In response to the controversy, Olatosho Oshoffa stated that the invitation of Portable and Pasuma to perform at the church praise night was against the principles and values of the Celestial Church of Christ.
He condemned the decision, emphasizing that the purpose of the church was to worship God and not to offer entertainment.
Oshoffa emphasized that the Celestial Church of Christ should not compromise its standards and values by allowing secular artists to perform in its worship services.
He maintained that the church should uphold its reputation as a place of worship and spirituality.
The controversy surrounding the event caused a divide among Nigerians.
While some agreed with Oshoffa’s stance and supported the condemnation of the invitation, others argued that the church should be open to incorporating contemporary elements in its worship, including the inclusion of popular artists.
The controversy highlighted the ongoing debate within religious communities about the role of entertainment in religious services and the extent to which churches should adapt to contemporary culture.
Reacting to the controversies on his Facebook page, Oshoffa said, “Dear Celestians, I have just spoken to the Shepherd in Charge of the above Parish at length. He has promised to make amendments to the posters.
“He has promised that the said contested artists would NOT come for the nights. There is no doubt the said poster is very CONDEMNABLE. God bless CCC. Amen.”