DOCTRINE OF THE KINGDOM

On doctrine of the Kingdom, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu said in His gospel entitled “The Great Commission” “…..After observing this, keep also His commandments. He has instructed that we should receive baptism, repent and follow after Him for He has come as a Father of all sinners. We should therefore forsake sins and be born anew for the earth and fullness thereof belongs to Him and all that He has belongs to us. We should remain in peace, love, oneness, abhor quarrelling, fighting and hatred for in so doing we shall be His and everyone shall appreciate this lifestyle”.

The doctrine of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS) are in conformity with the scriptures, teachings and commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ hence BCS is Christ Universal Spiritual School of Practical Christianity (CUSSPC) as enunciated in the Holy Book in Isaiah 2:2-4, John 16: 12-15, 1 Corinthians13:10 & 12. These doctrines include :

The members of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star irrespective of gender, whether male or female of all ages or status, are simply addressed as brothers and sisters or brethren. But due to other spiritual and administrative conveniences, some are given various titles which does not by any means conflict with the basic principles of calling one another brother or sister. There is no division among us due to our various title because we are one in the Lord and Master. Our witness is drawn from Matthew chapter 23 verses 8, Act chapter 9 verse17, Revelation chapter 6 verse11 and Malachi chapter 2 verse 10. This is because we are of one parents (Adam and Eve) and descendants of Abraham under one God (Genesis 1:26-27).

BCS members fall on their faces and KNOCK their heads three times on the ground to show respect and acknowledge the presence of God as it were in the past with the Patriarchs: In Genesis Chapter 17 verses 3 It is written that “And Abram fell on his face and God talked with him saying….”. In Samuel Chapter 20 verse 41 “David arose out of a place toward the South and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times”, when the three wise men worshiped baby Jesus, Matthew chapter 2 verse 11 said “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him …”. The Prophet spoke in Ezekiel Chapter 1 verse 28 “This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it I fell upon my face and I heard a voice of one that spake….”. In 1 Corinthians Chapter 14 verse 25 Paul Apostle wrote, “And thus the secrets of his heart made manifest and so falling down on his face he worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth”. In the same vein, Revelation chapter 11 verse 16 said, “And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshiped God”.

It is obvious that Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and other notable religions and denominations voluntarily perform these rites in their secret worships and during public visits to honour the Almighty God of creation who is in them.

Members of BCS worships in ‘bethels’ (as opposed to what others called churches) according to Genesis Chapter 28 verses 18 to 19. The true meaning of a Church is a “body of persons, in a building or premises”. These bethels are filled with the presence of God and power. It is said in 1 Corinthians Chapter 4 verses 20 “The kingdom of God is not in words but in power”. The bethels have their own names depending on the location or the name of the area where it is built, for example, No 8 Eton Street Bethel Calabar, No. 3 Akombi Crescent Cathedral Lagos, Elephant & Castle Bethel London, Manchester Bethel, or Soweto Bethel South Africa and so on. Bethels of the BCS are opened 24hours a day, 7days a week and each day of every year from January to December. Brotherhood of the Cross and Star does not go on holiday, vacation or sabbatical.

“Peace of the Father”, “Perfect Peace” or “Peace be unto you;” is the general opening greetings of BCS members irrespective of the time or occasion. Peace is a heavenly language. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6. He used the same greetings of “peace” – John 20:19 & 26 and His disciples followed suit in their evangelism, Matt 10:12-13, and after His ascension.

Prayer

Our prayer pattern starts with :
Let thanks, honour and glory be ascribed to God in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Let thanks, honour and glory be ascribed to God through in the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Let dominion and supremacy be given to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit now and forever more, Amen.

Holy, Holy, Holy Father…. (You offer your prayers) and end it with

“Let thanks, honour and glory be ascribed to God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… Amen.
“Let thanks, honour and glory be ascribed to God through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Let dominion and supremacy be given to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit now and forever more, Amen.

The same opening and closing patterns applies to prayer

Confession of Sins and Testimonies

Confession of sins and testimonies are started and ended with
In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
In the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Now and forever more, Amen.

(You make your confessions of sins/testimonies) and end it with the same pattern

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
In the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Now and forever more, Amen.

The official uniform of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is white garment known officially as the “Soutane with a cape” in conformity with what is recorded in Revelation “…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them”. (Rev. 7: 13-15). Again another witness said, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:8). Brothers and Sisters use the same uniforms. In addition, sisters use white head ties/gear to cover their head. BCS members commonly or instinctively dress in white outfits to work or occasions and always casual as simple as possible, no makeup, no plaits, or jewellery of any kind; rings, chains, beads and no wearing of wrist watch, (1 Peter 3, 1 Timothy 2:9-10, Exodus 32:2-4).

Our dress code is white robes and has been explained earlier. This additional information is to ensure that the reasons for our choice of dressing are fully understood by our reader. The long white robe or garment called the soutane is worn by all members regardless of their age and position in the kingdom (Rev.3:4-5, 7:9 & 14). White soutane is the same raiment that our Lord Jesus Christ wore when He was transfigured (Matthew 17 verse 2). The white symbolizes ‘righteousness’, ’purity’, and ‘peace’. The white garments worn by members are not to be designed with coloured materials such as thread, coloured buttons, ribbons etc. It should be plain pure white. The brethren are always admonished not to use the garment while on illegal business trips. The white garment in BCS is sanctified by the Holy Spirit, as such; it should be treated with respect and sanctity with Holiness.

The turbans are long wide robes known by many as girdles of different colours according to one’s ordination. The appropriate colour of turban is tied round the waist by brothers and sisters after being consecrated as Archbishops, Bishops and Ordained brothers and sisters. BCS consecration and ordination is done by the Holy Father alone. The number of years one has served in BCS, age or educational background or worldly titles does not determine individual’s ordination. It is determined spiritually and based on destiny. All positions and duties are based on practical love for one another and carrying out the Holy Father’s gospel in “The Great Commission” which is evangelism in order to make the whole world one that must be done.

Fasting is the act of refraining oneself from consumption of food and water. It is a period of purification of soul and body in which brethren devote their selves to prayers and supplications to God. Fasting brings one closer and in direct communication with the Creator through self-sanctification while separated from the chaos of the world. It is good for the spirit, as well as the flesh. All type of sickness is cured, and problems are solved through fasting and prayer. Our Lord Jesus Christ once said in Mark Chapter 9 verses 27-29 “But Jesus took him by hand and lifted him up and he arose. And when he was coming into the house his disciples asked him privately, why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting”.

BCS members are enjoined to pray and fast from 6:00am to 6:00pm especially on Thursdays as this was the day our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross of Calvary (as opposed to Friday, adopted by other Christian organisations). See the gospel on Good Friday by Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.

Before the beginning of each Pentecostal period which is conducted three times in a year (March-April, August and December), each lasting for 30 days. BCS members observe dry fasting for three days and three nights. The exercise signifies the sojourn of Prophet Jonah in the belly of the whale and his eventual delivery by God after three days and three nights. Also, it signifies the ordeal of our Lord Jesus Christ as He told His disciples in Matthew chapter 12 verse 40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. The dry fasting starts on Monday mid-night (12.00a.m) and ends on Thursday mid-night (12.00am) of the week. The 72 hours dry fasting is a complete abstinence from food and water undertaken by all members of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star world over. The exercise is in consonance with the scriptures in Matthew 17:21 and Galatians 5:24-25. It is meant to purify and prepare oneself, for the one month Pentecostal period, which starts one week after of the dry fasting.

During the Pentecostal periods, fasting is observed on daily basis from 6:00am to 6:00pm in order to bring one closer to God and make you worthy to receive the holy words and blessings of God, Acts 13: 2-3. Like in all other fasting, full feast is shared for the breaking of the fast. It is worthy of note that every BCS fasting is directed solely by the Holy Spirit. Nothing is compulsory or imposed on any member but participation is voluntary.

The wise brethren who truly seek the blessings of God and material wealth see the need to pay their tithe regularly. In BCS, tithe is payment of one tenth of personal income or earning to God. The bethels, associations and fellowships are required to pay their tithe from proceeds realized from functions and other donations. Tithe payment is a secret between you and your God as summarised in Malachi chapter 3 verses 7 to 12 thus,

“Everybody from the days of your fathers ye go away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. “But you say wherein have we robbed thee?” in tithe and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse, for ye have robbed me; even this whole Nation. Bring ye all the tithe into the store house, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts”.

The priests and members of BCS takes tithe payment seriously and also protect the proceeds of tithes which belongs to God. All members need to pay their tithe regularly, and any attempts to embezzle tithe money for personal or group use is also an attempt to rob God with lots of negative consequences. You attract great blessings when you pay your tithe regularly and correctly. Correctly means paying 10 per cent of your real income or profit (not the capital). The brethren have the option to pay their tithes or donations into a secured tithe box right there in the bethels of worship or to the BCS Treasury at 34 Ambo Street, Calabar or through designated banks. See detail of banks below.

First Bank Nigeria Plc
Diamond Bank Plc etc……
In all payments, brethren are advised to obtain official receipts as proof of payment from the BCS Treasury at 34 Ambo Street Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

It is the doctrine of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star not to wear shoes into the Bethels or the house of worship. This is in recognition and reverence of the holiness and presence of God. This is supported in the scriptures as recorded in Acts 7:33 “Then said the Lord to him, put off thy shoes from thy feet; for the place where thou standest is Holy ground”. Other scriptural references include Exodus 3:5, Luke 22:35.