The Archbishop of Jos in the Anglican Church of Nigeria has spoken about how Christians are finding refuge in God “in the face of turbulence, persecution and wickedness” in the north of the country.
Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi made the comments at the opening service at
the annual retreat of Anglican bishops in the province, which is being
held at St Peters Chapel at the IBRU International Ecumenical Centre in
He said that the “forces of evil are still at work but
Jesus has already defeated powers of hell, of darkness of wickedness and
Archbishop Benjamin asked the church to “intensify their prayers” for
churches in the northern part of Nigeria. Persecution is biting very
hard, he said, adding that “the devil has failed because God cannot be
The Archbishop also called for action to tackle biblical illiteracy;
and suggested that Christians should adopt the Jewish tradition of
training children properly in scriptures.
Hebrew children, he said, were
trained for about 30 years in preparation for ministry.
He cited the
example of Jesus Christ “who was guided for about 30 years and used the
remaining three years of his life for ministry in order to interpret the
law and the prophets.”
He also said that some seminaries were too academic, leading to the
church ordaining people who couldn’t memorise a chapter of the Bible.