Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has counseled Nigerian Youths involved in cultism and its related activities to extricate themselves from the sect.
Bishop Okorafor gave the advice during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Agbala/Ulakwo parish at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Agbala in Owerri North local government, Imo State, regretted that the activities of the sect were already consuming the nation’s productive youths.
Bishop Okorafor regretted that cultism is now noticed in secondary and primary schools as well. He was particularly irked that their activities have caused the death of many innocent parents, who he said had died from heart failures and attack following the killings of their wards by rival cultists group.
He explained that there was nothing beneficial belonging to the sect as it has no road to progress or success rather leads to destruction adding that a good number of them have lost their lives prematurely.
The Anglican prelate advised parents to monitor the company their children keep while also ensuring that they shielded them against most of the various atrocities pledging the society as the society he said was bedeviled numerous evil. He commended the Archdeacon and Vicar of the parish, Ven. Emmanuel Olewezi, his wife Ngozi, other cleric as well as Church workers for the impressive number of candidates presented into the various arms of the Church.
Earlier in his sermon the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev Progress Okoroafor urged Christians not to fret when faced with dreadful challenges but to surrender them before God. Taking his text from 1Samuel 17 verse 46 following, Rev Okoroafor noted that Goliath did not only instill fears in the people but defied them and their God. He pointed out how curious it was that this boastful giant of a man was subdued and killed by David with a stone, describing the stone as an extra ordinary one. He contended that as David had predicated the success of the battle on God so he assured Christians that whatever were their battles, God would fight it for them.
Bishop Okoroafor said they were serving a living God who he pointed out is capable of intervening in their matters, stressing that all they needed to do was to call, believe and trust in Him, in the time of their distress. He however advised them to eschew fighting against God and His Church adding that they would not contend with God should He rise to fight back.