SAPELE/Nigeria: The crises that had rocked the Anglican Communion in Delta state, seems to be coming to an end as members of St. Luke Anglican Church Sapele, which is the Headquarters of the Sapele Diocese of the Anglican Communion who took possession of the church, padlocking and decided to worship outside the church till the Bishop of the Diocese is removed for two years, have listened to the voice of God to open the main auditorium of the church to worship.
According to our correspondent, the church members who were jubilant said that the decision to re possess the church auditorium came after a three days fasting and prayers, and they were told that it is time to go back and worship inside the church, as they alleged.
“”Regain their possession and move into the main church building”
The worshippers for the period they left worshipping inside the church, were protesting against the Spiritual Leader of the Diocese, Rt. Rv. (Dr.) B.A. Erifeta (JP), whom they asked to vacate his leadership of the Diocese because of several allegations of mismanagement against him, which they alleged was unpardonable.
The commenced the prayer and fasting on Monday January the 22nd 2018 praying for God’s intervention.
Members of the Cathedral St. Luke Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion had worshipped their God aside the main auditorium along Boyo Road Sapele in protest of their Bishop whom they asked to go on the ground of what they alleged high handedness, embezzlement, insubordination to elders, raining curses to members at slightest e.t.c.
Some of the members who spoke to journalists while they were moving in, in their widest jubilation, said apart from the revelation from God, the church have been waiting in vain to hear from their Primate the result of the Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma’s report, the leader of the committee set up to ascertain the true position of the matter, but to their surprised, many months after, their Primate has refused to announce to them the outcome of the committee’s finding.
They appealed to other members to always worship their God righteously and in truth while shunning all elements of evil by following God’s principles at all time, the only way the church of God and themselves could be prosperous, “it is only the truth that can set us free” they maintained.
In an interview with Mr. Onojorhoewo Oghenerho, Mr. Okpako Emmanuel, Mrs. V. E. Awruoture, and others, expressed their joy and happiness that they have finally possessed their possession of coming back into the main auditorium to worship their God and.
They said in the past two years, “the devil so dealt with them by chasing them away from the church, but after several revelations from God Himself, they have finally got what is originally theirs insisting that Bishop Erifeta remained banned from the Diocese because of those former allegations which they leveled against him.
They added that having waited for their leaders to intervened without success in the matter especially the inactions of the Bishop Chukwuma’s Committee instituted by the Primate on the 19th of July last year at Agbarho where Bishop Erifeta according to them owned up to the allegations against him after tendering his apology, the Primate himself has been adamant in releasing the outcome of the committee’s report instead, he is boasting that the people will wait endlessly for a report which they will never get.
The peoples warden of the church, Mr. Onojorhoewo Oghenero said “we have discovered that waiting for them to intervene in the matter of the Diocese is like carrying coal in a new castle, and at the time they said they were coming to pray for the church, we insisted that they should not come, until Bishop Erifeta is given a fair trial, after that they came to Agbarho where he Erifeta was invited and all the allegations were brought before him and the committee, yet he could not defend himself before all those who came to testify against him, notably his former driver”.
He added that the committee members after listening carefully to the testimony of all those involved in the case, came to the conclusion that the marriage between Erifeta and the church is completely broken and can never be amended any longer.
Meanwhile, one of the clergies in the Diocese, Rev. Ufuoma Jonah expressed deep appreciation to God that finally, members of the Cathedral of St. Luke Boyo Road have seen reason while they should come back to worship God right inside the church.
He said the clergies have been intervening, seeking the face of the lord over the lingering battle between the embattled Bishop and the members adding that all they wanted is that the people should reconcile with one another for the church of God to move on and as well remain peacefully.