By Victor-Clark Alisigwe
The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri and Bishop of Ideato Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr) Caleb Maduoma (JP), has advised homosexuals to seek help and deliverance from God.
The Archbishop gave the advice in his presidential charge at the first session of the Sixth Synod of the Diocese of Ideato recently at All Saints Anglican Church Akokwa, in the Ideato –North Local Government Area of Imo State.
He described the gay problem as serious and demonic but warned that Christians should not allow it to distract them from the primary task of evangelism and mission.
He expressed disappointment that the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York had jointly written to President Jonathan not to dehumanize or “diminish” homosexuals.
The Prelate, however, said that their opinions did not represent the stand of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria.
He commended the president for signing the anti-gay bill into law, adding that Nigerians spoke with one voice against the same-sex marriage, irrespective of religion.
Commenting on the criticism and threat to Africans over their anti-gay stance, the Archbishop said that, the so-called civilized nations had lost touch with nature.
He called on Christians to remain in prayers as the devil, like a roaring lion, is still seeking whom to devour, adding, “Neither the 10 years imprisonment nor 14 years imprisonment would be the portion of any of us”.
Same-sex union is against the law of nature, unethical, and foreign to our culture. To us as a people, same-sex relationship is anti-social and anti-religion. The three major religion in this country condemn it. It is not only sinful but also an abomination. We need to emphasize this, especially to dissuade our younger ones who sheepishly pursue and follow the European culture and ungodly ways of life”, he said.
Archbishop Maduoma expressed the hope that the church should seize every opportunity to reach out to all those in darkness with the gospel message and enlightenment.