Okowa charges clerics to stop preaching materialism
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday, charged clergymen in the country to preach the word of God always and not earthly materialism to entice men.
The governor gave the charge at the consecration of two Bishops-Elect and the Presentation of Archbishop of Niger Delta at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Bishop’s Court, Asaba.
Okowa, who took the first reading at the service, congratulated Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Henry Ndukuba on his successful ordination and the Niger Delta Archbishop, Most Rev. Blessing Enyinda and the two new bishops.
“Preachers must resist the ever-present temptation to resort to enticing words of man’s wisdom in a vain attempt to make the gospel appealing and acceptable to the secular mind.
“Happenings in our contemporary world and the church are a fulfillment of Paul’s prophecy that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”
He said that their elevation was an affirmation of God’s anointing upon their lives, their spiritual characters and pedigree.
Okowa said that God’s desire was for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth, adding that hell was not created for man but for the devil and his angels.
He called on clerics and Christians to constantly go on their knees to intercede for sinful humanity and intensify the drive for missions and evangelism.
He urged the Bishops-Elect, Rt. Rev’d Victor Okporu, consecrated as Bishop of Western Izon Diocese and Rt. Rev’d Nneoyi Egbe, Diocese of Calabar, not to follow the crowd or the trend but the righteous path.
“You must stay true to your calling by preaching the undiluted word of God. Every God-ordained preacher of the gospel is not at liberty to exchange God’s truth for his opinions, traditions or philosophies of men.
“The word of God is supposed to change us, not men changing the word to suit their circumstances.
“Hence, the man of God must be diligent to present himself as approved to God – a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly preaching the truth.
“The preacher of righteousness must be prepared to answer the call to duty at any time, not only when it is easy, profitable or convenient.
“The true man of God will answer the call to duty regardless of his/her personal circumstances and no matter where he is sent to; in other words, he should be ready to carry out the Father’s business whether he feels like it or not.
“The preacher must also be very patient with people and persist in delivering God’s message with the sincere hope that people will change and embrace a life of righteousness and holiness.
“He must not be quick to jump to conclusions and write them off,” the governor said.
Earlier, Archbishop Ndukuba commended Okowa for his commitment to the church and for his outstanding accomplishments in the governance of Delta.
He said that he was not surprised that Delta was peaceful “because when the righteous is on the throne, the people rejoice.
“We are proud of you because you are indeed the people’s governor and a true servant of God.
“The Lord will continue to bless and protect you and make his countenance to shine upon you”.
In his homily, Bishop of Ilesa Diocese, Rt. Rev. Samuel Sowale, admonished the clergy to flee from covetousness and follow righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness.
He stated that they were called to guide the faith, unity and leadership of the church, adding that a good Bishop was a source of strength and inspiration to his people.
“A good Bishop sets the tone in their words and in their actions and is charged with a daunting role and therefore, must strive hard to protect the integrity of the church at all times,” he said.
Tinubu’s inauguration: We’re in charge here – Enenche dares witches, wizards coming to FCT
The Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Center, Dr Paul Enenche has issued stern warning to witches and wizards coming into the Federal Capital Territory for the May 29 presidential inauguration.
It would be recall that the White Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria had on May 1st, said they were making efforts to storm the nation’s capital in a bid to cleanse and detoxify the environment for the President-elect, Bola Tinubu to operate in.
The Spokesperson of the association, Okhue Obo who stated this in a statement, assured the President-elect of a peaceful inauguration, warning those plotting to scuttle the event to desist.
The statement reads partly, “There is no reason for Tinubu to be afraid because all the campaigns of calumny mounted against him are mere threats.
“We are currently making efforts to clean and detoxify the Abuja environment where Tinubu will operate from”.
Our correspondent gathered that some members of the association stormed Abuja earlier in the week to carry out the proposed cleansing and detoxification.
Reacting to the development, Enenche who spoke on Friday night during the just concluded Destiny Recovery Convention, dared the witches and wizards, saying “we are in charge here”.
The fiery man of God instructed other clergymen to anoint strategic places in the city as a spiritual battle against other forces.
He said, “There are some agents of the devil that said they are coming to cleanse this city.
“Anybody who is from the devil, sent from the pit of hell that enters this city to plant any agenda of hell, if they are not cut off then we have no right to preach.
“Every witches and bitches, lizards and wizards, Hey! We are serving you notice to let you know we are in charge here and we are not about to change our minds.
“Pastors, we are going to take prophetic action in this city within the next 24 hours. Carry bottles of oil and go through the territory, anoint the ground and pour oil on this ground.
Every agent of the devil who steps on this ground for a demonic agenda is a dead agent.
“Every agent of the devil who steps into the city for the sake of Satan the devil, as we pour the fire on the earth, if they trample on this earth and still survive, we are not serving the living God.”
Christians Celebrate Easter Amid Calls For Unity, Love
As Christians in Nigeria and around the world commemorate Easter, the annual celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the faithful have been enjoined to pursue and pray for unity.
The celebrations represent the culmination of the Holy Week which starts with the observance of Palm Sunday to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Millions of Nigerians thronged churches today for special services, prayers, and thanksgiving to mark Easter.
Calls For Unity, Peace
In its Easter message, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called for peaceful co-existence and unity in the country.
“As a nation, Nigeria has faced many challenges in recent years, from insecurity and economic instability to social and political unrest. However, just as Christ rose from the dead and brought new life to the world, we too can rise above our challenges and start afresh,” CAN President, Archbishop Okoh, said in his Easter message.
“This Easter, let us all come together and renew our commitment to building a better Nigeria.”
“Let us put aside our differences and come together in unity, just as Christ’s resurrection brought together people from all walks of life,” the preacher added.
President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, and influential Nigerians highlighted the importance of the season in their individual Easter messages, calling for unity and prayers for Nigeria.
At the heart of Easter, the President noted, is the triumph of light over darkness.
Recognising that Easter is about renewed hope and a glorious future, Buhari urged all Nigerians to continue to be confident and believe strongly in the country for better seasons ahead.
In celebration of the season, the President enjoined Nigerians to do so in love, compassion, kindness, resilience, and forgiveness.
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, rejoiced with Christians across the country for this year’s Easter celebration.
Gbajabiamila described the period as very crucial and called for sober reflection among the Christian faithful as it marks the resurrection of Christ.
Daystar’s Pastor Sam Adeyemi, wife return to Nigeria after three years
The Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Sam and Nike Adeyemi, have returned to Nigeria.
The duo were spotted on Saturday at the Strategic Leadership Conference of the church at its headquarters in Oregun, Lagos.
The Adeyemis had been away from the country since February 2019, with many concluding that they had relocated from the country.
The SLC of the church is a meeting of its pastors and the workforce, where the vision of the church for every quarter is shared.
Sources said Pastor Sam, as he is fondly called by many, will be at the three services of the church on Sunday.
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