SBJ OSHOFFA : An example of when God qualifies the unqualified.
Recently with many swipes against the person of saint Samuel bilewu Oshoffa of the celestial church of Christ by many pentecostal and new generation men of God on the stands of polygamy and many wives
Many have opened their mouth to criticize and speak negative and degrading words against him and even the body of Christ, the celestial church of Christ.
It is necessary to reflect and also realize that God is the dispenser of grace to all who come from the dust.
It is visible that many religious leaders always get upset when God uses the people they thought were unqualified.
The scriptures in the book of 1 Timothy 3 states out the qualification to be a bishop, leader or pastor, as a man of one wife.
And yet it is so mysterious and amazing how God would please to use a man whom already had 3 wives for a great mission.
This tells us that the standards of God for selection of those whom will be his are not the same as those of men.
The ways and thinking of God differs greatly from that of men.
For God looks at the heart and not at the face, qualification, education or possession.
Analytically, Papa Oshoffa was simply an ordinary ebony merchant and carpenter, with medieval education, with 3 wives prior to calling
Why would God call a polygamous man to head, found and lead a glorious church after what he said in the scriptures? The answer is simply grace . enviable grace that is not available for just anyone .
There were many professors, theologians, seminarians, scholars, elites, monogamists and orators during oshoffa’s time but God didnt call any of them
Just as there were many virgins in the land during the times of Mary
The differential element here is the state of the heart which is what God looks at, and his amazing grace
Secondly it is also humbling grace to humble a man and make him realize that God is above all things and not limited, and he is nothing without God
Thirdly it was a differing grace such that occurred in the times of moses that set him apart from others
For God is not limited or bounded by men’s opinion for he qualifies the unqualified, and makes the seemingly disqualified befitting for his purpose
God’s choice and will is subject to him, unquestionable in nature and not reportable to any human being for God does as he pleases and seems fit.
Papa Oshoffa on his encounter in trance with Holy Mary(page 34, paragraph 99g, Celestial Constitution) whom told him that race and other human elements are of no significance in things of the spirit and he should remain undaunted by them
She added that it is because of his clean mind that he is being dwelled in.
Likewise when the lord Jesus Christ visited and appeared to him(page 18, paragraph 61)
He said he had been given to know Christ because of lovingkindness.
SBJ Oshoffa remained very humble and simple, knowing that he found grace and favor in the sight of God and all his shortcomings turned out grace for him…
several uncountable miracles, signs and wonders have been wrought through this man
Many lives saved, resurrected and healed all in the abundant and testimony that He is God sent regardless of his status, race, or marital status.
Did polygamy ever stop the work of God. No it didnt
He was never known to speak or condemn any man of God or any church or even the Muslim sects.
SBJ Oshoffa maintained a lifestyle of humility, simplicity just like Moses who also found grace, a murderer, a stammerer but was chosen by God as a prophet to lead the children of israel out of Egypt.
Saint SBJ Oshoffa despite being polygamist maintained a decent large family united in love and peace with one another even till date.
He put his home in order and during his lifetime the church was in order and authority
There are levels of grace and glory given to every man of God all for the glory of God who gives them.
Let no man criticize or judge another whom has been graciously called by God by standards.
Just as Jews tried to tease the church with circumcision for the gentiles.
By the qualifications of 1 timothy 3 :
This testimonies bear on earth and in heaven for him
SBJ OSHOFFA was a man of good behaviour✔️
given to hospitality✔️
apt to teach✔️
Not given to wine✔️
Control over family✔️
Good report ✔️
No greed, covetous or lover of money✔️
Not a striker(he never fought or drag anything with anyone)✔️
He had a good score on the scoresheet and hallmark of great leaders and apostles of churches for the grace of God was working with him
I end with this beautiful song in our hymnbook
THE ways of God are mysterious to accomplish His works
His ways, no man can determine
Unsearchable they are.
Unbelievers will go astray, rejecting works of God
But for us who believe the Lord, we will not lose on earth. Amen.
By Brother Tola Adele