The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has denied knowing Pastor Ade Abraham, who is alleged to be resident in the state, promising to take his members to heaven if they pay a fee of N310,000.
Rev. John Joseph Hayab, CAN Kaduna state chairman, in a statement explained, “The attention of the CAN Kaduna State Chapter has been drawn to the news in circulation in some sections of the media about one Pastor described as Ade Abraham, offering to take his members to heaven if they pay a fee of 310 thousand nairas only.”
The statement added, “Even though Pastor Ade’s offer of a ticket to heaven is cheaper than the ransom Kaduna bandits ask their victims, sadly, CAN has not found anyone who knows the location of the said church or established a church in Kaduna town with that name or in any local government areas in the state.”
According to Rev. Hayab, a faceless character like Ade Abraham can easily give the faith of the community a bad name, especially that CAN cannot trace his whereabouts or find any useful information about his being in Kaduna State.
He observed that is it possible that Ade Abraham before becoming spiritual had lived in Kaduna or did he come to Kaduna for a visit? asking, “How can we have such a pastor and nobody knows him only for us to read about his drama in the media whereas the journalists in Kaduna do not have this information?”
He said CAN Kaduna State appealed to whosoever knows Pastor Ade Abraham or the location of a Church in Kaduna linked to the alleged person to furnish their association with the information so that they could work with security agencies to prevent what could further compound the security challenges faced in the state.
“CAN will not decide what sermon her priests should preach but CAN will not hesitate to expose fake preachers when she finds one, especially when the sermon contradicts the teachings contained in the Holy Scriptures,” the statement explained.
It, therefore, called for a proper investigation of Pastor Ade Abraham’s identity, and the location of his ministry to put the record straight to avoid creating panic and misleading the public.
The statement stated that if Abraham’s camp is in Ekiti and the sacred place where God is coming to rapture those who have paid their rapture fees, the statement wondered why Kaduna is in the story.
CAN advise the Christian faith not to rush into accepting every kind of teaching without first studying the Scriptures to understand if what the preacher says is true like the Berean believers who studied the Scriptures, day and night, to confirm what the Apostle Paul was saying was true.