One Baptism One Church – Bishop Lumu

The Bishop of the Diocese of Dutse, Rt. Rev. Y. I. Lumu has stated that what matters most with God is Christendom not Anglican or Roman Catholic alone, not Orthodox, Protestant or New generation Churches. He made this statement during the first session of the fifth synod which was held at the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. Peter Dutse, Jigawa state. He added that when St. Paul gave instruction to the Church in Ephesus concerning what should bother Christians the most, are those things that will enhance the body of Christ. In his Presidential charge with the theme, ‘Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations’, he asked Christians to take note that when Jesus gave the great commission, Christ said that people should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and not in the name of any denomination or any particular Church baptism. The Bishop further clarified this statement by adding that baptism by immersion or sprinkling of water is not a certificate to Holiness; but belief in the Holy Trinity is the paramount. Bishop Lumu made a clarion call to all denominational Christian Churches that they should allow their spiritual life to open the understanding that baptism is just but one (in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit) as written in the Scriptures. He concluded by calling on all Christians to take up the challenge of the great commission and go ahead to fulfil this obligation because it is a command from the Lord, Jesus Christ. And to be able to do this, he said that one must first be a disciple before one could make disciples of all nations; and one must be like Jesus otherwise one cannot make anybody like Jesus.