It wasn’t business as usual but confusion on Sunday for members of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Unity Street in Abule-Egba, Lagos as their prophet allegedly set a member identified as Madam Bosede ablaze during service. The prophet, it was gathered in his sermon claimed he got a revelation that there was God in their midst, adding that if the woman was set ablaze she would not suffer burns.
The victim Madam Bosede, who is currently receiving treatment in the hospital narrated her story to The Nation “Our prophet said the spirit of God whispered to him that I would not burn if he sets me on fire. When I came out, they poured kerosene on my body and set me ablaze. But, unfortunately, I was burnt beyond recognition and before the other church members could get water, the deed had already been done.”
In his reaction to newsmen, the prophet had this to say;
“I heard the voice clearly, but I don’t know what happened after we set fire on her. God has been speaking to me since and it has been working, so I wonder why now.”
This incident has had several members of the church leaving, doubting their prophet’s credibility, “We cannot worship here again, who knows who the spirit will ask him to burn next.” they added.
In their various reactions to the ugly incident, some residents have expressed their opinions:
“I don’t pity her; she was the one who allowed herself to be deceived by the prophet. Why did the prophet not try the fire on himself or any of his family member?” Irene Ohekina said.
“I believe it’s the sins of the victim that made her burn, the prophet of God could not have lied.” Nkechi said.
“This whole thing is funny, when the pastor said the woman should be set on fire, why did she not refuse or was she scared to disobey the prophet. Now, she is writhing in pains on the hospital bed and I am sure the prophet is elsewhere enjoying himself.” Daniel Ayodele said.
Could this prophet be one of such end-time prophets the Bible warned us of? In our quests for deeper relationships with God, is the spirit of discernment not as important as the spiritual hunger itself too? This is indeed one of the many shocking atrocities we witness these days being carried out by some so-called “men of God” who only hide under these guises to not only deceive but also swindle gullible religious faithfuls.
It is yet to be confirmed if the prophet has been arrested or if the victim’s family are pressing charges.