Ahamefule Chime Onitsha
The Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese, Nnewi South Local Government Area, Anambra State, His Grace, Right Rev Ephraim Ikeako yesterday at Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area of the state blasted proprietors of some Pentecostal churches idol, worshipers and Cherubim and Seraphim church for allegedly deceiving the people. He stated, “beware of those churches owned by families. The husband is the president of such church, his wife is the secretary and the son is the treasurer”.
Preaching at a yearly prayer session termed, ‘Umuchu Prayer 2015’, the Bishop urged the congregation and the people of the area to reject the devilish activities of the idol worshipers and those family churches as their aim and object was to exploit and extort the people out of ignorance because their preaching was cosmetic and deceitful.“Don’t belong to Cherubim and Seraphim religion and run away from family churches, the husband is the president of such church, his wife is the secretary and the son is the treasurer.
In the Orthodox church like Anglican and Catholic Churches nobody owns the church” he stated. “You must reject them, they are evil, the idol worshipers lay claim to lifeless things and take them to be their gods. Look at the Uchu River here in our community, Umuchu, our ancestors deceived us that the Umuchu people are the children of the Uchu river. The Uchu River has no children, it is just a river like every other one, why must people worship it leaving God that created them, whoever that worship the river will not see good things in his life, whoever that deceived the people using the river, religion and other means will be made to suffer by God”, he disclosed. “They use these false means to enrich themselves and family and not to the glory of God.
We have rejected them”. The one-day prayer session themed, “It Is Still Possible” was held at Nkwo market square where The Bishop added that, “Life is all about battle, the battle will be on from birth to death but with God you must win”. Reiterating that it is only Jesus that can save the people he stated that being diabolical does not mean anything to man of God. Reacting, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, the Chief host, thanked the Bishop for coming to cleanse their community adding that the Uchu River has no power over the people. Ezeemo who built a church in the area, added that Uchu means being hardworking, enterprising and not the people being off springs of Uchu River. He recalled that the prayer session was the five editions hinting that it has helped to cleanse the community and brought development to the community.