budding Prophets in the entire Celestial
Church of Christ fold and a protégé of the late Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunalayede. The very
young and dynamic Prophet who is an alumnus of the University Of Lagos (UNILAG) is one man who speaks truth to power
never minding whose ox is gored.
Very unique, dynamic and gifted; he was one of
the young prophets who were close to the late man of God before his passage
unto high glory. In a heart revealing encounter with asabeafrika inside Calvary cathedral in Ogba, Lagos the young
prophet told us some moving revelations about the role of his spiritual mentor Dr. J.A Ogunorunlayede in the
reformation of the Celestial Church of
Christ. He spoke to us few days to the veteran shepherd’s funeral rights.
Enjoy the excerpts.
promising prophets that have evolved through the dynamic personality of the
late Baba Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede. How will you
evaluate his personality as a man of God?
foremost my name is Prophet Judah
Adetoyi Jimoh. I want to thank God for the life of our father in the Lord,
His eminence Most Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akanda Ogunorunlayede. A
lot of people will call him Akande but
personally I call him Akanda (Enigma)
because by the grace of God and to the glory of God alone, I was able to know
him in the spirit. I know Pa
Ogunorunlayede in the spirit I don’t know him in the flesh. He is my father
in the spirit and even in the flesh. For me to evaluate or to try to define who
is; aaahh! Jesus Christ! I don’t think I can and I don’t think for those whom
the Lord has given the grace to understand his person I don’t think anybody can
truly say they can. You can not define Pa
Ogunorunlayede. First of all, let me tell you that I was born in the spirit
through the teachings, lectures and the mentorship of solely Most Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Akanda Ogunorunlayede.
“But suddenly, I heard the voice and a tap. He tapped me “Ma sise lo! Ma sise lo!! Ma sise lo!!! Ise Ni Pataki, ise Ni koko, e maa base lo” (Keep working! Keep Working!! Keep Working!!! Work is of more essence, work is more important; don’t be lazy), that voice was Ogunorunlayede’s voice and I sprung up and immediately recovered all my lost confidence and I continued the work”.
I knew nothing about
Jesus, I didn’t even know my way in life how much more to say I know Jesus.
And I heard people saying that Jesus is the way the truth and life and nobody
goes to the father except through Him. I never understood the meaning but my
father Pa Ogunorunlayede showed me
the path to Christ. And till tomorrow
and till I die, I am forever grateful and indebted to his teachings and to his
mentorship. I am bold enough to say to you and to everybody in the world that I
was nobody. And still I am nobody, and everything that I am today and
everything I believe I will ever become in life through the gospel of Christ
was tutored and was mentored by the great Joshua Akanda Ogunorunlayede. That is
the only thing I can say as regards Baba Ogunorunlayede.
for the Celestial Church of Christ particularly the Calvary parishes he
not call it unfortunate but I will also say it is unfortunate; I wish he could
live forever, honestly I speak from my soul not even from my heart, I speak
from my spirit. I really wish he could live forever but God takes His people
and we don’t have a choice. He has left a very, very big shoe and nobody can
ever fill it; anybody who tries would fail blatantly. So, nobody should even
try to wear his shoes, you can emulate. You can aspire; you can try to be like Christ through Ogunorunlayede. But you can never walk in his shoes. I can tell you
that Celestial has lost a great man and Calvary has lost a father. I say
Calvary has lost a father because….hmmmm! (Kept quite for a while before
speaking again) there is no father like Ogunorunlayede.
the next person that I see is Jesus
Christ. I am not saying this to exalt him in any way, far from it. I am not
saying this to massage his memory; I am saying this because it is the truth. I
am not saying this to try to make name let me be quoted even in heaven. Let me
be quoted even before the throne of grace. After I see Ogunorunlayede the next
person I see is Jesus Christ. Pa Ogunorunlayede is a carbon copy
of (SBJ) Oschoffa. He taught us
the tenets of Celestial Church; he re-defined the essence of worshiping God to
us. He made us to understand that indeed, there is power in the word. Because
he fed us with the word of God; Celestial (Church) has lost a son, Calvary has
lost a father and I pray that his good spirit will eternally dwell among us.
And I pray that the great works that he has done on the mountain of Calvary
from one up to six parishes going unto seven, I pray that those works will
never diminish in the name of Jesus.
where were you and what exactly were you doing at that moment?
share this with you. My brother, I was in the service of God doing God’s work
when I received the call at about 11pm. I was not in Calvary but at another
church doing God’s work and when I heard that call, my spirit, my soul, my
body-everything just went blank like a white sheet of paper. I didn’t feel
anything, I didn’t see anything, I didn’t know what to do. But just gradually,
within few minutes, it began to dawn on me that “Judah, you have lost your
father” and I am like ‘really? Is that true? Then I began to feel like Jesus,
I can storm the hospital and wake him up because I did not want to lose my father,
because I felt that it was too early. Because I have been praying continually
that God should strengthen and prolong his life; so for minutes I was blank and
when I was blank, I tell you this, I am pointing to the altar of God as my
witness, as I was blank, it began to dawn on me and I began to lose faith. I
asked ‘who am I going to run to in times of need?’, who am I going to run to
for spiritual supplement? Who would I seek in the times of trouble? I know I
have Jesus but when you see a
physical Jesus it enhance your confidence. So, it began to dawn on me and I
started becoming weary and even the work of God I was doing, I almost couldn’t
do anymore. But suddenly, I heard the voice and a tap. He tapped me “Ma sise
lo! Ma sise lo!! Ma sise lo!!! Ise ni Pataki, ise ni koko, e maa base lo” (Keep
working! Keep Working!! Keep Working!!! Work is of more essence, work is more
important; don’t be lazy), that voice was Ogunorunlayede’s voice and I sprung
up and immediately recovered all my lost confidence and I continued the work. I
summoned courage and said ‘well, he is not dead. He is alive, I will keep
working, I will get to work’, you know? And I tried from that night and when I
left that church about 5:30am in the morning and while I was going home, people
were going to their offices and I was working on the road and people were
looking at me wondering what is wrong with this young man? I wasn’t crying. But
when the reality hit me once again, right there in the middle of the road as
early as 5:30 to 6am, I burst into tears, I couldn’t hold it anymore.
have the spiritual comportment to hold myself any longer. I didn’t have the
spiritual stability to say ‘I am strong’ because even till now I am not strong.
I weep every day in my soul but I rejoice because my father is in heaven. I
have no doubt whatsoever. And it has given me the courage and the view that if
you serve Christ, that if you worship in spirit and in truth, it has given me
the tenacity to know that no matter how heavy the cross is, I will carry. I
will go on, I will march on, I will follow the path he has laid down. I will do
that which God has told him to tell me to do in life because at a point in my
life I had no direction. At a point in my life, I knew nothing, I had nothing.
I didn’t know what I was to do but all I knew was that God was calling me. And
all I knew was that God wanted to use me but I didn’t know how. It was like a
baby with a toy or like somebody buying a new television set without a manual.
But God used him (Ogunorunlayede) to show me my path in life. I thank Jesus
Christ, I thank Jehovah God and I thank God for
making me pass through this great man.
is not dead for the records; the body has gone to the dust but the spirit lives
among us; quote me anywhere. I will tell you; his works will not diminish, his
works will not spoil but he will continually guide us as a father, as a
shepherd. We will continue to be the flock of Christ and we will not leave
Christ, we will continue to follow in his strides, in His stead, we will
continue to follow suit with everything he has taught us. And I know that by
the grace of God, just like Ogunorunlayede is seating in the
right side of Christ, we are also going to sit in the right side of Christ if
we do not turn back. And I pray for every one under the spiritual tutelage and
mentorship of Ogunorunalyede that it is well with us. Let me share this last
thing with you, in 2005, when I was struggling to know God, I met a man of God
because he said God called him.
not recognize him as my Elijah that I will not get to my place of glory. And I
told him immediately ‘sir, you are not my Elijah’. But when I came on the
mountain of Calvary in 2006/2007, Ogunorunlayede did not tell me “I am your
Elijah”. I told Ogunorunlayede “Sir,
Father, you are my Elijah” and I am proud even before the host of Heaven, I
am proud even before the throne of grace, I am proud from eternity unto
eternity that Ogunorunlayede is my Elijah, my final word to you sir, “My
Elijah! My Elijah!! My Elijah!!! Rest well.”