Church facing greater challenges: Rev Dolie

Church facing greater  challenges: Rev Dolie

Kohima, October 25: “Naga society is fast changing and with it comes greater challenges for the Church. On the wider society, the ugly menace of corruption, the disturbing news of demonic activities, rape, kidnap and murder are all unbecoming of a predominantly Christian populated society,” said Executive Director of Angami Baptist Churches Council, Dr Atsi Dolie today.
Stating these during the devotional session of the Bible Society of India (BSI) Kohima Branch, Dimapur Auxiliary on the theme “Bible for all” at Rengma Baptist Church Kohima on Thursday, Rev Dolie said in the religious circle, there is a dichotomy of one’s spirituality in that ethics seems to have no relevance to one’s devotion to God, as well as mistaken ritualism, legalism, or mysticism for true spirituality.
Evidently, he said amidst all the problems and challenges, the Church must continue to play a vital role in ministering to the deteriorating society.
“The church must proclaim the kingdom of God and promote kingdom lifestyle, that is, righteous life – not hypocrisy, peace – not alarming or panicking, and joy in Holy Spirit’s abundance – not a feeling of limited life,” he said.
Rev Dolie said that in the face of overwhelming challenges, the Church has two dangers in its way – it can conveniently shy away from the challenges or thoughtlessly drown in the problems.
Stating that the Church in any given society has always been a great contributor towards transformation of the society, he however expressed confidence that only the Word of God – the Bible – can give the needed punch to the society.
“The punch that sinner needs to change their ways, the punch that the bewitched brethren need to be awaken spiritually, the punch that complacent Christians need to become zealous, and the punch that our society needs to correct its ways toward a transformative and God-honoring society. Only the word of God can bring the change we desire,” Rev Dolie added.
During the day-long seminar, resource persons – Dr E Leelavathi Manasseh, Sr Director CRRM Bengaluru, Rev Dr Z K Rochill, Sr Auxiliary Secretary Dimapur Auxiliary, Rev Dr Along Jamir, Associate Translation and Rev Dr Neikdedozo Paphino dwelled on the topics “What is the BSI and how it started”, “What is fund raise and Church relation?”, “What is Bible translation?” and “Bible production & distribution”.(Page News Service)