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Keep off ‘prayer houses’ -Cleric tells Christians By Emma Onumah

Christians have been warned against the growing incidence of Lesbianism and homosexuality in Imo State,  an ugly trend seen as a way of preventing people from knowing and serving God in truth and  in spirit.

This warning was given by the Archdeacon in-charge of Uratta North Archdeaconry, Diocese of Owerri, Anglican Communion, Venerable James Onyekwelibe, while preaching at a service held at St. Titus (Ang) Church, Umuoba-Uratta last Sunday.

Venerable Onyekwelibe who captioned his sermon: “Knowing and Serving God”, noted that the perpetrators of such ungodly acts do so through witch-craft and during night vigils, organized by so-called “prayer houses” located all over the state, adding that satan and his agents are poised to destroy the society and the future of the people.

He, therefore, counseled Christians to desist from consulting such “prayer houses” and churches, which specialize in prophesying dooms being meted against them by relations and friends without helping them to find solutions to their “problems”.

He said their aim is to cause enemity and division between them and their loved family members.

According to the Archdeacon, many people who call themselves Christians have received all kinds of church titles and awards, without knowing God personally.

He described such a situation as the worst tragedy that can befall any generation.

The cleric whose bible references included Exodus 3:13-16, John 14: 1-11, 2nd Kings 19: 14 etc, expressed worry and concern that lack of adequate knowledge of the word of God, and getting involved in so many different teachings and all manner of deceptive worships, have caused great confusion to affected victims as to which way to go, adding that if they know God well, they would be able to decipher which is the right church or genuine prophesy.

Speaking on tithe and giving thanks to God, he said that it is one sure way to show that one knows God and appreciates His Love and goodness to mankind and called on them to cultivate the habit of being grateful to God at all times, so as to receive His blessings.

He used the occasion to ask parents to always bless their children and not to curse them, while children on their own part are to take care of their parents and grand parents during their old age.

One of the highlights of the special service was the cutting of the 73rd birthday cake of Ezinne Mercy Oparanozie, the mother of Rev. Kingsley Oparanozie of CATOL Owerri, who also was one of the mothers honoured with the Privileged Mother’s Award at the church service.

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