The Catholic bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga has raised concern over rise in paganism and called on Christians not to give up on God.
In his homily during the Second Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held in Enugu, Bishop Onaga said: “The Church today is facing a resurgence of paganism which is spreading like wildfire especially among the youthful population,”.
He observed that, “Many have left and are still leaving the church to the pagan religion of their ancestors for reasons ranging from the search for material benefits for quick wealth, security or protection, deeper intimacy with ancestry world and an obsessive nostalgia to revive fetish cultural practices.”
Most of those leaving the church, he cautioned, “will relapse into full scale neo-paganism.”
“Some who do not totally abandon the Church may attend Church activities regularly but from time to time combine the practice of Christian faith with pagan practices or traditional rituals,” the Bishop added.
“Unlike enculturation through which the Church adopts and promotes positive aspects of culture,” Bishop Onaga said, “Neo-paganism is sheer adulterous and superstitious breach of God’s commandment ‘You shall worship the Lord your God alone and Him alone shall you serve. You shall have no other God before me.’”
He appealed to our Christian people, particularly the young ones not to give up on God. “Do not allow the difficulties or challenges of time to make you turn to evil ways and entangle yourselves in spiritual bondage.”
“God is larger than our problems. If we ever think that God cannot solve our problems, trust me nobody else can do it,” the Nigerian Bishop said August 22.