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Cleric warns Christians against idolatry

Rt. Reverend Moses Tabwaye, Bishop of the Diocese of Gwagwalada, Anglican Communion, warned Christians against the sin of idolatry and urged them to stand firm in the work of God.

Tabwaye said this Friday in Abuja in his “bishop’s office” pronounced at the 1st session of the 8th synod of the church.

He said the theme of the Synod, “Who is on the Lord’s side? was to rediscover the main position of God and his place of being worshiped as Almighty God in the hearts of Christians.

Tabwaye said the idea was to remind Christians of the behavior of the Israelites when Moses was on the mountain to meet God.

“The people in the camp were worried about everything that was going on for fear that Moses would not come back and therefore told Aaron to make them gods to worship. “

He said that Moses was angry when he came down to find that they were already worshiping other gods, but that he interceded for the people when God was ready to destroy them.

The clerk said that was when Moses called those on the Lord’s side to join him and take a stand.

“We need the same kind of call to engagement today. We are not talking about people who need to be saved here; we are talking about people who profess to know Christ.

“Like the Israelites of old, many fell into idolatry. It may not be the worship of certain idols of the golden calf, it may be the worship of money, houses, jobs, leisure, the telephone, television and sometimes people ”, did he declare.

He said idolatry was the futility and emptiness of the human heart, manifested in a high level of pretense, compromise and polytheism,

“In the church today, idolatry is a matter of great concern because of the disappointment that people are flocking into the church on Sunday and yet no substance.

“The issues of idolatry have rimmed our hearts, the idol that people worship today is being redefined day by day just to appease the society of all races.

“Although we can say that these idols have shapes and types, their purpose is always the same, to move the hearts of many away from the God of heaven.

“The truth remains and as we all know, God hates the sin of idolatry, he will punish all idolaters,” he said.

According to him, to be on the Lord’s side is to commit to doing the will of God, to doing everything to glorify Him, to hate what God hates and to love what He loves.

The cleric called on the government at all levels to take proactive measures to address the growing rate of insecurity in the country before it is late.

He said the Synod has decided to encourage local police and self-security, adding that the violent farmer-herder conflict in the country has shown it to be a struggle for land.

He said the current situation in the country was disheartening, but praised the federal government for its efforts to tackle corruption and insecurity.

Tabwaye said the government’s efforts have not yielded the expected results and therefore called for greater commitment to address the challenges.

He cautioned against interference by political parties, religion and ethnic affiliations in dealing with issues of corruption, illegal possession of firearms and other criminal activities. (NAA)

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