The arrested pastors of The Whole Believers Bible Church in Ondo State have made a shocking disclosure on why they kept 77 people underground in the church.
The police had on Friday night rescued 23 children and 54 adults kept in the basement of the church located in the Valentino area of Ondo Town.
Head pastor of the church, David Anifowose and others alleged to have abducted those found in the church were paraded by the police on Saturday.
Recall that some children who were kidnapped and kept in a dungeon of a church in Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, were rescued by the police in the state.
According to police, the victims were deceived by Pastor Josiah Peter Asumosa, who is an Assistant Pastor of the church identified as Whole Bible Believers Church, popularly known as ‘Ondo Church’.
DAILY GIST had reported how the victims were rescued on Friday night in the church at Valentino axis of Ondo town.
However, speaking in a confessional statement obtained by DAILY GIST on Sunday, Anifowose said those rescued were in the church to await the second coming of Jesus Christ.
According to him, “I was the one that received the instruction from God that the people of the church should camp in the church and wait for his second coming. And my members were waiting for the second coming of Jesus when the policemen invaded the church and arrested us.”
He, however, denied saying Jesus would come in September, adding that nobody knows exactly when that would happen.
On his part, assistant pastor of the church Peter Josiah said he did not tell children to run away from home as alleged, but only taught them according to the scriptures.
“I was called by God to rewrite the King James Version of the Bible because there is a lot that was wrong with the version of the Bible.
“I only teach them what the Bible says about the second coming of Jesus Christ. The prophesy that is fulfilling this time is showing that the rapture is close. I never even mention years to the church.
I never teach them to run from their parents, I only teach them the gospel. I only tell them to obey their parents in the lord,” he said.