The Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema Anglican Diocese, Rt Rev. Collins Chidi Oparaojiaku, who ordained five deacons for foreign mission recently, has observed that many ordained priests no longer preach and drive the gospel home.
At the trinity ordination service held at St. John’s Anglican Church Umuchineke in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, the Bishop said that some priests today are only interested in big names and prosperity.
He stressed the need for the newly ordained to go into the world and win souls for the kingdom of God, adding that God is not interested in the big academic qualifications they possess but how much they contribute to the salvation of souls.
The prelate said that the Western world needed to be re-evangelised by Africans as they appear to have lost their Bible.
The charged the deacons to make a difference in their new assignments by having a circumcised heart and shunning what he called conventional Christianity.
Speaking on national issues, Bishop Oparajiaku frowned at the establishment of Almijiri schools in all the states of the federation and called on the federal government to give equal consideration to all religious sects in the scheme of things to avoid problems as Nigeria is a secular state.
Earlier in his sermon, Ven Ikechi Ebens Onyeahialam noted that ordination is a call to service and urged the ordained deacons to go out and preach the gospel across the globe undiluted. He charged them not to compromise standards, as the gospel is being watered down in the West and urged them to be good ambassadors of Christ. He also encouraged them to visit the people regularly to open their eyes to the word of God for them to turn away from sin and submit to God.
Ven Onyeahialam also counseled clergymen to seek the power of God for them in their ministry like the Biblical Moses as “they have no power of this own”.
The preacher enjoined the congregation to always support their priests through prayers, as they are also prone to mistakes, as well as identify and solve their material needs without waiting to be asked to do so.
The ordained deacons include: Rev. Brown Tagbo Ikechukwu Olisa of St. Mary’s (Ang) Church, Uruagu Nnewi who serves at St. Mark’s Church of England Kennington London, Rev. Nnamdi Raphael Maduka of St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church Obizi, Mbaise to serve at St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church, London and Rev Collins Ogechi Durueke of St Peters (Ang) Church Umunjam, Mbieri who worships at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Harmondsworth Middlesex London.
Others are Rev Atulononu Mcdonald Onyekachi of Holy Trinity (Ang) Church Obazu-Mbieri, serving at Jesus Ministries International Christian Fellowship, Stuttgart Germany, and Rev Nitonye Samson of Okirika who serve at Chapel of Redemption, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port-Harcourt.
The Eucharistic thanksgiving service was celebrated by Bishop Oparaojiaku (JP) and assisted by Rev Can. Edwin Emedinanwa, while Ven Onundu C. Iwuagwu read the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 6:1-10, as Ven Dr Samson Anwusia handled the Epistle from Romans 12:1-12.
The litary was conducted by Ven. Uche Nkemdirim while the Diocesan Registrar, Rt Hon Barr Noel Agwuocha Chukwukadibia, administered the oaths on the ordinands.