‘Stand up to your faith’ Archbishop Onaiyekan tells Christians


It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

The archbishop of Abuja diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has called on Christians to stop complaining about an uncertain islamisation agenda in the country.

The cleric on Sunday, May 20, in a solemn mass celebrated to mark the Feast of the Pentecost in Abuja challenged Christians to stand up to their faith like Leah Sharibu who reportedly refused to renounce Christianity when asked by Boko Haram terrorists to do so.

He said: “Stand up to your faith and stop complaining about islamisation of Nigeria. Take that little girl (Leah Sharibu), still in the hands of terrorists in Yobe or wherever they may have taken her to, as an example. “We should learn to stand up to our faith by telling whoever wants us to change ‘Whatever you want to do; go ahead and do. But, I am not going to change’. “Very rarely will terrorists put guns to our heads and ask us to change.

Most of the time, we may be tempted to compromise our faith in the midst of our normal working experiences; in our offices, businesses, relationships or communities. But these are the places we are expected to stand up to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and witness to the truth of the gospel in words and in deeds.”

He called on Christians to continue to pray for God to send the Holy Spirit to renew the face Nigeria so that the country could have good government. Meanwhile, on Saturday, May 19, the Islamic population in Nigeria grew at least by one more head count as a young man in Imo state was welcomed into the religious circle following his open conversion from Christianity.

According to a post trending on Nairaland, the new Muslim, formerly known as Emmanuel Acholonu accepted Islam at the state’s central mosque in Owerri. Muhammad Mustapha Acholonu is now his new identity.

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