Lagos-born revivalist of Cherubim and Seraphim Church (C&S), Prophet Joseph, has lashed out at some members who went on crusade in red garments carrying incense about in the streets noting that C&S is a white garment church not red.
He made this submission recently on a Facebook page dubbed, ‘The New Seraph’ (TNS) monitored by Adura International.
He said, “C&S is a white garment church, not a red garment church. Our founding father, St. Moses Orimolade, did not wear red garments or told people to wear red clothes to parade in the streets, dancing with drums and singing to Holy Michael. No! This is absurd. You people are wrongly parading the streets and dancing but you know such action is unfounded in our doctrine. Moses Orimolade did not ask you to do this, Jesus did not ask you to do this, Holy Spirit did not ask you to do this either. You are doing it based on unfounded tradition. I am almost certain it is not an acceptable practice in C&S.
“It is time to question some of these practices that St. Moses Orimolade did not hand over to us but have become a tradition we claimed we inherited from some of our erring fathers who do not understand the purpose of this mission. I think something is amiss. Why should you drift from one street to the next carrying incense and cross with a special band, singing and dancing, and when you are asked what happened, what will you say? Will you say you are celebrating Holy Michael Day? Something has happened to us, if not we would not behave this way. But who infected us with this unethical belief? Is this how St. Moses Orimolade did it? Or are we doing it because our headquarters are doing it? he queried.
While explaining the biblical thing to do, Joseph, who hails from Ibadan, Oyo State, said, “Instead of you to go out and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to people and winning souls for His Kingdom which is the best evangelical practice in all denominations, you are there carrying incense about in the streets. Do you want to sanctify the streets? I am sure your neighbour would not be happy when they see you in this form? They will find it difficult to relate with you.”
Woli Joseph, as he’s popularly known, maintained further that people were running away from the C&S church because of this attitude stating that such action would look diabolic because many would think seraphs were worshipping a different god. He said, “You see, that is why many people are running away from C&S members. When you all wear red garments and carry incense, people would run away from you because what will occur to them is that you are diabolic. We know red colour is synonymous with the blood of Jesus but then that does not warrant us to dress like the worshippers of Sango (Yoruba god of thunder). I have not heard in the history of the C&S church that Moses Orimolade ever dressed like this. Who then are we imitating? So, dressing in red is not in C&S doctrine. Those who practice this are not different from people that carry the ‘Ark of Covenant’ (Apoti Eri) about in the street. In fact, you are in the same category. There is no heavenly gain in a crusade that you carry the cross without preaching Jesus.”.
He then implored the elders in the C&S church to unite and put an end to these unfounded practices or else the issues would dent the image of the entire church and people would have the wrong impression that they (Seraphs) are serving a different god.
“Ask those who paraded in the red garment in the street recently how many souls they won for Christ. I believe nobody will want to join them in their crusade. Let our elders who know much about the doctrines unite and reform the C&S now before it is too late,” he declared.
On why he does not want his full name in print, he divulged, “I have been persecuted a lot for saying the truth. You know when you are dealing with people that do not like the truth you have to be very careful. I know what I have encountered in the past. Let it remain like that.”
He, however, vowed not to be discouraged to say the truth whenever the situation warranted it.
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