The Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Akure on Thursday said no fewer than four branches of the church had been seal up following allegation of doctrinal misconduct.
The sanctioned branches of the church were alleged to be involved in fetish practices which it said was not acceptable by the church and Christianity as a whole.
The Ondo State President of Unification of Cherubim and Seraphim, Primate Ade Ademisokun, stated this in Akure, the state capital, during a press conference heralding his installation as Baba-Alakoso of C&S in the area.
He said, “We have sealed some churches, up to four and they still remain sealed because they know nothing about Cherubim and Seraphim, yet they are operating C & S church.
“They were caught with fetish things and we have zero-tolerance for such. We are not going to take that any more. So, those who have accepted to be trained will be allowed to come in and we’ll put them under the care of elders.
“We have the instrument to seal any branch caught with fetish because our disciplinary procedure is registered with the government. That is our stand in Akure and its environs and even in Ondo State as a whole.”
Ademisokun further stated that the present leadership of the church in the area was bent on putting some things right and addressing some missing areas.
He added, “Our aim is not only to unify the Cherubim and Seraphim but to show-case some things that were not shown in the past. We believe that we are the first pentecostal in the whole of Africa and the spirit is still with us.
“Those things that were taken for granted before have been taken seriously now. We are making efforts to formally have a training school for our officials.
“It is not enough to have the calling but someone must be trained because we realized that Jesus trained his disciples and sent them to the field in his own time before he allowed them to be fishers of men.
“So, that requirement that makes a church grow has been missing. Discipline, which was loose, has been tightened and we want to continue to improve on that.
“We realized that some of us are doing some things that are bad because the callings differ, but we have come to control the church to be able to boost integrity. We are in unity now and I can assure you that we have 90 per cent, though it may take time for the remaining ones to join.”
The cleric explained that his investiture as Baba-Alakoso of C & S and other programs which started last week would be concluded on Saturday while some members of the Council of Elders of the church would also be installed and “the elected Baba-Aladura will be ordained.”