By Gid Ahanonu
Knights in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri have ended their 2018 Annual Council Meeting with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) where the Bishop of the Diocese Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD declared that “true religion is holiness”.
Preaching the sermon at the service, Bishop Okorocha charged Christians to purge themselves of all unrighteousness before making their supplications to God.
He said that the best weapon of warfare was the prayer that is not humanistic.
The prelate noted that some people offer prayers full of noise and fasting while hiding their real colour filled with iniquities before God.
He enjoined such persons to be simple and holy before God, citing Prophet Elijah who called on God in holiness when Israelites were in trouble and God delivered them.
Bishop Okorocha advised Christians not to pray like the Pharisees, as in Mathew 6:8, but to show Christ-like humility.
He warned against the hiring of fake men of God for prayers, saying that it is a devilish act for such men to give conditions for prayers.
On national issues, Bishop Okorocha blamed the problem with Nigeria and the Church on lack of conscience, accountability, honesty, integrity and transparency among some leaders in both religious and circular world.
He called on the Knights to embark on true evangelism, leading exemplary lives so that the Holy God world return to the Church.
The service was conducted by Ven. Dr. Akajiaku Chukwuocha and Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagoch, while the President of the Knights, Sir Gab Oduah, read the ole testament lesson as the immediate past president handled the second lesson.
Highlight of the service was the celebration of 95th birthday anniversary of the oldest Knight of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, Sir Hon. Onyenso Nwachukwu.
By Gid Ahanonu