Real Reason Celestial Church is in crisis—Prophet Jolaolu Ogunniran + My relationship with SBJ Oschoffa

Shepherd-In-Charge, CCC, Elyon Cathedral, Special District Headquarters, Ijaiye-Lagos, Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran

In this 2nd Part of our
exclusive encounter with Prophet Enoch
Jolaolu Ogunniran
of Celestial
Church of Christ
, Elyon Cathedral,
Special District Headquarters, on 8, Leratto Avenue, Ijaiye-Lagos, he told us
many things about the Celestial Church
Christ and why the church is
troubled on all fronts. The very gifted and dynamic clergy who just ended his
annual 7 Prophetic Wednesdays
program tagged ‘GO IN AND POSSES THE LAND and held between January 4th and February 15th, 2017 told Asabeafrika the history of the genesis
of the crisis rocking the church and why the Pastor founder, Reverend Pastor Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oschoffa’s memory can
never be forgotten. It is a revealing encounter. Enjoy the excerpts.

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I am sure you knew the late Pastor/Founder
of Celestial Church of Christ, SBJ

Oschoffa in his life time, how would you
describe him?

Founder, Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide, Rev. S.B.J. Oschoffa of blessed memory

Oschoffa is an extra-ordinary human being. In
fact, I have never seen him quarrel or angry with anybody in his life time.
Even, if you do anything that is wrong, he will just pet you. And that is why
we have problem (in the church) till today. He is not an educated man but
spirit-filled. He just did things according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit. But people take him for

Prophet Ogunniran of CCC, Elyon Cathedral speaks directly with the GDA

If you marry his life scenario to Redeemed
Pastor Adeboye, everything on Pastor Adeboye is clever
based. But Papa Oschoffa does not count on human cleverness, he do his
things as it comes. Adeboye is very educated as a mathematician but Papa, no. In fact, Papa (Oschoffa) does not have a bank account. When he sees money today
and you run into him and tell him ‘Sir, I
need money’
. He thrust the whole money to you ‘take it and go’. That is
SBJ Oschoffa for you. Till date, I
have never seen a man like him that has the spirit of God. A spirit that
commands and it will immediately happen; a man who commands divine instant
revelations, he is a unique seer.

Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran recalls good memories of his relationship with late Pastor/Founder, SBJ Oschoffa

Did you have a relationship with him
in his life time?
He is my
father and he was a great father. We had instances where I did things with him
about three or four occasions when he was alive.

Female Congregants of CCC, Elyon Parish praised God with their being during the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays

Could you recall one peculiar
encounter you had with him that is unforgettable?

Male Congregants during the service of 7 Prophetic Wednesdays at CCC, Elyon Parish

There was a
particular crisis at my parish at the time. Our shepherd at the time had two
wives and I think the older one accused the younger one of witchcraft. So,
everything scattered in the church and Papa (Oschoffa) sent for us. I was the
head of delegation for the conflict resolution committee of the church. At the
meeting, the senior wife stated her own case and the younger one equally gave
her own side of the story.

The GDA with Prophet Lekan Johnson of CCC, Elyon Cathedral

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The husband equally gave his own side of the crisis.
So, Papa Oschoffa pointed to me and
asked ‘Are you the representative of the
church?’ and I said ‘Yes’. He said ‘what do you see to this crisis?’ and I said ‘Sir, he is our shepherd and
whatever he tells us is law
. But for
this woman
(younger wife), since she
arrived our church, we have not witnessed any disaster and we have not lost any
of our children. In fact, we even progressed the more as a church. So, if this
woman is indeed a witch, we ought to be burying a child at least once in a
month. And she gives me food and nothing happens to me’

Assistant Shepherd, CCC, Elyon Cathedral, Superior Evangelist Akinkuotu Adewale leading a spiritual session

After giving my
narration, Papa asked me to kneel
down and he prayed for me, and he now revoked the letter of that shepherd that
he should return to the head quarters to start all over again. That he lacks
the training to be a shepherd in charge of a parish as he cannot manage a
church. Papa was not too happy that
he couldn’t control his home and that singular incidence nearly broke the
parish. He was almost a bad example to the church.

Successor to late Pastor Founder Rev. SBJ Oschoffa’s throne in Celestial Church of Christ, Rev. Alexander Abiodun Bada

How CCC lost it….

The Shepherd-In-Charge, Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran takes the altar call during the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays Service of CCC, Elyon Cathedral

Since Oschoffa’s demise, what do you
think Celestial Church of Christ has missed without him?

Leader Kunle Adeniyi opening the Service

My God! We
missed a lot. I can marry Celestial
issue with Nigeria’s issue. We are derailed; everyone is looking for
money, money, money, money. When we were observing the service today, a
colleague came to me that I should collect money for certain spiritual
activities but I said ‘no’. I was not asked to do so. The church is now all
about money. ‘If you want to grow higher,
bring money, if you don’t want to die, pay money, if you want to eat, pay
money, if you want to do bad thing, pay money’
. And God is not like that.
That is what is worrying our church, today.

Leader Adekoya leading a segment of the service during the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays of CCC, Elyon Parish

You will notice that we have
problem when you visit prophets and prophetesses. When you go and say ‘Sir, I have so-so-so problem’. They
will tell you to go and bring two hundred and fifty thousand Naira’ Imagine,
somebody that has a tenement problem, he is indebted to his Landlord and you
are telling him to go and bring two
hundred and fifty thousand Naira
for spiritual work or prayer? How can such
an organization succeed? And this problem starts from the head down to the
least member of the church. In the segment of the senior hierarchy, they are
fighting for money for anointment, money from harvest returns, parish monthly
returns. We give them returns every month, two-third, every parish.

Prophet E.J. Ogunniran sadly expressed his discomfort to Asabeafrika about the leadership and followner-ship crisis in rocking Celestial Church of Christ 

They are
fighting for that. In fact, it is terrible. Money problem, money problem, and
that is why so many prophets and prophetesses and even shepherds have been
married to several secret societies. They want to make it at all cost; they
want to ride big cars, they want to travel to America, they want to be fashionable. That is just the problem. It
is a huge problem that is presently facing our church, monetization of God’s

So, what is the panacea to all these

Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran offering prophetic prayers to his congregation during the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays Service of CCC, Elyon Parish

It is God o;
it is God that can help us. We must revert to him, everything lies with Him.
(Cuts in) I think the Pastor-Founder,
SBJ Oschoffa said God was the one to choose his successor. Do you think he has
been justified?
Of course,
that statement is the problem we have in Celestial
till date.
How do you mean, sir?

Male Worshipers & the GDA under the ministration of Prophet E.J. Ogunniran

You see when
(Biblical Moses) was bringing the Israelite
to the Promised Land, he worked with Aaron. Aaron later died and God
told him to choose Joshua. And this same Joshua was working with him along
and not after his death. When Moses died there was no competition
about who was going to succeed him. Nobody asked ‘Who is going to be our Leader?’ They already knew that Joshua
was their leader.

Choir of the CCC, Elyon Cathedral in Action

How can you have somebody that works with you, your second-in-command
and you tell people that ‘oh, I am not
seeing my second in command, in hierarchy succeeding me’
, and you now said
spirit of God is going to chose’ who
is going to deliver that message? That is the genesis of the problem we have
today; and the coming generation will meet that problem.

Worshipers taking their time at the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays Service of CCC, Elyon Parish

You mean the coming generation of the
Celestial Church members?
I am telling
you. They will meet that problem unless God intervenes.
So, you think that statement was

Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran…Very sad with the state of the Celestial Church

It is political,
highly political. I cannot just say you and I, working together…yes, you may
offend me and I may offend you as well. But if I want to wound you and wound
every aspect of the business, I will make a deductive statement that will
affect generations unborn. Oschoffa let us know that this
church believes in hierarchy, that is the foundation of this church (Celestial
Church), we believe in hierarchy. How can you tell us now that the person that
will succeed you is not even in Celestial
Like Adeboye like Oschoffa?

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye….One told his congregation that his successor was still drinking in a beer parlor until recently when a FRCN edict forced him to notice his successor beside him…

Even RCCG Pastor Enoch Adeboye said
few years ago that the person that will succeed him as G.O. is still drinking
in the Beer Parlor. Do you see a correlation in Oschoffa & Adeboye’s
But why
didn’t he wait for the person before he appointed his treasurer Obayemi on January 7? Why can’t he just
wait for the person at the beer parlor?
So, we can say it is all politics in
the church?

Members of the Choir offering Songs ministration during the event at CCC, Elyon Cathedral

It is too
much. Even in the olden days, we had just one Catholic Church. It was this same problem that split them into Anglican, Methodist, St. Paul, St. Igba etc, and it will continue to be
like that until thy kingdom come. When Jesus
comes, everything will settle.

Worshipers at the CCC, Elyon Parish’s 7 Prophetic Wednesdays Service

So, what do you have for men of God?

Pastor Abiodun Awinle of Decross Ministries ministering at the 7 Prophetic Wednesdays Service of CCC, Elyon Parish

Just work
for your eternity, me, I am working for my eternity now. I am not working for
church. I am working according to God’s edicts and verdicts of God as stated in
our Hymn, Hymn 429. So, work for God and at the end of it all, He will
reward you. Don’t trust any shepherd, trust God, follow your instinct and be
very faithful. Read your Bible very well, be grounded in the teachings and
directions of the Holy Spirit and
with that, you are made as a believer.

The GDA observes the prayer session with others

Do you have a favorite verse in the

Prophet Ogunniran welcomes the  GDA to the event 

My favorite
verse in the Bible is Isaiah 60 verse 14 and 15.  Because it stated in that verse that “Also the sons of those who afflicted you
shall come bowing to you. And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate
at the soul of your feet. And they shall call you the City of the Lord. Zion of
the Holy one of Israel. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no
one went through you. I will make you an eternal excellence. A joy of many
”. Those two verses are very prophetic and in most cases, very
significant to my own story and to the story of my calling. It simply stated
that the place where they have rejected you, you will go there and you will be

Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran to Asabeafrika….’My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 60: 14&15′

Are any of your children taking after
No, no, many
of them are studying abroad. Some of them are in America, some in London
and some in Germany and those in Nigeria are still learning.
What is the secret of your young

Song Ministration by Evangelist Adele Olamilekan aka Beula

You know one
thing, I can never be fat.
Why sir?
I hardly
sleep. The last time I had a sound sleep regime is maybe about ten days ago. If
I don’t have vigil in my church here, they will invite me over to another
parish or I go to the beach or I go to the mountain for prayers because if you
don’t have name, it is very good. But once you make a name for yourself, you
must work hard to protect it, so that your name will not go down. You must
always sharpen your anointing.

Some female congregants at the 7 Prophetic Wednesday Service

What do you have for Celestial
Members reading this interview on
Asabeafrika, worldwide?

Pastor Abiodun Awinle of Decross Ministries raining heavy prayers down at the Interdenominational 7 Prophetic Wednesday Service at CCC, Elyon Parish

My dear brethren,
what I have for you all are, very soon, the Jesus will soon come. And
anything that you are doing, do it perfectly. Let your mind judge you. Don’t
let anybody judge you. When you are doing something and your mind judge you
that you are doing the right thing, follow your mind. That is the only advice I
can give anybody. Secondly, you must pray fervently, don’t believe in any human
being. They can bring you down.

The GDA with Prophet Enoch Jolaolu Ogunniran of CCC, Elyon Cathedral, Lagos

Enoch Ogunniran
of CCC, Elyon
could be reached on 080-2316-1108, 080-3381-3052 or 081-3831-3675
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