Persecution is the biggest source of growth for the Christian Church in Nigeria, according to Rev. Dafes Philip Mwelbish, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
Mwelbish spoke in an interview with reporters at the ordination of 17 ministers into the full gospel ministry at the Central Baptist Conference of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, according to AllAfrica.com
He stated that despite the ill-treatment towards churches in the region, Christians should never be discouraged from preaching the gospel of salvation and extending the Kingdom of God. He advised the newly ordained pastors to live boldly for Christ and represent him with all aspects of their life.
Chairman sub-Ministerial of the Central Baptist Conference, Rev. David Ogunlowo urged Christians in the country to band together in order to combat and “defeat the evil” that was coming against the Church during his sermon at the conference.
He also said it was shameful for pastors and congregation members to engage in worthless arguments and that it was better for them to focus on the problems their country is facing and pray for solutions.
“The Church must wake up and fight evil. We must work together for the Kingdom of God and put the devil to shame, instead of insulting one another over matters that are earthly,” said Ogunlowo.
The clergy followed with a warning stating that if Christians did not get their focus on the progress of the Church and off meaningless quarrelling amongst themselves, then Christianity would be “over powered.”
Ogunlowo also spoke about his disappointment over the moral decay in the nation’s society referring to the way the youth are dressing. He urged parents to guide and watch over their children.
According to Baptist Pastoral School, Rev. Ayuba Iliya, the Central Baptist Conference, a 26-year-old institution has already ordained about 600 pastors and was looking forward to working with masters and doctorate students.
The chairman of the institution Rev., Thomas Ndandok expressed his hope for the new pastors to make a positive impact in society and across the African country as a whole at the conference.