Nigerian church should work on soul winning in 2020, not unnecessary arguments in doctrinal differences- Cleric

By 'Gbenga Bankole

The Minister in Charge of Christ Apostolic Church, Latona English Assembly (Anointed Chapel), Osogbo, Pastor E. O. Olowookere has said that Nigerian church leaders are really trying in their sphere, yet they ought to put more effort in keeping the main thing, that is, the work of soul winning than unnecessary arguments in doctrinal differences.

He further stated that the church should be more conscious of God in her affairs and not to forget the concurrent persecution which it faces.

Pastor Olowookere noted this in his New Year Message made available to CAC NEWS.

The Cleric also said that: "I'm not that happy seeing the ill-informed generation rising against our church leaders in castigation. Yet, whenever this arises, it only points some of us to the fulfilment of the scriptures. As it may be, no government is without the influence of our God. The Bible has commanded us to "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."

He urged the government, especially at the federal level to uphold the rule of law stating that our God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1Cor 14:33).

"The federal government has the responsibility to see to the public peace of the nation. It is under a peaceful environment that prosperity can thrive. The government should from time to time review her policies to make the government more of human face better than as it was in the recent past."

"As a matter of fact, I personally want to speak to Mr President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, to use this year (2020) for governance and avoid political distractions, simply because, this is already the middle of his second term (and constitutionally final term). Because he has the name to protect and must be aware that there will always be sycophants within and without the government house. In the little administrative capacity some of us occupy, we know that criticism (either constructive or otherwise) will always come, how much more at the helm of affairs of a multifaceted nation like Nigeria, thus, I want the President to remain focused in his objectives of making the nation a place where common man will survive without stealing and where our values will be our goals," he stated.

Pastor Olowookere concluded that " I want to assert that every year is the year of the Lord, despite the fact that we are fond of tagging each year (especially in the Christianfold), yet it is more like a tradition for us to be enquiring into what each new year will have. I know of myself and those who follow the leading of God under my watch that we are having a promise for DIVINE GUIDANCE hence as we shall not stop enjoying GREAT GRACE as evidential in the last year. The leadership of our church, Christ Apostolic Church, worldwide, will always have our prayers, especially in this new year 2020, a very significant year (I believe so). Therefore I'm very optimistic about the future of this great mission."
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