Big names, dogma not passport to heaven – Bishop warns as Langham seminar ends in Owerri

By Gid Ahanonu

Christians have been advised to desist from thinking that big names dogma of their religious denominations were passports to heaven.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha (PhD) gave this advice at the grand finale of Langham preaching seminar to mark their 10th anniversary celebration held at the Good Shepherd Centre Uzii Mission Compound,  Owerri.
He noted that only those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), no matter their denomination, would enter the Kingdom of God.
Speaking on the theme, “A preacher who must transform lives”, Bishop Okorocha stated that the motive behind Langham is not to create a church group or association but for its members to go back to the Bible and preach the gospel the right way.  He listed the attributes of a good preacher which is anchored on 3Bs (BBB), believing  the bible, behaving the biblical ways and bearing the bible, urging preaches to adopt them.
Admonishing participants further, Bishop Okorocha charged preachers of the gospel to preach for the people to be transformed.
He stressed the need for preachers to consider the language of heavens removing ambiguity and allowing the Lord to have control over their mind.
The prelate also urged preachers to internalize what they preach for the congregation to see the word of God always in them.
The National patron of Langham, Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha  PhD thanked the facilitators for the good training accorded learners over the years, and charged members not to derail in preaching the good news.
In his closing remarks, the leader of the facilitators, Rev. Prof. Pandang Yamsat, lauded the National Patron, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha PhD and the Anglican Diocese of Owerri for hospitality accorded them in Owerri.
He described the occasion as a real celebration of the 10th anniversary of Langham.
The occasion featured testimonies of goodwill from beneficiaries of Langham programmes.  They include Bro. Loveday, Rev. Brother Nneji Anukam and Bro. Stanley Amadi.  Ven. Zion Ngoka moderated the closing session of the occasion.

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