Enactment of deed of Constitution of Celestial Church Of Christ
First Schedule- Executors of the Deed of
Second Schedule- The Church
Open Air Meeting
Entry into Nigeria
Appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ
found a new Church
Covenant with Christ
Heavenly Song of Praise
Injunction about Holy Communion in the new Church
Injunctions about Candleholder
Injunctions about Pajaspa
Injunctions about call to Worship
Christ administration of Holy Communion
to Pastor/Founder 26
Injunctions about ringing of the bell to worship
Injunctions about praises facing the four
corners of the earth
Songs of entreaty for Gods power and Glory
Injunctions for Monthly (New Moon) Watchnight service
Reflection Registration of the Church
Particulars of Registration
Miracle behind registration
The Church under the absolute dictate of the
Holy Spirit Name of the Church
Tenets and Mode of worship
Mode of Worship
Order of Service
Announcement and Sermon
Holy Rites or Sacraments
Annual Washing of Feet
Annual Convocation at Porto Novo at Christmas Eve
Annual Easter Congregation at Makoko
Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Holy Mary's Day
Solemnity of Church Services
Succession into the Office of Pastor
Administration Church functionaries
Appointment of Pastors Representatives
Constitution of the General Committee
Officers of the General Committee
Secretary to the General Committee
Treasurer to General Committee
Other officers of general Committee
Meetings of general Committee
Defect in qualification or other irregularity
Board of trustees
Functions of the Board of trustees
Meetings of the Board of trustees
office of the secretary to the Board of
Office of the Treasurer to the board of trustees
The Pastor in Council
Composition of the Pastor in Council
Functions of the Pastor in Council
Meetings of the Pastor in Council
Office of the secretary to the pastor in council
Office of the Treasurer to the pastor in Council
Establishment of new Parishes
Take over of Churches of other denominations
Final Authority on the Interpretation
of the Constitution
Procedure for altering the constitution
Ranks and Robes
Role of Female members
Annointment Significance of Annointment
in Celestial Church of Christ
Precedence of members of
the board of Trustees
Appendix List of persons raised from the dead by Christ through Rev.
S.B.J. Oschoffa in Republic of Benin
The drafting of this New Constitution, which was commenced on the 29th
day of February, 1976, was, by the Grace of God, completed on the 29th
day of February, 1980. The New Constitution was promulgated on the 29th
day of March, 1980.
N I G E R I A
The Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance, Cop. I07
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION of the Registered Trustees of CELESTIAL
CHURCH OF CHRIST, MAKOKO VILLAGE YABA
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT:
SAMUEL OLATUNJI AJANLEKOKO,ALEXANDER ABIODUN BADA, ALFRED FOLABI BABATUNDE
OWOAJE the duly appointed Trustees of CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST MAKOKO
VILLAGE YABA have this day been registered as a corporate body, subject
to the below mentioned conditions and directions.
Given under my hand at Lagos this.. .... .......... day of November
CONDITIONS AND DIRECTION
THIS CERTIFICATE is liable to cancellation should the objects or the
rules of the body as set out in the annexures hereto be changed without
the previous consent in writing of the Governor General or should the
body at any time permit or condone any divergence from or breach of
such objects and rules.
THE DEED OF CONSTITUTION OF "CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, NIGERIA
DIOCESE" formerly registered as "CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST
MAKOKO VILLAGE YABA" under The Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance,
Cap. 107, made
the 29th day of March, 1980 and duly executed for and on behalf of CELESTIAL
CHURCH OF CHRIST, NIGERIA DIOCESE (hereinafter referred to as "THE
CHURCH") by persons whose names are set out in the first Schedule
to this Deed having been authorised to do so by the Reverend Pastor
Prophet Founder in whom resides the authority of the Church.
WHEREAS the Church has its National (Diocesan) Headquarters at 12/15
Church Street, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos State and the world-wide International
Headquarters of Celestial Church of Christ is at Mission House, Ketu,
AND WHEREAS the Church was duly incorporated in Nigeria on the twenty-fourth
day of November 1958 under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance
CAP. 107,as a Spiritual Community of Christian believers and worshippers.
AND WHEREAS the Constitution under which it was incorporated was by
a notice dated the 28th day of March, 1980 amended and replaced by this
New Constitution which is of a more comprehensive nature based on the
set of rules, regulations and Christian tenets forming the body of worship
of the Church and of its evangelical mission of redemption.
BE IT ENACTED and it is hereby enacted that the New Constitution of
the Church to be known as "CONSTITUTION OF CELESTIAL CHURCH OF
CHRIST (NIGERIA DIOCESE)" as set out in the Second Schedule to
this Deed is hereby inaugurated.
IN WITNESS whereof each and every one of us duly accredited so to do
in the capacity aforesaid hereunto set our respective hand and seal.
Samson Olatunde Banjo
SAMSON OLATUNDE BANJO.
Oluremi olusoga ogunlesi
OLUREMI OLUSOGA OGUNLESI
Josiah Kayode Owodunni
JOSIAH KAYODE OWODUNNI
Olayinka Afolabi Adefeso
OLAYINKA AFOLABI ADEFESO
Samuel Olatunji Ajanlekoko
SAMUEL OLATUNJI AJANLEKOKO
Alexander abiodun bada
ALEXANDER ABIODUN BADA
SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFFA
SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFA
Names of persons accredited to execute the Deed of Constitution on behalf
of Celestial Church of Christ (Nigeria Diocese):
1. SAMSON OLATUNDE BANJO
2. OLUREMI OLUSOGA OGUNLESI
3. OLAYINKA AFOLABI ADEFESO
4. JOSIAH KAYODE OWODUNNI
5. SAMUEL OLATUNJI AJANLEKOKO
6. ALEXANDER ABIODUN BADA
7. SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFFA
1. The Name of' the Church is "Celestial Church of Christ (Nigeria
Diocese)". Celestial Church of Christ (Nigeria Diocese) is part
of the one spiritual, world-wide, united, indivisible Holy Church which
came into the world from heaven by DIVINE ORDER on the 29th of September
1947 in PORTO NOVO, REPUBLIC OF BENIN (formerly REPUBLIC OF DAHOMEY)
through a single individual, a man who is the founder of the Church,
the Reverend Pastor Prophet Founder SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFFA. The
Church is a Diocese of the world-wide Celestial Church of Christ with
National (Diocesan) Headquarter-, at 12/15 Church Street, Makoko, YABA,
LAGOS STATE, the Supreme Headquarters in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin
and with International Headquarters at Mission House, KETU, I.AGOS STATE,
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
2. On the 29th of September, 1947, in the deep mystery of the divine
appearance, during prayer, of the winged angel bathed in intense light,
word came from God to the Founder:
"It is the wish of God to send you on an errand of preaching to
the world. Many nominal Christians there are who, when confronted by
difficulties and problems of this world, they run after fetish priests
and other powers of darkness for all kinds of assistance. Consequently,
on their death, they cannot see Christ because, by their action, Satan
has left his spiritual mark on them. To assist you in your work so that
men may listen to and follow you, miraculous works of Holy divine healing
will be carried out by you in the name of Jesus Christ. These works
of divine healing and God's spiritual mark on you will testify to the
fact that God sent you". Thus was born the world-wide CELESTIAL
CHURCH OF CHRIST.
3. The name of the Church came down from Heaven by divine revelation
through MR. ALEXANDER YANGA, who was at that time undergoing spiritual
healing at the residence of the Pastor Founder and who was held in trance
for seven days. At the end of the seventh day, he asked for a piece
of chalk and wrote the name of the Church on the wall thus.. "EGLISE
DU CHRISTLANISME CELESTE", meaning "Celestial Church of Christ".
4. Apart from also being a prophet, the Founder was allowed by DIVINE
ORDER to use the name "EPASTORAL" in angelic language, which
was also translated for him' as "PASTOR". This was after he
had spent the first five years since the birth of the Church as "EVANGELIST".
He is thus Reverend Pastor Prophet Founder (hereinafter referred to
as "Pastor"), whose unquestionable authority on earth on all
matters of the Church symbolises the oneness, unity and indivisibility
of the Church. "Pastor" shall refer not only to the present
Pastor but also to his successors in eternity.
5. The final sole authority in the Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria
Diocese is vested in the Pastor or the person who succeeds him on his
6. Whoever is chosen to succeed as Pastor should have his Headquarters
in the land set aside for the Pastor in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin.
7. The Prophet Pastor Founder Reverend S. B. J. OSHOFFA asserts that
if he should die in the Republic of Benin, he should be buried in the
land he had pointed out in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin.
8. If he should die in Nigeria, he should be buried in the town of IMEKO
in Egbado Division of Ogun State near his mother on the family land
given to him.
9.The Pastor asserts that his burial ground wherever it is should be
set aside as Holy ground and a place of pilgrimage.
10. Herewith the English Translation of the history of Celestial Church
of Christ as told by the Reverend Pastor Prophet Founder S. B. J. OSHOFFA
during evening service on Wednesday, 18th January 1969 at MAKOKO, the
headquarters Church of Celestial Church of Christ, Nigeria Diocese.
The History was related in place of the regular sermon for the Church
11. "It is a thing of pleasure that I am still alive today twenty
one years and some months after the birth of Our Church. "Right
here today at MAKOKO, the Headquarters Church of Celestial Church of
Christ in Nigeria, I have been asked to give a short history of the
Church for posterity. But before doing so, I shall start by giving a
short history of myself to clarify matters.
12. "My father was a Methodist born and bred in Dahomey (now Republic
of Benin). His Father, OJO, and his mother, KOSHINA, came from Abeokuta
in Nigeria to Dasatre where they settled. The artificial boundary between
Nigeria and Dahomey set up by Europeans meant that my father was - a
Dahomean. His name was OSHOFFA (this is obtained from 'OJU KI ISE OFA
TI OTA LE TA BANI KA SUBU, or, for short, 'OJU KO SO FA", which
was shortened further to OSOFA' in Yoruba' language; and it means, in
English, 'the human eye is not a missile that an enemy can fire at one
to make one fall'). He had many wives each of whom bore him up to five
to six children. All the children were, however, female and only one
survived. This made him entreat God according to Methodist doctrine:
'0 Lord if, thou would give me a boy, I shall give him up to thy service
just as Hannah and Elkana did". As a result, I was born in 1909
in Porto Novo of a Nigerian mother named ALAKE IYAFO from IMEKO Egbado
Division,' Abeokuta Province. I was named SAMUEL and also BILEWU (BILEAIYEBAWU
KOGBE, SUGBON MO MO WIPE MO TI TORO RE LODO OLORUN) which means 'if
you prefer to live in this world, then you are welcome but if you prefer
to live above in heaven, then you are equally welcome to go, but I know
I specially requested for you from God'.
13. "In fulfilment of my father's vow to God, I was sent at the
age of seven for God's service to a Methodist Catechist MOSES YANSUNU,
father of Evangelist NATHANIEL YANSUNU of our Church. Because my father
was not happy with the way I was treated he brought me back home and
later sent me at the age of thirteen to stay with Revd. Bishop David
Hodonu Loco, the Methodist Bishop of Porto Novo, formerly of Methodist
Church, Olowogbowo, Lagos, Nigeria. I was there with some other children.
After a number of years, Rev. D. H. Loco was replaced by Bishop Garner
from London. The new Bishop ordered that we pupils should participate
in making blocks for a new College building. We all refused and so he
sent us all back to our parents. When I got back home, my father admonished
me that I was different from the others because he had specially requested
for me from God and so I had to do the work. Whereupon he took me back
to the Bishop, but the Bishop would not reverse his decision. Whereupon,
my father said there was no alternative but that I should learn to be
a carpenter like himself.
14. "I became proficient as a carpenter. I was good at roofing
buildings, wood planing and working with ebony which I bought regularly
from a friend. I kept on working happily as a carpenter until my father
died on June 15th, 1939.
15. "After my father's death, I continued to bear the burden until
December 1946 when I decided that I would henceforth trade in ebony.
I would myself go into the forest to purchase ebony and bring this into
the town to sell to carpenters. I began this trade, going into the forest
areas in search of ebony. I bought it cheaply and brought it to town
to sell at a premium. I continued this lucrative trade until one such
trip in May 1947 during the floods. As usual I had my Bible with me.
I also loved much to pray.
16. "On the 23rd May 1947, the day of the eclipse of the sun, as
I was praying in the forest on this trip, I heard a voice and could
not open my eyes. The voice I beard was 'LULI', and the same voice told
me 'This means The Grace of Jesus Christ'. When I opened my eyes, I
saw a white monkey with two teeth each top and bottom with winged hands
and feet like those of a bat. When it wants to fly, it flaps its wings
forward. But it was stationary. I saw a bird with yellow feet, yellow
beak and long tail. It would sometimes fan out its tail like a peacock
does, and it was rnulti-coloured. It was also stationary. I also saw
a short snake about one foot long. As it stood stationary, it was coiled
and its mouth was puffed like a cobra. When I heard this voice, I noticed
I felt quite different from my normal self. I now found myself toying
with the snake. The bird stood for a time and then went into the bush.
The monkey also flew away and I then noticed that there was a complete
change in me.
17. "I had been rowed to the forest by a canoe paddler I hired
from TOFFIN in GANVIE. I always gave him money for his own food. But
he stole some of my soup. Soon after, he began to have stomach pains
and groaned to my hearing. I ran to him enquiring what was the matter.
He said all he did was taste some of my soup. I then admonished him
that he should not have eaten any of my soup since I gave him money
for his own food. I lay my hand on his stomach and the pains left him.
He ran away leaving me alone and saying that he did not wish to stay
with this odd man who lives in the forest and whose soup he tastes only
to find he has stomach pains which this odd man removes simply by placing
his (odd man's) hand on his stomach. I was thus left with a canoe without
paddler, and I myself did not know how to paddle. This was precisely
why I wandered about in the forest for three months.
18. "During these three months, I did not cook and I could not
paddle the canoe. But I soon discovered a hole in a tree into which
bees flew. I soon made fire by lighting two pieces of dry wood together.
I would take a dry leaf, light it and stick it in the hole at night.
Once the bees have run away, the bees' honey was my food. My drinking
water was the flowing stream nearby.
19. "But there I saw many visions and experienced many changes
in me. The forest was so thick that one looked up and saw no skies but
trees, snakes, boar, monkeys and birds singing. In the midst of all
this, I prayed a lot. I did not hunger, I felt no fear and I had no
illness but basked in the glory of Jesus Christ.
20. "As I wandered about in the forest, I came to a hillock called
FAGBE (after the township of ZINVIE) where I met a man who became Senior
Leader MICHEL when he subsequently joined Celestial Church of Christ.
It was he who told me the name of the village. I saw a lot of children
and prayed there. I returned into the forest wandering round looking
for the canoe and soon came by a lake called GODRO near which there
is a village named HUNGON. I continued my wandering past WHEDO and on
to AGLANGOUN until I found the canoe tied up along an isthmus (narrow
stream) from AGLANGOUN well into the forest.
21. "Not knowing how to paddle, I got into the canoe and just allowed
myself to be carried down stream by the current of the stream which
was then in full flood. While the canoe was thus carried from side to
side by the current, snakes fell from trees into the canoe, but I carried
them from the canoe with my hand back into the stream unhurt. I continued
my trip down the river and soon got to AGANGE. There I found a Methodist
young man called KUDIHO at the point of death who was reported to have
been very ill for a long time. I touched him and Jesus raised him up.
He is alive today and so are his children, all in AGANGE.
22. "I now went to collect more ebony wood from the forest. On
my return after five days from the forest, the whole of AGANGE was in
ferment. 'What kind of a man is this?' They said, 'We will certainly
follow him in his Church'. I told them I did not have a Church. They
would not listen and I prayed for them. I stayed with YESUFU in AGANGE
who was a neighbour of mine back in Porto Novo. After the miracle of
raising KUDIHO on the first day of my arrival in Agange and before my
return from the forest, YESUFU had gone back to Porto Novo to tell my
relations that he had seen me at Agange, that I looked very odd and
like a mad man, that my hair was long, unkempt and matted, that even
my dress was rough and untidy and that I touched the dead and they rose
up, he did not know what was the matter. with me. My relations replied
him that the reason for my untidy appearance could not be anything but
23. "I began to prepare to return home to Porto Novo on the fifth
day. I engaged ZINSOU as my new paddler. On my return there, all those
who had known me before were curious. I began to have crowds of visitors.
"About three days after my return to Porto Novo, my elder sister,
ELIZA.BETH EKUNDAYO, came to me to say that her son, EMMANUEL MAWUYON
(i.e. O'LORUNDARA) GUTON, had died. I went to him and found native doctors
there who had tried unsuccessfully to bring him back to life. When they
saw me, they quickly packed out of the room. What the native doctors
failed to do, Christ did: for I touched the deceased, and he came back
to life all in the name of Jesus Christ. It was this miracle that made
my sister leave U.A.M. (Eleja) Church and follow me. Her son, Emmanuel,
immediately received the holy gift of prophecy and thus became the first
prophet of the Church. It was through him that a lot of our worship
was revealed such as PAJASPA, the specially designed receptacle for
taking collection at services (with a candle lit at one end).
24. "On the 29th of September 1947, while, I was praying in my
house with some visiting friends, I saw a strong ray of light rather
like that from the headlamp of a car. I then saw a winged being whose
body was like fire and whose eyes were tiny flying towards me behind
the beam of light. As it approached me, the beam of light shortened
until the being stood about a yard from me. This being then proceeded
to say to me: 'God wishes to send you on an errand of preaching to the
world. Many Christians there are who, during their lifetime, when confronted
by problems and difficulties of this world they seek after fetish priests
and other powers of darkness for all kinds of assistance. On their death,
they think they are Christians, but they are no longer Christians because
Satan has left his mark on them. For this reason, such people, after
death, cannot see Christ. God wants to send you to the world on a mission
of preaching and exhortation, but the world will not believe you. To
assist you in your work so that men may listen to and follow you, miraculous
works of holy divine healing will be wrought by you in the name of Jesus
Christ. These works of divine healing and God's spiritual mark on you
will testify to the fact that God sent you.
25. "Immediately after I got this message, MARRIE, the wife of
FREDERIC ZEVENU, one of those present, exclaimed that she saw Jesus.
I asked her how? She said she saw a cross made of wood, tall, big and
wide. She said He came down from the cross, stretched His hand, and
she could see blood oozing out of both left and right hands where nails
had been driven in, she could see the same on the feet and from other
parts of the body. She said Jesus then displayed His sides and she could
see where He had been speared and that Jesus came down from the cross,
stood before him (Pastor) and took him (Pastor) into a room. When they
both re-emerged, the woman continued, he (Pastor) was dressed in a white
tunic full of stars, and the Pastor's eyes were so full of blinding
light that she could not look at them. But now, she continued, she was
surprised to find him (the Pastor) without the tunic or the blinding
light. I also related to her what I had seen and heard. She, her husband
and others all departed.
26. "I could not sleep all night; various heavenly visitors came
and spoke with me. At ten o'clock the following morning, FREDERIC ZEVENU,
husband of MARRIE, a Roman Catholic, in Porto Novo, met a group of young
people playing 'ayo' (a game) in a quarter in Porto Novo called JOGREY.
He related to them what had happened in my house the previous day, what
I had seen and what his wife had seen as we knelt down to pray. He told
them that his wife was at home and had not slept all night, but had
been talking all the time, and the things she said were rather mysterious
and far above her. About twelve of those young people ran to my house
in disbelief that such things could still happen. Seven of them were
possessed by the holy spirit delivering different messages about the
tenets of the Church and could not move, the remaining five retraced
their steps and went back to ZEVU in Porto Novo to spread the news.
Those who heard them again ran to my place in disbelief that in this
day and age such things could happen. But they also experienced some
of the things the first lot experienced.
27. "This led to gossips throughout Porto Novo that I had commissioned
and bought magic. All the Churches were bewildered, the Methodist Church
was shaken to its foundations and alive with gossips that I was dealing
with the powers of darkness and so on. When I found that thirteen days
passed by without my being able to sleep because my house was full of
Moslems, Catholics, Methodists, idol worshippers (some two hundred of
them) I sent word through DOMINIC ADANDE on the Friday to the expatriate
police officer in charge of the town at the time that I, whom he must
remember as a music player in the town, implore him to dispatch police
officers to my house to drive away all these people in my house because
I have not been able to sleep for the past thirteen days. Dominic confirmed
to him that I was a citizen of the town and he asked to see me. I went
to see him and related to him the entire episode. He replied that he
had no right to send police officers to drive people out.
Rather, since he suspected that God wished to use me for a certain purpose,
he would suggest that I arrange an open air meeting the following Saturday
to which I should invite people all round by means of notices to offices
and other forms of publicity. He said that he himself would be there.
As his own father was a Christian, he did not have the power to drive
away anybody. This reply made me thoroughly fed up with the whole situation.
But those who were with me agreed readily to the officer's suggestion
and those among them who were literate went and prepared notices and
distributed them throughout Porto Novo.
Open - Air Meeting
28. "On reading these notices, many people who had earlier only
just heard rumours, now congregated on my premises anxious to see
what would happen. We erected a wooden dais on which I sat, with a
prophet seated either side of me. I was spiritually guided to open a
Bible before me but not to read it, and to light three candles before
me which I did. Whenever a question was asked, the reply I should give
usually came to me from Him that sent me. I sat down.
29. "The first question was from one man whom we called Alex Aganyimi,
a member of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church. He was a Togolese. Whenever
a question was asked, one of my ears gave a high pitched noise while
the other was silent, the noisy ear did not hear what was being asked,
while the quiet one did. Alex said he understood that Moses Orimolade
was sent by God and he performed all kinds of spiritual works, now I
came along again and claimed that God sent me, which should they accept?
The noisy ear became quiet and I heard as follows: 'With regard to your
question, John the Baptist came before Jesus; you must surely know that
Cherubim and Seraphim's are angels all of whom wait upon and worship
our Lord Jesus. The Celestial Church of Christ is Christ's Church ,
while the Cherubim and seraphim's belong to the angels and is no more
than a fore runner to prepare the way for Celestial Church of Christ.
Whether the world likes it or not, its glory will soon become known
to all mankind". As I heard this, I relayed it to Alex.
30. "Catholic and other Churches were there because the publicity
had kindled interest in the answers I would give to the various questions
they would put to me. And I myself had no idea how to answer except
to transmit the answers given to me. A Catholic said that it was common
knowledge that St. Peter and St. Paul took the Catholic Church to Rome,
and he knew that it was by the authority of Jesus. Would the same Jesus
again send me as I claimed there then? Which should they follow? As
he spoke my ears went into action, the noisy one gave out its high pitched
noise, while the quiet one listened. I then heard as follows: 'Young
man, we gave you one Kobo to hold to, and you held on to it; now we
are telling you to reject the one kobo and accept two kobo, because
the glory of two kobo is more than that of one kobo. But if you refuse
to relinquish one kobo in time, when in future you come to see the glory
of two kobo, you will want to retrace your steps and embrace it, but
it will be too late as others will have taken your place'. I answered
as I was instructed, and so on for subsequent questions left and right.
We left the gathering that day glorifying God. Also as a result of the
success of the meeting, many more people began to join me. That marked
the beginning of the Church and its growth.
31. "Now, I was born a Methodist. I now wish to speak about the
visit of REV. PARRINDER, A Methodist Pastor, who had been transferred
from Porto Novo (where I was under him) to an Institute in Ibadan. He
was a tall man. He heard about me and came to see me. The Church was
about three months old then. He asked me why it was that, since I was
a Methodist, I did not deploy this spiritual power that had just been
bestowed on me for use within the Methodist fold. I replied that his
point was well taken, but the Methodist Pastor in Porto Novo at the
time named GBEYANGBE was the one who went on the pulpit and preached
that no Methodist should come to my house because I had acquired magical
powers by purchase and was deceiving people about. This turned many
Methodists against me and they did not come near me. Moreover, my dear
Reverend, I continued, if the Methodist Pastor at the time had sent
word to me to inquire truthfully and diligently about me don't you think
that I would quite gladly have joined forces with the Methodist Church
because I myself had no understanding of the whole episode as shown
in the fact that I sent to the police to help to send multitudes away
from my. house.
32. "However, before you came, I continued, He who sent me told
me that a European will be coming to see me and that I should speak
with him patiently and calmly. I was then asked to tell you that you
should stay awhile until next Sunday and worship with them at the Methodist
Church in Porto Novo. After service, position yourself at the exit with
one half of the door closed so that they can also shake your hand as
they file out. Note their fingers for any rings which are not engagement
or wedding rings and which are made of metal or such like, you should
know for sure that in such peoples homes are to be found idols, witches
and other powers of darkness and that they are idol worshippers. It
is they who use the powers of magic. And those who would truly worship
and serve him must serve no other god. The message given to me is that
many Christians there are who on their death do not see Christ because
they had become idol worshippers before their death. This is the task
entrusted to me. After giving him this message, he stood speechless
for some half-hour in thought beating his forehead with a pen and with
one leg crossed over the other. He then went out to the doorway of my
father's house (which is where it all started, not my present house),
stood by his car for another half-hour with ADIHU another Pastor from
Republic of Benin (formerly Dahomey) who had accompanied him on the
visit. After consulting for some time he promised to come back but I
did not see him before he returned.
33. "But, according to God's promise (and God never fails to fulfil
His promise), at the same time that these things were happening, a woman
in Porto Novo called TINAVIE from ZEVU district died in hospital after
a short illness. The Church was barely two months old. Tinavie's younger
sister, MAWULOWOE (God will oblige), it was who prophesied that Tinavie's
dead body should be brought to me and that Jesus would raise her from
the dead. Church members in. the area came to tell me of her death and
I asked them to bring her dead body to my house. When it was brought
on a stretcher, I told them to put it on the bare floor.
34. "Now all my relations in our compound were all Moslems.. Only
my father was a Christian. But we were all Yoruba. We have eight marks
on our cheeks according to Yoruba tradition. When the dead body was
brought in, my relations, who were all Moslem's, exclaimed in Muslim
fashion 'I-LAHILA, HILALAWU, what has this boy done again? Brought in
a corpse!' But I asked them to leave the dead body on the floor. In
short, Jesus Christ my Saviour raised TINAVIE from the dead. She became
alive and I asked that she be taken to the hospital to greet the doctor
who had treated and certified her dead. The doctors name was Alexandre.
When the doctor saw her alive, he ran slamming the door thinking that
a dead person was about to speak to him. He did not realise that it
is God the King who brings the dead to life again. It was also MAWULAWOE
who at the first seaside Christmas festival gave the song (in Yoruba):
Jesu emi yio sin o (2ce)
Nibi mimo yi
Larin 'jo nla re
Emi yio sin o titi d'opin
Emi yio mu 'bukun rele' .
Meaning in English:
'Jesus, I shall worship thee (2ce)
In this holy place,
Amidst thine large Church,
I shall worship thee until the end,
I shall go with blessings from Thee' .
35. "Another miracle related to a friend of mine MOISE SURU AFOYAN
from ZEVU district of PORTO NOVO who died. His relations came to tell
me that my friend had died and that they had come to buy the coffin
with which to bury him but had merely called to let me know. I went
to the house of MOISE and I saw his dead body lying on the floor. He
was my friend. I was wearing three sets of clothes. I took one off,
covered the dead body with it and told everybody to leave the room.
When it was the wish of Jesus, MOISE SURU was brought back to life at
36. "I went back the following day. MOISE SURU said he very much
wished to tell me what happened. He said he saw an old man with hair
and beard all white standing on the balcony of a storey building. The
old man brought me to show him (MOISE) and asked him whether he knew
me. He said he replied that he did. The old man then told him that he
(MOISE) was already dead but because of and to honour me (PASTOR), he
would be returned to life; and moreover, he (MOISE) would not die again
until the person (PASTOR) who raised him from the dead shall have built
a storey building.
37. "It was thus MOISE SURU who foretold the event of my building
a storey house. And yet, at this time, I did not even have the financial
strength to buy a single brick. I went along with it because I knew
that my God's word never fails. I am thankful to God that MOISE SURU
and his children are still alive today, and the storey building has
been built in his lifetime as he foretold.
38. "The next notable event was at the town of GRANPOPO where the
sea had overflows its banks thus constituting a serious problem. Because
of the news reaching him of various miracles wrought by Christ through
me, the chief of the town sent word to me in PORTO NOVO that the sea
had penetrated the town and had destroyed all their houses. He sent
word that they believed that God had sent me and that there was nothing
that God could not do. He implored me to come and stop the sea washing
away their entire township. I prepared to go, taking six people with
me including Wolida AFOSE YANGA, his wife Elder SILVESTIN, YAMAN and
Leader MATHIAS from DANNU.
.39. "When we got to the sea front at GRANPOPO, I saw a European
Catholic Reverend Father carrying a curved shepherd's staff standing
by the sea, and the sea pushed him back as he prayed with the staff.
But when I got there, I was told by HIM that sent me that to HIM the
entire world was like an egg and that similarly the sea was like a needle.
I was further instructed that I should, therefore, insert a needle in
an egg in full view of all the inhabitants of GRANPOPO and throw the
egg with the needle into the sea which would carry it away. I did as
I was instructed as it was not my wish but that of HIM that sent me.
A miracle happened, the sea receded completely.
40. "It was noteworthy to record a further development of this
event. There was a Lagoon in the town (Granpopo) which normally emptied
into the sea. The Point of entry was dangerous as many boats had been
carried away there. The sea had now receded so much that the whole area
at the Point of entry of the lagoon to the sea was dry. When the idol
worshippers in the town who did not accept Jesus Christ saw what happened,
they became annoyed and protested that the recession of the sea had
gone too far. They brought cows to offer as sacrifice and dragged them
along until they-threw them in the sea. Because of this faithless act,
the sea returned with doubled fury after three months and did more havoc
41. "The fame of these deeds spread far and wide. Consequently,
people in TOFFIN rushed to join the church. From AGONGE, the Church
spread to GBEKO, from GBEKO to GOGBO. As the Church spread far and wide,
the Catholics in Porto Novo, the Moslems and Methodists began to plot
and mobilise against me. They all had informants in my house - the Catholics
had theirs, the Methodists had theirs and the Moslems also had theirs.
Any Catholics who worshipped in my house were immediately informed upon
by the Catholic agents. Any Methodist who worshipped in my house were
immediately informed upon by Methodist agents. Similarly, any Moslem
who worshipped in my house were immediately informed upon by the Moslem
agents. Consequently, I moved to WEME, a district of TOFFIN.
ENTRY INTO NIGERIA
42. "When my detractors did not see me in Porto Novo, they imagined
that the Church was reducing in strength. But the opposite was happening
among the few I left behind. Meanwhile, some of the members in TOFFIN
established another branch in GBAJI from where it spread to Lagos in
Nigeria. Those who introduced the Church into Lagos were fishermen,
about seven in number - people like the present LEADER SAMUEL FRANCOIS,
the present Senior Leader Leyon who is right here among us, people like
JOHANA from GBAJI and the late SEPO.
43. " Their unique church and spiritual works which people in Lagos
noticed about them led to persistent demand to see me. I was then already
back in Porto Novo where the Church had then grown and become big and
firmly established. When word came that LAGOS wished to see me, I feared
to go either to LAGOS or indeed anywhere in Nigeria. Being the only
surviving male of my father, I feared for Nigeria which I understood
was a fast and difficult country. The emissary from LAGOS was always
MOSES AJOVI from IJOFIN, Nigeria, now a Senior Leader. After refusing
twice to go to Lagos, I relented the third time on the understanding
that MOSES AJOVI would be with me always. And so we both travelled to
LAGOS together during the Passion Week 1951.
44. "Soon after my arrival here in LAGOS I learnt of a young woman
who was mad and laid up in a room. I went to see her and Jesus cured
her instantaneously. This caused a stir, and by Maundy Thursday word
had gone round of this famous miracle.
45. "A number of clergymen from various Churches sent for me to
meet them on the Good Friday in a hall in YABA which had a piano in
one corner. They told me they had heard stories of miracles of the dead
rising and so on. Although they were all Christians, they wished to
make it clear that I should consider them to be thorough-going doubting
Thornases. They very much wished to believe that God sent me, but they
would not unless they saw miracles performed there right before their
eyes. I agreed. I asked them which of them would like to see the glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ and to know that God sent me. They all replied
that they would.
46." I then selected two women from among them, one married, the
other unmarried and asked them to lie down. I removed two of the clothes
I was wearing, placed one each, on the two women. After about one hour,
nothing happened. I asked them both to get up. The elder one said she
seemed to notice something brush past her, but she looked up and saw
nothing. The other said she felt something about to happen to her but
she saw nothing. At this stage, they began to think they would not see
47."I then remembered and sang the song which the eleven month
old child of MARIE ZEVUNNU gave, the world through the HOLY SPIRIT some
time before which runs thus (in Yoruba):
'Emi Mimo sokale sarin wa, S:s:d:m:-:-d:r:d:t:l:s:-:-:-:-
Awa nse ireti re s:s:d:m:-:-d:r:-t:-d.-:-:-:-
Wa wonuwa ko wa fun wa I'agbara s: s: 1: s: m: s: f : m: r: m: -m:
Agbara t'awa yio fi segun, 0 ki ise 'Ieri re lai mu u se, Ranti ileri
re to se'.
meaning in English:
'0! Holy Ghost descend thou upon us,
We wait upon thy coming down,
Come enter us and give us thy holy strength,
The strength with which we shall overcome,
Thou never makes a promise without fulfilling it.
Do thou remember thine promise!'
They all began to sing this song with me.
s: s: d: m: -d: r: -t.: -d:
s: s: 1: s: -: -m: s: f : m: r: m: -m:
48. "Suddenly, as they sang, the Holy Spirit descended upon them.
Among them, somebody said: 'He is my beloved. I sent him, hear ye him'.
Another said: 'you married woman, you are in your menstrual period,
you want to see the glory of Jesus, do ask her whether or not she is
in her period'. Still another said: 'you young woman, you know very
well you have just had sexual relations and you have not bathed to cleanse
yourself. I am a selective God'. They were all bewildered at all they
saw and heard coming from among them. The whole hall shook and they
saw the power and glory of God.
49. "Now, these people at Yaba that day knew many Christian songs
of their own denominations; they were so impressed with what they saw
that they declared that they would do nothing but sing when they saw
Jesus. So they began to have a feast of songs. After sometime, I told
them it was time to go home. They said I should not go home and they
would not stop singing until day break. And moreover, they continued,
it was raining and once it started raining in those parts, they said,
it was a long time stopping. I replied that what they took for raining
was indeed part of God's work; it was a special down pour which would
stop as soon as I wished to go home. When I saw that they had contributed
a lot of money, I told them I wanted no money. One woman among them
gave me two shillings loaves of bread which I accepted, saying 'Jesus
said a worker deserves to have his food'. I then said I was going and
they said I could not go yet. I peeped out, stretching my hand in the
rain. It stopped and I left. This fresh miracle really startled them
and started a rush of people to the Church here. That was how the Church
really started in Nigeria.
50. "Next occurred here the miracle of the rising from the dead
of HUNSU, a seven-year old boy. He was found in a room clasped to the
bosom of an old. woman. The body of the boy was forcibly removed from
the woman and brought to me in front of the Church. As directed by the
Holy Spirit, I sprinkled holy water on him and he rose lip immediately.
This caused a sensation. The Chief Imam of Lagos who was on his way
to dedicate a new mosque (Owodunii Mosque at lwaya) stopped by together
with his followers determined to see whether or not the name of "ANOBI
YISA" (Jesus Christ) would work miracles as had often been claimed.
After seeing the miracle happen, he and his followers exclaimed: 'LAIIAILA
HILALAWU' (God is mighty).
51. "Shortly after this, word came of the death of another young
woman named THERESA HUMPE. She had died early that morning in the fishermen's
quarters. Because they could not find a doctor to certify her dead and
issue a death certificate, they intended, as was often the case in Makoko
at the time, to wait until dark and secretly have her buried. Makoko
at the time was largely bush and this was not difficult. But the Holy
Spirit was with me and I asked for the dead body to be brought to me.
The body was carried to me in broad daylight in full view of everybody.
But He who sent me was fully behind me. I placed my hand on THERESA
and she instantly rose up. This THERESA is alive today and is a mother
52. "This was why the owner of Makoko, the late RAMOTU EMMANUEL,
a Moslem woman, approached me to say that she had a dream that a holy
man had just entered Makoko, and that if she wished the landed property
of Makoko to be hers, she should go and see the man. She told me that
I was the man and requested me to pray for her so that Makoko could
remain hers and she wanted to know my terms. She came with her son RAIMI,
her clerk and BALOGUN, her caretaker. I replied that I took nothing.
I asked her to bring a single white candle which I used to pray for
her. Her prayers were heard. The town of Makoko became her undisputed
property during the third month from then. Even though she was a Moslem
she remembered that God had helped her through this Church and so she
gave the Church the land on which the present Church is situated. Because
of future possible litigation after her death, she conveyed the property
to the Church (although it was in my name) and obtained one KOBO in
payment. It was thus a gift because of the miracles observed. May God
bless the family. RAMOTU EMMANUEL died on 23rd March 1952, Easter Sunday.
53. "The miracles performed by our Lord Jesus Christ through me
were numerous. I shall now make particular reference to that of the
young woman named OLUSOLA who died and whom Jesus raised from the dead
after the third day.
54. "A young member of the Church who was fond of saying 'Please
say Halleluyah with me' and who, for short, was nicknamed 'Halleluyah'
came one Sunday morning and reported the death of a woman at 3.00 p.m.
the previous day (a Saturday) in a house which belonged to him. He said
that in view of the many miracles performed by Jesus through me right
there in Makoko, particularly those of IIUNSU and THERESA, he felt sure
that OLUSOLA could be raised from the dead. He first spoke to me at
ten o' clock on the Sunday morning as service was about to start. Service
finished at three o'clock in the afternoon and he kept on worrying me
but I still did not answer him. Owing to his persistence, however, at
4 o'clock that afternoon, I sent Evangelist BADA (then a LEADER) with
one of my robes to follow the man called 'Halleluyah' to the house and
put the robe on the dead body and tell the relatives that if and when
the body moved, it should be brought to the Church. On the way there,
'Halleluyah' was to go in front and Evangelist to follow behind.
55. "Evangelist returned and reported that he had carried out my
instructions. At about five thirty that afternoon, they brought the
dead body in a car because they were amazed to see the body actually
turn over although it was still lifeless. I asked that the body be placed
in the Church vestry for women.
56. "Now there was a young man from Ondo who came with them. He
belonged to one of the other spiritual Churches, but I do not know which.
When he saw that we left OLUSOLA's dead body in the vestry for hours
without bothering to pray or go near it but that we went on talking
generally, he came to me and counselled that instead of doing nothing
we should pray for the dead body as it was already stinking. I replied
that I was not the one going to bring OLUSOLA back to life and that
he should be very careful and not go near the dead body. I told him
that if he did, he would have to accept responsibility for whatever
happened to him. But he would not listen. He continued to pace up and
down. Finally at about twelve midnight, he suddenly went to have a look
at the dead body. He ran back to me startled, and reported that he had
seen a man clad in white with his hair parted into two standing at the
head of the corpse. I retorted to him that I had warned him not to go
near the dead body. He ran away and I went to bed. OLUSOLA's mother
also went to bed. I did not bother about the dead body. These miracles
are not done with my own power I am no more than a servant for HIM that
sent me. There was therefore no need for me to go into a bout of prayer
or staying up all night or fasting or such flagellation.
57. "In the morning of the third day of OLUSOLA's death, her mother,
watching the hours go by, became restless. At nine o'clock in the morning
she came to me and said in despair that as the body of OLUSOLA was still
as dead, stinking and lifeless as ever, and already covered with ants,
she should be allowed to take the body home for burial. As she said
this her loin cloth fell off her. This aroused my sympathy and I got
up and followed her to where the dead body lay. I asked her the name
of her daughter and she replied that her name was OLUSOLA. I struck
the body and called 'OLUSOLA' and the dead girl replied 'SIR'. I struck
her again and said: 'In the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk'.
She immediately got up and walked. She is still here with you, you all
know her. Her younger sister is Sister IPADEOLA-
APPEARANCE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
58. "With regard to our LORD JESUS CHRIST, LORD of heaven and earth,
who sent me, it was time for HIM to reveal HIMSELF in all HIS power
and glory right here in Makoko. This happened in 1954 on the Friday
following the Harvest Thanksgiving Service for that year which was the
third Harvest Thanksgiving service in Nigeria. For three months previous
to HIS coming, spiritual messages had been pouring out of our prophets
to the effect that the Lord Himself would soon pay us a visit, suddenly
walking into our midst, and that we should always be prepared to be
able to identify Him on arrival.
"At about 3.00 a.m. on the day of his arrival, I was possessed
by the Holy Spirit and, as reported to me later, I continually uttered
the following words, until about 5.30 a.m. during which time the whole
house reportedly shook to its foundations: 'Jesu, Jesu eniti iri re
dabi iri oju omo kiniun, eniti nti ori ekanna re tan imole', that is,
in English 'Jesus, Jesus, thou whose eyes are like those of a lions
cub, and from whose finger tips light beams out'.
"This was reported to me later in the morning by Evangelist Bada
(then Leader) who was sleeping very close to me in the Church together
with some of :the 'other Members.
59. The Lord came, as a blindman. He appeared walking towards the Church
at about 9.00 a.m. He spoke first to my wife CHRISTINE and asked her
for tobacco. She replied that she had none. Then He asked her for cigarettes,
and again. she replied that she had none. Then He asked her for kolanuts,to
which she replied angrily that she should be left alone, particularly
as the three things He asked are forbidden to Celestians. At this point
YAMAN, who was nearby, intervened and offered Him some money to buy
the things He wanted will never be empty. He, then, told YAMAN to caution
her daughter CHRISTINE to beware because the world is delicate. He left
60. ' I was not there, I was in the other house some fifty yards away.
I saw a man coming towards me. He was tall and graceful and covered
Himself with a single piece of white cloth wrapped round His whole body
from Head to toe. As He approached. I saw spiritually a sudden beam
of light before Him and recognised at once that He was the Lord whose
coming had been foretold.
61. "I went to meet Him. He was blind, the usual black spot being
totally absent from the eyeball which were totally white. I then asked:'
'My Lord, whence cornest thou and whither goest thou?' He replied: 'the
son of Man comes from nowhere in particular nor does He have any destination
but goes wherever the wind guides HIM" I replied: 'I thank you
my Lord'. I then said: 'Very well, my Lord, would you not like to come
with, thy son into the house?' He replied as He walked with me: 'Art
thou not the prophet? You had been given to know me because of your
loving kindness. I will come with you to your house'. As we walked,
I put my hand in my pocket and offered HIM money as aims. He declined
and said: 'Mine is, not money but Love. May it be so for you as well'.
62. "We walked together, I on the left, He on my right. Now, them
was a trench at the time near the entrance to the Church to drain away
underground water oozing from under the Church into the lagoon. As we
got to the trench, I said: 'My Lord, take care here, there is a trench,
let me take your hand so that you can cross safely'. He replied: 'Not
at all, the Son of Man may not have visible eyes, but He has spiritual
eyes which see better than yours'. Before He had finished, He had smartly
crossed the trench ahead of me. We walked along and entered my house
63. "When we entered, He asked me for water, and I gave Him water
in a bowl. He asked for sugar. Makoko was not as developed as it is
now. I saw this as an opportunity to please Him. He did not accept alms
from me, but perhaps I could please Him with a whole packet of sugar.
I searched through Makoko for sugar to buy, but there was none came
back to tell Him I could find no sugar. He then said the lumps in my
room would do. I went into my room and searched and indeed found seven
lumps there and brought them to Him. He asked me to put them in the
water and said; 'As from today, let there always be sugar in your house'.
He stirred the water with his hand, sipped seven times and gave to me
saying. "Men will, rush to you with various problems. and went
on to tell the various uses to which water could be put. I also sipped
seven times and kept the remaining water which I retain till this very
64. "He then asked for a cloth large enough to wrap, around a dead
body. I looked round and could only get a yard of white material from
my wife CHRISTINE. I wrapped it with paper, and as l was approaching
him from behind, He asked: 'Could this be enough to cover my whole body
from head to toe?' I became baffled, and was going to return it. But
He said :Since you intended it as a gift ,for me, do not take it away.
Leave it and go look for something bigger'. Then Evangelist BADA who
was nearby drew my attention to a new- soft white cotton material which
was wrapped round the altar for the Harvest the previous Sunday. Then
our Lord cut in and said: 'Yes, that will be big enough to wrap' round
me from head to toe'. Whereupon I went into the, Church, removed it
from the altar, folded it, wrapped it in paper and brought it to HIM.
He said: 'Yes, this is my own portion (share) of this year's Harvest'.
He did not touch it, but asked me to pack it together with the earlier
material. Also present at this time was EMMANUEL YANSUNU who was a Methodist
and had only escorted his brother Evangelist Nathaniel Yansunu.
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". He said I should
fix my eyes on Him as much as I could because I would not have the opportunity
again of seeing Him as I saw Him then and talking to. Him in this fashion.
He said I would surely see Him again, but how He could not tell me at
that point in time. This referred to the time when I myself would leave
He then sought to take leave of us and urged us not to announce his
departure. Evangelist BADA, who remained present throughout, then rejoined:
'Who can fail to see the glory of this sunshine?' To which our Lord
replied in surprise: 'What?' Then, BADA repeated: 'FATHER, who can fail
to set the glory of this blissful sunshine?' Then our Lord chanted:
"Halleluyah seven times. Evangelist NATHANIEL
YANSUNU from Porto -Novo (he was not even Leader then) was sleeping
in the other room. He was paralysed on one leg. But as soon as he heard
us talking in the other room he woke up and sprang up his leg straightening
at the same time. It will be recalled that this NATHANIEL YANSUNU was
the son of MOSES YANSUNU with whom I stayed when I was at the age of
66. "Continuing, He said He came to talk to me because there was
a lot to talk about but I would have to walk with Him a little, just
the two of us. We left the house, leaving the others behind. He asked
me to bring both cloth parcels 1 had brought for Him. I brought them
along. We walked along Church Street in broad daylight and yet we met
not a soul all the way to Makoko bridge. He talked to me a lot giving
explanations and specific injunctions on a number of matters relating
to the Church. One of these injunctions was that we should hence forth
celebrate Holy Communion at our annual Christmas gathering at Porto
Novo beach and that He Himself would be present and partake. Previous
to this we had not celebrated Holy Communion at our Christmas gatherings
which was the seventh in the history of the Church.
67. "At that time, logs of palm tree were positioned either side
of the bridge to retain the road and stop it being washed away by the
stream. We stood on the palm tree log to the right and we both faced
the West. He then requested me to bring out the clothes and drop them
in the mud. I did so and He put His left foot on the cloths while His
right foot remained on the log. I remained standing on the log. Then
with His left foot still remaining on the cloths which were bubbling
under His foot, He said: 'SON OF MAN, HERE AT THIS SPOT WE PART. GO
AND DON'T LOOK BACK'. I turned round and started to go. After taking
three steps, I felt curious to know how He would go. I turned round
and could no longer see Him. He had disappeared.
68. "On the third day, there was an incident concerning a particular
woman who professed to be a member of our Church, but had secretly been
visiting and seeking for help from the powers of darkness fetish priests
and so on. Apparently, as she was passing by APENA CEMETERY ' the white
robed man who had appeared to me here earlier also appeared to her and
she was frozen stiff and could not move. She was taken into a house
nearby. As this was happening there, it was being prophesied to me here
in the Church at Makoko that there were those who came to me claiming
to be Christians but who were worse than idol worshippers; that one
of them had just been caught and would be brought to me. On her arrival,
I should inquire from her why any member of the Celestial Church of
Christ should still seek help from herbalists and other Satanic agents.
I should inform her that it was He, CHRIST, who appeared unto her.
69. "True enough, some time later, they carried in the woman unconscious.
When I put my hand on her, she became conscious and got up. What I was
asked to tell her I did exactly and she confessed.
70. "Another appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ was at the Lagos
Bar Beach in 1954 on the occasion of the anointment of some members
of the Church in Nigeria amongst whom were LEYON, SAMUEL and a few others.
(It is pertinent to mention that LEYON and SAMUEL were the first to
be elevated to the rank of LEADER in the Church in Nigeria). Our Lord
appeared from the sea. "As had happened prior to His first visit
to us in Makoko, I was possessed by the Holy Spirit at about 3.00 a.m.
on the day and reportedly prophesied His coming in my sleep. At about
mid-day while we were on the beach performing the anointment, a boat
suddenly appeared lying far out to sea. In the twinkling of an eye,
it came within about two hundred yards from the beach. The next moment
we saw a man on the beach in a reclining position wearing a piece of
blue loin cloth round His waist reminding one of the one on Him in the
usual picture of Him on the cross. His body showed signs of having come
out of the sea. He had by His side a well worn old Bible wrapped round
with a piece of string, a copy of the Koran and some sun-dried crayfish.
I knew it was our Lord and I went immediately towards Him. He spoke
to me giving me further injunctions and explanations on a number of
things. In particular, He directed me not to engage in any form of eye
service to any one.
-While this was happening, a woman wearing a simple apparel moved around
Him, coming not too close, to look at Him with some concern, then moving
away again. She did this repeatedly. I knew it was MARIA, the gracious
mother of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. It was midday and the sun was high
and we had sought to assemble under the shade of the trees which were
still on the beach at the time. As I walked towards Him, the sand burned
under my feet, but immediately I got near to Him, everything became
cool as if under a shade. After He spoke to me, I returned to the congregation
of our members and disclosed to them that He of whom I had prophesied
had arrived and was reclining up there. Members present rushed towards
Him and He spoke to many of them. Notable among them was a particular
lady, Mrs. Adedoyin Adekoya, who was gorgeously dressed in Yoruba attire.
When she related her own experience, she told us that our lord queried
why she came naked. This puzzled her. At this juncture, YAMAN cut in
and pointed out that it was because she was not dressed in her sutana
like the others. Some members of other spiritual Churches worshipping
on the beach that day also saw Him and many of them rolled on the sand
in spiritual turmoil, digging the sand with their hands and testifying
to His identity and presence. Various fishes, whales and other animals
of the sea dipped in and out of the water in salute.
71. "We went on with our prayers and all the time , l kept an eye
on Him and continued to see Him. We closed our eyes to say the grace.
After the grace, we opened our eyes and discovered that He had disappeared.
So also had the woman MARIA and the boat. Members searched up and down
for Him but He was nowhere to be found.
72. "The miracles that take place daily are too numerous to mention.
Before God and man, prior to 1958, several persons had been raised from
the dead. And in 1958 alone three were raised from the dead two in ABEOKUTA
and one in IBADAN. They are all with us here. Glory be to God in HEAVEN.
73. "The blind see by the GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST, sometimes as many
as eighteen, a day, the dumb speak, the lame walk, the sick (too numerous
to count) are healed, the barren become mothers, those who are pregnant
but are prevented from giving birth to their children by the powers
of this world are released from these powers -one of such, you all remember,
is. NIMBE's mother who is with us here. When she was brought to the
Church, medical opinion said she was not pregnant and so did everybody,
you all remember what I am talking about. But by the power and .glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ, it was disclosed that the woman was pregnant.
She eventually gave birth to the child whom we all call OLUWAMBE (that
is, God is indeed present). He has now become a young man. Similarly
Mrs. SOMORIN whose pregnancy was denied by medical opinion, also gave
birth to a female child named MOJISOLA.
74. "Miracles are indeed an everyday occurrence with us. These
testify to the fact that He who sent me and who promised that these
miracles will happen through me so that the world may believe that He
sent me - that He is still with me. Glory be to His name in Heaven.
Halleluyah. May the Celestial Church of Christ continue to wax strong.
SUPPLEMENT BY THE PASTOR FOUNDER TO THE HISTORY AS TOLD ABOVE AT HEADQUARTERS,
75. The Pastor Founder was asked at a meeting of the Board of Trustees
held on Tuesday 22nd May 1979 at the International Headquarters, Celestial
Church of Christ, Mission House, Ketu, Lagos State, Federal Republic
of Nigeria, to give in greater detail how actually the various aspects
of the Church's worship were handed down together with the surrounding
events. The Pastor Founder replied in the following paragraphs.
76. "A few days after my return to Porto Novo from my sojourn in
the bush through AGANGE where, you will recall, KUDIHO was raised from
the dead by our Lord Jesus Christ through me, word came from my elder
sister (ELIZABETH OSHOFFA married to GUTON) that her only child and
son, EMMANUEL MAWUNYON GUTON (who later became our Evangelist in Ivory
Coast) had died. I was in my praying attire and I sent word that he
was not dead. On my arrival, I found the dead body and I sent everybody
out of the room. The idol worshippers, who had earlier been trying to
revive him, hurriedly left the room and, as I touched him, Jesus raised
him and he immediately received the gift of the Holy Spirit and became
the first prophet in Celestial Church of Christ.
Injunction to Found a New Church
77. "During the first week in October,1947 and on the fifth day
after I received the DIVINE ORDER on September 29, 1947, we were gathered
together early in the morning when word came to me (I regularly heard
voices and still do) that the DIVINE COMMISSION I was given was to found
a new Church and that I should start it right there in my house. The
first song given to us was (in Yoruba).
Enyin ara 'nu Kristi d:s:s:m:l:s:-
E gbe orin soke d:m:s:-f:m:r.-..
Ke e si gbo ohun ti d:s:-ml:s:-d:
Jehovah n'so m:s:-f:m:r:-:-
Ere di re te fi wa s: d: d: t: 1: s: s:
Ninu Ijo Mimo yi? m:m:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
Ere di re t'e fl wa s: d: d: t: 1: s: s:
Ninu egbe nla yi? m:m:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
Ki Maria lya wa s:d:d:t:l:s:-
Le e wa a sin wa lo m:s:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
K'Eni mimo rere yi s:d:-t:l:s:-m:s:
Wa ma sin wa lo f:m:r:r:d:-:-
We all sang this song together early that morning.
Covenant with Christ
78. 'Later the same day, in the evening, while I was alone in an inner
room of my father's house, I heard a voice (I still regularly hear the
same voice until now) telling me to go and bring a short strip of wood.
I went out and cut a short length of wood from the first tree I saw.
Being a carpenter, I planed it neatly and brought it inside. I was then
instructed by the voice to put it down somewhere as He Christ wished
to make a covenant with me and I was going to be betrothed as a bride
of Christ. I then saw a hand which indicated the sign of the cross.
I was instructed to use the cut stem of a leaf (fetched from outside)
and purple ink to make the sign of the cross in remembrance of Christ.
I was told: "THIS IS THE SYMBOL OF THE COVENANT BETWEEN YOU AND
ME". I dipped my finger thrice into the ink we used and was then
asked to pray for the most wonderful and unfathomable power of the Holy
Spirit. I slept late that night because of visits from heavenly visitors
talking to me.
Heavenly Song of Praise
79. "Mawunyon, my elder sister's only child, was directed by the
Holy Spirit from his father's house about a mile away to my house. He
arrived singing a song (in an unknown language) which we seem to have
'Yah rih gorimah s:l:d:d:d:-
Yah rih goriyeh S'I:m:m:m:-
Ngo yeh d:r:s:-:-:-
Yah rih yah', r:m:d:-:-:-
at the same time translating it into Egun (a major language of the Republic
'Mi pa oku na
Won di pa emi
0 ji re lo
in Yoruba, 'E yin OluWa
Enyin omo ogun
Translated into English, it reads:
O Praise ye the Lord
All ye heavenly hosts
The great hour
Is at hand'.
He sang this song kneeling down.
Injunction About Holy Communion in New Church
80. "It was also Mawunyon who that same night gave us an injunction
that we should not use wine for Holy Communion but rather a mixture
(b) oranges and
(c) coconut milk.
He did a lot of work by way of spiritual messages that night.
Injunctions About Candleholder
81. "Mawunyon it was who gave the injunction that we should worship
with seven candles and also took a piece of wood and drew out the shape
of the candle holder. In this connection, he also gave us a Powerful
song which we seem to have also forgotten lately.
Awon agba tan fitila meje
Wa gbadura wa, etc.
Injunctions About Pajaspa - Collection Pouch
'Mawunyon it was who also gave us a description of what we should use
for collection at services and named it PAJASPA - a metal ringed Pouch
with a handle and a socket for a candle which should be lit during collection.
Injunctions About Call to Worship
83. "Mawunyon it was who indicated how in heaven a pot of incense
was being swung accompanied by the following song:
'Yah Rah Sah Rah) 2ce
Yah Rah sah, Mattah) and translated into Yoruba
E tan fitila mimo latorun wa' 2ce
He also that same night gave us that this song should be followed by:
'Yah Rah Mah
FE Yah Rah Mah
Yah Rah Mah
Yah Man Yah Rah Mah!.
translated into Yoruba:
'Wa ka. lo
Wa ka 1(?
But he said that, before singing this last one, we should build a box
which we should call MATTAH. At the bottom should be kept the cross
and stick which is the symbol of Christ's covenant with me topped by
candles for use at the altar. Having thus removed our shoes, worn our
white sutana or tunic, taken the candles one by one from Mattah (thus
becoming candles used in heaven above) and having lit them in Position,
we should wholeheartedly sing above song and ring the bell to worship
(this came much later) and draw near to God forgetting all about this
world, kneeling on our knees and our forehead touching the floor in
obeisance to Almighty God and in readiness to commune with Him. Mawunyon
did not leave that night until about 2.00 am.
Christ Himself Administers Holy Communion to Me.
84. "Soon after that night, I was in a trance (1 was wide awake)
with my eyes closed. I saw. myself climbing steps in-space towards the
sky until I got to the top where I saw a table top suspended. I knelt
on one side of it while on the other side standing was my Lord and Master,
my Creator. He gave me Holy Communion - I ate and drank from His hand.
Then, all of a sudden, the table top dipped and I realised for the first
time that below me was bottomless space. As I exclaimed in fear, I grew
wings which I used to navigate my descent.
The following morning, before I had a chance to relate this incident,
a woman told me that on her way from the toilet the previous night,
she suddenly saw me with wings while my eyes and body were fiery. She
ran shutting the door only to see me again in similar fashion and she
then ran to bed and covered herself in fear wondering that I was surely
not yet dead. I replied by telling her the story of the incident of
the previous night. She died within three months of seeing me like that.
Injunctions. About Ringing the Bell to Worship
85. "This came through me seven years after the birth of the Church.
You will remember., Supreme Evangelist Bada, that when 1 related this
incident to the congregation at Makoko, I held a Bible in my hand as
witness. I was in a trance and saw in space a house without solid walls
or roof, but a house nonetheless. Some were on the upper floor and we
were on the lower floor, both floors not being solid but suspended in
space and real nonetheless. As a bell ring three times, both those on
the upper floor and we on the lower floor knelt down touching our forehead
to the floor and said in Yoruba
'Mimo, mimo, mimo si Oluwa awon omo ogun'
meaning (in English)
'Holy, Holy, Holy to the Lord God of Hosts'.
The bell ringing three times and our response was done three times.
It was after this that we started the service in my trance. This is
how it formed part of our service of worship in Celestial Church of
Injunctions About Praises Facing the Four Corners of the Earth
86. "This came through JOSEPH AWANGONU, Baba Martha. He said that
he saw a Church without walls or roof but apparently with four entrances
in the four cardinal directions, and as a bell rang, he saw people of
all races running into the Church from the four corners of the earth.
As they ran, they were singing (in Yoruba):
'E yin Jesu, E yin Jesu s:-:-s:l:s:m:d:d:-:-:-1:-:-:-
Fun 'jo kehin to sokale
Enyin Jesu, E yin Jesu'
Fun 'jo kehin to sokale
Enyin Jesu, E yin Jesu
Fun 'jo kehin to sokale
Enyin Jesu,eyin Jesu s:-:-s:I:s:m:
Fun 'jo kehin to sokale s'.-d:m:r:d:t:d.-.-.-.-
The more the multitudes, the more room the Church seemed to have.
Songs of Entreaty for God's Power and Glory
87. "The following song came as I was travelling on a boat in mid-sea
from IGBESU to the spot where I prayed onto God and the tree I had specifically
come to destroy burnt for seven days and seven nights. As my boat was
about to land, I heard a song which it appeared I was singing with others
(unknown and unseen) as follows (Yoruba):
'Baba a a
Ni wakati yi
Gbe ise owo o re e ga a a
Ki gbogbo a'iy'e le' mo
Ni 're lo I ran mi nise
Lasan a a I'aiye ngbe ogun
Wakati na de t'aiye o wa riri
L'abe agbara Mimo Jesu'.
It is a powerful song which should not be sung lightly.
Injunctions for Monthly Watchnight Service
88. During a service in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ's prayer
at Gethsemane shortly before his death, we were told that the following
song, which came again through MAWUNYION, was the song which our Lord
actually sang Kneeling and with forehead touching the ground at Gethsemane
when he besought his disciples to watch while he prayed (in the song,
he seeks to draw them into his prayer of worship of the Lord God unaware
that they has fallen asleep):
'Yah Gol Lah Mari Yah Nga Rih Yeh
Ya Gol Lah Mari Yeh'
Translated immediately (Yoruba)
'e foribale fun Oba Oluwa Mo foribale fun'
meaning in English: Bow ye before the Lord God
I bow myself before him'.'
That was Jesus speaking. This was the only song Jesus-sang in the Garden
of Gethsemane that night. As he sang and prayed intently, he sweated
so much that the drops of sweat began to fall from his body like blood
and a voice answered our Lord Jesus on that occasion thus 'I have, glorified
you on earth and in Heaven'. We sing this song in Celestial Church of
Christ during the monthly watch night services (on the first Thursday
night/Friday morning of each month) in remembrance of the occasion and
also during Easter at the watch night service of Holy Communion on Holy
" Another song used on the same occasion and which came at another
Hi Ram Jah Mah
Hi Ram Jah Mah
Translated immediately (Yoruba) so that we can understand the song we
are being taught:
, Emi Mimo
E sokale wa'.
89. "It is interesting to note that, although my father firmly
believed that my birth was in answer to his prayers referred to above,
none of us (including my father) had any inkling whatever that the nature
of service to God to which I would be called would be such a very important
one. In hindsight, the nearest my father came to predicting this important
future was on his death bed when he called me and prayed thus (in Yoruba):
' Wa joko ninu owo,
Wa joko ninu omo,
Enia ni yio ma sin o'.
Meaning in English,
You will be established in money,
You will be established in children,
Men will serve you'.
It later proved not merely a prayer but a prophecy because at that particular
time, I had not had an issue'.
REGISTRATION OF THE CHURCH
90. Particulars of Registration: The Church was duly registered under
the Land (Perpetual Succession) Ordinance, Cap. 107 on November 24,
1958. The Certificate of Registration, whose number is 489, was signed
by the then Governor-General of the Federation, Sir James Robertson.
Miracle behind Registration: It is noteworthy to relate the circumstances
of the registration of the Church. The application for the registration
under the relevant ordinance was forwarded to the Government in 1958
(during the colonial era). Initially, the Government was not disposed
to grant the application presumably because no spiritual Church of African
origin had up to then been registered.
Churches in Nigeria accorded official recognition at that time were
those which had their origins in Europe or America.
On being told of the reluctance of the authorities, the Pastor remarked
that there was no cause for anxiety because He who owned the Church
(i.e. our Lord Jesus Christ) would reveal Himself to the official concerned.
A few days later, the Pastor asked the late LEADER OWOAJE to check on
the application. When he got there, he had a pleasant surprise in that
the Certificate of Registration, signed and sealed, had been waiting
for him for a few days. He was also informed that the then Governor-General
Sir James Robertson, had related that, in his dream, a tall white man
with long hair parted in the middle and robed in white, appeared to
him and instructed him to sign the certificate of registration of Celestial
Church of Christ because the Church was His. The following morning he
signed the certificate. This was the miracle of the registration.
THE CHURCH UNDER THE ABSOLUTE DICTATE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
91. It is hereby emphasised for note that:
(a) the name of the Church,
a.the tenets and mode of worship of the Church, and
b.the service hymns of the Church are all revealed through the Holy
Spirit as promised by our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 14:25,26) thus:
"These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send
in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you".
NAME OF THE CHURCH
92. The name of the Church, 'Eglise du Christianisme Celeste',
'Celestial Church of Christ' in English, and 'Ijo Mimo ti Kristi lati
orun wa' in Yoruba was revealed by the Holy Spirit as stated earlier
in clause 3, page 3.
TENETS AND MODE OF WORSHIP
93. It is ordained by the Holy Spirit that:
(1) members of Celestial Church of Christ are forbidden to engage or
participate in any form of idolatory, fetish ceremony or cults, black
magic and charms;
(2) cigarette or tobacco smoking or snuffing or any type of weed smoking
or snuffing is forbidden to members of the Celestial Church of Christ;
(3) consumption of any form of alcohol, wine or any strong drink that
can intoxicate is forbidden to members of Celestial Church of Christ
as the odour of all these - cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, etc. - are
repugnant to the presence of the Holy Spirit;
(4) consumption of pork or any food offered as sacrifice to idols or
other powers of darkness is forbidden to members of Celestial Church
(5) members are forbidden to wear apparels made of black or red materials
except for professional reasons;
(6) members should not wear shoes when wearing their sutana or within
the premises of the Church;
(7) male and female members are forbidden to sit together side by side
within the Church and its premises;
(8) female members during menstruation are not allowed to come within
the precincts of the Church until after their sanctification after seven
clear days; and where the menstruation extends beyond seven days, two
clear days should be allowed for after stoppage before sanctification;
(9) female members are forbidden from entering the altar area or leading
the congregation in worship;
(1 0) in Celestial Church of Christ, only white candles are to be used.
Coloured candles are strictly forbidden;
(1 1) fornication and adultery are forbidden in the Celestial Church
(12) Holy is the Celestial Church of Christ and all who worship in her
should endeavour to be clean in body and in soul..
MODE OF WORSHIP
94. All forms of worship in the Celestial Church of Christ are entirely
as revealed by the Holy Spirit. This includes the setting of the altar,
and the seats therein, the number of candles used for the various types
of services and the seating arrangement. In particular, it should be
noted that the seating arrangement was revealed through a prophetess
who under the influence of the Holy Spirit in the wilderness on Friday
5th October 1947, sketched the seating arrangement using oranges.
ORDER OF SERVICE
95. There is an Order of Service laid down in the Celestial Church of
Christ for different occasions such as Marriage, Funeral, Mass in remembrance
of the Dead, etc. The order for the respective occasion is strictly
as revealed by the Holy Spirit and is set out in the booklet titled
"Order of Service" obtained from the Supreme Headquarters
in Porto Novo, the Nigeria Diocesan Headquarters, Makoko, Lagos and
indeed from many parishes all over the country.
96. The Order of Service, as revealed, contains certain Holy Names which
usually precede reading from the books of Psalms. The meaning of some
of these Holy Names are given as follows:-
Eh-Yibah Oluwa Alanu
Eli-Yah Oluwa Olorun
Eli - Bamah - Yabah Oluwa -Omo Emi - Michael
Agashadual Qba Olusegun
Jehovah Jecho - Hirami Oba Olubukun
ANNOUNCEMENT AND SERMON
97. Announcement during Devotional Services shall be made by the Parish
Secretary and shall be designed to bring to the notice of the congregation
items of interest to the Church, forthcoming Church programmes, guidelines
for the adherence to the Tenets of the Church and such items of announcement
as may from time to time be ordered by the Pastor or from the Diocesan
98. Sermon during Worship shall be delivered by any Church elder so
appointed by the Pastor's Representative at the Parish for the occasion.
The elder so appointed shall strictly observe the following guidelines.-
(a) The sermon shall be taken from the Bible texts appointed to be read
for the day. Strict adherence to the text shall always be an overriding
(b) Reference to Newspaper Publications, to items of political nature
or items that have connection with Government Policy or items that may
be construed as antagonising or derogatory to other religious organisations
HOLY RITES OR SACRAMENTS
99. There are a number of Holy Rites or Sacraments within the form of
worship in Celestial Church of Christ which are of utmost importance.
Members shall avail themselves of the opportunity to partake in these
Rites or Sacraments:-
This is by immersion. Before being accepted as a member of the Church
one must be baptised or re-baptised into the faith of Celestial Church
of Christ. Reference is made to Acts 19:1-6.
(b) HOLY COMMUNION
The important rite of the Holy Communion is generally held Quarterly
as well as on Holy Thursday (Pre-Easter), and on Christmas Day at the
Porto Novo Beach. It may also be held on other special occasions such
as Marriage, Funeral, Mass in remembrance of Departed Souls etc.
(c) ANNUAL WASHING OF FEET
This is held on the Thursday of the Holy Week (Passion Week). It is
in commemoration of the event when Jesus Christ washed the feet of His
disciples during the last supper. For this purpose, it has been laid
down that representatives of each parish shall congregate at the Diocesan
Headquarters, Makoko on Saturday preceding the Palm Sunday. After a
short service the representatives would return to their
respective parishes on Sunday (i.e. the Palm Sunday) and would perform
the washing of feet to members of their respective parishes on the following
(d) ANNUAL CONVOCATION AT PORTO NOVO CHRISTMAS EVE
It is ordained by the Holy Spirit that all members of the Celestial
Church of Christ, wherever they may be, shall convocate for Christmas
at the sea side in Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin. This is in remembrance
of the birth of Christ during the census decreed by Caesar Augustus
- Luke 2: 1.
(e) ANNUAL EASTER CONGREGATION AT MAKOKO This is a Congregation of all
members of Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese at Makoko from
the morning/ afternoon of Good Friday_ until Easter Sunday. Three services
are held in Celestial Church of Christ on Good Friday to celebrate the
anniversary of the arrest, trial, conviction, crucifixion and burial
of our Lord Jesus Christ. These are at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 noon and 3.00
P.m. local time. Representatives of each parish in the Diocese are enjoined
to attend the 3.00 p.m. service at Makoko and thereafter partake of
the feast of fruits and water at about 5.30 p.m. The day's celebrations
will be considered over thereafter as from about 6.00 p.m.
The following day, Saturday, in the evening, there will be a procession
to the Cemetery for a devotional service there at twelve midnight.
Then on Easter Sunday morning, there will be a full devotional service
of joy and victory in the Church.
f.ANNUAL HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE
It is also laid down that each Parish of the Celestial Church of Christ
shall annually observe the Harvest by holding Harvest Thanksgiving.
Service followed by Harvest Sales. This will be celebrated in two parts
- Juvenile and Adult. The Juvenile Harvest will be celebrated by all
parishes on the first Sunday in June each year, while for the Adult
Harvest, parishes shall inform and agree their respective dates with
the Diocesan Headquarters in Lagos, always provided that no parish shall
hold its Harvest Thanksgiving Service on the Ist Sunday in October,
which is the date fixed for the Supreme Headquarters in Porto-Novo or
Ist Sunday in August, which is the day set aside for the Diocesan Headquarters,
Makoko in Lagos.
(g) HOLY MARY'S DAY
This is in commemoration of the appearance of Holy Mary to the Pastor
on the 15th day of July 1977.
The significance of Holy Mary to the Celestial faith can be traced to
the earliest days of the Celestial Church of Christ; for the very first
spiritual hymn that was given to the Church through one of the early
prophetesses of the Church (WOLISATA) was the hymn which reads thus
(Hymn No. 762 CCC Hymn Book):
"Enyin ara 'nu Krist (1: s: s: m: 1: s: -
E gbe orin soke d:m-s:-f:m:r:-:-
K' e si gbo ohun ti d:s:-m:l:s:-d:
Jehovah nso m:s:-f:m:r:-.-
Ere di re te fi wa s:d:d:t:l:s:s
Ninu Ijo Mimo yi? iii:m:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
Ere di re t'e fi wa s:d:d:t:l:s:s:
Ninu egbe nla yi? m:m:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
Ki Maria iya wa s:d:d:t:l:s:-
Le e wa sin wa lo M:s:f:m:r:f:m:-:-
K'Eni Mimo rere yi s:d:-t:l:s:-m:s:
Wa ma sin wa lo'.' f:til:r:r:d:-:-
Significantly, thirty years later, on 15th day of July 1977, the Pastor,
in a trance, saw himself climbing a number of steps until he got to
a plane full of fallen leaves and sighted a fair white lady clad from
top to toe in blue apparel and standing in a posture as if shielding
something away from him.
Then the Pastor found himself descending steps until he sighted a Church
from which a Reverend Father emerged and bowed in homage to him repeatedly.
Then the Pastor found himself ascending again back to the spot where
he earlier saw tile fair lady. This time, the fair lady opened up to
show that what she was shielding away earlier was a baby having a crown
on His head and she said, pointing to the baby:
Emi Mimo ni,
Okan mimo ni,
Oba iye ni,
Eni ba fe sin gbodo tona to mo rekete"
meaning in English
"This is Jesus Christ,
He is Holy in Spirit,
He is Holy in Mind,
He is Life everlasting.
Tell people that those who would worship Him must
tread the path of spiritual cleanliness".
At this juncture, the Pastor realised that the fair lady was Holy Mary.
She repeated the injunction in song thus:
"Jesu, Emi , mimo ni, d:-s:-:-:-d: iii:rn:m:r:-:-:-
Okan Mimo ni, r:d:m:M:r:-:-:-
Oba iye ni, r:r:d:d:r:-;-:-
Eni ba fe sin Jesu a m:s:s:s:r:ni:d:d:s:
tona to mo rekete". s:r:r:d:d:d:-:-:
Continuing, she told the Pastor that he should remain undaunted by the
colour of his skin because race is of no significance in things of the
Spirit. She added:
"Okan mimo re la nwo ti a fi ngbe inu re."
meaning: "It is because of your clean mind that we dwell in you".
Almost exactly a year after the incident described above, the Pastor
fell ill during which it was spiritually revealed (also in trance) that
due recognition shall be accorded to Holy Mary in the Celestial Church
of Christ by commemorating the above incident annually. In consequence,
the Pastor declared first Friday of July every year as Holy Mary's Day
to be observed by full congregational Service throughout the Celestial
Church of Christ all over the world. The first observance of Holy Mary's
Day took place on Friday 7th July, 1978.
I 00. The Pastor-in-Council shall have sole responsibility for the publication
of all Church Literature of the Celestial Church of Christ. Included
in this Literature are Gospel Diary, Almanacs, Hymn Books, Calendars,
Church Periodicals and such other Literature as shall be purported to
be authorised by or to emanate from Celestial Church of Christ.
101. All persons who earnestly and sincerely desire to be saved and
therefore accept Jesus Christ as the son of God and only Lord and Saviour
of mankind and who wish to worship and serve Him in the Church; demonstrating
their sense of conversion by taking up such duties and privileges as
are entailed in the fellowship, are welcome into the fold.
102. Nobody shall be considered a member of the Church until he has
been baptised in the Celestial Church of Christ, irrespective of any
previous baptism(s) in any other Christian denomination(s).
103. A worshipper desiring to become a member shall
(i) renounce membership of all secret cults, societies, fraternities,
(ii) renounce the worship of all idols and fetish,
(iii) desist from the worship of Satan and all his works, from following
any fetish priests and from engaging in magic or any powers of darkness,
(iv) renounce all titles, positions or associations which directly or
indirectly conflict with the above injunctions (e.g. any type of Chieftaincy
(v) declare that living or dead, he is a full member of the Celestial
Church of Christ and that on his death, he should be buried in accordance
with the tenets and rites of the Celestial Church of Christ,
(vi) sign a declaration of adherence to the above.
All the above are based on the teachings of the Holy Bible: Exodus 20:3
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me"
and 2Corinthians 6:14-15 "Be ye not unequally yoked together
with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel?"
104. Members shall use within and outside the Church only those appellations
and/or prefixes relating to their rank within the Church. In addition,
members may use outside the Church those appellations and/or prefixes
that relate to their professional titles (e.g. Engr., Arch., Dr., Brig.,
Flight Officer, Navy Commander, or B.A. M.Sc. etc) or their gender (e.g.
Mr. Mrs., Miss., Esq.)
105. New members shall normally, prior to admission undergo sanctification
with a pail of water and candle to avoid uncleanness in the Church.
The prayer of sanctification shall be conducted by the Pastor's Representative
in charge of the Parish or by his appointee.
SOLEMNITY OF THE CHURCH SERVICES
106.During Church Services, the utmost solemnity and attention shall
be observed. All mannerisms that may militate against this, such as
gossip, side talk or pasting of currency notes on members of the Choir
in appreciation of their music shall be totally avoided.
107. Celestial Church of Christ is one and indivisible. For organisational
purposes and within the framework of this organisation, the following
terms, wherever they are used and wherever they occur in this Constitution,
shall be deemed to have the meaning hereunder respectively assigned
(a) INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: Celestial Church of Christ is world-wide.
While its Supreme Headquarters is at Porto Novo, Republic of Benin (formerly
Dahomey) which is also its birth-place, the INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
of the Church world-wide is at the Mission House, Ketu, Lagos State,
(b) DIOCESE: refers to the entire Church within Nigeria with its National
or Diocesan Headquarters at 12/15 Church Street, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos
State. It also includes for the time being those Parishes outside Nigeria
(e.g. in United States of America, United Kingdom, Western Europe) which
are administered from Nigeria.
(c) DISTRICTS: denote groups of Parishes within the Diocese ministered
unto by Pastor's Representatives of the rank of Assistant Evangelist
and above. Such Assistant Evangelists (and above) shall normally be
based in a Parish from where they would administer to the parishes within
the group to which they are assigned such Holy Rites as can only be
administered by those with the rank of Assistant Evangelist and above.
(d) PARISH: denotes individual Church Congregation within the Diocese.
As examples, we have
(i) Badagry Parish
(ii) Yemetu Parish
(iii) Oke-Ado Parish
i.Harton Street Parish, etc. etc. etc.
108. The Pastor as the ultimate Spiritual Head of the Celestial Church
of Christ world wide shall be vested with the sole ultimate and unchallengeable
authority on all matters affecting Church life, be it planning, organisation,
doctrinal standards and the spread of Doctrines, Education, Legislation
or Discipline, the provisions of this Constitution notwithstanding.
109. The Celestial Church of Christ world-wide shall have one Head who
shall be known and called "The Pastor". (John 10.14-16).
1 10. In the History of the Celestial Church of Christ, there can be
only one Founder. The use of the title "Pastor and Founder"
or "Pastor/Founder" is exclusive to the very first Head of
the Church, the one and only one Founder of the Church, Rev. Pastor
Samuel Bilehou Joseph Oshoffa. Any future head of the Church shall be
called simply "The Pastor".
SUCCESSION INTO THE OFFICE OF THE PASTOR
111. Whereas the Pastor and Founder of Celestial Church of Christ has
proclaimed publicly that, by divine inspiration, it has been revealed
unto him concerning the mode for the appointment or selection of a Successor
to the post of Pastor and Spiritual Head of the Church, it is here firmly
(i) The successor to the office of Pastor can be from any rank in the
hierarchy of the Church and shall, at a time chosen by God to reveal
this unto the erstwhile incumbent of the post of Pastor, be named and
proclaimed the successor;
(ii) On succeeding after the transition of his predecessor in off-ice,
the new Pastor shall occupy the Pastor's Chair in the inner altar.
112. There shall be a Representative of the Pastor in each Parish, i.e.
an Elder or Leader or other rank in charge, who would perform all the
duties of the Spiritual Leader in the Parish subject to the provisions
of this Constitution.
113.Pastor's Representatives shall have all privileges to report direct
to the Pastor on all matters.
114. In the absence of the Pastor, a Pastor's Representative may however,
report to the Head of the Diocese who will, in turn, report back to
Appointment of Pastor's Representatives
115. The appointment of Pastor's Representative to a Parish shall be
made by the Pastor in consultation with the Head of the Diocese. The
Pastor may, however, make a direct appointment of his Representative
to any Parish and inform the Head of the Diocese accordingly.
116. The Pastor's Representative when appointed in accordance with the
provisions of this Constitution, shall, in the presence of the Pastor
and the Congregation of selected Anointees of the Church, take an
Oath of Allegiance:
(a) to the service of Christ and Christ alone,
(b) to the total commitment to impart the teachings of Christ based
on the Holy Bible;
(c) to the strict observance of the Rules and Tenets of the Church;
a.to perform his duties free of any charge whatsoever (Matthew 10:8).
117. He shall obtain from the Pastor a letter of credence as a testimony
to his appointment.
I 18. Whenever a Pastor's Representative changes his Parish, he shall
surrender his previous letter of credence for a new one, which shall
be valid for the Parish into which he moves.
I 1 9. Any person who holds himself out as a Pastor's Representative
, and who serves in any Parish without obtaining the letter of credence
valid for that particular Parish has no authority over the Parish in
which he is officiating and will in consequence render himself liable
for appropriate disciplinary action.
120. Procedures for the appointment of Pastor's Representative and amendments
to such procedures as may from time to time become necessary shall be
the subject of a Church Proclamation which may be referred to as Pastoral
121. The Parochial Committee constitutes the local government of the
Parish Church and is empowered to deliberate for the progress of the
Parish Church. It comes under the General Committee. This in turn is
subordinate to the Supreme Committee with Headquarters in Porto Novo,
Republic of Benin.
122. The Parochial Committee of each Parish shall have the power to
apply disciplinary measures in minor cases affecting its Parish Church.
Parochial Committees shall have no power to suspend or expel and must
not, under any circumstances whatever suspend or expel any of its members
from the Church. Parochial Committees may, in circumstances requiring
such stem disciplinary action, make recommendation to the General Committee
whose function it is to investigate, arbitrate, conciliate and take
123. Notwithstanding the provisions in Clause 122 above, the Pastor
may, on his own or, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, take
such action as he considers appropriate.
124. The full provisions of this Constitution in relation to DISCIPLINE
are dealt with in Clauses 169 and 170 below.
125. Every Parish Church must have a Parochial Committee drawn from
within its members and which will be responsible for the day-to-day
affairs of the Parish. The composition of the Parochial Committee shall
be thirty-three made up as follows:
(i) Chairman and two deputies
(ii) Honorary Secretary and two deputies
(iii) Honorary Treasurer and two deputies
(iv) Six ex-officio male spiritual elders
(v) Six ex-officio female spiritual elders
(vi) Six other male co-opted members
(vii) Six other female co-opted members
However, the Pastor, at his sole discretion, may approve a smaller number
and composition of the Committee.
126. Where the Pastor is of the opinion that a Parochial Committee is
not functioning for the best interests of the Church, he shall dissolve
such Committee and order a re-election.
127. The General Committee shall be the first governing body to which
all Parochial Committees shall report. It shall perform its functions
under the superior authority of the Supreme Committee to which it reports
and the ultimate authority of the Pastor.
128. The General Committee shall deliberate on all matters referred
to it from the Parochial Committees and generally on all matters affecting
progress of the Church within the Diocese including the maintenance
and interpretation of the doctrinal standard of the Church, the making
and custodianship of the Church's Law, the ordering of the total life
of the Church and the maintenance of discipline.
Constitution of General Committee:
129. The General Committee in Representative Session shall consist
The Pastor (who shall be permanent Chairman)
The Head of the Diocese and his Deputy
Members of the Board of Trustees
All Evangelists of all grades within the Diocese Members of the Parochial
Committee of the National or Diocesan Headquarters Church.
Parish Representatives consisting of':
(i) Pastor's Representative in the Branch;
(ii) Chairman of the Parochial Committee;
(iii) Secretary of the Parochial Committee;
(iv) Treasurer of the Parochial Committee;
(v) Two other members appointed by the Parish, one
male, one female;
(vi) Such other members as the Pastor may nominate from time to time.
OFFICERS OF GENERAL COMMITTEE
130. Officers of the General Committee shall consist of:
Chairman (Pastor or his appointee)
Hon. Secretary to the Committee
Hon. Assistant Secretaries to the Committee (2)
Hon. Treasurer to the Committee
Hon. Assistant Treasurers to the Committee (2)
and such other officers as the Committee may from time to time designate.
Secretary to General Committee:
131. The Secretary of General Committee shall normally be elected from
among members by popular vote.
132. He shall be elected at the first session of the General Committee
at which he is to take off-ice.
133. He shall hold office for a period of two years and shall be eligible
for re-election thereafter for further period of two years.
134. He shall be responsible for the proper recording of the notes of
the meetings and also monitoring the implementation of all decisions
of the General Committee.
135. Subject to the provision of clause 131 the General Committee may
appoint a member to act as Secretary for any of its meetings where the
Secretary and his assistants are absent.
136. Treasurer of General Committee
(i) The Honorary Treasurer of the General Committee shall be elected
by the General Committee by popular vote.
(ii) The Honorary Treasurer shall hold office for a period of two years
and shall be eligible for re-election and shall:
(a) collect and administer such funds of the General Committee as directed
by the General Committee;
(b) carry out such other functions concerning finance as may be directed
by the General Committee from time to time.
137. Other Officers of General Committee
(i) The General Committee may designate and co-opt such other officers
as may be required for proper and due execution of its business from
time to time.
MEETINGS OF GENERAL COMMITTEE
138. The General Committee shall meet at such time and place as fixed
at the preceding meeting or as may be provided for by the Regulative
Procedures, provided that:-
(i) If the last General Committee meeting has omitted to fix such time
and place or for any other reason it becomes impracticable to meet at
the time or place so fixed, the Pastor shall fix a time and place for
the meeting of the General Committee. But, in the absence of the Pastor,
the Head of the Diocese shall fix a time and place for the meeting of
tile General Committee.
(ii) Furthermore, if on account of emergency the Pastor considers it
necessary, he may summon an extraordinary meeting of the General Committee
at such time and place and at such reasonable notice as he shall think
139.The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the General Committee
(a) If the Pastor is absent from a meeting of the Representative Session,
the Head of the Diocese shall preside or, in his absence, any member
nominated by the Pastor or Pastor-in-Council.
b.In all such meetings of the General Committee, where the Pastor is
not present, the decisions taken shall always be subject to ratification
by the Pastor.
Defect in Qualification or other Irregularity
140. Any defect subsequently discovered in the qualification or appointment
of a person who purports to act as a member of the General Committee
or the absence from the meeting of the Committee of any person or class
of persons or any vacancy among the membership or the omission to give
due notice to any person or any other similar irregularity shall not
affect the validity of any vote or proceeding taken at a meeting of
the General Committee and the same shall be valid as if the meeting
had been duly constituted and all persons purporting to act as members
had been fully qualified, subject always to the ratification of such
proceeding or decision by the Pastor.
141. Notices, Agenda and Minutes:
(i) Notice of the matters to be considered at a meeting of the General
Committee shall be given to such persons and in such manner as Regulative
Procedures shall provide.
(ii) The Agenda for the meetings of' the General Committee shall be
prepared in such form as Regulative Procedures may provide.
(iii) Minutes Book shall be kept, into which shall be recorded all minutes
of all business transacted at General Committee meetings and copies
of such documents as the Committee may by resolution or by Regulative
Procedures require to be recorded therein.
(iv) Entries in the Minutes Book shall be read or laid before the General
Committee during its session and shall be verified in such manner as
Regulative Procedures shall provide and such verified entry shall be
conclusive proof for the proceedings of the meeting of the General Committee
to which it relates.
(v) The proceedings of the General Committee shall be published to such
an extent and in such manner as the General Committee shall by Regulative
Procedures or resolution provide.
(vi) Any defect in the procedures stated in 141 (i) to 141 (iv) above
shall not by itself invalidate the proceedings and decisions reached
at such meetings provided that such decisions receive the ratification
of the Pastor.
142. Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the Pastor or the
Pastor-in-Council may provide by Regulative Procedures for any matter
relating to the Church and its functions. Such Procedures shall take
immediate effect and be obeyed by all members and all Parishes in the
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
143. There shall be a Body of Trustees for the Celestial Church of Christ
Nigeria Diocese to be known as "Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria
Diocese Board of Trustees", hereinafter referred to as "The
144. Members of the Board shall be appointed in writing at the sole
discretion of the Pastor and shall continue in office until their appointment
is revoked in writing by the Pastor.
145. The first Trustees of the Church under the Constitution are:
1. Reverend Pastor Prophet Founder SAMUEL BILEHOU JOSEPH OSHOFFA (Chairman)
2. Supreme Evangelist ALEXANDER ABIODUN BADA
3. Superior Senior Evangelist SAMUEL OLATUNJI
4. Superior Senior Leader OLAYINKA AFOLABI ADEFESO
5. Superior Senior Leader ISIAH KAYOD'E OWODUNNI
6. Superior Senior Leader OLUREMI OLUSOGA OGUNLESI
7.Superior Senior Leader SAMSON OLATUNDE BANJO.
The Pastor Founder, Rev. S. B. J. Oshoffa, hereby emphasises that the
last four members have attained the rank of full Evangelist but have
not been so anointed because of the nature of their day to day work.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
146. The Board shall so far as the law allows be vested with the
(i) Custodian of all Landed Property and Buildings of whatever tenure
or description, of any School, College or Institution, which is designated
as Celestial Church of Christ Institution and is within the Diocese.
(ii) Custodian of all other forms of Property, moveable or immovable,
that is not herein afore-mentioned, as may belong to Celestial Church
of Christ or to any of her Organisations or Schools or Colleges or other
Institutions, provided such properties lie within the Diocese.
(iii) The sole authority to represent the Church in all matters of relationships
between the Church and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
at all levels.
(iv) The sole authority to represent Celestial Church of Christ (Nigeria
Diocese) in all matters of relationships between the Church on the one
hand and other organisations and religious bodies on the other.
(v) Such other functions of a consultative, advisory, investigative,
legislative and executive nature as the Pastor shall request of it from
time to time in all matters relating to the Church.
147. The Board shall from time to time have the power to demand from
the General Committee, or from any other ad-hoc Committee, from any
officer or officers concerned with the Management or administration
of property of Celestial Church of Christ, ad and every information
or report that they may require relating to or concerning such Property
deemed to have been vested in the Board by virtue of this Constitution
or under any Act, Law or other enabling Authority.
148. The Board shall be empowered to demand from the General Committee,
from the Honorary Treasurer to the General Committee, from any other
Committees, or Sub-Committees, and from any other Officers concerned
with the administration of Funds of Celestial Church of Christ, such
information as the Board may from time to time require on the administration
of Funds of a particular Committee, Sub-Committee, or other Organisation
of Celestial Church of Christ. The Board may, if it so desires, order
an investigation into the Finances of any Committee, Sub-Committee,
or other Organisation of Celestial Church of Christ.
149. The Board may from time to time issue directives for the investment
in any manner as the Board may consider necessary and adequate of the
funds of any committee, Sub-Committee or other Organisation of Celestial
Church of Christ. Such Financial directives from the Board shall always
150. The Board shall have authority to make such arrangements and give
such directions as it thinks fit for the management and disposition
of Church Property referred to it in Clause 146.
MEETINGS OF THE B0ARD OF TRUSTEES
151.The Board shall meet at such time and at such place as shall be
determined by the Pastor, who has the sole authority to summon a meeting
of the Board.
152l. In the absence of the Pastor. or where the Pastor is not available,
and where it becomes necessary to convene a meeting of the Board, the
Head of the Diocese (wherever possible with the consent of the
Pastor) may cause a meeting to be convened through the Secretary to
the Board and in accordance with Clause 154 (iii) and (iv) hereunder.
153. Under the circumstances as set out in Clause 152 such a meeting
is deemed to be "Emergency". Decisions taken at all such Emergency
meetings of the Board shall only be valid after ratification by the
Pastor in writing.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
154. The Board shall appoint a Secretary from among its members. The
Secretary to the Board shall by virtue of this Constitution be vested
with the following:
(i) he shall hold Office until the Board otherwise directs;
(ii) lie shall act as Secretary at all times when the Board is holding
a meeting in any capacity of its various functions as conferred upon
it by this Constitution.
(iii) he shall send out circulars to convene a meeting of the Board
and shall ensure the validity of such circulars by taking due care that
they are signed by the Pastor;
( iv) agenda for discussion at a Board meeting shall be prepared by
the Secretary after due consultation with the Pastor;
(v) in the absence of the Secretary, the Board may appoint a member
from amongst its membership to act as Secretary for any particular meeting
and for any specific period;
(vi) under such circumstances where the Secretary to the Board is absent
or is unavailable, the Pastor may instruct another member to act in
the capacity of Secretary and so send out circulars to convene a meeting
subject to the provision of Clause (154(iii) and (iv) as enumerated
(vii) he shall perform such other functions as directed by the Board.
OFFICE OF TREASURER TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
155. The Board shall appoint a Treasurer from among its members. The
Treasurer shall, by virtue of this Constitution, be vested with the
(i) he shall hold Office until the Board otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall collect and administer such funds of the Board as directed
by the Board;
(iii) under the authority of the Board he shall carry out on behalf
of the Board such duties relating to all aspects of the property and
finances of the Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria Diocese of an advisory,
consultative, investigative, legislative and executive nature as the
Board shall direct;
(iv) he shall keep up-to-date and proper books of account of the finances
of the Board and of such finances and property of Celestial Church of
Christ Nigeria Diocese as the Board may direct;
(v) he shall perform such other duties as the Board shall direct from
time to time;
(vi) whenever the Board so directs, he shall have an Assistant who shall
act for him in his absence.
156. The overall machinery for the Government of Celestial Church of
Christ, Nigeria Diocese, and for the direction of its affairs shall
be vested in the Pastor-in-Council (hereafter referred to as "Council")
which is under the ultimate authority of the Pastor.
COMPOSITION OF THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
157.The members of the Pastor-in-Council shall consist of:
The Pastor (Chairman)
Head of the Diocese and his Deputy
Other members of the Board of Trustees
Such non-permanent members as the Pastor may from time to time ask to
FUNCTIONS OF THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
158. The Pastor-in-Council, under the Pastor's authority and constituted
in accordance with this Constitution, shall have the final directive
on all Church matters relating to the Diocese, including:
(i) Custodianship of the Constitution of Celestial Church of Christ,
(ii) Amendment and Interpretation of the Constitution of the Church
and ensuring its implementation and observation;
(iii) Custodianship of Church Laws and Rules;
(iv) Maintenance and Interpretation of Church Doctrine;
(v) Maintenance of Discipline;
vi.Publication of Gospel Diary, Almanacs, Hymn Books Calendars, Church
Periodicals and all other Church Literature.
MEETINGS OF TRE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
159. The Council shall meet at such time and at such place as shall
be determined by the Pastor, who has the sole authority to summon a
meeting of the Council.
160. In the absence of the Pastor, or where the Pastor is not available,
and, where it becomes necessary to convene a meeting of the Council,
the Head of the Diocese (wherever possible with the consent of the Pastor)
may cause a meeting to be convened through the Secretary to the Council
and in accordance with Clause 162(iii) and (iv) hereunder.
16 I. Under the circumstances as set out in Clause 160 such a meeting
is deemed to be "Emergency". Decisions taken at all such Emergency
meetings of the Council shall only be valid after ratification by the
Pastor in writing.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
162. The Council shall appoint a Secretary from among its members. The
Secretary to the Council shall by virtue of this Constitution be vested
with the following:-
(i) he shall hold Office until the Council otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall act as Secretary at all times when the Council is holding
a meeting in any capacity of its various functions as conferred upon
it by this Constitution;
(iii) he shall send out Circulars to convene a meeting of the Council,
and shall ensure the validity of such Circulars by taking due care that
they are signed by the Pastor;
(iv) agenda for discussion at a Council meeting shall be prepared by
the Secretary after due consultation with the Pastor;
(v) in the absence of the Secretary, the Council may appoint a member
from amongst its membership to act as Secretary for any particular meeting
and f6r any specific period;
(vi) under such circumstances where the Secretary to the Council is
absent or is unavailable, the Pastor may instruct another member to
act in the capacity of Secretary and so send out circulars to convene
a meeting subject to the provision of Clause 162(iii) and (iv) as enumerated
(vii) he shall perform such other functions as directed by the Council.
OFFICE OF TREASURER TO THE PASTOR-IN-COUNCIL
163. The Council shall appoint a Treasurer from among its members. The
Treasurer to the Council shall, by virtue of this Constitution, be vested
with the following:-
(i) he shall hold Office until the Council otherwise directs;
(ii) he shall collect and administer such funds of the Council as the
Council shall direct:
(iii) under the authority of the Council, he shall carry out on behalf
of the Council such duties relating to the finances of Celestial Church
of Christ Nigeria Diocese as the Council shall direct from time to time;
(iv) he shall keep up-to-date and proper books of accounts
of the finances of the Church;
(v) he shall perform such other duties as the Council shall direct from
time to time;
(vi) whenever the Council so directs, he shall have an Assistant who
shall act for him in his absence.
ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW PARISHES
164. Members intending for whatever reason to set up new parishes shall,
AS THE VERY FIRST STEP, obtain IN WRITING, the approval of the Pastor
who is vested with the sole and ultimate authority for the approval
of the establishment of new parishes.
165. In the absence of the Pastor, however, the Head of the Diocese
may give approval for the establishment of new parishes subject to ratification
by the Pastor.
166. Production of evidence of purchase of land (that is, at least,
a purchase receipt bearing the name of Celestial Church of Christ Nigeria
Diocese or just Celestial Church of Christ) shall be a condition precedent
to the granting of permission to establish a new parish.
167. Original purchase receipt in the case of land purchased for the
Church or a deed of transfer to the Church in the case of land surrendered
as a gift to the Church shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees
who will make appropriate arrangement for its custody and safe keeping.
168. It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to make appropriate
and exhaustive enquiries as to the genuineness of the title before accepting
the same for its custody.
Prospective parishes shall ensure, however, that due care is taken in
ascertaining the validity of vendors rights to the property on which
it is proposed to build the new parish Church buildings.
D I S C I P L I N E
169. The Parochial Committee of each parish shall have the power to
apply disciplinary measures in minor cases affecting their parishes.
170.Whenever it becomes necessary to apply sterner disciplinary action,
the Parochial Committee concerned shall report the matter to:
(a) The Pastor
or (b) The
Head of the Diocese or, in his absence, his Deputy, or
(c) The Pastor-in-Council
The disciplinary action to be taken, while depending on the severity
of the offence committed and on proven guilt, shall in these circumstances,
always bear the ratification of the Pastor.
TAKE OVER OF CHURCHES OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS
171. The take-over of existing Churches of other Christian denominations
by Celestial Church of Christ shall be accomplished only on the sole
responsibility and authority of the Pastor.
172. Churches of other denominations wishing to change to Celestial
Church of Christ shall intimate their wishes in writing to the Pastor
through the Board of Trustees renouncing their former tenets and the
regulations of their former Church and shall declare their resolve to
embrace fully the tenets and regulations of Celestial Church of Christ
as set out in its Constitution.
173. The Pastor may, if he so desires, order a full investigation of
such a Church wishing to merge with Celestial Church of Christ. After
conducting full investigation as desired by the Pastor, report will
be forwarded to the Pastor through the Board of Trustees.
174. A Church which was already fully registered shall before merging
into Celestial Church of Christ surrender its Certificate of Registration
to the Board of Trustees. Such a Church shall also intimate its decision
to merge into Celestial Church of Christ to the proper Government Agency
responsible for this purpose.
175. In all cases, whether registered or unregistered, Churches wishing
to merge into Celestial Church of Christ shall surrender to the Board
of Trustees all landed property and building of whatever tenure or description
belonging to it. These shall be vested in the Board of Trustees.
176. The Pastor may, after due consideration of all facts before him,
decree on his sole responsibility and authority as follows:
(a) Reject the merger outright;
(b) Approve the merger with or without modifications to any or all the
provisions above stated;
(c) where the Pastor's decision is as contained in Clause 176(b) above,
the Pastor may
(i) order the closure of such an existing Church seeking merger into
Celestial Church of Christ while directing all its members to nearby
established parishes of Celestial Church of Christ
or (ii) allow the Church taken over to remain and function
as a parish within the provisions of this Constitution. In instances
as contained in Clause 176(b) above, procedures to be adopted shall
include any or all of the following.--
(1) Baptism as necessary (Acts 19:1-6);
(2) Modification to existing Church building structure , if necessary-,
(3) Rededication and sanctification of existing Church building that
is being taken over;
(4) Appointment of a Pastor's Representative to the new parish.
177. To conform with the Revelation made by the Holy Spirit, the Altar
area within all Church building of' Celestial Church of Christ shall
be rectangular in shape and shall face EAST. The alter shall be cut
off from the rest of the Church by a handrailing extending along the
full width of the Church.
178. The inner altar shall be demarcated by low handrailing with a single
central entrance; the seating arrangement within the inner altar apart
from the Table and High Altar shall comprise the chairs of the Pastor
Founder on the right (facing the altar) close to the wall and that of
the Supreme Evangelist A. A. BADA on the left further away from the
wall, both chairs being unequal in size. The arrangement is modelled
on what obtains at the Supreme Headquarters Church in Porto Novo.
179. Subject to full compliance with the above specific requirements,
variety in the architectural/structural designs of Church Buildings
180. All Church property at a parish such as land, money, and musical
instruments and other materials and things used for glorifying God,
belong not to any individual or group of persons, nor are they things
which a group of people can share among themselves or their family.
In this connection, it is hereby emphasised that all properties of the
Church should be registered and retained in the name of the Celestial
Church of Christ.
181. Property acquired for specific Church use must be reserved only
for that purpose. Any parish which for one reason or the other is closed
down must send all its property to Headquarters to further the work
of God. Anybody or parish which flouts this regulations and proceeds
to share Church property as forbidden is liable to prosecution by the
182. Pastor's share is that from which the Pastor, Supreme Evangelist,
Superior Senior Evangelist, Senior Evangelist, Evangelist, Assistant
Evangelists and all other full time Church workers receive their stipends.
These stipends, not being fixed amounts, are not salaries but shares
of the monthly takings (Malachi 3:8-12; Numbers 18:8-26; 1 Corinthians
9:13 & 14, 16:1-3).
FINAL AUTHORITY IN INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION
183. The Pastor-in-Council under the ultimate authority of the Pastor,
shall be responsible for the interpretation of the Doctrinal Standards
of the Church, and all matters relating to any question of interpretation,
construction, intendment, or validity or any of the provision of this
Constitution, and of its Regulative Procedures, including any regulations,
directives, resolutions or orders made by it relating thereto, subject
always however to the provisions of Clause 161.
PROCEDURE FOR ALTERING THE CONSTITUTION
184. The Pastor, by himself or on the recommendation of the Pastor-in-Council,
may revoke, alter or add to any of the provisions of this Constitution.
RANKS AND ROBES
185. Celestial Church of Christ has a hierarchy in which the different
ranks are distinguished by the robes worn. Members shall adhere strictly
to the provision relating to seniority, robes and ranks as contained
in the Church publication "ORDER OF SENIORITY AND PROMOTION AND
DRESSING RANK BY RANK" together with the accompanying chart and
drawings of robe.
186. Normally, the highest rank in the hierarchy of the Church to which
members may be elevated by promotion is that of the corresponding ranks
of Superior Senior Leader, Superior Senior Wolida and Superior Senior
Elder. Consequently, those who have attained these ranks should not
expect automatic promotion to the higher ranks of Assistant Evangelist
and above whether or not they are full time Church Workers.
187. Where vacancies occur in the higher ranks of Assistant Evangelist
and above, selection from the corresponding ranks of Superior Senior
Leader, Superior Senior Wolida and Superior Senior Elder shall be made
after serious consideration as to the suitability of the respective
candidates by the Pastor assisted, if necessary, by a special committee
of the Pastor-in-Council.
188. The Pastor, in whom resides all authority in the Church, may at
his sole discretion 'make direct appointments to any rank including
that of Assistant Evangelist, Evangelist and above.
ROLE OF FEMALE MEMBERS
189. For emphasis, it is repeated here that female members during menstruation
are not allowed to come within the precincts of the Church until after
their sanctification after seven clear days; and where the' menstruation
extends beyond seven days, two
clear days should be allowed for after stoppage before sanctification.
(Lev. 15:19; Matt 5:17-19).19).
190. In Celestial Church of Christ, women are not permitted to preach
the sermon or read the lesson or make announcements during Church devotional
services. Indeed, they are not allowed to perform any spiritual functions
connected with conducting of services in the Church other than saying
the prayers when asked and reading portions of the Bible quoted by'
191. In Celestial Church of Christ, under no circumstances shall women
say the grace during devotional services or lead men in prayers. This
is in accordance with St. Paul's injunction (1 Cor. 14:34-35; Gen. 3:16).
192. But outside the Church amongst a congregation of women and in outdoor
preaching, female members may perform spiritual functions of preaching.
193. Female members are not permitted within the precincts of the Church
until forty-one days after child birth when they are obliged to go to
Church for thanksgiving.
194.Female members in their period after eight days shall go to the
Church for sanctification in the prescribed manner before entering the
Church. The process of sanctification in this regard shall be as follows:
the female member concerned shall come to the Church premises with a
pail of water, candle, sponge and soap. She shall kneel at the Western
entrance outside the Church building facing the altar before the Pastor's
Representative or his appointees and shall hold her candle with the
pail of water, sponge and soap in front of her. The Pastor's Representative
or his appointee shall light the candle and, after singing appropriate
spiritual songs, he shall say a prayer of forgiveness and sanctification.
After this, he shall put the candle in the pail of water and the female
member shall go and have a bath with the water, sponge and soap. She
is now free to enter the Church.
This process of sanctification shall not be confused with the normal
one obligatory to all members, male and female, on entering the Church
by any of the entrances when they should dip their hands in the Holy
water by the side of the door and make the sign of the cross before
entering the Church.
195. Celestial Church of Christ respects marriages solemnised in holy
wedlock in accordance with covenants entered into between husband and
wife before God at His Holy Altar.
196. All marriages in holy wedlock solemnised in other Christian churches
are recognised by Celestial Church of Christ. All vows made at such
Christian are recognised by, Celestial Church of Christ as inviolate
because anyone who covenants with God but fails to honour it sins before
God (Ecc. 5:4-6).
197.All marriages solemnised in Celestial Church of Christ shall be
in accordance with the Marriage Act under which our Church is licensed.
198. Anointment is a spiritual act whose raison d'être dates back
to the fall of ADAM. Following that fall and the subsequent destruction
of the world by water during the time of NOAH , God sought to give through
MOSES the ten Commandments regulating human conduct to the people of
Israel and the world. While MOSES was away communing with God to receive
the commandments, AARON sinned by erecting graven images for the people
to worship. When MOSES saw this on his return, he was so annoyed that
he broke the tablet; but he subsequently entreated God on Aaron's behalf.
God then said that if Aaron's' sin 'was to be wiped out, he, MOSES,
would have to anoint him with oil. This MOSES did and so AARON became
the first man to be anointed. After his anointment, he was renamed LEVI.
He thus started the anointment which all "sons of LEVI" followed.
Again, when the people of Israel asked for a King like other tribes,
GOD was pleased with their
request. He chose SAUL for them and SAUL's anointment marked his coronation.
But when SAUL
disobeyed God's word just as ADAM had done, he lost the support of God
and, therefore, the crown
(1 Samuel 15: I - end).
God chose DAVID and he was anointed King to replace SAUL (1 Samuel 16:
11 - 13). Similarly the anointment of SOLOMON settled the rivalry between
him and ADONIJAH as to who should succeed DAVID as King. All subsequent
Kings of Israel were similarly anointed.
With regard to our Lord JESUS CHRIST, His uniqueness had been foretold
in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7: 14 - 15) where He was referred to as
"EMMANUEL", meaning "God is with us". His two names,
JESUS CHRIST, define two different aspects of HIM. JESUS means "SAVIOUR"
while CHRIST means "the ONE who is anointed KING from his mother's
womb". (Luke 1: 30 - 33; 2:11). It was the name CHRIST that most
worried Herod. He, Herod, had been anointed King like those before him,
but it seemed to him that, by the very definition of the word CHRIST,
this new born baby had been anointed King even before He was born. (Matt.
2: 1 - 5 and : 6).
It is this spiritual act of anointment that Celestial Church inherited
gloriously by grace. Anointment after baptism in Church of Christ is
very important. The ceremony of anointment is performed only by the
Pastor usually once a Year during the Christmas/New Year period.
199. Significance of anointment in Celestial Church of Christ.
Early in the life of Celestial Church of Christ on earth, the Pastor
made a supplication (which was granted) that God should allow that those
anointed by him should be endowed with a portion of the power (Holy
Spirit) given to him so as to foster in his absence the power and glory
of God (Numbers 11: 16 & 17). This is manifested by the fact that
whenever an anointed person prays unto God for any specific purpose,
the Holy Spirit, in recognition of the mark of anointment on the supplicant,
will descend to fulfil that request and then leave (Numbers I 1: 24
& 25). This is different in character from that which permanently
resides in God-sent messengers like Moses, Elijah, Elisha, the Pastor
Founder S. B. J. Oshoffa etc.
PRECEDENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
200. Members of the Board of Trustees are SEVEN in number, four of whom
(listed last in clause 145 above) are not full time Church workers.
These four, however, have already long attained the rank of full EVANGELIST
and will have the insignia of their special position as members of the
Board of Trustees displayed on them. These four will take precedence
at all times over all Church members who were appointed Assistant Evangelist
and Evangelist during the anointing period 1979/1980; that means that,
in filing into or out of the Church or any assembly for services, these
four members of the Board of Trustees shall file behind all Assistant
Evangelists and Evangelists. Only those just appointed Senior Evangelists
in 1979/1980 shall file behind these four members of the Board of Trustees.
LIST OF PERSONS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY CHRIST THROUGH REV. S. B. J.
In Republic of Benin
1. KUDIHO in Agange, via Porto Novo
2. AWUYON GUTON in Porto Novo
3. ABRAHAM ZANUTE in Agange .
4. TINAVIE, daughter-in-law of HUASU KUWAKAMU
5. Daughter of JOSEPH ZEVUNNU in Gavie
6. MOSES AFOYAN
7. Daughter of ANDRE YE in Shamwe, Toffin.
8. JOSEPH AWHANGBE, a son of Senior Leader MATTE GUGBE.
1. HUNSU (7 year old boy) at Makoko, Lagos
2. THERESA at Makoko, Lagos
3. OLUSOLA at Makoko, Lagos
4. Son of OYEDEJI in Abeokuta
5. Leader (Now late Evangelist) R. A. COLE in Abeokuta
6.Elder (later Senior Leader) LADIPO at Yemetu, Ibadan.
The above List is by no means exhaustive. Many more persons have been
and continue to be raised from the dead by Christ through Rev. S. B.
J. Oshoffa since the last of the above List occurred. Glory be to God
on High. Halleluyah.