Celestial Church Reacts to Death of Lagos Big Boy, Badru Burnt During Prayer Session

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Celestial Church Reacts to Death of Lagos Big Boy, Badru Burnt During Prayer Session
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Celestial Church of Christ, CSS, has reacted to the death of Kayode Badru, a Lagos-based big boy, who died from injuries sustained from a candle fire describing it as abuse of spiritual perfumes.

Reports say Badru had gone to a branch of the church in Lagos on May 3 for a thanksgiving ceremony over the successful sponsor of some youths to the Academy for Innovation Art and Technology, ACIATECH.

The deceased who was based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was reported to have lit some candles and a prophet in the church thereafter began spraying perfume on him to bless him.

Consequently, his body was set ablaze, resulting in fatal burns. He passed on in the hospital after two days.

In its reaction, the church in a statement said its ministers were expected to dilute perfumes with water for spiritual purposes before having them sprayed, sprinkled, or poured around a lit candle.

According to the church, the spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in its volatile state with a lit candle violated the provisions of the CCC.

It read: “Calvary greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who has called us into His Glory: Due to the incessant abuse of spiritual perfumes within the church, His Eminence has found it imperative to state for record purposes and correction that henceforth, spiritual perfumes intended to be sprayed, sprinkled, or poured with a lighted candle should be diluted with water.

“The spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in its volatile state with a lighted candle is an imported culture not originally part of the tenets of the Celestial Church of Christ.

“The laid down usage of spiritual perfume within the spheres of a lighted candle by the pastor founder, Saint SBJ Oshoffa is by mixing it with water. It is high time we retrace our steps for a greater Celestial Church of Christ.

“We are all advised to adhere to this directive, any parish or member that goes against this directive will be solely responsible for the resultant effect.”

According to the statement, Emmanuel Oshoffa, the church’s leader, enjoined the pastor-in-council to implement a policy aimed at preventing such abuse in the future.

“The pastor has also directed the pastor-in-council to come up with a policy document to curb alien practices that have been introduced into the tenets and doctrines of the church to safeguard the church’s divine culture as instructed by the Spirit of God through the pastor founder,” the statement added.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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