Use Prayers, not charms – Bishop Taiwo tells christians
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Oke-Osun, The Rt. Rev. Joshua Foluso Taiwo, has admonished Christians to use prayers instead of charms. He made this known at his Enthronement Service, held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Gbongan, Osun State, where he delivered his first sermon as the 4th Bishop of Oke-Osun Diocese.
He charged Christians to imitate Jesus Christ, Who called on God, when He needed a miracle and answers, rather than running from pillar to post in search of solutions. The Bishop, who charged the priests to be sensitive with the deplorable conditions of those they preach to, called on all to look beyond their difficulties and focus on God. He said God is never late and therefore when Jesus is involved, no case is as hopeless as it may seem.
The cleric narrated the story of Lazarus, who died after a brief illness, but was brought back to life when Jesus arrived, four days after his death; and pointed out that when Jesus came, He wept, showing His humanity and revealing the love He had for Lazarus. Bishop Taiwo said Jesus looked up to God and thanked His Father, before calling Lazarus to come forth. He, therefore, called on believers to always take time to appreciate God and thank Him for His mercies, before making their requests to Him. He said just as Christ loved Lazarus, He also loves them, which was why He laid down His life for mankind.
The Bishop prayed for the participants, declaring that it would be a year of transformation. He highlighted some of his plans for the diocese, especially as regard healthcare, and assured the people of Oke-Osun that he would contribute his quota to the diocese development.