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Bishop Onyia urges Nigerians to make right choices come 2023



The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Nike, Enugu State, the Rt. Rev. Christian Onyia, has urged Nigerians to make right choices of leadership come 2023.

Onyia said this while delivering his Bishop’s Charge at the ongoing first session of the sixth Synod of the Diocese holding at Emmanuel Church, Iji-Nike, Enugu.

It would be recalled that before now, the bishop had been in the forefront of calling on Christians to do all to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), which needed to support and complement their prayers for good governance.

The bishop noted that the entrance of light removes all darkness and shadows and brings life.

“As a nation that has witnessed (witnessing) unending darkness, Nigeria and Nigerians need light.

“We need our stars to shine.

“Year 2023 is another opportunity to unleash our stars to bring the light. The choice is ours to make,” he said.

The cleric also called on the present government of Enugu State to attend to the road leading to St. Luke’s The Physician Specialist Hospital, New GRA, Enugu from Trans Ekulu before it hands over power.

“Our major source of worry as a Diocese is funds to enable us equip our specialist hospital located at New GRA, Enugu,” he said.

Onyia reminded Christians again that they had been called and chosen by the Almighty God, adding that they should bear in mind that He rewards a faithful servant.

“He is never an unjust Judge. May we see ourselves and whatever we may be as belonging to God.

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“Let us use our gifts, talents, resources and all others to serve Him. Your relationship and devotion to Him will determine what you do with who or what you are,” he noted.

On stewardship and accountability, the Bishop reminded Christians to remember that “the great day of accountability for all works will surely come’’.

According to him, all intents and actions of men will be judged by Almighty God that has no compromise in His judgment.

The cleric said that one might succeed for long in maintaining the pretences and the disguises; however, they would surely be stripped away on the great day of reckoning (judgment).

“Brethren (Christians), let us bear this in mind, the day of accountability is coming – the Great Day of Judgment.

“On that day, the motives for every action taken by all shall be thrown open whether for good or bad. Nothing will be hidden.

“We may deceive men with our words, but we cannot deceive God.

“No man can ultimately deceive Almighty God who sees the heart.

“God sees what is hidden from others because He sees the heart of all men,” he said.

Onyia noted that “Almighty God cannot be lobbied”, for He knows those that are working in total obedience to His word.

He added: “The reward is in His hands to give every man according to his deeds.

“There is no other way to be blessed in our Christian living than following God’s word.

“Therefore, we must consider whatever we are doing for the Church mission to be in line with the word of God for He will scrutinise our works at the end”.

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On conduct of Christians, Onyia urged Christians to live an exemplary and practical life-style to always send the right signal to others.

The cleric said that “the moment we confess the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Saviour with sincerity of heart, we become like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden”.

According to him, all eyes will always be in your direction no matter where you are. It could be at your place of work, business centre, at home or in the church etc.

“Whatever we say or do as Christians go a long way.

“What those watching you will ask is, ‘Is this man’s faith genuine? Do you truly believe what you claim to believe?’.

“They will analyse every aspect of your life, your family life, your business life, your social life, and so forth.

“In some cases, before you know it, they may have formed their judgment of your Christian life from what they see in you,” he said.

The cleric also called on the Church to speak boldly against outward religiosity.

He said that the God of heaven and earth is not interested in mere religious activities, but in the true daily Christian life or living itself.

The bishop noted that If what we do as Christians does not give Him (God) pleasure, “it is meaningless and without reward”.

“Remember that He is a judge and the day of reckoning is fast approaching,” he noted.

The theme for the five-day synod meeting is: “For Church Mission, Which is More Important: Who or What I Am?’’.

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