A prophet who set his member on fire says God instructed him to do so.
A prophet of a Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), located on Unity Street in Abule-Egba area of Lagos State, is in trouble for allegedly setting a female member on fire during service, claiming he was instructed by God to do it.
According to The Nation, the victim simply identified as Madam Bosede, who joined the church just a month before the incident, is lying critically ill in the hospital where she was rushed to.
Reports have it that the prophet said he got a divine revelation where God appeared during the service and told him to set the woman ablaze and that she would not suffer burns.
The prophet reportedly said that he clearly heard a voice instructing him to set a member on fire to prove and confirm that God was in their midst.
“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.”
The victim, while narrating the events that led to her predicament said:
“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.”
Unable to stand the incident, some members have however decided to leave the church as they say they now doubt their prophet's credibility.
One of the was quoted as saying:
“We cannot worship here again, who knows who the spirit will ask him to burn next?”
A member of the church, Daniel Ayodele, who witnessed the incident, 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.”
The case of Reverend Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, popularly called Reverend King, the founder of Christian Praying Assembly, who, in July 22, 2006, set one of his members, Ann Uzor, on fire leading to her death.
He was subsequently sentenced to death on January 11, 2007, on a six-count charge bordering on murder and attempted murder.