A message purportedly delivered by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God during which he made a scathing remark about the founder of the Celestial Church of Christ, Pa Samuel Oshoffa has drawn the angst of a CCC prophet
The prophet, Gabriel Evans took to his Facebook social media account to put the records straight wondering why Pastor Adeboye made such an uncomplimentary remark about Oshoffa.
In the audio message, which is also online, Pastor Adeboye is heard referring to CCC as a Church that once had the glory of God. He said people used to say, when you go to Celestial Church you will see the glory of God.
He however told his listeners in the audio message that such claim is no longer true.
He said in the audio message that the founder, Pa Oshoffa had one wife before he began the church but that he ended up having 34 wives.
Pastor Adeboye who seems to be addressing a group of pastors in the audio message said, “There was a time in this nation Nigeria, that there was a saying that if you go to the celestial church you will see the glory of God.
“That was a long time ago. At that time everything was cele cele. But the man in charge said openly that when he started the church, he had only one wife, now he had 34, and his power is increasing. So you know the force behind that growth.”
But the prophet of the CCC, Gabriel Evans who also runs His Majesty Evangelical Ministry International said he would not allow such lie against Pa Oschofa to go unchallenged.
He wondered why Pastor Adeboye would throw tantrums at Oschofa adding that Pastor Adeboye was 7 years when Pa Oshofa was called to Ministry.
He said the first wife of Oschofa had no child and that the woman left Oshofa on her own volition. It was after that he married another wife who had a child for him called Mobiyina.
The CCC prophet insisted that there was nowhere recorded or written that Pa Oshofa had 34 wives.
Evans made reference to several Bible characters who had more than one wife adding that if those Bible characters were alive, they would have been judged negatively.
While stating that he is not fanatical about denominations, he said he would not allow lies about his denomination to go unchallenged.
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When our reporter called him on the phone, he said he has been in the CCC for 47 years and that he was already a prophet when Oschofa was alive.
He insisted that there was no time Oschofa had 34 wives. “Oshoffa had 9 wives. He had issues with childbirth in his early marriage. He was not in the ministry when he had some of his wives. He had some other wives after he got to ministry due to circumstances beyond him
“But then we can’t judge him for the action he took. There are people who have just one wife but are committing immorality everywhere. I remember Pastor Adeboye once granted an interview to a reporter where he said if God is not against polygamy who was he to be against it. He quoted Exodus 21v10 in that interview. I remember very well.”
On whether he was satisfied with the way CCC is going, he said, “I am not happy. But what is happening in the church is just a reflection of the fact that we are in a human organisation.
“When Jesus ascended and left the apostles, they had issues in the early church. It was at the Jerusalem Council that the issues were resolved. Many churches have issues because they are human organisations but with time with the help of the Holy Spirit, these issues will be resolved.
“The CCC is going through its own phase of crisis and we can only hope and pray that it would come to an end one day.”
He said he felt obliged to put the records straight concerning what Adeboye said concerning Pa Oshoffa.
•Church Times Nigeria