Youths have once again been reminded to take their stand in faith knowing fully well that the days are evil asking them to brighten their future despite the crookedness of this generation. Mr. Gbile Akanni of Peace House ministries Gboko, Benue State gave this charge at the 56th annual national bible study conference tagged “Otukpo 2013” at Jesus College, Otukpo, Benue state.
At the conference, various speakers mentioned that the theme “Redeeming the Time” was an apt and appropriate one especially with the current situation in the country and the challenges facing this generation. They charged the youths to prayerfully redeem the time of the country so that it will be a better place.
Speaking on the topic, “Decency among Christian youth”, the former Abuja diocesan president Anglican Youth Fellowship, Mr. Joshua Gana, said everything we do in life should be done decently and in order. He said Christian youths should live in holiness and righteousness. He advised them to live godly lives and submit to authorities that God has placed over them in the church and society, saying that Christians should be mindful of their utterances about their leaders.
Furthermore, the most Reverend (prof) Adebayo Akinde, the Archbishop of Lagos province and the Bishop of Lagos mainland diocese who took his text from Ephesians 5 verses 6-17, said Christian youths are to redeem the times prayerfully so that peace and love will reign in this country. The Archbishop who was ably represented by Mr. Joshua Gana stated that Christian youths are to transform the nation, adding that when the fear of God reigns in the heart of all men then corruption, pen robbery and bloodshed will stop.
Meanwhile, Dr. David Salihu, the Secretary to the State Government who represented the Governor of Benue state, Rt. Hon. Dr. Gabriel T. Suswam thanked the Anglican youths for coming to the state for the conference. He said it was imperative for the youths to stand against Lesbianism and Gay in the church of God, reminding them that these are signs of the end time. He remarked that in spite of the security challenges, the youth should continue to pray for the nation to overcome. He therefore charged youth to remain committed to God. The Methodist Bishop of Benue state, Rt. Reverend Sunday Idoko who also graced the conference charged the youth to be determined to serve God in their prime.
The National President of the Anglican Youth Fellowship, Mr. Chukwuebuka Eze in his address said that these are the days when building a holy, righteous and upright character and life is becoming more difficult, therefore believers must number their days that they may apply their hearts to wisdom. He enjoined the youth that now is the time to get involved in the matters of the kingdom.
The conference featured ministrations, teachings, expositions, bible studies, prayer session, deliverance, seminar/talks, talent haunt, bible quiz and the plenary session. Also in attendance were six thousand (6000) registered youths from all dioceses.