The Brotherhood of the Cross and Star sacraments includes the following :
The solemnization of marriage in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is the peak of the union anybody may aspire to experience in matrimony because it is done by the Holy Spirit. The Father therefore advises that all the brethren should have their marriages blessed, even if they were married in court or church prior to their baptism into the Kingdom, irrespective of the years they were married. It is BCS doctrine that any man or woman who does not practice strict monogamy should remain a celibate. Trial or contract marriages are not allowed in BCS. Once a marriage is blessed, the couple are not to re-marry again except on grounds of adultery or the demise of one of the partner. All married couples, indeed all brethren, are advised to read the publication entitled “Key to successful marriage” A sermons by Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.
Baptism is one of the sacraments considered important and compulsory in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. It is a passage rite into the kingdom of God now established here on earth. All those seeking for the kingdom of God must observe the “First Step to God” (a resounding gospel of Leader O.O. Obu), which include baptism by immersion, same should not be postponed. And members must be ready to administer baptism at all times provided there is water deep enough to cover the new convert when immersed into it. Children are also baptised as there is no exception to baptism.
The day of baptism into Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, the kingdom of God, is unique and most important day in the life of the member. To celebrate this rite, the baptised person is advised to break a feast whether fruits or full feast with other brethren. It is a day of salvation and a day of joy for all angels, man, the convert, all seen and unseen creatures of God.
Baptism is unconditional if one aspires for salvation by Almighty God (John 3: 5, Mark 16: 16). After baptism and anointing is administered, the convert becomes bound in unity with other brethren to fulfill the scripture in Ephesians Chapter 4 verses 5 and 6, which says “one lord, one faith and one baptism”. Nobody is coerced, intimidated, threatened or begged to accept baptism in Brotherhood. There is absolute emphasis on fervent belief in our Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of man, Son of God and God Himself for whosoever wants baptism in Brotherhood.
It is our rule that prospective members must denounce and resign their membership of all secret societies, do away with all charms and concoctions, rings and talisman, occult books, materials and practices before baptism into Brotherhood, else such baptism is without benefit. Money is not charged for baptism by us. And the demand for money before or after baptism is roundly condemned as evil practice which attracts terrible negative consequences to the perpetrators. The order of BCS baptism is found in later pages but it is more elaborate in the BCS Handbook found in our bookshops.
BCS Love Feast could be of two types:
- Fruit feast are prepared basically with various types of fruits celebrated in BCS.
- Full feast consists of both fruits and food majorly rice cooked in different ways.
There is also house feast, which could be fruits or full. BCS members do house feast or blessing before or shortly after they moved into a house and also at any other time or for any purpose as the Holy Spirit reveals or directs. Acts 2:42-47.
Love feast is a sacrament introduced by the Holy Spirit in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. It is to commemorate the Passover or Last supper, during which our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ changed His living body to the Bread which came down from heaven, and Wine for His priceless blood (1 Cor. 10:16, John 6:51). We celebrate the Holy Communion or the Love Feast almost on daily basis. The Love feast is very sacred and can accomplish a lot of physical and spiritual task for believers. Feast is not food that one eats to be filled. Thus, a piece of bread, biscuit, banana, orange, paw-paw, pineapple and even a spoon full of rice is enough for one to eat as feast. The items for the feast are bought from the open market, prepared and eaten with utmost reverence and respect to Holy Spirit. The brethren are aware that no one struggles or fight for feast during sharing, and eating of the feast must be done in reverence in order to receive the full spiritual blessings.
When feast is served, everyone kneels down before collecting a plate of feast from the tray. There is no special time set for feasting the brethren and angels. No special fruits or food items are recommended for feast except that it must be strictly vegetarian dishes.
Since feast is one of BCS important sacraments, it is noteworthy that no conditions, modalities or specific amount of money are stipulated for celebration of feast, it is done freely according to the ability of the celebrant. The feast is blessed and served after service or fasting. The feast must not consist of alcoholic drink, wine, soft or any artificially mixed drink except water. Neither should the celebrant provide or encourage smoking nor snuffing as it is not the food of the Holy Spirit and not acceptable in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star.
The concept of vegetarianism in BCS should not be subject to sentimental interpretations, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu summed it up as “living a righteous life that is devoid of any injurious food or drink”.
This means that as you strive to live an upright life, it is expedient that you avoid food or drinks that could ruin your wellbeing.
A good example is demonstrated by Prophet Daniel when he rejected the King’s food and drink but preferred pulse (edible seeds of some plants of the sea family) as food and water to drink. (Daniel 1: 10-15).
During their journey to the Promised Land, the Jews were instructed by God to avoid eating flesh. Some disobeyed and were punished with a plague (Numbers 11:1-End) particularly verses 33.
God is All-knowing, when He gives instructions it is for your own good to obey. In science, we know that Proteins are the building blocks of the human body just like the moulded blocks of our buildings. Destroy the building and use the same blocks for another building, you will realise that the new building will not be solid. The human body prefers Ribonucleic Acids (RNA) to build new blocks (Proteins) from natural sources.
Again, the dangers of low density Lipo-protein (LDL) which originates from animal protein (bad cholesterol) gives rise to hypertension, heart attack, stroke etc are well known medical problems.
Vegetarians in BCS avoid bad cooking oils, some food or drink additives, preservatives, colouring and any other intake that affect human health negatively. We believe in taking natural food and drinks.
This practice has nothing to do with superstitions, reincarnations, transmigration of souls etc. (see Genesis 1:28-29, Psalm 104:14).