The Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) has described as “abuse of spiritual perfumes” the death of Kayode Badru, a Lagos-based socialite, who died from a candle fire incident.
According to Today report, Badru had visited a parish of the church in Lagos on May 3 for a thanksgiving ceremony for some youths he sponsored to the Academy For Innovative Art and Technology (ACIATECH).
The socialite, who was based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was said to have lit some candles and a prophet in the church thereafter began spraying perfume on him to bless him.
However, in the process, his body caught fire, resulting in severe burns.
He died two days later in the hospital.
The church, reacting in a statement, stated that its ministers were expected to dilute perfumes with water for spiritual purposes before having them sprayed, sprinkled, or poured around a lit candle.
It stated that the spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in its volatile state with a lit candle violated the provisions of the CCC.
It read: “Calvary greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who has called us into His Glory: Due to the incessant abuse of spiritual perfumes within the church, His Eminence has found it imperative to state for record purposes and correction that henceforth, spiritual perfumes intended to be sprayed, sprinkled, or poured with a lighted candle should be diluted with water.
“The spraying or pouring of undiluted spiritual perfumes in its volatile state with a lighted candle is an imported culture not originally part of the tenets of the Celestial Church of Christ.
“The laid down usage of spiritual perfume within the spheres of a lighted candle by the pastor founder, Saint SBJ Oshoffa is by mixing it with water. It is high time we retrace our steps for a greater Celestial Church of Christ.
“We are all advised to adhere to this directive, any parish or member that goes against this directive will be solely responsible for the resultant effect.”
According to the statement, Emmanuel Oshoffa, the church’s leader, enjoined the pastor-in-council to implement a policy aimed at preventing such abuse in the future.
“The pastor has also directed the pastor-in-council to come up with a policy document to curb alien practices that have been introduced into the tenets and doctrines of the church to safeguard the church’s divine culture as instructed by the Spirit of God through the pastor founder,” the statement added.