ALADURA is a classification of churches that abide by a Christian religious denomination or trend inspired by activities of progressive church elements, J.B Sadare, D.O. Odubanjo, I.O Sanya and others in 1918. There are over 3 million adherents worldwide.
"Aladura" means "praying people" in Yoruba .
Aladura churches emphasize the power in praying and believe in faith healing and various elements associated with Pentecostalism . Most of the founders of the churches were associated with Anglicanism , though some Methodists joined the movement as well. The churches despise the power of traditional African religion , because they deem that power to be basically malign. Therefore, they sometimes burn cult images as "idols " and oppose both polygamy and witchcraft . Unlike Kimbanguism , the churches tend to avoid politics and focus instead on the "holiness movement".
Aladura movement started at
* 1 Divisions
* 2 Pentecostals
* 2.1 Christ Apostolic Church
* 3 Spiritualists
* 4 References * 5 See also
They can be categorized into Pentecostals and Spiritualists. The popular Aladura indigenous churches are:
Christ Apostolic Church, popularly called CAC, is the precursor of Aladura Pentecostalism.
The Aladura Spiritualists are also called "White Garment" churches.
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
Main article: Christ Apostolic Church
Aladura movement emerged from St. Saviour\'s Anglican
Church , Ijebu-Ode,
A revival took place in 1918 during the outbreak of an influenza
epidemic . The group filled with the Holy Ghost claim to have used
prayer to save many lives affected by the epidemic. This consolidated
the formation of the prayer group. This movement grew gradually and
formed branches throughout Nigeria. The name of the group went through
several changes, such as
The Revival group went through several name changes until, after 24 years of its formation, it finally adopted the name Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in 1942. Today, CAC has spread worldwide and definitely is the precursor of Aladura Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria. The Church has established several schools at all levels, including Joseph Ayo Babalola University .
Several other churches stemmed out of Christ Apostolic Church.
ETERNAL SACRED ORDER OF CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM
Main article: Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim
Moses Orimolade Tunolase, who was later called Baba Aladura, or Praying Father, founded the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim in 1925, also as a prayer group within the Anglican Church. Captain Christiana Abiodun's later adopted daughter fell into a trance, and Moses Orimolade Tunolase, who was already an itinerant evangelist and teacher, was the only one who could awaken her. By 1925 they had left the Anglican church to become independent. Their most distinctive ministry was to openly ferret out and challenge witches on their long evangelistic journeys through the countryside. These long trips were typical of Cherubim and Seraphim (as they are most commonly called) evangelists and missionaries. Today the church is one of the most popular, most attractive and most influential of the Aladura churches worldwide.
THE CHURCH OF THE LORD (ALADURA)
Main article: Church of the Lord (Aladura)
Josiah Ollunowo Ositelu founded the Church of the Lord (Aladura) on 27 July 1930 at Ile Lisa, Ogere-Remo.
Ositelu was born in 1902 to Dawodu Ositelu and Madam Rebecca Ejironike. His parents named him "Fakoya" at birth; however, Ositelu told his father he was "Oyelowo" and his baby brother should be called "Oyeleke". Eventually, Ositelu became School Master Catechist at Orile Imo – Ishan – Erukute, Asha, Erunbe (Oko Egba). Ollunowo Ositelu all his life used cold water to bath and drink, and never ate pork.
Ositelu also went on missionary journeys throughout Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST
CELICA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Main article: Celica Church of Christ
Celica Church of Christ was established on November 15, 1992, at
* ^ A B Olowe, Abi (2007). Great Revivals, Great Revivalist. Houston, Texas: Omega Publishers. p. 344. ISBN 978-0-9795299-0-0 . * ^ Melton, J. Gordon (2003). Encyclopedia of American Religions (Seventh edition). Farmington Hills, Michigan: The Gale Group, Inc. p. 517. ISBN 0-7876-6384-0 . * ^ "Aladura". Litcaf. 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2017-06-04. * ^ Abi Olowe; Great Revivals, Great Revivalist – Joseph Ayo Babalola, Omega Publishers, 2007
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