Dr. Jegede, Gabriel Gbenga. The Formative Stage of the Christ Apostlolic Church (C.A.C) (Nigeria), 1917-1943

Social Sciences / History / History of religion

Submitted on: Jul 05, 2018, 19:20:51

Description: The outbreak of influenza epidemic in Nigeria as from the second decade of the 20th century coupled with the worldwide economic recession within the same period forced the missionary agents of the mainline churches to abandon their mission stations. With their departure to their native countries, Christians in Southern-Western Nigeria became stranded due to lack of spiritual leadership. This scenario forced them to form prayer groups that could assist in their spiritual needs at that critical period in their historical experience. Prominent among the prayer groups was Egbe Okuta Olowo Iyebiye (The Precious Stone Society). The group led by J.S. Sadare of Our Saviour‚Eôs Anglican Church, Ijebu-Ode became the catalyst for the emergence of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, from 1917-1943. This paper traces the series of stages and events that led to the formation of the Christ Apostolic Church (C.A.C). it expounds the impact of the Faith Tabernacle Movement (Philadelphia, USA), the magazines called: Sword of The Spirit and Riches of Grace. It notes the roles of the Apostolic Church (Britain) in shaping the spiritual directions of the progenitors of the C.A.C. The paper which makes use of the descriptive historical method acknowledges the contributions of Apostle Ayo Babalola vis-√†-vis the Oke-Oye revival in the events that culminated in the formation of the C.A.C. The paper concludes that the C.A.C. could be regarded as the leading-light of Pentecostalism in Nigeria.

The Library of Congress (USA) reference page : http://lccn.loc.gov/cn2013300046.

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