Continued from: Historical Reflection
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.