The avalanche of promotions into the newly established Pews have been unprecedented in the history of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and it is tremendously significant. It presupposes the spiritual maturity of a large number of brethren qualified to be released into the world for impartation of the Everlasting Gospel and the new life style of Love to the World as exemplified by the Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines promotion as “the act or fact of being raised in position or rank” and/or “the act of furthering the growth or development of something” and obviously also applicable to people. Promotions are indicative of two situations. It occurs when a person may have performed quite impressively to the satisfaction of his/her employers or when the person has outgrown their present position. In both situations however, a higher responsibility or goal is bestowed on the promoted and a lot more capacity is expected in the next assignment.

Promotions are not a novel phenomenon in BCS. The Supreme Father and Sole Spiritual Head, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu began the Kingdom with just His congregation but as time lapsed, HE identified the committed brethren and promoted them to the Virgins/Saints Pew (as they used to be called) for more intensive induction and greater responsibility. As the fold expanded into all nooks and crannies and as a consequence of the increase in numerical strength, The Holy Father made further promotions into the Ordained Ones Pew nominated in different turban colours and nomenclatures. We had the Evangelists, Pastors, Prophets and Prophetesses, Deaconesses, Apostles etc. who were given different charges and responsibilities in the Kingdom. In essence therefore, the culture of promotions is not new but we observe a few tendencies in the present sets of those so honoured and that is the thrust of this Editorial.

This is not to insinuate that the earlier sets of members were holier or perfect. As humans, we do have the propensity to be arrogant and prideful when imbued with certain authority and power and these earlier brethren were not totally immune to that allure. At that time however, those who flagrantly abused their authority were the exceptions to the rule but today we are appalled to see that the rule is the exception. It is not totally about the abuse of authority, for a good number of us may not be guilty of that, but the disregard of the core spiritual activities which are the very essence of the new lifestyle the Father came to teach mankind.

Trumpet is referring to activities such as watch and pray, Thursday fasting, dry fasting, ministry work, morning prayers, fellowship meetings and even Sunday Service which are deliberately or inadvertently relegated to the background today by the new crop of ‘elite’ Priests, Administrators and Supervisors. It is a fact that there are still those that have not lost sight of the imperative of these spiritual activities but the majority of us believe very erroneously that the Administrative services we now render in our diverse supervisory roles somehow compensate for our eschewal of these activities.

It is prevalent all over the BCS world to see sisters who have been promoted to the Blessed Mother’s, Divine Vanguards’ and Ambassador’s Pews who refuse to attend Women Fellowship meetings. The same scenario applies to the men who on promotion to the Bishop’s, Divine Vanguards’ and Christ Ambassador’s Pews become too big for the men’s fellowship. Do these promotions exculpate gender if we may ask? An activity such as Ministry work has even been modified to just knocking the head before the altar, paying Tithe and leaving the bethel in a few minutes in some instances. Was this what we were taught? We are supposed to spend a night whether an evening service is conducted or not before leaving the next day after morning prayer and we believe that short circuiting this process is like scamming ourselves. With our limited knowledge of spiritual things, can we rightly state the spiritual significance and benefit of each step of the process as taught by the Father? Why then do we edit the process and invent more convenient ways of doing what has been spiritually established by the Supreme Father of the Universe? This is only one example among several other ‘abridged’ processes by some of the new BCS ‘elites’.

We see this same proclivity in the attitude of some administrators and supervisors in terms of leadership and interpersonal relationship with those they are sent to shepherd. Some are terribly authoritarian, selfish, self-conceited, oppressive, and rude and in a few cases, out rightly mean. One is left gasping for breath sometimes and wondering where all the years spent in the fold learning about love, kindness, mercy, compassion and consideration for others evaporated to after an encounter with them.

This should not be so. It is said that “rank does not only confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility …” Peter Drucker. The Father promotes us in the expectation that after tutoring us in love and by example day and night for several years in most cases, we should be physically, mentally and spiritually equipped to impart the same knowledge on the brethren all over the world. We must administer in total obedience to the Father’s directives, in love and humility as well as take part in all the spiritual activities as originally laid down by the Holy Father. This indeed is our responsibility. Various Priestly Body’s Authorities, the Governing Boards of the UABCSP and the Priesthood Academy must not relent in reiterating the need for all involved to lead by example. The fruits of the Holy Spirit which are  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians:22-23) must exude from every pore of those so honored by the Father in this Kingdom. In our attitude to our administrative duties and observances of the spiritual tenets of the kingdom, we must display these ‘fruits’ notwithstanding the challenges we confront.

It is ludicrous to pretend to be humble in Ambo before the Father when we have mismanaged and scattered all the brethren we are supposed to shepherd in our areas of influence due to our conceit and highhandedness. Colossians 3:23-24 says “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  We must realize who the Being in our midst is and the fact that God is Omnipresent and cannot be deceived.

The Holy Father exhorts in a gospel on Humility as recorded in the Everlasting Gospel, Vol 1, Chapter 18: 35 “Have you heard us say that a particular thing should happen and not the other? It amounts to vainglory, pomposity and arrogance. Have you ever heard us murmur against God or question why He should do one thing and not the other?” Undeterred by His consistent admonition, some of us continue to question the Holy Father’s signature, challenge His authority and even defraud Him. The time is now to undergo a soul search and assess our activities to see if we are really deserving of this Kingdom. Disobedience and arrogance are antithetical to the very essence of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. Obedience, love and humility are the cloaks we must all adorn as the promoted and honoured in this Kingdom.

His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords recently stressed on the worthlessness in addressing ourselves with grandiose titles such as Your Excellency, Your Lordship and so on. HE, the repository of all knowledge, reiterated that the highest title in this School Of Practical Christianity remains that of Brother and Sister. We applaud those of us who despite their high offices have remained humble, responsible and continue to participate in all the spiritual activities in the Kingdom. For those of us who have fallen short, please let us turn a new leaf and may our promotions and the great honour bestowed on us by our beloved Holy Father not be our condemnation.

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