The Bishop Anglican Diocese on the Lake, the Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti (PhD) has stressed on the need for religious leaders and their followers to always desire the Holy Spirit in whatever they do because of the immense benefits.
He spoke at a special Pentecost Sunday service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Ejemekwuru Parish during which 18 persons received the sacrament of confirmation, 12 admitted into the Women’s Guild and six into the Mothers’ Union.
According to the bishop, people look for various things in the church whereas God wants every genuine Christian to look for the Holy Spirit which according to him changes and enriches the lives of the seekers by making them fertile and rich.
He contended that the Holy Spirit “makes believers to be faithful, guarantees them eternity and makes them decipher righteousness from sin just as it gives believers spiritual gifts and empowers them for mission”.
The prelate was worried that of recent the state have been awash with negative reports in the media and condemned church leaders who seek to draw inspiration from places where they do not exist. He wondered why a ‘Pastor’ should delight in India hemp before leading his congregation.
Turning to the newly admitted, the bishop advised them that with their confirmation and admission, they have received the Holy Spirit and as such should reject their sinful lives and allow the Holy Spirit to possess them.
He commended the vicar in-charge of the parish, Venerable Japheth Anumudu, and his staff for preparing the candidates properly.
The Ejemekwuru Parish comprises the St. Mark’s Anglican Church and the Anglican Church of Advent Umuawo, Ejemekwuru.