- Pastor JOSIAH OWODUNNI Tells City People
Josiah Kayode Owodunni is a Chattered Accountant and president, Celestial Church of Christ Ijeshatedo. He was one of the trustees of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) during the life time of late founder SBJ Oshoffa.
In this chat with City People’s reporter Femi Fabunmi, Rev. Pastor Owodunni spoke on the happenings in the church, including the fact that he was chosen to succeed the Pastor founder.
Celestial Church Of Christ is 70 how does that make you feel?
I feel great and happy, CCC is 70, it was established in 1947 in Port Novo. Benin Republic by Pastor founder SBJ Oshoffa.
It is speculated that some cele members belong to Ogboni Confraternity, how true is this?
Let me tell you, if any member of the Celestial Church of Christ belongs to Ogboni Cult group, such member or leader cannot do well in church. We don’t and will never encourage our members to join such cult group.
Considering the leadership crisis. In the church who is responsible for choosing successors?
It is stated clearly in the constitution that the Pastor founder or pastor head should pick a successor.
The Pastor founder stated it clearly that Celestial Church of Christ does not belong to anybody or family.
Did SBJ Oshoffa choose?
Yes I was choosen by SBJ Oshoffa, the Pastor Founder of CCC. He chose me to head the Church. I was chosen through divine inspiration from Pastor founder.
Who has right to amend the church’s constitution?
It is only the Pastor head and Pastors in council can amend the constitution of the church. No other person can do so
Is the constitution of the church binding?
The constitution is binding, that is what regulates the activities of the church. Nobody is permitted. In Celestial Church of Christ to operate outside what the constitution stipulates.
What is your assessment of Pastors who crave money?
The love of money can destroy the Celestial Church of Christ, if is given to money. It can destroy the Church of God. I advise that Celestials should not allow the love of God affect the Church negatively.
What is your assessment of president Buhari’s administration?
I believe the President will eventually come out good. Nigerians need to give him time. See problems are not peculiar to the country.
I’m sure president Buhari will do quite if Nigerians give him time.
What do you think this country needs?
Prayers, Nigeria seriously needs prayer for it to be solid.
I urged everyone to say a word of prayer for Nigeria everyday. The country needs prayers for it to be strong.
What about the Celestial Church of Christ?
We should endeavour to pray for the Church too, the Oshoffa family, see we want peace to reign everywhere.
Do you think pride & Ego are affecting the Church?
Truth is pride is killing us as a people. We need to do away with pride so we can move the church of God forward.
God needs everyone to be united and humble in order to serve him well.
What advice would you give members of the church?
They should move closer to God, He alone can answer all prayer and solve all problems