The Celestial Church of Christ has ordered his members to ensure spiritual perfume are mixed with water for prayers.
The order followed the death of one Kayode Badru from burns he suffered during a programme at CCC Imole parish, Alagbado area of Lagos.
Seven members including the parish pastor, Felix Alebiosu with candles lighted surrounded Badru who knelt down during a prayer session for him.
However, tragedy struck when he caught fire following an inflammable spiritual perfume sprayed on him, leading to his death at Gbagada Hospital.
To prevent future recurrence, the leadership of celestial church in the country via a statement released by Mr Stephen Adeniyi, attributed the unfortunate incident to abuse of spiritual perfume adding that henceforth the church has resolved it should be mixed with water.
The statement read in part: “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 their 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 S. B. J. Oshoffa, is by mixing it with water. It is high time we retraced 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. 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.”