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By David Okpala/Stella Okpala 

Akpo (Aguata LGA), Jan. 20, 2021 (MOI) An Auxiliary Vicar, Rev. Fr. Calistus Alakwe has enjoined Christians not to make promises to evil shrines, not minding what their problems may be. 

Fr. Alakwe made the admonition in a homily to mark the First Sunday in the ordinary time of the Church Calendar, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Akpo. 

“Devil has nothing good to offer anybody. In view of this, it is awful to go to the devil with promises to get anything. 

“If he gives anybody a cap, the person should be getting ready to pay with his head, if it is eyeglasses, be ready to pay with your eyes. 

“He contributed nothing to creating us as such has nothing to contribute to making our lives better here on earth. 

“ If you go to the devil and make promises of getting a child, do not be surprised if the child turns out to be a thorn in your flesh. 

“So, we need to wait for God’s time in everything so as to make God’s gifts to us a blessing indeed.’’ 

The cleric connected occultism prevalent among youths today to their parent’s visit to occult homes in the name of prayer houses. 

He urged Christians to develop personal relationships with God in order to tell Him our problems and ask for solutions, where necessary whenever the need arose. 

“These they can do through constant prayers, holiness, forgiveness and love for one another.’’ 

Fr. Alakwe enjoined parents to rise to their responsibilities of correcting their children to be exonerated from dangers of their disobedience. 

He cited an example of Eli and Samuel in the Bible, where Eli died alongside his two sons for their disobedience and because Eli did not carry out his parental responsibilities effectively. 

“Samuel was exonerated because he carried out his parental responsibilities effectively to his children.’’ 

He told youths to listen attentively to counsels so as not to destroy their future.   The cleric added that occultism was an ill wind that could blow no man any good. (MOI)
NA/3C/TON
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