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3rd session of the 20th Synod of Anglican Diocese of Owerri has come to an end with a call for all Christians to go back to the bible as the source of the true gospel.

3rd session of the 20th Synod of Anglican Diocese of Owerri has come to an end with a call for all Christians to go back to the bible as the source of the true gospel.


Bishop of the dioceses, Rt. Rev Cyril Okorocha made the call in Christ Church premises, venue of the Synod while presenting his Presidential address and Bishop's charge that centered on the theme “Guard the Gospel” recently. The prelate stated that Guarding the Gospel implies believing, appropriating, behaving and bearing the true word of God that comes from the bible which is God's life made manifest, maintaining that there is no new Gospel to Guard the one whose foundation is in the teaching of the Apostles and prophets centered on the savior Jesus Christ who is the Chief Corner Stone.
He hinted that he called to Guard the Gospel is for those who have already received the Gospel, knowing the value because many have been misled and carried away by false teachers and persecutions.
He urged the government to return the syllabus of Christian schools and education system back to Bible Knowledge as it used to be rather than Christian Religious Knowledge which is based on reason rather than the Bible, maintaining that Christians must Guard the Gospel in its fundamental and foundational senses in order to be known as true evangelical, who keep the faith as inherited and contend for its message as sacred truth whose traditional integrity is sacrosanct.
Reacting to the unpleasant situations of Christians in the Northern part of the country, the Bishop condemned the act of using arms to subdue the enemies and admonished Christian to remain fervent in their prayer as God will bring everything to an end, hence call on Christians to be united and avoid discrimination because Jesus Christ is one in all and not divided. According to him, the problem of Nigeria is proliferation of churches without true repentance, hence he charged those in leadership positions to go back to the Bible if they will get it right, adding that youth unemployment has truncated the nation's economy as the leader lack conscience.
Speaking earlier, the Bishop of Lafia, Rt. Rev Godwin Adeyi Robison and his counterpart from Yola, Rt. Rev Markus Ibrahim, Bishop of Bukuru, Rt. Rev Jwan Zumbes lamented over the ugly situations of Christians in the North at present, saying that almost all the schools in the area have been taken over by the Muslims. They equally lamented over the gruesome killings by the Fulani herdsmen with its attendant intimidations to the extent that Christian will be cooking in his or her home, people will come and carry the food away and would not allow the Christian eat his or her own food. According to them, in no distant time, it will be difficult to see any Christian faithful in the North, hence called on the Christians all over to the world to pray for them and assist them financially to sustain those who are still guarding the faith they have in Christ.
Speaking also the Archdeacon of Christ Church Archdeaconry, who is the host, Venerable Nzechinyere Zion Ngoka appreciated God for the successful hosting of the 2017 Synod in his Archdeaconry, positing that “Guard the Gospel” does not  meant to go and fight but a transformative understanding of the Gospel, regretting that with the challenges in the mission and world today, some Christians do not understand the meaning of the Gospel, because “we are in a changing world where people are making jest of Christianity with all kinds of churches. The Guard the Gospel is a call to revive our faith in Christ”. Some of the delegates who spoke with Nigeria Moment after the event include Ezinne Dan Onwukwe, Harrison Nnadozie, Mr. Nnanna prosper and Lady Celine Okoroafor. They simultaneously thanked God for the opportunity provided by Him to be part of the Synod and urged the church to go back to Youth Ministry because they are the most affected with all challenges that have made them to abandon the true Gospel.
Nigeria Moment gathered that Six Bishops, 77 clergies and 259 laity were in attendance.

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