505A cleric said that Christians have abandoned God and deviated from the truth in search of refuge, strength and protection outside the church. The Rt Rev Marcus Ibrahim, Bishop of the diocese of Yola said at a time like this, where political instability, religious crisis, human trafficking, assassination and kidnapping, a time of global recession and spiritual leprosy, the theme of the synod could not have come at the right time because of so much confusion and troubles within the Nigerian Nation. Rt Rev Ibrahim said this at the 2nd session of the 8th synod of the Abuja diocese, Anglican Communion held at St James church Asokoro, Abuja. According to the Bishop of Yola, many people today have joined secret cults and have stained their hands with blood in the name of looking for power, protection and refuge. The Bishop declared that all hope is not lost because God will deliver Nigeria from all kinds of political and religious instabilities and that no man or devil can stop the church from marching forward, Because God has promised never to leave nor forsake his church in times of trouble. The guest preacher said in times like this God will arm his people and enlist his generals, shield and guide them against all the arrows and missiles of the enemy, adding that he will give them courage to withstand and subdue every Goliath in their lives in the diocese and nation at large. The Rt Rev Marcus Ibrahim, concluding his message said the only way Christians can enjoy god’s enormous strength, refuge and his abiding help in times of trouble is for them, the church, community of believers to return back to God, submit themselves in doing the will of the lord, have faith in God like the heroes of faith, and cry unto the lord who is always at their beck and call to deliver them from all their troubles. He said like heroes of faith, who finds strength and help in time of trouble, they will subdue kingdoms of the devil.
- If You Must Die, Don’t Die For Nothing – Archbishop George Lasebikan.
- God Is All In All –Orubebe.