Lagos – A cleric, Rev. Fr Patrick Ahaonu, on Saturday, urged gospel messengers to propagate the message of salvation to foster love and unity in the society.
Ahaonu, a catholic church father and charismatic preacher, who decried the rate of violence and crime in the society, said that if the gospel messagers could devote more time for message of salvation the prevalent violence and crime in the society would reduce.
The Rev. father, who expressed concern on the political violence that greeted the just concluded 2019 election told the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Lagos that, the society has loss sight of salvation.
“Gospel messages will prune peoples’ characters and make them become good citizens both for our earthly society and heaven, but when the message of salvation departs from our sermon what we get is violence and crime in return.
“Look at the number of people that lost their lives during the general election that is a signal to the fact that all is not well with our society.
“How do you see it that somebody supposedly coming to serve will go into killing others to get a position to serve them.
“It is no longer service if the people you are meant to serve have to lose their lives for you to get to the position to serve them. This can only take place when people no longer think and talk of salvation,’’ he said.
According to him, if the salvation message permeate our society, people will be preoccupied with the life after here and work towards being a good follower of Christ and make good citizenry in the process thereby making the society violent and crime free.
He added that it was because religious bodies, especially christian bodies, have continued to preach prosperity at the expense of salvation that people want to make it here at all cause thereby making the society brutish. (NAN)