From Chuks Moses, Awka
The Catholic bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev Hillary Odilichukwu Okeke has called on all christians to shun all forms of idolatry and occultism.
The Bishop who made the call yesterday in his 2019 Christmas message to the nation pointed out that worship of false gods which has subtly crept into the world today need to be discarded with all commitment towards God Almighty.
Quoting from the message of Apostle Paul to the Corinthians(6:9-10), Bishop Okeke said, “do you not realize that peoplewho do evil will never inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake, -the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, the self-indulgent, sodomites, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God”.
He also quoted from the book of Paul to the Galatians (5:19-21) “In fact many people including some who call themselves Christians commit these sins, especially sexual immorality -adultery, fornication, homosexuality(gay homosexuality of male and male); lesbianism( homosexuality of female and female), sensuality and masturbaion.
“Another serious and widely sin in our area is idolatry -the worship of false gods and goddesses …”
The cleric said it has become imperative for christians to always remember the reason for the season and as we celebrate the birth and coming of Christ, “…we must be prepared to receive him when he comes again…”
He said emphatically that all manner of evil confronting the nation would become a thing of the past if every individuals endeavor to invite Christ into their lives leading to holiness in our conducts.
In his message, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Dozie Nwankwo who is representing Njikoka/Anaocha/Dunukofia on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) called on all citizens of Nigeria to pursue love, peace and good neighbourliness so as to move the nation forward.
Hon Nwankwo said nothing tangible could be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour, strife and backbiting.
He therefore appealed for peace and selfless service from all, especially in this Yuletide and beyond.