THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Wednesday, March 27, 2019|
Cameron, Texas, USA
ost of the kids of my age were naturally gung-ho to the white garment church sect that proliferated around us while growing up in Ehin-Ogbe Quarters in my native Owo, Ondo State Western Nigeria about 50 years ago. Brought up by a single parent and a step father, there were limitless outlets to explore and let lose in the neighborhoods. The white garment church sect offered several attractions; the music was constant as a soiree habit till 10pm in most cases and the gyrations of the members in their see-through white dress as they face the four corners of the world chanting seven Hallelujahs. My mother and stepfather didn't dissuade me from exploring as long as such spiritual thirst dwarfed potential mischief at my local elementary school at Methodist Elementary School Two during football session. Those formative years were my early exposure to the Celestial Church of Christ (?). Much later as I began to explore my spiritual identity, the origin and background of how this fast-growing sect of worshipers around the world starred me in the face, thus compelling an inquiry into its teaching. Are Celestial Church members real Christians? Are they true worshipers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? How did this fast-growing sect start? What does the Celestial Church leadership teach? And what will be the spiritual fate and destiny of millions of worshipers at this church now scattered across Nigeria, Africa and around the world, including here in North America?
THE TRUE ORIGIN OF CELESTIAL CHURCH SECT: Do members of Celestial Church worship the True Lord God Almighty? Do they take our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as their Lord? Which God and Deity do these white garment church members really worship? We cannot answer these questions until we read the account of how this ubiquitous white garment church sect began and we need to look at the testimonies of its founder, the late Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa. The testimonies below detail how this man supposedly received divine visitation to establish one of the fastest-growing white garment churches in the world: "What happened on the day of May 23, 1947 in Porto Novo? "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 heard 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 multi-colored. 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. "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 the matter was. 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. 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…"
"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."
Mr. Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oshoffa gave an account of two appearances of the Jesus Christ who commissioned him in paragraphs 58 to 71 of the 200-paragraph Constitution of the Celestial Church of Christ. Below are two extracts from the account. First appearance: "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 (Authors' Note: this is a suburb in Lagos Mainland, Nigeria). 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. The Lord came, as a blind man. 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 them. 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 recognized at once that He was the Lord whose coming had been foretold. 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 comfest 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 alms. 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 declined and said: 'Mine is not money but Love. May it be so for you as well'. We walked together, I on the left, He on my right. Now, there 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 together."
Second Appearance: "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 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 anyone.
While this was happening, a woman wearing 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. 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." References : *Fatoyinbo M.T. 1983. The Celestial Church of Christ: An Enquiry into the Place and Use Of Spiritual Manifestations in the Life and Faith of an African Independent Church. M. Phil Dissertation, Trinity College, Bristol. * Soetan, B.O.A. 1998. Celestial or Terrestrial Church? The Hidden Secrets of the Celestial Church of Christ . Lifeline World Outreach Int. Abeokuta, Nigeria.*The Celestial Church of Christ Constitution. See web link at: http://www.celestialchurch.com/aboutus/reference/constitu.htm
DID THE REAL LORD JESUS CHRIST APPEAR TO SAMUEL BILEWU JOSEPH OSHOFFA, FOUNDER OF CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST? At every historical epoch, some of the founders of religious movements have claimed that our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to them and instructed them to establish religious movements. No one has the right to question the legitimacy of such spiritual visitations but the Holy Bible gives strict guidelines on how to evaluate the claims of such religious leaders. We start with the supposed first appearance of Jesus Christ to Mr. Oshoffa in Porto-Novo, Benin Republic during the eclipse of May 23, 1947. Mr. Oshoffa narrated that three animals heralded the coming of a strange being that identified himself as "Luli." The animals were: a snake, a bird that looks like a bat and a monkey. The creature known as; "Luli" didn't identify himself as Jesus Christ, but Mr. Oshoffa assumed that the creature must be the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This first Biblical test was not met by this so-called revelation to Mr. Oshoffa. The True Lord God Almighty appeared to Moses in Exodus 6: 2- 3 and said "God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them." Each time God Almighty appeared to anyone, He mentions His Name and the name; "Luli" was not one of God's Names. When the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Saul who later became Paul on his way to Damascus, Jesus Christ mentioned His Name; ""Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied" (Acts 9: 5). When the Lord Jesus Christ appeared and spoke to me on Friday February 21, 1997 at DMI Detention Military Center, Apapa Lagos Nigeria, He introduced Himself to me this way: "Ï am Jesus Christ the Lord Who created you." The creature that called himself; "Luli" that appeared to Mr. Oshoffa in 1947 was a demon. Satan and his demons cannot and will never refer and call Jesus Christ Lord, period! The Name is too heavy in their mouths.
Now let's look at the three animals that appeared with "Luli" to Mr. Oshoffa. Snake was cursed by God Almighty in Genesis 3: 14 thus: "So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life." There are some animals that God consider as "unclean" as He commanded the Israelites in Leviticus 11: 27:"Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening." Any animal that looks like a bat is also an unclean bird (Leviticus 11: 19). Among the unclean creatures that God listed, monkey is one of those unclean animals. In Leviticus 11: 26 we read: "Every animal that has a split hoof not completely divided or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches [the carcass of] any of them will be unclean." Read the whole chapter of Leviticus 11 and you will discover the three animals that accompanied the demon known as "Luli" the creature to Mr. Oshoffa are unclean animals. Nowhere in the Holy Bible is Luli mentioned as one of the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now let's proceed to the various "appearances" that Mr. Oshoffa narrated as that of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, we do not have the right and authority to deny that perhaps, the Lord Jesus Christ really appeared to Mr. Oshoffa but we have the right and authority as born-again Christians to examine the character and message(s) that this so-called Jesus Christ gave to Mr. Oshoffa. Did they line up to the Holy Bible? The Bible warned us in I John 4: 1: "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." Here we go; in the slum of Makoko in south Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Oshoffa narrated that at 3am, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and his lieutenants as a blind man. Ouch! The Lord Jesus Christ who said: "If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit" (Mathew 15: 14) and opened the eyes of blind people during His earthly ministry would not appear to anyone as a blind man. The blind man that Mr. Oshoffa and his lieutenants were expecting and waiting for at Makoko, Lagos masquerading as the Lord Jesus Christ was actually a demon, considering the three objects/foods he asked from Ms. Christine Mr. Oshoffa's wife.
Could the true Lord Jesus Christ ask for three things He asked us to shy away from in His Words: tobacco, kola nuts and cigarettes? Even Mrs. Christine Oshoffa was offended by this creature asking for those three things and she dismissed him and apparently had in her guts the creature was a charlatan. Are you saying there is nowhere in the Holy Bible that tobacco, kola nuts and cigarettes were condemned? In 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20, Apostle Paul exhorted Christians: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." These three things: tobacco, kola nuts and cigarettes are substances that destroy the body, the human physical body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Even among medical doctors, these three substances which contain too much caffeine and hallucinogens which affect the normal functioning of the human brain. Among some of the harmful effects of tobacco and cigarette are mood swings, distortion of reality, psychosis, the hearing of voices that aren't real, imagining things, inability to think properly, communicate and focus. In addition, Mr. Oshoffa said the Holy Spirit possessed him. No, Mr. Oshoffa and no to members of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, the Holy Spirit doesn't possess believers; He only indwells in us. To be possessed is the handiwork of Satan and his demons, because they efface your personality, kill your independent thinking put you in a state of unconsciousness, move you to become a lobotomized lackey who is unaware of his/her surroundings and utter messages from the supernatural world which unwary and ignorant people think are messages from the True Lord God Almighty. Unlike demonic spirits that take total control of the personalities of those they possess, the Holy Spirit NEVER erases our normal thinking, even in trances and visions.
Here is a classic example of how the Holy Spirit uses believers; "About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat" "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon's house was and stopped at the gate (Acts 10: 9-17). This is the way the Holy Spirit operates; you are not an automaton who will be unconscious and not be able to use your mouth or any of your physical parts when the Holy Spirit indwells you. Here, Peter even argued and refused to do what the Holy Spirit told him to do. On the other hand, here is what happens when a human being is demon-possessed: "A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me." So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered. It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again. The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up." (Mark 9: 17-27).
In the above demon-possession, the boy was possessed out of ignorance and probably because of sin and so displayed weird mannerisms. But when a human being is possessed willingly as a medium, fake prophet or Satan's messenger, the possessed exhibits lack of will, except non-display of weird and wacky mannerisms the boy in this scene. Anyone who has worshiped in the Celestial Church of God will testify to how the so-called priests and priestesses shriek, cry, jerk heads, utter unprintable words and shake uncontrollably when demon-possessed and deliver messages from these demons that inhabit them. Any religious movement, cult or denomination that exhibits any of these signs, characteristics and mannerism is, either ignorantly or unacknowledged, they are receiving supernatural messages from Satan and his demons.
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THE MARINE SPIRIT CONTROLLING CELESTIAL SECT MEMBERS: Do you notice that all the branches of this demonic sect around the world are located near rivers and oceans? Do you notice also that before you can join the sect, you have to take a shower bath in their parish to wash you as a member? The wash as your demonic initiation itself is a way of opening demonic doorway into your life. Many other demonic and satanic practices are common place among members from the highest rung of leadership to the bottom that space will not allow us to catalogue here. Read more in our book titled above.
THE WAY OUT OF SPIRITUAL CAPTIVITY TO SPIRITUAL FREEDOM: The surest way to spiritual ossification is contentment on the number of adherents and self-mutual destruction that all these multitudes cannot be wrong. Such opaque reasoning is rendered in human phraseology thus: "The voice of the people is the voice of God." How fatally wrong we are. Never, and I say never has the voice of the people become God's Voice; on the contrary, the voice of the people is always the voice of Satan. Any matter that concerns the True Lord God Almighty is often twisted by Satan to the contrary and passed on to the majority of the human race as God's Voice. Papa Noah was the lonely voice on earth with his wife, their three boys and three daughters-in-law in the ancient world controlled by Satan and his fallen angels. Noah preached and warned his generation for 120 years, but was snubbed until the Deluge occurred and swept that generation away. Brother Lot and his wife including his two daughters were the only four people that made it alive in the Twin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day. Mrs. Lot even missed it for disobedience on her way to the final stretch. Satan was able to control 10 out of the 12 spies sent to explore the Promised Land leading to the deaths of over 2million souls, except two individuals; Joshua and Caleb who made it to the Promised Land. Not a single righteous person could be found in the entire nation of Israel at a wholesale sin time compelling the Almighty Lord God to rue thus: "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one" (Ezekiel 22:30). Can you imagine not a single soul in a nation to stand for the entire nation of over 10 million?
The world is inexorably inching toward that sorry and pitiful state very soon as us the children of the Most High God are evacuated out of here for Satan and his demons to have field day as the Book of Revelation warned us. When you look at the million of souls worshipping Satan and his demons at the Celestial Church Movement around the world today, you will gobsmacked and argue how such number of souls can be fatally and incredibly wrong. That the majority is doing a thing or the people have embraced a thing the True Lord God Almighty decries and warns against doesn't make it right, acceptable and approved by the Lord. As the Lord Himself pointed out:- "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14).
If you are really desirous to save your life and want to escape the Nether Gloom, please get out of Celestial Church Movement today. They do not worship the True Lord God Almighty and are not part of the body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you have a relation, an acquaintance or a dear soul that is steeped in this sect, enter into intercessory prayer right now and plead the Blood of Jesus Christ on their behalf so they can escape the punishment of eternal hell fire. You may abuse me, write all kinds of nonsense to me and call me all kinds of names for exposing the satanic and demonic contents of this sect, but I owe it to the Holy Spirit to warn you and tell you the truth as delivered to me by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Repent and pray the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes and show you the demon you are worshiping in this movement. Confess your sins and look for a Bible-believing Church where the real and undiluted Truth of the Word of God is preached and develop a personal relationship with the real Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Emmanuel, God with us, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, Amen.
Next Week: There is another demon-energized Christian sect that is popular here in North America that is drawing adherents these days. They too claim to worship the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but like the white-garment Church Movement, this sect is also a charade. We shall expose this sect next week through the revealed Word of Life, the Holy Bible. Keep a date!