25th September 2019.
All General Superintendents (G.S.),
All Superintendents of Provinces (S.O.P),
All Circuit Heads,
The Congregation, All Parishes of the CCC.
THE INTEREST OF THE CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST MUST COME FIRST.
‘IN ALL WE SAY OR DO, WE MUST BEAR THIS VITAL INJUNCTION IN MIND, ONLY ALMIGHTY GOD WHO CALLED US THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, CAN JUSTIFY. AND ONLY CHRIST WHO DIED FOR US CAN CONDEMN OR JUDGE. (ROM 8: 33-34)…NO ONE OF US IS GOD OR CHRIST.’
The leadership of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide made up of the Board of Trustees, the Pastor-in-Council and indeed all other organs of the church under the headship of His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa are irked by recent reports in some sections of the online media concerning developments in the day to day administration of the church. Even more disturbing is the fact that these reports which contain a number of spurious allegations have been made to go viral and are causing untold embarrassment to our members all over the world and doing a lot of havoc to the overall image of the church.
These reports which are being serialised in some online media platforms were credited to an aggrieved elder of the church who had hitherto expressed his displeasure on certain issues in a letter to the Pastor of the church. Subsequently, the Pastor, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, made a pronouncement on the issues raised in the said letter and called for peace to reign while the issues on the burner are being looked into.
It is therefore quite disheartening that this renewed onslaught in the media is coming at a time when the Pastor is out of the country on official duties and also at a time when the entire church is mourning the sudden and unexpected demise of a very valuable member of the church.
It is important to state here that internal conflicts of this nature are not peculiar to the Celestial Church of Christ alone. Every family, church or organisation experiences similar internal conflicts and manages them on a day to day basis. What wrankles, in this case, is that issues that should be treated as a ‘private family affair’ are being celebrated in the media space.
Every bonafide member of an organisation owes it a duty to defend and protect the image of the organisation as worthy ambassadors. Ditto for the Celestial Church of Christ. The church is bigger than each of us in our individual capacities and all of us collectively. The interest of the church supersedes individual interests. What justification is there for celebrating church issues that should be treated as confidential in the media? What useful gain does any child of God hope to benefit from such a fruitless venture?
Let it be known that it is possible to fight a good cause in such a bad way that both the cause and the institution involved are destroyed in the process. The words of our departed Pastor and Founder, Saint S.B.J. Oshoffa must continually ring in our consciousness. Words which he rendered in the song: ‘Baba se mi la la tunse, ma ma je nba ijo re je o, Baba se mi la laa tun se…’ Meaning, ‘Lord let me be found worthy and counted amongst those who will make your church better, let me not be one of those who will destroy your church.’
As a follow up to the foregoing hymn, the late Pastor and Founder, Saint S.B.J. Oshoffa made a pronouncement of judgment (severe repercussions) on anyone who attempts to destroy the Celestial Church of Christ. We offer this as food for thought.
A media onslaught of this nature, irrespective of the sincerity or otherwise of its motive, automatically throws anyone culpable into the camp of the enemies of the church and we don’t want to believe that any bonafide member of the Celestial Church of Christ wants to belong to such camp.
The Pastor and Spiritual Head of the church, His Eminence, Reverend Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa is presently out of the country on a pastoral assignment. There is absolutely no reason why all the aggressors cannot wait for him to return when, without any iota of doubt, proper steps would be taken to address all the vexatious issues that have been raised. Peace must be allowed to reign as it is absolutely impossible to make progress without peace.
All members of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide must accept that any further derogatory publications after this statement by the leadership of the Celestial Church of Christ, should be taken as a deliberate attack on the integrity of the church, with the intention to destroy its sanctity and not an attempt to save the Church.
Finally, we must state categorically that this is not an attempt to cover up or sweep issues under the carpet but a call for sanity to prevail. Truth is constant. It cannot be concealed and would eventually prevail.
May the Almighty God continue to preserve, sustain and prosper His Church. We must all stand steadfast on His divine declaration that this Church shall cleanse the world. God bless you all. Amen.
SVMSE Kayode Ajala M.P.I.C
Asst. Secretary, Pastor-in-Council, CCC Worldwide
Most Superior Evangelist S.O. Banjo M.P.I.C, M.B.O.T
Doyen, Celestial Church of Christ
Most Superior Evangelist T.A. Oshin M.P.I.C