The Christian Association of Nigeria has disowned Josiah Peter Asumosa, an assistant Pastor at Whole Bible Believers Church in Ondo Ondo State who allegedly camped some of his church members for days waiting for the rapture.
Asumosa was said to have lied to them that Rapture would take place in April 22, 2022, and later said the date has been changed to September 2022.
CAN in a statement signed by Bayo Oladeji said the pastor and his Whole Bible Believers Church in Ondo are not members of the CAN at all levels. “He is not known to us,” the body stated.
CAN however called 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.
It stated that “No true Pastor would claim to know the date of the rapture because the Bible has stated it clearly that it is only God who knows the date. 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.”
The Christian body commended the Police for their prompt actions which included rescuing over 70 victims from the Church premises.
It requested that the rescued members of the church should be subjected to medical checkups since nobody knows what they were going through where they were camped.
CAN urged all denominations to keep an eye on the pastors under them towards ensuring wholesome biblical conduct. It also called on churches to cross-check every teaching from the Bible before believing it.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Funmilayo Odunlami had told newsmen that the victims were deceived by Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, The victims were rescued on Friday, July 1 in the church at Valentino axis of Ondo town.
Odunlami disclosed that among the victims were 26 children, 8 teenagers, and 43 adult members of the church.