The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State has dissociated itself from one Pastor Ade Abraham, who allegedly offered to transport his members to heaven for a cost of N310,000.
The cleric is said to have convinced his church members to relocate to a camp in Ekiti State with him in order to “prepare for the end of the world” and also allegedly charging them N310k to ‘fly them to heaven’.
A church member who spoke with FIJ, said Pastor Abraham first relocated to Ekiti State from Kaduna State, where he was based before in 2020.
When he returned to Kaduna State in April, he allegedly asked members of his church to pay him N310,000 before they can be allowed to follow him to Omuo-Ekiti, where “the gate of heaven will open for all of them to fly to heaven”. ICYMI.
However, Kaduna state CAN Chairman, Reverend John Hayab in a statement released on Tuesday May 3, said they don’t know the Pastor nor the location as well as the name of the church in any part of the 23 local government areas of the state.
He tagged Ade as a faceless character who can easily give the Christian faith a bad name, particularly since the body of Christians in the state cannot even trace his whereabouts or information about his church in the state.
The statement read,
“The attention of the CAN Kaduna State Chapter has been drawn to the news in circulation in some sections of the media about one Pastor described as Ade Abraham, offering to take his members to heaven if they pay a fee of N310,000.
“Even though Pastor Ade’s offer of a ticket to heaven is cheaper than the ransom Kaduna bandits ask their victims, sadly, CAN has not found anyone who knows the location of the said church or established a church in Kaduna town with that name or in any local government areas in the state.
“A faceless character like Ade Abraham can easily give the faith of the community a bad name, especially that CAN cannot trace his whereabouts or find any useful information about his being in Kaduna state.
“Is it possible that Ade Abraham before becoming spiritual had lived in Kaduna or did he come to Kaduna for a visit? How can we have such a pastor and nobody knows him only for us to read about his drama in the media whereas the journalists in Kaduna do not have this information?
“CAN Kaduna State appeals to whosoever knows pastor Ade Abraham or the location of a church in Kaduna linked to the alleged person to furnish our association with the information so that we could work with security agencies to prevent what could further compound the security challenges faced in the state.
“CAN will not decide what sermon her priests should preach but CAN will not hesitate to expose fake preachers when she finds one, especially when the sermon contradicts the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures.
“CAN, therefore, calls for a proper investigation of Pastor Ade Abraham’s identity, and the location of his ministry to put the record straight to avoid creating panic and misleading the public.
“If Pastor Ade Abraham’s camp is in Ekiti and the sacred place where God is coming to rapture those who have paid their rapture fees, why is Kaduna in the story or does he have another strip that the rapture will happen in Kaduna?
“CAN wish to advise the Christian faith not to rush into accepting every kind of teaching without first studying the Scriptures to understand if what the preacher says is true like the Berean believers who studied the Scriptures, day and night, to confirm what the Apostle Paul was saying was true. May God deliver us from unholy preachers in Jesus’ name.”