The Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, has appointed Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji as its new General Evangelist.
Oladeji succeeds Prophet Kayode Abiara of CAC’s Agbala Itura, who is retiring after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Speaking on his appointment, he said his priority is to restore the church to its former glorious days and stamp out indiscipline among pastors and church members.
The evangelist, who is the founder of CAC Canaanland Ministries, said he would use his new position to clear what he called the rot in the home and overseas branches of the church.
The cleric said his tenure would witness the rebirth of evangelism, which he describes as the hallmark of the church.
Addressing reporters at the weekend, Oladeji said: “When real revival begins, the seeming division in the church will fizzle out. Those who have left will return and the church will, in unity, forge ahead to achieve its mission of winning souls for Christ and setting free those in bondage for peace and prosperity to reign.”
According to him, any cleric of the church found guilty of infidelity, fraud and divisive tendencies would be disciplined.
This, he said, had become necessary to stop such persons from further dragging the name of the church’s founding fathers through the mud.
Oladeji said: “Whoever is caught will be dealt with. It is either you change from your old bad ways and remain with us you make a decision.”
The cleric regretted that those he called pretenders embraced the work of clergy or gospel music out of lack of white-collar jobz or as a result of business failures and the downturn in the economy.
He said it was unfortunate that such people kept claiming that God called them.
Oladeji said: “These are the types of people who often cleverly found their ways into different churches and give such churches bad names. I will join hands with other leaders of our church to return it to what it used to be.
“It is my conviction that the problems confronting Nigeria are surmountable but the fight against such problems must start from the churches and homes.”
The cleric predicted that Nigeria will soon regain its lost glory because of the prayers of many godly Nigerians.