An Anglican Bishop has declared that the priesthood in the church is not an all-comers affair as the church demands all amount of decency, credibility, accountability and erudition from candidates.
Bishop of the Diocese of Owo, Rt. Rev. Dr. James Oladunjoye, made the clarification recently at the dedication of the newly built church of the Resurrection Kafe, Abuja where the Abuja Diocese also ordained new priests.
He described priesthood as a battle field and advised the newly ordained ones to prove themselves as good shepherds who would ‘give account of their stewardship “to the chief shepherd”.
According to him, he does not congratulate those coming into the ministry, knowing that it is not easy as God’s work is carried out with all amount of diligence.
The prelate, who shared his experiences with the new priests, said that the Anglican Church regards the Holy Communion as very important, especially for dying people.
He, therefore, urged them not to be negligient in its administration.
The bishop praised those who donate land for church buildings, saying that they will not miss the blessing accompanying the act.
He commended the congregation for building the church and encouraged them to also build the vicarage.
“Those who grab church lands, on the other hand, are condemned”, according to him.
On the state of the nation, the erudite scholar disagreed with granting amnesty to faceless terrorists.
He urged politicians to create jobs rather than fight over constituency allowances, adding that he cannot reconcile the establishment of universities everyday while their products are out unemployed.
The two-in-one service for the dedication of the new church and ordination was conducted by the Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh.
Those ordained include Rev. Samuel Emeana, Rev. Nelson Akinwande and Rev. Arinzechukwu Agbionu.