Embattled new Unification Leader of the Celestial Church of Christ worldwide, Olatosho Oshoffa, has said the emergence of factions in the church would soon come to an end.
Rev. Olatosho who made this statement on Sunday, July 6 said he was working to unite the warring factions in the church, adding that “my divine commission is to bring all celestials back into one fold”.
The embattled leader was at the Celestial Church of Christ, Progress Cathedral Province Headquarters, Itele-Awori, Aparadija, in the Ayobo area of Ogun State on Sunday to celebrate the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A faction of the church has denounced the Rev. as their new Unification leader while appointing Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa as spiritual leader of Celestial Church of Christ, worldwide.
Speaking to the congregation, Olatosho said he would not only take care of all the shepherds in the church, he would also “unite them and lead the sheep of the flock in one fold”.
According to Punch, the Rev. said the completion of the cathedral at Imeko in five years was paramount to him, adding that the church was one of the founding churches of the Celestial Church of Christ worldwide.
He said, “Since the death of my father, Samuel Oshoffa, about 30 years ago, our holy church has suffered a great deal and has not witnessed real development. But the Lord has anointed me to bring back our lost glory.
“My major mission is to unite the church and bring everybody back to one fold. I will ensure that within five years, the cathedral at Imeko is completed. This is part of my mission as the anointed leader of the Celestial Church.”
Olatosho, who lost his 80-year-old mother, Elizabeth Oshoffa, a few days ago, commended those who supported him, saying the church would soon be properly positioned.
It was gathered that the host Shepherd and Province Head of Progress Cathedral, Superior Senior Evangelist S. A. Adebanjo, said the church should thank God for Olatosho.
He said his (Olatosho) emergence as the new leader of the church was divine.