Okoh asks christians to be wise during Christmas and new year celebrations
Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has urged Nigerians to celebrate Christmas with hope, assuring them that the country will be better. He admonished Nigerians not to lose confidence, but believe that God will intervene and make things right.
Okoh, who spoke at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Wuye, Abuja, after the 2019 Service of Christmas Carol and Nine Lessons of the Chapel of the Advent, Episcopal House, Abuja, said Christians should apply wisdom and restraint in their spending during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, as discipline is a vital part of life.
“Whatever you are celebrating, remember that the responsibilities of daily life will still be there,” he said.
The Venerable Oludare Otoki, the supervising priest of Maitama Archdeaconry and Vicar of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Maitama, Abuja, who preached at the service called on modern preachers to note that Jesus Christ will save people from their sins and not in their sins.
Otoki explained that Jesus Christ came to save mankind from sin. So, all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour shall be saved. He said anyone that refuses to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ is dead and living in darkness. He noted that Jesus is the true light, and anyone who follows Him cannot walk in darkness.
The cleric charged Christians to ignore preachers ignorant about the Trinity and Sonship of Jesus, as every knee would soon bow to the name of Jesus.
Describing light as knowledge and darkness as ignorance, Venerable Otoki, who spoke on the theme: “The light of the world” said: “Have you accepted this light? Are you reflecting this light and will Jesus approve of your method of celebration?” He appealed to the clergy and laity to start reflecting on Christ in all they do.
High points of the service were the rendition of Christmas hymns by the Choirs and congregation, and the reading of Bible passages that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.