Lasebikan advises members to promote God first in all things
The retired Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ondo and Bishop of Ondo Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. Prof George Latunji Lasebikan has warned Christians against substituting reliance on God with personal initiative. Speaking on the theme: “Be still and know that I am God” at the just concluded Divine Commonwealth Conference held at the National Christian Centre, CBD, Abuja, Lasebikan explained that to be still is to drop everything and allow God, and that being still is a spiritual disposition that does not come without challenges.
He said Christians’ lives are being threatened and the church under siege, with its buildings targeted for destruction. He also noted that problems within the church are caused by some members, who are focused on promoting their own selfish interests, thereby forgetting to put God first in all things.
He said no one could love the Church more than the One Who laid down His life for it. He, therefore, urged Christians not to be anxious about anything, because God has the master plan. He stressed that God’s plan is for man to always be at peace, trusting in His sufficiency and ability to see them through in every situation.
Describing knowledge as key to life, Lasebikan said it exposes one to life’s opportunities, pointing out that if a person knows God, he/she would love Him, know His likes and dislikes and how to please Him. He said: “To say you are a Christian that loves God is to live like Him; not just in words but in actions and behaviour.”
He said the best way for Christians to live their lives is to know God, because the knowledge of Him will bring about faith and trust in the truth that God is dependable.
In his closing remarks, the outgoing Primate of the Church, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh urged the Church to continue to march forward with Christ’s gospel, stating that DIVCCON’s future holds great promise and is pregnant with possibilities. Okoh reminded members that Anglican Church belongs to God and not any tribe or man, and the easiest way for the Church to disintegrate is for them to disregard the leadership of the Church of God. He called on Anglicans to support the leadership of the Church and advised clergymen not to pull down their Archbishops and Bishops.
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