Northern Bishop Wants Owerri Pastors For Evangelism In The North

By Vivian Iwu

The Anglican Bishop of Yola in Adamawa State, Rt. Rev Macus Ibrahim has called for the posting of Clergymen from Owerri Diocese to Anglican Dioceses in the Northern Nigeria to assist them in Evangelism and Guarding the Gospel.
He made the Statement at the third Session of the 20th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, with the theme, “Guard The Gospel”, at the Christ Anglican Church Owerri.
Rt Rev. Ibrahim reviewed some challenges Christians face in the Northern Dioceses such as; the destruction of Church Buildings by Boko Haram Insurgents, killing and maiming by Fulani Herdsmen, the declining number of the Faithful due to fear of being harmed among others.
On his part, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, encouraged those in leadership positions to use the Bible as their Guiding Principles in the discharge of their duties.
He expressed dismay that some people have bastardized, commercialised and used the Gospel for selfish ventures, deceit of the Masses, thereby creating a situation that has necessitated the true Christians to Guard the Gospel.
Bishop Okorocha advised Christians to resist the temptation of carrying Arms against their Oppressors, pointing out that the followers of Christ should depend on God who can do all things for them rather than carrying Arms to subdue the perceived enemies or oppressors.
He encouraged Anglican Faithfuls to be fervent in Prayers because adherents have mandates that are different from those of unbelievers, and called for unity of the Church with a charge on Christians to purge themselves of discrimination as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
The Prelate reiterated the call for teaching of Bible Knowledge in Schools as a way of curbing Cultism and other vices in the Society.
According to him, Education Authorities in the Country should produce a Curriculum for the Study of Bible knowledge instead of the proposed Christian Religious Studies, stressing that Christians should Guard the Gospel in their everyday lives by letting Jesus Christ reflect in all  their Endeavors.
Rt. Rev. Okorocha lamented the rate of unemployment among Youths in the Country, which he said could truncate the Nations Economy.
Preaching a Sermon at the Event, the Arch Bishop of Aba Province, and Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev Ikechi Nwosu encouraged Christians to Guard the Gospel by holding on to Jesus Christ, and not forsaking the fellowship of the Brethren.
He emphasised that Christians must Guard the Gospel because it is Sacred and Prophetic, urging them to flee from sin.
Other Northern Bishops of Anglican Dioceses who spoke at the Synod include; Bishop of Lafia, Rt. Rev. Adeyi Robinson, and Bishop of Bukuru Diocese in Platue State, Rt. Rev Juan Zumbas.
They confirmed that the lives of Christians in the Dioceses are threatened even as they Guard the Gospel with their lives.
They advised Christians to Guard the Gospel and send it to other people that need it, testifying to God’s use of the Holy Spirit to Guard the Gospel in the midst of Boko Haram Insurgency and Fulani Herds Men.
In his remark, the Priest of the host Arch Deaconry, Ven. Zion Ngoka thanked God for granting the Arch Deaconry the Grace to host a successful Synod, praying that Christians would begin to Guard the Gospel jealously.
He explained that the theme, ” Guard The Gospel”, is not a call for war but rather a wake up call for Christians to stand for the truth and undiluted word of God.

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