Let’s be honest with ourselves, until we start to do things right, we may never get it right. I have watched a lot of scenarios that have been unveiling recently concerning the leadership of the church and what I can deduce from it all is that, when the foundation is cracked, you do not expect the pillars to still stand.
Why the rank of Mother Celestial has become so ‘an all-comers- honour thus rendering it “shallow” is simply because the authorities are more interested in what they get from those myopically bestowed with the title, the authorities concerned, look at the social status of the person within the church and not their spiritual growth within the body of Christ.
When the appointment, honour/ investiture started out, recipients were charged 100 USD in America and 100 GBP in the United Kingdom. People who are so materialistic in the church didn’t see the money as a big deal. Hence their quest and immoral race in droves to acquire the rank just as they try to outdo one another as would jostle for fashion items.
The original concept of the title of a Mother Celestial was borrowed/fashioned alongside what obtains in the C&S movement where women who are advanced in age, that is, those who have gone past the child-bearing age were given the title of Mother In Israel, the essence of which is to accommodate such women into the advisory /decision making level of the church, but, in CCC, it is disheartening that the love of money has robbed the elders of being strict and straight in such a spiritual obligation to the Church, a situation that has made them more concerned about the financial benefit from the excise rather than the spiritual capability and growth of the person to be installed as a Mother Celestial. Same goes to the many ranks of men but that’s a topic for another day.
The general requirement is that, to be anointed with the rank of Mother Celestial there are five criteria you must meet
1-Must be above 60 years of age
2-Must be a passionate Celestial Member who has spent more than 30 years in the church
3-Must be a good mother, wife or widow
4-Must be a role model to the emerging generation
5-Must be a good councillor to all.
Today, the reverse is the case. There are 40 years old ladies who have stupidly adorned themselves with that rank as if it were costume jewellery and are proud to flaunt a mismatch honour. Go to UK, America, Canada etc, even here in Nigeria, you see them displaying it as if they are worthy criteria wise to carry such spiritual weight. Most of them are empty spiritually. They are what this message in Ezekiel 16:43-45 is talking about.
43″Because you have not remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me by all these things, behold, I in turn will bring your conduct down on your own head,” declares the Lord GOD, “so that you will not commit this lewdness on top of all your other abominations. 44″Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, like mother, like daughter.’ 45″You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and children. You are also the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and children….”
Our subsequent post will be on the title of Asst. Ven. Most that has just been initiated for the menfolk and the intrigues behind it. Keep a date please!
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