By Edem Edem, Calabar
The National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Emmah Gospel Isong has charged Christians to embrace physical fitness by embracing exercises to complement their relationship with God.
Bishop Isong said besides spiritual exercises like fasting, prayer and tarrying, Christians should also embrace physical exercises because it affords them opportunity to socialize with one another thereby creating bonds and healthy relationships.
The PFN Scribe tasked Christians at the Faith Mansion World Inc. during the annual charity workout organized by the Christian Central Chapel International to promote fitness, health and underscore the importance of healthy lifestyle.
Addressing hundreds of congregants, Bishop Isong said “Christians should not stay indoors, morning till night doing tarry night, doing prayer and fasting. This is about the only time they socialize, Bishop is not on suit, and choristers are not on choir robes.
“This bonds the people and makes them stronger in relationships because sometimes we have fellowship but not relationships. Coming out for sports like this create and cements relationships whereas staying in church creates fellowships and fellowship is not only with God but with one another and that’s the power of the cross.
“The cross is vertical (you and God) and horizontal (you and me) that’s the meaning of the cross so it’s important that churches step out for sports and exercise to socialize. There must be 90% spirituality and 10% socialization. The socialization is not with unbelievers but with themselves because it reduces their going out somewhere to join bad company”, Bishop Isong said.
The annual charity workout event also precedes this Year’s Emmah Isong Annual Public Lecture which will have as its theme: “Nigeria’s Indivisibility, A Case of Sacrosanctity or sycophancy” and is scheduled to hold next weekend at the Faith Mansion World Centre.
The Public lecture which will have as Guest Lecturer, Rev. Dr. Otuekong Ukut, and a Permanent Secretary from Akwa Ibom State with Chris Agara, Chairman of Cross River State Debt Review and Projects Development Commission as Chairman. It will also feature the public presentation of a new book “Thy Father and Thy Mother” which is authored by Bishop Isong.