It troubles me most of the time when the church which has its headquarters in heaven led by Jehovah is wading through so many trouble waters and, from the look of things, our corruptible human nature, cannot build the church as a united house.
Now let me tell you why the church cannot have one worldwide Pastor. I have two copies of the Celestial Church of Christ Constitutions with me, the one, originally bought from OLUWASEYI Parish, Ijeshatedo about 15 years ago and the one bought at Imeko less than 10 years ago. These two blue copies have almost the same thing written therein except a few adjustment obviously made by the new BoT. I will like to call our attention to; Succession Into The Office Of The Pastor, section 111. Get a copy and read it yourself.
The article only states that the constitution is bind by law of Nigeria for Nigerian Diocese, so, what this is saying invariably is that, the authority here in Nigeria does not have the right to pastor, to sell anointment, to claim subvention or get anything in monetary term from any other country the church is situated.
As at the time of filing this report, I made a few inquiries from some people abroad and I was made to understand that Celestial Church in its constitution, has a clause and until that clause is standardized and regulated, no one can claim to be pastor over anyone abroad. Little wonder Rev Godwin Shonekan is fighting for this cause because the constitution the church authority in Nigeria would have used as a backup doesn’t have a portion that can make them claim such pastoral right.
In the UK/Ireland today, news going rounds has it that, the divisions in these two countries is never found in any part of the world where the church is located. The UK/Ireland are of the opinion that, there is no pastor, yet a whole lots of them get anointment from same authority, to see an ordinary leader in these two places, maybe the church is still new, all of them are Sup. Evang. And their 38-40 years women are all Mother Celestial title holders. The essence of giving these titles in a land where no law permits you to do so is an affront and sheer disrespect to the constitution and violation of tenets and doctrine of the church. It’s a pure means of milking people and it has no spiritual value.
Now we have Nigerian Diocese, at least, that is the only one the constitution recognizes. What Happens to Port Novo? What happens to USA? What happens to UK? What happens to Asia? What happens to other parts of the world where the church is scattered?
If the church in Nigeria is claiming Pastor worldwide, which part of the constitution has given it that right to do so when the constitution even state clearly that under Second Schedule- Divine Order number VI, “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.” Now, hear this, the person occupying that position right now is Pastor Adeogun. Seems we are all just crying in the rain and no one is seeing how serious this matter is.
The way forward, without any prejudice, the two surviving members of the BoT, Baba Owodunni and Bab Banjo should be summoned to work with legal luminaries in the church who will not be biased or bought over, eminent professionals who will sit with this two and channel a new cause that will regulate, review and standardise the constitution whereby it will accommodate and enable the worldwide purpose achievable thus bringing the church under one umbrella before the celebration of the Platinum Celebration in September. Failure to do this, there is nothing to celebrate about the church except of course, failure.
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