Catholic Bishop Urges Priests to Shun Prosperity Preaching

Most Rev. Okpaleke

The Catholic bishop of Ekwuluobia Diocese, in Anambra State, Most Reverend Peter Okpaleke, has advised priests to turn away from preaching prosperity in churches. According to News Agency of Nigeria, the cleric made this statement during the 51st Convocation of the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu on Saturday.

He added that we are presently experiencing neo-Christianity which is the other side of Pentecostalism, especially the prosperity part of it.

The lecture, which was titled “Igbo Catholicism in 2035,” had Okpaleke emphasizing on the fact that Igbo Catholicism would pass through negative bias due to changes in the world.

The bishop said, “The emphasis of Neo- Christianity is based on power and acquisition of spiritual powers. Some men and women of God are rumoured of obtaining powers to mesmerise people and pool crowd through deities which are recognised in traditional religion. The name of Christ is shouted using occultic powers.”

Furthermore, he implored Christians that they should place God first before personal desires and they should shun every meeting and private dealings with politicians because it is not their major duty. 

Also, he advised that more time should be spent on the things of God than on entertainment programs and social media. Besides, all hands must be on deck to tackle this trend.

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