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‘Membership of secret societies is anti-thetical to solid faith in Christ’

By Olufemi Oyawale
24 October 2021   |   3:17 am
Bishop of the Diocese of Ile-Oluji, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Rt. Rev Abel Oluyemi Ajibodu, has reiterated the church’s position on secret cults and secret societies: the Church is strongly against membership of these groups by its members.

Bishop of the Diocese of Ile-Oluji, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Rt. Rev Abel Oluyemi Ajibodu, has reiterated the church’s position on secret cults and secret societies: the Church is strongly against membership of these groups by its members.

Citing the Constitution and Canons of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Ajibodu detested the false notion by some people that the Church was in support of such membership.

The cleric, who preached at the Diocesan Joint Service in the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ile-Oluji, last Sunday, urged the clergy or laity in secret societies or cults to quit, so as not to incur God’s wrath and the prescribed discipline by the Church.

It would be recalled that the Diocese of Ile-Oluji and other dioceses make it mandatory for the clergy being ordered, ordained, inducted, installed, collated, consecrated or enthroned to swear that they do not belong to any secret society and that they would never join any. Ajibodu reminded church members that there is a provision for renunciation by those who belonged to those cults and societies. He said same thing applies to lay church members elected or appointed to church councils and offices.

The preacher, who said though churches make provisions for members to ease themselves during services, but they should not waste time in doing so. He also warned members not to sleep during prayers and sermons, so as not to miss divine blessings.

Emphasising that the Kingdom of God is attainable by every committed Christian while on earth, Ajibodu admonished all to enhance their faith and obey biblical injunctions.

“When you allow God to control your life and do His Will, you are in the Kingdom of God,” he said.

The Bishop directed the clergy to give more room for youths to participate in church services and fully utilise their talents under guidance and in conformity with Anglican traditions and norms.

(Otunba The Venerable Olufemi Oyawale, FNIPR, INMA, writes From Ile-Oluji)