SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014.

Rev. Canon Gabriel Kpagban




THE Diocese of Ughelli Anglican Communion held the second session of its 6th synod at the St. John’s Anglican Church Okpare–Olomu in Delta State with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and under the Chairmanship of the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Cyril O. Odutemu from April 26 to 30, 2014 with the theme: ‘The wind of strange doctrine in a multi-denominational society: A methodology for flock stealing,’ Eph. 4:14.

The venue, Okpare–Olomu is unique because the church there has existed for over 100 years. So, delegates were of the outstanding evangelical labours of the early white missionaries, who came with the Gospel with fervent zeal, as well as their great quest for church planting.

Besides, Okpare-Olomu was a booming education and commerce centre, where the Europeans had early contact with their indigenous palm oil merchants.

The synod was remarkable because of the highly inspirational and soul touching sermons preached by the guest speaker, Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, who is the Bishop theologian of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), as well as the Rector of the Anglican Crowther Graduate School in Abeokuta.

He admonished all Christians, both the Clergy and Laity to wake up to the challenge of strange doctrines, which are being currently propagated in modern day Christianity. In the same vein, Christians should reposition themselves to be able to uphold the truth as contained in scriptures. Since God has given the power to them, they should manifest same to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, as they carry out the great commission in the demonstration power.

The president of synod, Bishop Odutemu during his well researched and articulately presented address, called on all Anglicans to be wary of false prophets and teachers, who come in sheep clothing but are like ravaging wolves that tear Churches apart. He identified the quest for power, greed and materialism as the reasons for the frequent breakaways as seen in churches today.   Christians should, therefore, be wise and hold on to the true teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

While commending the President Jonathan for strides taken so far in his administration to move the nation forward, the Bishop drew his attention to the gradual alienation of prominent sons and daughters of Urhobo origin from mainstream political appointments, such as ministerial positions and the like.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the synod, the diocese commended the Delta State governor, Dr. Eweta Uduaghan for his achievements in terms of infrastructural and human capital development, as these are important areas for improved quality life and economic productivity of the state.

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