Christians of all denominations have been advised to shun idol worship and related occult practices in the ministry.
They should instead, strive to worship the true God through His son, Jesus Christ, sent to us to give succour to the downtrodden.
Performing the dedication ceremony of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, during his pastoral visit, the Prelate of the Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD, reminded the congregation that the church belongs to God and no one else. He should therefore, be worshipped with the wholeness of heart, untrammeled.
In his sermon at the well-attended occasion, the Archdeacon of Amaike-Mbieri Archdeaconry, Ven. Donald Oguike, called for rejuvenation of Christian life in harmony with the spirit with which the church building project was actualized by the clergy and laity of the church.
Venerable Oguike remarked that one was bound to go to held if one was not born again no matter the type and volume of donations and Sunday contributions such a person might have made to the church.
The preacher urged Christians to carry out evangelism far and wide, as one of the assignments given to the faithful who, he said, are expected to distance themselves from worldly things.
He then listed the attributes of a holy priest of God as one who should have access to God at all times unlike the old traditions, he should be a bridge to God through exemplary life; he should make spiritual sacrifices and extend grace and goodness to others.
In his remarks, the chairman of the dedication committee, Sir, Clifford Nzimako, expressed joy at the occasion and attributed the successful completion of the edifice to act of God and the love among the worshippers. He also commended the efforts of the Vicar, Ven. Oguamanam, in ensuring the spiritual upliftment of the congregation and confirmed that the church benefited from the ecumenical assistance of other churches including the Catholics.
Highlights of the ceremony were the consecration of the church pulpit, reading desk, baptismal font, altar rail, lectern, and the chancery by the Bishop, as well as re-instituting the Vicar in-charge Ven. Donatus Oguamanam and wife, Charity.
The ceremony was well attended by Christian faithful from far and near including Sir and Lady E.J. Ekomaru of Umunnoha, and priests in Owerri Diocese.