Beware of little foxes, Chukwuma warns christians
The Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu and Bishop of Enugu Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma has enjoined Christians to shun little foxes or little sins that have the potency to affect their eternal destiny.
Enumerating the danger of these little foxes, the Bishop said: “In most cases, what chews away at our lives, what hinders our marriages, what tarnishes our testimony as a congregation is not some gross evil or deep dark depravity, but more likely a few little foxes that are running loose and doing their destructive damage.”
Delivering his presidential address on the theme: “Beware of the little foxes, a warning to present-day Christians,” at the 2nd Session of the 17th Synod of the Diocese, held at Ebenezer Anglican Church, Independence Layout, Phase II, Enugu, Archbishop Chukwuma explained that these little sins are often ignored and overlooked because people don’t expect them to cause much damage.
He noted that the modern Church stands in danger of allowing salvation to slip away from neglect because the present-day Christians seem unaware of the presence of the little foxes that destroy their personal relationship with God. He said these little foxes undermine a believer’s love for God and service to God, and if left unchecked gives room for the devil to go in and destroy.
Highlighting the characteristics of a fox, its cunning nature and the ability to deceive its pursuers, Chukwuma said foxes are small but are capable of causing irreparable damage.
He narrated several stories to depict how destructive little foxes could be in the life of any individual, citing self-centredness, bitterness, un-forgiveness, thoughtlessness, procrastination, anger, and laziness, among others, as examples of little foxes. He said false teachings that have crept into the Church are examples of little foxes that are slowly destroying the Church and her relationship with Jesus Christ, Who is the Head of the Church.
He added that little foxes of the silence of Christians in Nigeria regarding matters that affect the nation have metamorphosed into the rampant killings of believers across the nation.
“If we ignore the little things, they will someday grow up to be big things and present major problems,” he said.
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