Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Hold on to your Christian identity - Prelate tells Nigerian Christians
Christians in Nigeria have been advised to hold tight to their Christian identity, the present challenges they are facing not withstanding.
The Bishop Anglican Diocese of Awka, Rt. Rev. Alex Ibezim, gave the advice while preaching a sermon at the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri to mark the end of the 2017 Chapter meeting of Knights of St. Christopher Diocese of Owerri Council.
He made it clear to them that once “one stands for the truth there would be sufferings”.
Speaking on the theme “You are the light of the world”, the prelate cautioned Christians to avoid sin, adding that as children of God they should show the light by living exemplary lives that glorify God's name. Light, he said, depicts Jesus Christ who is the light of the world.
He enjoined Knights to bear the light in all their activities, and warned those who rush for offices in the church for selfish reasons to refrain from such activities as they would have themselves to blame when God's anger descends on them.
Speaking in this vain, at the Saturday event, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, enjoined Christians to amend their ways and obey God's laws so as to enjoy God's unlimited blessings.
He said that right from the creation of the world man was created to show light. He emphasized the need for Christians to shun all sins and surrender themselves to God. He condemned dishonesty, cheating, immorality, idolatry kidnapping and other ungodly activities which today's Christians indulge in and called for total repentance of all those who have offended God.
In his opening remarks at the Saturday event, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Enoch Iwueze, said the Knights annual chapter meeting was designed to reappraise the performance of Knights, the previous year and the plan for the year ahead.
The event featured Bible lessons, presentation of Presidential Address by the Council President, Sir Gab Oduah and Lady Pamela Njemanze, the President of the ladies. The motion for the adoption of the President's address was moved by Dr Sir R.C. Okoli, while that of the ladies was moved by Lady Chikere.