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DON’T REPACKAGE THE GOSPEL FOR SELFISH AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS… ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OF LOKOJA, MOST REV. EMMANUEL EGBUNU

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The Anglican Archbishop of Lokoja, the Most Rev. Emmanuel Egbunu, on Friday in Abuja, warned newly-consecrated Bishops of the church to guard against “repackaging the gospel”, for selfish and pecuniary interests.

Egbunu gave the charge in his sermon during the consecration service of Bishops Chukwuma Oparah of Owerri Diocese, Godfrey Ekpenisi of Ika Diocese and Jezerel Vandeh of Zaki-Biam Diocese.

The cleric told the newest members of the 164-strong House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in Nigeria that the “position of a Bishop is prone to arrogance and dangerous assumptions”.

“We must be careful because God’s standards cannot be adjusted for anybody…no Christian, whether bishop, clergy or laity, has the licence to alter the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the clergyman said.

You must guard against compromising the gospel as proclaimed by Jesus Christ. “Like Timothy, you must guard the gospel. Keep safe what has been entrusted to you. In the name of sophistication some of us have lost the Gospel,”

Egbunu also expressed concern about divisions and immorality in the church, warning Christians to guard against carnality. “We are in church but there are scandalous things that we need to pay attention to like those mentioned in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians,” he said.

In separate declarations, the new bishops said: “I confess before God and His Church that I am not a member of any secret cult.

I also vow that I will never join any secret cult and I owe allegiance to no other, but to the Lord Jesus Christ and my loyalty to Him will always remain absolute, total and undivided.”

While laying hands on the bishops, the Primate declared: “Take this staff, be a shepherd and not a wolf to the flock of Christ.

“Feed them and do not devour them. Seek the lost, uphold the weak, restore health to the sick, lift the down trodden. Ensure discipline but forget not mercy. Be so merciful and be not too remiss.

“May the Spirit of the Chief Shepherd guide you.”

 

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