The last might not have been heard about the Celestial Church of Christ, Genesis Model Parish’s event headed by Prophet Dele Ogundipe tagged Excel 2016 where the renowned international Teleevangelist/preacher Dr. Mike Murdock was billed to feature at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Prophet Dele, who was painful for the absence of the preacher on the programme, said some Pentecostal pastors approached Dr. Murdock to discredit Celestial image and sternly warned the man not to grace the event because of his reputation.
“They called Mike Murdock, saying that he should not come for a programme by white garment church in Nigeria. According to the Pentecostal pastors, white garment churches don’t have integrity, if you come to their programmes you will soil your reputation,”Ogundipe said
Interestingly, Celestial, the largest white garment church in the world should be a place people like Dr. Mike Murdock and others anointed men of God should come to term with when we talk about spiritualism and evangelism. Though, the disunity of the church brought about the image battering the Pentecostal pastors did to the programme and of course to Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide.
Mr. Mathew Ashimolowo, the owner of a business centre called, Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC allegedly led the team of Pentecostal pastors who blackmailed the glorious church. Mr. Ashimolowo’s animosity with the church was traced to the time one of the sons of Pastor SBJ Oshoffa, the late founder of the church, Ebenezer was once an active member of his KICC in London. The exit of the man, Ebenezer from KICC when he got a vision from God to return to the church he was born with a revelation of Jeremiah 6:16. Ebenezer Oshoffa retraced his step back to Celestial Church years ago and he’s currently the Shepherd-in-charge of Calvary parish, Ogba area of Lagos.
One of the reasons Mr. Ashimolowo is set out to slander the good image of Celestial is because he was said to be so pained that the man who was saddled with so many responsibilities left his church to take his rightful place in his father’s church, CCC, obviously, no man would smile to a man who plays a pivotal role in the growth of your business to leave just like that.
A lot of Pentecostal churches are mere chain marketers, they are always preaching to people to come to their church, not to win their souls alone but to enable them have a certain number of followership that would make them benefit from the largess of some international religious bodies. This money known as Subventions, are the main reason you see the Pentecostal people condemning white garment churches, most especially, CCC who has over 25 million congregation globally.
Celestial Church of Christ will not have reputation as said by Mr. Mathew Ashimolowo because no Shepherd in Celestial Church has ever been accused of Tax evasion in London. Celestial Church Shepherds will not have reputation as said to Dr. Mike Murdock because no Celestial Pastor, dead or alive, has the record of sleeping with a church member. No Pastor of Celestial Church dead or alive has built a plaza and put a mistress there to operate a lounge where wines, beers and other things are sold.
If no Celestial Pastor has been accused of the above, then what Mr. Mathew Ashimolowo said about the church is a mere misapprehension and a campaign of calumny against the church which does not hold any ground because the real and spirit-filled men of God will testify to the power of God in the church. The late Pastor Obadare of CAC once did.
Mr. Ashimolowo would have won my heart and of course, the hearts of many Celestial members if he had told the reputable preacher, Dr. Murdock to use his coming to the programme to call the leadership of the church to embrace peace and give room for unity to reign supreme and of course, Holy Spirit to operate but he didn’t do that instead he said the man would soil his name identifying with the church. Please tell me readers, what would Mr. Ashimolowo preach if the church was to be his? No one plays God and no one can fight Him, his actions have clearly shown that, he’s not fit to be a leader of a church because he has no sense of direction.
Celestial Church of Christ celebrated 69 a few months back? This is a church that has been in existence ever before Mr. Mathew Ashimolowo was born, yet he has the effrontery to say it has no integrity. What a proper folly! What does Act 5:36-38 say about this church, “Some time ago, Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men joined him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and drew away people after him. He too perished, and all his followers were scattered. 38. So in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone. Let them go! For if their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail.…” For Celestial, against all odds, to still stand like mountain Gibraltar today, 69 years mhen, it simply means that it’s of God. Where is Zoe Ministries today and many others? And someone is telling me that Dr. Mike Murdock would soil his reputation for identifying with it a church of 69 years old! What rubbish!!! If there is any church Dr. Murdock needs to identify with, i think it’s Celestial Church of Christ and not his business centre called church.
With this, it’s about time for Celestial Church of God as a whole to ruminate deeply on issues like this for the advancement of the church and allow Holy Spirit to operate as established by God.
I should really blame the organisers of the Excel 2016 event to have made a wrong step calling Mike Murdock to preach on the programme, this should be a big lesson for Dele too to follow the doctrine and tenets of the church, his idea of preaching Pentecostal in a spiritual church like Celestial has backfired and it’s a real slap on him and his ministry. Reputation issue is at stake here.
My one trillion Naira advice for Prophet Dele Ogundipe is to change the name of his Church to full Pentecostal and remove Celestial franchise. If he does that, I am sure, the next day, Mike Murdock and other powerful international men of God he desires will come for his programme.
Who is Mike Murdock anyway? Just a man like you and I, if you know your onions, you won’t see any pastor as superior. I can bet it, the smallest person in Celestial Church might have more anointing than Dr. Murdock.
If Mr. Ashimolowo truly is a man of God, he should tell us the number of dead people he raised, the number of mad people he had made whole and the number of sick people that have been healed in his church. The good record of Papa Oshoffa is still there till date; even Pope John Paul too recognized the power and anointing of God in him by paying homage to the late saint in his lifetime, can someone tell me who the hell is Mr. Mathew Ashimolowo?
It’s not his fault anyways; it’s the manner in which we have presented ourselves to the public. May God help His church. Halleluiah!!!
My name is Alonge Michael, a passionate Celestial Church member.