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CAN disowns pastors involved in Ondo Church abduction, calls for extensive investigation, prosecution

By Friday Omosola, Akure

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has disowned, called for a comprehensive investigation and prosecution of the pastors of the Whole Bible Deliverance Church involved in the abduction of 77 people, comprising 54 adults and 23 children in Ondo State.

In a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said the pastors and the church ‘the Whole Bible Believers Church’ are not members of the association. CAN urge all groups to keep an eagle eye on pastors under them to ensure wholesome biblical conduct, noting that all church members in the country should thoroughly examine every teaching from the bible before trusting it.

Furthermore, CAN commended the police for their quick action to rescue the victims. However, they said there was need for the victims to undergo medical checkups saying nobody knows what they went through during the camp.

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“No true pastor would claim to know the date of the rapture, because the Bible has stated clearly that it was only God who knows the date. CAN frown on the act of the pastors arrested in Ondo, who reportedly camped with their church members in the church premises, misleading them into believing that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, popularly referred to as the Rapture is now.

“One Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant pastor in a church located in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, was lying to the uninformed members that Rapture would take place in April, but later said it had been shifted to September 2022. He told the young members to obey only their parents in the Lord.

“We are therefore calling on the police to thoroughly investigate him and his activities with a view to prosecuting him and his cohorts if there had been any infringement on the law of Nigeria and the rights of the members in his custody. Whoever claims to know the date is not only misleading the public but cannot claim to be a genuine servant of God. He is at best, an agent of Satan pretending to be a pastor.”

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