Monday, August 31, 2015 11:54 pm
Rev. (Dr) Emiola Nihinlola, the President, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS) Ogbomoso, has said that the Seminary and the Nigerian Baptist Convention are in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.
He made the statement in Ogbomosho on Monday while briefing newsmen on the 2015 NBTS Annual Ministers’ Conference.
He said that the two major religions in Nigeria abhor corruption, sexual immorality and violence.
He promised that the Baptist Church would continue to preach against corruption, sexual immoralities and other social vices, adding that a nation cannot grow with the existence of such vices.
Nihinlola said that the NBTS would from Sept. 7 -10 host no fewer than 5,000 gospel ministers across the world at its 2015 Annual Ministers’ Conference.
He said that the conference, with the theme “Ministering to a Hurting World” was packaged to look into contemporary challenges facing the world.
“We will identify and train participants on how to minister to people within and outside the church.
“Ministration to those who are living in the context of poverty, violence, terrorism, persecution, hurts, pains, tears, conflicts, war, sexual immorality, deceit and corruption,” he said.
The Associate Professor of Christian Theological Studies said the Church would also define ways of reaching out to the people in need including widows, orphans, poor, strangers, weak, oppressed and the marginalised.
“The Church must do something today. The people in the world are living in want, penury, bondage and enslavement leading to anxiety, fear, frustration and hopelessness,’’ he said.
The NBTS, Ogbomoso, was established in 1898 by the Southern Baptist Convention of United States of America for Christian education and leadership training.
According to Nihinlola, the Seminary is the first tertiary institution to award degrees in Nigeria.