Bishop Geoffrey Chukwunenye of Oru Anglican Diocese has expressed concern over the recent upsurge in cultism in schools and communities in Imo State.
Rt. Rev. Chukwunenye, PhD, said that the prevalence of secret cults in the communities has taken a devastating toll on the moral of young people in the state.
The Bishop was preaching at a Eucharist of confirmation service and admission of women into Women’s Guild and Mothers’ Union at the All Saints Church, Aji in Oru West Local Government Area. He said that unless the trend is checked, the bloodletting going on in some communities in the state would consume the lives of more youths as well as destroy their future.
Preaching on the topic, “The prison gate has opened, what are you still doing there?” taken from Acts 16:23-25, Bishop Chukwunenye said many people are in the prison of poverty, sickness and idolatry.
According to the man of God, those who, due to selfish reasons instigate crisis in their communities, the church and other associations should count themselves as living in the bondage of the prison, ignorant of the fact that Jesus Christ has thrown the gates of the prison open for their salvation and deliverance.
Dr. Chukwunenye insists that any doctrine which tolerates homosexuality as well as any religion which encourages its adherents to kill is still in bondage and needs to be rescued by the Holy Spirit.
He told the newly confirmed, that this is the right time to fill their hearts with the word of God for them to see themselves as embodiments of the Ark of God.
He called on them not to be committed to the things of the world but to invest in things of God by promoting evangelism through their conduct and lifestyle.
The prelate further urged them to se their confirmation as an opportunity for true repentance and never to engage in anything that will bring disgrace to themselves, their families, the church and society.
Although, 20 faithful received the sacrament of confirmation while 25 women were admitted into the Women’s Guild and one woman into Mothers’ Union.
The service was conducted by the Archdeacon of Nempi Archdeaconry, the Venerable Humphrey Nnoma.
The Vicar of All Saints Church, Aji, the Revered Joseph Egeonu, thanked the Bishop and his wife, Joy (Mama Oru) for the pastoral visit and prayed God to sustain them.
One of the new communicants interviewed, Miss Peculiar Nzeribe said it was a pleasant experience in her life and that her conduct would be influenced by the training she received during the preparatory classes and retreat.