Ex Celestial Christianity Testimony of Lobe Tahoue Etienne
My name is Lobé Tahoue Etienne. Born on 30/10/1966 in Ivory Coast, I am Ivorian. I met the Lord precisely in the year 1999. I was then a member of a sect called the Church of Heavenly Christianity, where I spent 7 years of my life. And it was by the grace of God that I was freed from the clutches of the devil.
I had a very difficult childhood of attacks, of witchcraft I was sick all my childhood, and it was finally at the age of 10 that I was schooled thanks to a teacher, who came to our camp, in order to buy bushmeat. My dad was a poacher at the time, the teacher used to come to the camp from time to time to look for bushmeat. He allied himself with my father as a friend. And that’s when he asked my father why I didn’t go to school? My father explained everything to him. And they were arranged, and it was with the birth certificate of my deceased little brother named Lobe Dogo Patrice that I went to school. At CP1, I was the major in my class (1st in the class). At CP2, also brilliant. The following year, to my surprise, from CP2, I was jumped out of class directly to the third grade. It was at this moment that the enemy was wrathful. In the middle of the school year, I refused to continue school because I could see blurred with tears in my eyes as I read.
I come from a family of 7 children 6 boys including 1 girl. Three of my brothers died mysteriously. My father having passed away I became the head of the family, because no one, by me, who manages, come to their needs. The fight for me now is still tough, because, so far, all my projects have always fallen into « water » But I am more than confident because, I know in whom I believed, and there is a time for all things. To him the glory of ETERNITE IN ETERNITE. I resisted Jesus a lot even during my conversion, I always wanted to put my interest before Christ it cost me dearly. I lost a lot of money because I didn’t want to understand that Jesus has a time for everything.
I urge you my brothers and sisters to put Jesus before everything first. JESUS!
How I entered heavenly Christianity.
What motivated me to become a member of this sect was to improve my living conditions. In 1988, I decided to leave the village and go to Abidjan in order to look for a job as a labourer. The job market being difficult in Ivory Coast, I remained out of work for years. I used to live with my cousin. Having learned that in the « church of heavenly Christianity » it was possible to find happiness there, so I went into this sect. The one who « evangelized » me said this: this « church » came down from heaven to deliver the African victim of witchcraft, and ceremonies are made to have work. These words were enough for me to convince myself! I, who was looking for deliverance and the happiness of having a job, did not hesitate for a second.
This « church » had become my home, where I spent more than 6 years! I was also involved in the activities of the « church. » This « church » building was called St. Michael’s. There are several aspects that get me out of this sect. It is true that the members of this sect use the Bible, but the practices do not conform to the Word of God. The practice of sacrifice-type ceremonies is prescribed daily by visionaries. During the seven years I spent in this sect, I came out as I had entered. Nothing has changed, except that I have never been hungry, « sisters » of good will brought me every day food. This explains the seven years I spent in this sect. I’ve never been hungry! I, who ate barely once a day, thought I had met God through food. But I read my Bible a lot, and I also asked questions of the forebears.
The Bible verses that saved me.
But I did not receive a satisfactory response from them. But I still couldn’t understand, because I was still in the « dark. » But while I was reading my Bible, two verses from the Bible caught my attention! And the Lord spoke to me through these two verses. These two passages answered exactly the questions I was asking myself. (Acts: 4v12): « There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among the men by whom we were to be saved. » This verse enlightened me because it specifically answered the questions I was asking myself! For the forebears made it seem that without the ceremonies: holy oil, candles, incense, Perfume St. Michael ‘ combat prayer, etc., deliverance is not possible. I remind you that they also pray in this sect, in the name of Jesus, but always accompanied by ceremony otherwise according to them, a prayer in the name of Jesus unacerantably is not effective. (Galate: 5v1): « It is for freedom that Christ freed you, therefore, remain firm, and do not let you be put under the yoke of bondage again. » As I read this verse, I thought to myself; if Jesus surrendered to be crucified for us, in order to free us from the practices of ceremonial laws, which were for us a burden. Why do you still practice these things?
For at the « church » of the c.c., when a woman is in her menstrual period, she must stay seven days at home, and on the eighth day she comes to be sanctified with a bucket of water, St. Michael’s perfume, in the water, and a candle in her hand , a prayer of sanctification she takes a bath, to gain access to the « holy » place. It’s the same for the woman who gave birth to a baby! She has to stay home for 40 days, and on the 41st day she comes to get sanctified. The consumption of pork, is forbidden to all members. Most practices in this sect, are based on the Old Testament. But there is also what they do that is neither the old nor the new will. For example; every Friday lunchtime, there is a special cult of « visionaries » where each member must bring an egg, a bottle of water, honey in order to participate in the prayer ceremony. During prayer, all visionaries, and those newly received the gift « prophecy » and « vision » are all stirred up by a « spirit » they call, the holy spirit, and there begin the « revelations » or predictions of the future.
The preludes to my conversion.
But my beloved weird thing, instead of leaving this sect, after receiving the revelation by the grace of God, I went to join my cousin gendarme who was newly transferred to a town from the interior in the northern ivory coast this city is called, Odiéné. In this city, by the grace of God, I met a heavenly « brother » who had also been assigned to the said city. He’s a math teacher. The joy of meeting us was great! Because it had been almost a year since we had seen each other, and I also did not know that he had been transferred to this city. I was pleasantly surprised to see him. In this community, the « church » did not exist there. However, heavenly Christians were in this city. But we had to find them in order to pray together. That’s what we did. The professor brother, at all to find them. We were rowing 30 people.
But among us, there was no visionary. So no ceremony. In the following days, I explained the two verses of the Bible to the professor brother. (Acts: 4v12 and Galate: 5v1) we had meditated together on these two passages! But the most extraordinary thing happened we decided to always be heavenly Christians, but all the time without making a ceremony. The service was held at the home of the brother the teacher, who was also the head of this « church » of Odiéné, and I, the secretary, responsible for announcing the programs of worship. But the members are revolted against both of us, because they accused us of cancelling the ceremonies in this assembly. For them, it is useless to pretend to belong to the church of heavenly Christianity, and ignore the ceremonies. This time they were right about us. A lively discussion ensued on this subject! And the members, without consulting us, made the decision to praise the service of a visionary, whom they appealed from Abidjan. This happened on the eve of the Feast of Passover, where all heavenly Christians must absolutely commemorate the death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, at the cemetery. We objected to this practice, which we found unnecessary. Tensions had risen because the discussion was high as we split into two groups.
Decision to walk according to the Holy Scriptures and deliverance. We only stayed three people. We stayed, and the other group went to the cemetery. As for me, I went home, because I lived with my cousin gendarme, in the mobile platoon. But in the morning when I woke up, I felt unwell and I had a great thirst for water. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., I emptied the bottles filled with water from the refrigerator, which I drank to the astonishment of those who lived in the house. And a vertigo caught me as if I was going to die. But by the grace of God, I did everything I could to go to the teacher’s brother. To my surprise, I found him in a dreadful state almost dead. All night he told me, he vomited, had diarrhea.
We prayed! That the Lord manifested himself !!! And he regained his strength a little. As for the stubborn, I came close to death. For 5 days, I didn’t eat because the food no longer tasted in my mouth. I suffered a lot because I vomited, did diarrhea what came out in me was only water. Had it not been for god’s grace, the enemy would rejoice. And around 8 p.m., the « visionary » accompanied by two members, they come to visit us. They find us unwell, but they are not touched or surprised. But they tell us to repent and come back from our decision because they say the un ceremony heavenly is not heavenly. We told them that we are no longer « heavenly » Christians and that we have now accepted Jesus as our savior. After all these things, I was healed on the 8th day by Jesus Christ!