Senior Prophet, Celestial Church of Christ, Lagos chapter, Aderemi Dabiri, has explained why he invited street-hop artiste, Portable and Fuji star, Alabi Pasuma, to its event.
The clergyman said the two musicians were invited to the Ankara/Praise Night slated for December 15, in an effort by the church to gain new converts.
Pastor Dabiri made this known while addressing a delegation of the church’s task force who visited his parish to have an audience with him about the matter which stirred controversy.
In a video circulating online, he explained the rationale behind the decision and noted that the pattern of evangelism had worked for him over the years and also resulted in the growth of his church membership.
The cleric also appealed to the Celestial Church worldwide to support his vision, as he would use his style of evangelism to make the church proud.
He said; “It is not our first time inviting guest artistes. We have been doing it without a problem and I can give you a series of instances. We cannot go where they sell palm wine or alcoholic drinks and ask them to accept Jesus Christ. If I don’t apply wisdom, they will hit a bottle on my head. That was why I thought of a way to bring them into the church.
“I also noticed that there are some notorious boys who cause trouble in the community, disturbing the authorities and engaging in cultism. I wondered how we can draw their attention so that they would have a change of heart.
“We have gone to places where they are and they ended up beating us. Most of the members of my church are new converts and it was through that pattern that I converted them.
“We will tell Portable not to dye his hair and he should not sing vulgar songs but to sing gospel music. We will also caution him not to dress inappropriately or climb the speakers. We will also warn him not to allow his boys to smoke here. We have invited close to 30 military personnel to man the event.”