The Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim has charged Christians not to see the celebration of CMS Anniversary as a mere formality.
Archbishop Ibezim gave the charge in a sermon at the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith Awka, during a service to mark the One hundred and Sixty-four years of the coming of Christianity to Igboland.
Correspondent, Emmanuel Chigbata covered the service and reports that Most Reverend Ibezim who was represented by the emeritus Bishop of Isukwuator Umunnochi Diocese, Right Reverend Samuel Chukuka, charged Christians not to allow the efforts of the early Missionaries to be in vain.
Archbishop Ibezim who traced the history of Church Missionary Society to a city of clapper, where affluent Individuals converged and set up the CMS through adequate funding with a view to saving the lost souls, said that the advent of Christianity has brought light to the society and cautioned Ministers of God to desist from preaching the gospel of prosperity.
Most Reverend Ibezim regretted that Idolatry and other harmful practices that were abolished by the early missionaries are gradually coming back.
The Archbishop who spoke on “The great Commission,” charged Christians to use the period of the CMS anniversary to re-examine their lives in addition to building bridges of love and true reconciliation.
In a remark the Archdeacon in the Cathedral Church of Saint Faith Awka, Venerable Samuel Okonkwo, who paid tribute to the early Missionaries, charged Christians to be wary of false prophets.
Some faithful who took part in the service including, Chief Harrison Onyemaechi, Mr. Eric Modekwe and Lady Justina Oguguo, blamed the problem of the society on selfishness.
The CMS Anniversary service featured anthem by the choir and concert depicting the efforts of the early Missionaries in bringing Christianity to Igbo Land.