Children of disobedience have been warned against incurring the wrath of God, if they fail to turn from their pervert ways.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, the Rt Rev. Cyril c. Okorocha, Ph.D gave this warning while addressing the clergymen in the Diocese, their wives, and some members of the Laity, who were at the St. Mark’s the Evangelist Chapel, Bishop’s Bourne, Owerri last Wednesday, to pray for Imo State and the entire nation, Nigeria.
Bishop Okorocha loathed the prevailing situation in the Diocese, where some members of the church had benefited from sponsorship by the Diocese, to undergo one form of training or another here in the country or abroad, amounting to millions of naira, only to adopt an attitude of ingratitude and utter disregard the terms of the bond agreements which they had signed prior to the training, and even had to abscond from their places of deployment on return, without due notice.
The prelate who expressed serious concern about the unfortunate development, repeatedly contended that it was because “the abomination of a dissolution has taken over the holy places”, and argued that one of the ways that the devil deceives people is through the love of money.
Speaking on the issue of human forgiveness, Bishop Okorocha noted that the ability to forgive those who have offended us is the greatest gift anybody can get, but quickly posited that, though it may be easy to forgive, it is not so easy to forget, stressing that it is only God who can forgive and forget.
He further advised that when you forgive anyone, you should not, at any time, rejoice in the downfall of that person, or try to feel pain each time you see the person, or keep recalling the offence to the offender, thus negating the essence of the forgiveness.
The Diocesan used the forum to announce the intention of the Diocese to constitute, in the near future, a special audit team which, according, to him, would be charged to go and look into, or examine the financial books of mainly the big churches in the Diocese, with a view to determining their income and the reasonableness of their expenditure profile in the recent times.
The Bishop also used the occasion to dedicate three new cars, each belonging to one Venerable Nath Aliche, Principal of Ngwa High School, Abayi Aba, an old family friend of the Bishop, Rev. Canon Chinemerem Uche, Priest in charge, Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University Owerri, a car which he said was bought and presented to him by the CATOL Archdeaconry, in appreciation of his recent collation as a Canon of the Cathdral.
The third car was said to have been donated for official use of the Priest in charge, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Alaenyi Ogwa, Rev. Robert Achuko. Several other testimonies of God’s favour and goodness were also given at the special service.