the downfall of many in their bid to enter the kingdom of God”.
Today we see it happening, for 33 years the love of money, position and ambition have been the stumbling block for many. The very pathetic image which the church now bears which is a complete parallel line from the first 40years is rooted in the love of money. The many pastors we have are all jolting for that position because of MONEY. Various factions creating different types of ranks because of the proceeds they get from anointment. The love of money is the reason why various pastors are claiming to be the rightful leader of the church. The love and passion for money replaced the Holy Spirit. Remove the factor of money from the church leadership and you will see that no one will want to be pastor. Many shepherds today join one cult or the other because they want money, they want influence, they want to use cars too like pastors in other churches. Members alike oppressing each other with money. Young Celestials neck deep in internet fraud known as Yahoo yahoo because of money.
Majority of the prayer points ,revivals , held in many parishes today is based solely on blessings ,how to get rich. You will never hear any so called ministry in Celestial church of Christ today teach about worship, holiness, service and Celestial orders. All they talk majorly about is prosperity.
It is sadly right to say money has been driving wheel of the church for the past 33years and not the Holy spirit. It didn’t happen immediately but it started gradually and here we are today facing a monster that has made the whole church look like a congregation of faithless unbelievers, without a leader.
Is money bad, is talking about prosperity wrong? No but we should never get to a state where we need to choose between the love of money and the love of God, neither should we prioritise blessings and prosperity above the love of God, just as Jesus Christ said to his disciples when they were asked to pay tax. He said ; give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give unto God what belongs to God.
Celestial church of Christ has been completely taken over by the love of money and there is no love of God left, that is why there is no love among brethren as it was in the first 40years , there is no righteous leadership as we had in the days of SBJ Oshoffa, there is no love of worship. Jesus Christ said worship will be the ultimate salvation of mankind but we who he gave the order of the heavenly worship are seriously found wanting. You will hardly find 5 people in most parishes during weekly worship, you will hardly find 10 people for Bible class but the whole church will turn up for blessing work prayer rite.
If we compared the last 33years to the first 40years we would appreciate this horrific contrast.
We are at a stage where we need to sit down and reflect deeply on our state as a church and as individuals. We must come to the fearful realisation that our assurance of entering to the rest of God in the life to come is based on our worship and service in Celestial church of Christ.
We have a great calling and it would be better if he didn’t accept the call to be Celestial than to accept the call and completely work against or stand against it. Our collective and individual responsibility is to work first for the purification of our souls and the church of Christ.
Lets amend our ways and stand right before it is too late. Hymn 694
©️ Alàgbà Micheal Folorunsho