Cleric tasks religious leaders on practical and responsible Christians
Founder, Glory Christian Ministries Int’l, Lagos, Pastor (Dr.) Iruofagha S. James has described the church as a community, where all things are shared in common and the members are products of grace with expectation to grow.
At the yearly summit of the church founded 24 years ago, Pastor James said growth is a natural process and as a child is born with expectations to grow, so are church members expected to grow in their communal development and daily walk with God.
Citing Apostle Paul’s great desire and concern for the Philippian church, the cleric said Paul realised they were products of God’s grace and reminded them of their responsibilities in the new faith. He called on the church in Nigeria to emulate Paul’s example by modelling their communities with a lifestyle of simplicity, love, generosity, forgiveness and involvement. The founder noted that a responsible Christian ought to radiate love, tenderness and should be generous and not given to offences and practically getting involved in the church activities with his/her skills and time in order to grow more.
He berated some self-styled church members that do not understand and respect God’s grace in the community, where they belong, saying such people live as criminals, indulging in different kinds of ungodly lifestyles and only come to church on Sundays to infect the community.
Lamenting on the state of the nation, Pastor James condemned the level of corruption that has caused the present economic situation and insecurity in the country. He attributed the decay to some criminally minded individuals, who took undue advantage of their positions to loot the treasury and corruptly enrich themselves with the commonwealth.
Pastor James, who believes that Nigeria is on its way to greatness, appealed to religious leaders, who, in the quest for growth should use God’s grace to build, disciple practical and responsible Christians that will show forth the incorruptible glory of God in the society, as well as effect the desired change Nigerians long for.
Shedding light on this year’s low-key summit, which featured a football competition among the ministry’s network churches, and won by Okota Church, the founding pastor said it is to pave way for the planning of the church’s 25th anniversary celebration scheduled for next year.
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