SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012
JOY, EXPECTATION, AS DIVINE COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE BEGINS TOMORROW
It is on record that Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) is an initiative of the Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh and which by extension has been made an annual ritual by the Archbishops and the Bishops of Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion). It is with joy and great expectation that Anglicans and non-Anglicans are being welcomed tomorrow November 5th 2012 at Christian International Ecumenical Centre, Abuja for this year’s DIVCCON that will end on Friday, 9th November, 2012.
DIVCCON is a conference that is open to Christians of all persuasions. It is not inhibited by race, language, culture or denominations. According to Primate Okoh: ‘DIVCCON is not an Episcopal Synod, it is not a Clergy Conference, it is not a lay gathering, it is not even the gathering of only Anglicans, it is still not the gathering of only Nigerians. It is the body of Christ, the new humanity, the ECCLESIA of God, which is the Divine Commonwealth of God. This is a gathering that is different from the usual administrative ones that are all too familiar. It is a call for our spiritual rejuvenation and mutual edification, in an atmosphere of deep spirituality and learning’.
Continuing, Most Rev. Okoh observed: ‘there are boundless possibilities when we encounter God, prayers are answered, forgiveness takes place, reconciliation becomes real, deliverance from enslavement to aberrations takes place, healing from terminal diseases is received. And what more, there is a fresh outpouring of the wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit as believers’ faith are strengthened. Moreover, by coming together from different Dioceses, Provinces and Countries, the Church will be edified. Surely, ‘Iron sharpens Iron’, and man sharpens another’. And this is in tandem with the scriptures: ‘After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb…,’ Rev. 7v9.
Among several participants in last year’s conference was the General Overseer of Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. He proudly spoke at the conference about his Christian roots in the Anglican Church. He recalled with nostalgic feeling his beginning at the Anglican Church and said he is an Anglican just like his family at Ife-wara near Ile-Ife in Osun State. He gave kudos to the communion and said ‘we are very proud of you, for this new beginning’.
Pastor Adeboye declared: ‘If the Anglican Communion was as open as it is now when I saw the light of the gospel I would not have left. ‘The Anglican Communion in Nigeria is resolute and firm, standing by the undiluted word of God. it is not surprising that when the hydra-headed sin of homosexuality reared its ugly head, the Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) said: ‘sin is sin’ and refused to compromise nor tolerate it’.
Pastor Adeboye, who was delivering a goodwill message at the Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja drew its text from Exodus 3, verse 1 to 11, related the story of Moses and drew a comparison with the beginning of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria and came to the conclusion that God who brought Moses for a mission of new beginning at the age of 80 is the only wise God who brought Anglican Communion to bring light to the continent of Africa has a purpose for the Church. The Clergyman, whose message was intermittently punctuated by laud applause, said that he had an unshaken belief and hope that DIVCCON and the future of the Anglican Church is very bright. He therefore called on all Christian people to remain firm in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is interesting to note that the first Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) organized by Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) that was held in Christian International Ecumenical Centre, Abuja in November last year was a huge success. There was an avalanche of testimonies that poured out from the said conference. Men and women testified to the goodness of the Lord in their lives. We thank God for the number that received afresh the resurrection gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, for the high level of healing and deliverance that took place during the preaching of the word of God.
It is hoped that this year’s DIVCCON also will bring a greater revival, hope and spiritual outpouring upon God’s people.
We humbly commend the efforts of the planning committee headed by the indefatigable Bishop of Ife, Rt Rev. Oluranti Odubogun for their bold step in organizing yet again DIVCCON. This year’s DIVCCON comes at a time that the nation is in crisis – flooding, unbridled kidnapping, unemployment, economic downturn, power failure and persistent bloodletting in the land. No doubt, innocent bloodletting in the country had been crying out for vengeance upon the land and this in no small measure may have contributed to the chaotic situation in the country. It is hoped that through such gathering; God will heal the land and restore sanity in our nation. It is scriptural as the Bible will put it: ‘the prayers of the saints availeth much’, James 5v16.
God certainly will hear us and heal our land. And so to all participants, Anglicans and non-Anglicans, we welcome you to another great convocation of God’s people, DIVCCON, Abuja 2012.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.