The Cherubim and Seraphim Church
The Cherubim and Seraphim Church (C&S) is the first African Pentecostal church known as the (ALADURA CHURCH) was founded in Nigeria in the year 1925 by Saint Moses Orimolade Tunolase (1879-1933) born into the royal family of Ayibiri in Ikare, Ondo State of Nigeria.
Orimolade started his missionary work as an itinerant preacher in Ikare (his Yoruba town of birth) with no formal education. After his baptism by Rev. Ganyes in 1912, he started to evangelise and pray for people, from where he got the nickname “Baba Aladura” (Praying Father), which is still used to identify the head of the C & S sect.
He openly confronted witches and wizards in Irun (another Yoruba town) and pulled down the image of Osijora, one of the idols worshipped in the village. He condemned the prevalent practice of human sacrifice in Benin City. He consecrated a pool in Kaba town and rid it of the evil spirit the villagers had worshipped. Orimolade converted many to the Christian faith. Traditional worshippers willingly gave up their charms and images for burning in response to his preaching and prayer. He directed his converts to the existing churches, irrespective of denominations, and where no church existed he helped establish one. Some of the churches established by Orimolade were actually established for the Church Missionary Society.
As time went by, a lot of people were interested in his ministry, and from the miracles witnessed by various towns in the Western regions, (Ilesha, Ikare, Ilorin, Lokoja ) which lead to Orimolade gaining followers. Some of his major priorities were the reading of the bible, the efficacy of prayer, the power of miracles, and the cultivation of a Christ-like behaviour.
In 1925, while watching a Catholic Corpus Christi procession, Captain Emanuel Abiodun then a teenager reportedly fell into a lengthy trance. She only awoke from her trance after the healer Moses Orimolade arrived to pray for her after various ministers have failed to wake her up. On waking, Captain Emanuel said she had been visited by angels who had taken her to heaven. Increasing numbers of visitors came to hear of her visions In the year 1925 Baba Orimolade founded the Cherubim and Seraphim with Captain Emanuel Abiodun led an evangelical tour of Western Nigeria, condemning the worship of traditional gods and encouraging Christian prayer.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The C&S Church believe strongly in the Holy Bible and the Holy Trinity. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct 2Tim3:16.
All activities performed and observed in the C & S Church are biblical and Holy spirit inspired, in order to bring to reality or to bring down the heavens as practised by the Cherubim and the Seraphims of Heaven. The Bible is our weapon of warfare to bring down strongholds and to build up. ‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds 2Cor10:4 As David, the prophet and King stated, we have a goodly in-heritage (Ps.16:6).
White Prayer Garment:
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
White represents Righteousness
‘Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head‘: Ecc 9:8
As true worshippers and according to scriptures the C&S Church wear white garment as a sign of true worship, fellowshipping in one accord with the heavenly hosts. White is the colour of righteousness, purity, holiness and true worship. The Bible tells us that the angels in heaven are clothed in white, the priests and worshippers all in a white raiment worshipping in truth and in Spirit, the bible also says in the presence of Almighty, ‘Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads….Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty–the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.“‘ Rev4:4-8
The colour white is found many times in the scriptures and is often associated with white garments, white manna, white fields, white horses, white stones, white cloud, and white robes. However, even though the association is easy to conclude, yet the color white is clearly defined in Rev. 19:8 “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
‘Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head’: Ecc 9:8
Wearing of no shoes in Holy Sanctuary
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5
Diverse gift of the Spirit
Prophecy, vision, speaking in tongues
Prayer and Fasting