Somorin laments crisis in Celestial church
Reverend Demola Somorin, managing partner Somorin & Co Charted accountants and the shepherd of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Festac Cathedral, in a chat with The Guardian on the occasion of his 75 birthday thanksgiving, has lamented the lingering crisis in Celestial churches that has resulted in the emergence of various factions within the church.
He noted that since the demise of the founder, Pastor Samuel Joseph Oshoffa, the church has been divided along different factions. “There are factions in Benin Republic, Ivory Coast and almost five factions in Nigeria alone. This has robbed the church of improvement and progress. This year, Celestial Church of Christ will be 70 years and there is nothing much to show for it because of the factions.
“While other churches not up to 30 years can boast of human development facilities like universities, schools, seminaries, hospitals and football teams, CCC has nothing to show for its 70 years of existence. Pentecostal churches like Winners Chapel, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mountain Of Fire and Deeper Life Ministry came after Celestial and there are many development due to oneness and cooperation among members and leaders.
Celestial Church has to change the foundation. We must be able to raise much funds, there should be total restructure. Thanks to God now, court has ordered that all Celestial should come together and we have inaugurated a constitution drafting committee to draft a central constitution that will guide all Celestial Church of Christ in the world. When they come together they can do a lot and with the current development, I believe they will definitely get there.
He further said that all Churches must cultivate the idea of rebuilding the orientation of the youths, because they are the strength of a Nation and the Churches rely on the youths for more developments.
As life patron and chairman of Organisation of African Instituted Churches – OAIC representing Celestial Church, we need to do a lot to encourage youths to participate in some of the activities in the Churches.