Churches Should De-Emphasise Money –Mogekwu

THE bishop of the Anglican Communion, Diocese of Asaba, Bishop Justus Mogekwu has admonished religious leaders not to focus much attention on money but on liberation of souls.
The Anglican bishop stated this in his Court at Asaba while speaking with our correspondent on the comments made by renowned German Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke shortly before the bishop flew to Israel on pilgrimage.
Bishop Mogekwu stated that he was in support of the comment made by Evang. Bonnke as regards collection of money by church leaders in the disguise of payment of seeds or vow during crusades.
According to Bishop Mogekwu, crusades and revival programmes are meant for the liberation, saving of souls and conversion of sinners and not for raising funds as many people are under the bondage of the devil.
He stressed the need for all religious leaders to live above board and remain pious, pointing out that a lot of church leaders are dragging the name of the church to ridicule and disrespect by placing much emphasis on money rather than genuinely looking out for the lost soul.
On the issue of ordination of bishops by new generation churches in Nigeria, Bishop Mogekwu said that there is a laid down process which is traceable to St. Peters in the ordination of Anglican and Catholic bishops.
Bishop Mogekwu also said that some clergymen seek to be ordained bishops because of the prestige attached to it which be frowned at.
Speaking on the role of elders and youths in the church, the Anglican bishop commended their roles, saying that elders should be mentors and role models to the youths.

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