CHURCH OF NIGERIA’S RESPONSE TO CHURCH OF ENGLAND’S DECISION ON SAME-SEX BLESSINGNovember 24, 2023
- Ngozi Maduoma
- April 11, 2016
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Christians have been admonished to use their faith to change their country.
The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh gave this admonition at the Commendation Service held in honour of the Hon. Dr. Uriah Angulu (OFR) at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Abuja. According to Archbishop Okoh, Christians hear the gospel day in day out, but are yet to accept Christian principles as a way of life. He opined that is why marriages are falling apart. Hence, he advised that Christians should take Christianity as a culture.
The Primate of the Anglican Church showered encomiums on the deceased, the Hon. Dr. Uriah Angulu. He said, “As far as the matter of faith is concerned, the late Angulu was very strong.” He said that the deceased struggled with vicissitudes of life and that the Church is encouraged by his sterling qualities. He added that the battle on earth is fierce and nobody should take things for granted. In line with the hymn of the Church, the Primate said Christians should seek not yet repose; they must continue to watch and pray to overcome sin and work for the Church triumphant, which is superior and where there is no contest with sin. He called on all Christians to be prepared for that Church, where the late Angulu is, adding that until Christians get there their Christian pilgrimage is not complete.
He compared the Church triumphant with the country, stating that there is no scheming, spreading of falsehood and half truths, or leading people astray through political, economical maneuverings. He said when the late Hon. Dr. Uriah Angulu was passing through the suffocating ailment that eventually took him home, he did not lose hope. He said he was not an adulterated Christian, but a great evangelist, a good Christian leader, who did not compromise his faith because of material things.
Archbishop Okoh called on all Christians to emulate the late Uriah Angulu; appreciate God and look after enduring values, so that when they leave the earth to the triumphant Church where there are many mansions, they would receive crowns.
The Commendation Service was attended by movers and shakers in the society, the high and the low. Among them was the former Head of State, Dr. Yakubu Gowon, Prof. Jerry Gana, Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Clergy, friends and well wishers from far and near. To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die at all.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bida, the Rt. Rev. Jonah Kolo said that if what God had enabled the Hon. Dr. Uriah Angulu to do had been published, many books would have been written on the stable. This is part of a thousand and one accolades and encomiums showered on the late son of a Pastor, Dr. Uriah Angulu at the funeral Service held at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Bida.
Bishop Kolo who drew his text from John 20:24 centered his message on complete faith, believe and confidence in Jesus Christ. He said Dr. Angulu’s history came out this way because of his faith and belief in God, adding that the illustrious son of Nupe land has left an indelible mark on the sands of time as one of the 30 members of the Supra Diocesan Committee building the new Cathedral Church who worked tirelessly round the clock for the Ultra Modem Church that is now at the roofing stage. Rt. Rev. Kolo said the deceased unlike the children of Eli had a solid Christian upbringing; he sought after God, was visionary and believed in God.
Born on November 7, 1936, Dr. Uriah Angulu OFR is the son of late Rev. Canon Ndace Angulu, Priest of the Anglican Communion. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and other members of his extended family.