…And Ikeduru Diocese wraps up theirs …….Bishop Maduwike condemns idolatry

The women organisation in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru rounded off its 2015 Mothers’ Union Conference on Sunday at St Barnabas (Ang) Church, Umudim, where Bishop Emmanuel Maduwike spoke against idol worship.
The event, which attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, had as its theme: Standing on Double Opinion (1 kings 18:21).
Preaching during the thanksgiving service on a central theme, “The futility of idol worship”, the Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, called on the people of God to refrain from every form of idol worship, as those who worship idols are like them.
Bishop Maduwike, who expounded on different forms of idol worship, including pride, arrogance and vain glory, warned that as prophets of Baal were defeated and messed up at Mount Carmel, so would the judgment of God come on those who engage in idol worship.
The prelate lamented that today, many Christians stand on double opinion due to the crises and conflicts of life, and implored such Christians not to despair as God remains a helper in times of trouble.
The Diocesan, who described God as a veritable champion and master of circumstances, enjoined believers to always have faith in Him, as He would not disappoint those who put their trust in him.
He lauded the women’s organization members, especially, his wife for their contributions toward the building of the young Diocese, and those who had been assisting in one way or the other for their effort and enjoined them never to relent.
Earlier, during the presentation of her presidential address penultimate Saturday, the Bishop’s wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike, (Nnedinma Ikeduru), JP had counseled the people of God to stop limping between two opinions, especially now that there are diversions in the way the gospel of Christ is preached.
In what she described as conspiracies against Christ and His Church, Nnedinma condemned the growing incidence of heresies and false doctrines among today’s Christians and warned of the danger inherent in such act.
According to Mrs. Maduwike, false doctrines have continued to hold sway with many Christians helpless as to differentiate the truth from false hood.
She said that the doctrines that Jesus never existed, or was married to Mary Magdalene, or that the New Testament is synonymous with paganism were misleading, as these were the handiwork of the enemies.
Nnedinma descended heavily on the sin of idolatry, secret societies, same-sex marriage and obscene entertainment and dressing, describing them as evil against God. She also harped on terrorism and advised those involved in it to have a rethink.
The address which dwelt on the theme of the conference, chronicled the activities of the women’s organisation within the period under review, including the historical background of the host church.
Prominent personalities who graced this year’s conference included Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who gave a key note lecture, Mrs. Oluranti Ademowo, wife of Bishop of Diocese of Lagos, His Grace, Most Rev. E.A. Samuel Anyanwu, Amb. Eleazer Iwuji, Mummy Jane Nwankiti, bishops’ wives, Knights and ladies  among others.
The thanksgiving service was conducted by Ven. John Akahara, the host Archdeacon. The first and second lessons were taken by Mrs. Pauline Akahara and the Bishop’s  wife, Mrs Maduwike .
The Conference Couple is Prof. Barr. Humphrey and Lady Chiugo Amadi, Sir Chibuzo Anyanwu and Sir Chidi Ezeji were conferred with Associate Friends of the Woman organisation while six others were conferred with Ada Zion titles. They include, Nneoma Leticia Onumajuru, Nneoma Abigail Nnakaike, Mrs. Selina Okorochukwu, Ezinne Rachael Onuoha, Lolo Chinyere Anuna and Ezinne Florence Ezeji.
The conference also featured the cutting of the cake.

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