Christ Apostolic Church

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Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) is the first Aladura Pentecostal church present in Nigeria and other countries. It arose in the first half of the 20th century, in the then-British empire. It was formally established in 1941 after a split from the Apostolic Church which the original Aladura organization (Faith Tabernacle) had invited to Nigeria. Its growth was led by Joseph Ayo Babalola, a road construction driver who became its founder.[1] The revival led by Babalola resulted in thousands burning their traditional fetishes. This disturbed the colonial authorities, and allegations included witch-hunting and opposition to hospitals and medicine. Babalola was arrested and jailed.

It operates secondary schools in Nigeria.[2] The countries with presence of the Christ Apostolic Church include the United States of America, Armenian Apostolic Church, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Austria, Australia, South Africa, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Chad.[3][4][5] Its headquarters are in Lagos, Nigeria.[6] The Christ Apostolic Church shows pentecostal features.[7] The number of its members exceeds a million.[8] In the 20th century, it had distance to other Aladura churches.[8] At least in 1999, a dissident faction of the name Christ Apostolic Church existed.[9] Christ Apostolic Church has a major presence among the Yoruba poplulation.[10] It does not have infant baptism.[11] It is in favour of monogamy.[12] Within the Christ Apostolic Church, healing is attempted.[13]

Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola's grave

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  1. ^ "Great Revivalist". Great Revivals. Archived from the original on 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  2. ^ "Babalola, Joseph Ayo, Nigeria/Ghana, Christ Apostolic Church (Aladura)". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  3. ^ "Christ Apostolic Church International (CAC Int.) – The General Council". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  4. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over cacpraisecentre. Deze website is te koop!". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  5. ^ Published on Wednesday 6 May 2009 13:23 (2009-05-06). "Tullamore Tullamore congregation of the Christ Apostolic Church bid farewell to popular pastor – Local – Offaly Express". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  6. ^ Abi @ "Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide (CAC)". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  7. ^ Abi @ "Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide (CAC)". Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  8. ^ a b Allan Anderson (2001). African Reformation: African Initiated Christianity in the 20th Century. Africa World Press. pp. 86–. ISBN 978-0-86543-883-5. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  9. ^ Stephen D. Glazier (16 January 2001). Encyclopedia of African and African-American Religions. Taylor & Francis. pp. 86–. ISBN 978-0-415-92245-6. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  10. ^ Hugh McLeod (12 January 2006). World Christianities C. 1914-C. 2000. Cambridge University Press. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-0-521-81500-0. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  11. ^ Gerhardus Cornelis Oosthuizen (1968). Post-Christianity in Africa: a theological and anthropological study. C. Hurst. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  12. ^ Elizabeth Allo Isichei (2004). The religious traditions of Africa: a history. Praeger. ISBN 978-0-325-07114-5. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  13. ^ Norman C. Habel; Vicky Balabanski (30 October 2002). The Earth Story in the New Testament. Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 113–. ISBN 978-0-8264-6060-8. Retrieved 15 May 2012.

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