Beware of fake men of God - Bishop Maduwike tells the faithful * Cautions against Operation Python Dance 3
Bishop Emmanuel Maduwike (JP) of Ikeduru Anglican Diocese has warned Christians against patronizing 'self-anointed' men of God.
The bishop, who is also the Supervisory Bishop of Owerri, gave the warning when he paid an Episcopal visit to Amaku Orodo in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State last Sunday, and performed the foundation-laying of the Jehovah Jaire Anglican Church Amaku Orodo.
In his sermon, the Bishop told the congregation that only God delivers His people through the blood of Jesus Christ and advised the faithful to always offer prayers to Him when they are faced with challenges, instead of subjecting themselves to the fake men of God for deliverance and false prophesy.
According to him, Christ is the only solid foundation for both family, Church and society, adding that faulty foundations yield faulty products in human life, as stated in 1 Cor. 3:1-13.
He counseled wives and children against altering good foundations laid in their families.
After fervent prayers for the growth of the new church, Bishop Maduwike conducted the naming ceremony and, on declaring that the name should be Jehovah Jaire Anglican Church, the congregation erupted in thunderous ovation.
The prelate prayed for the builder of the church, Sir Enoch Chukwure, who was at the occasion which was attended by many dignitaries, including the registrar and clerk of Ikeduru Diocese.
In his vote of thanks, the Archdeacon of Orodo, Ven. S.U.N. Duruji, expressed appreciation to the Bishop and his wife, Anuli Maduwike (Nnedimma) for performing the ceremony, which he said was overdue, and for accepting to post a pastor to the church according to the people's request.
The service was conducted by Ven. Duruji while the first lesson, drawn from Zachariah 4:1-10, was read by Ven. Chike Anurigwo.
The service also featured a thanksgiving session by the Home and Abroad Women of Amaku after their August Meeting.
In another development, Bishop Maduwike has urged the Federal Government to stop the plan by the military to embark on another operation in the South East.
The prelate made the appeal at the weekend while fielding questions from the Christian Voice on the security situation in the country.
Bishop Maduwike, who said that the zone is known for its peaceful disposition, wondered why the area had always been subjected to unnecessary military exercise, adding that the effects of the previous exercise were still hurting the people.
He said that internal security, which included the maintenance of law and order, was the exclusive duty of the police, except during emergency. He therefore, pleaded with the military to shelve the plan.
Bishop Maduwike said that Ndi-Igbo in the South East of Nigeria are peaceful and major players in the affairs of the country.
The Bishop used the medium to call on the international communities, and lovers of peace and justice in Nigeria to as a matter of urgency investigate on the alleged killings of over 38 pro Biafran agitators in Ukwa during the last python dance exercise.
Bishop Maduwike who described the Python dance as a dance of death enjoined the people of South South to remain calm in the face of the present distraction.