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Wka rally against immersion of ashes in Doyang

Wka rally against immersion of ashes in Doyang
LBCA, LBCPC and LH members during the protest in Wokha, Monday.
DIMAPUR, AUG 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/27/2018 12:09:29 PM IST

Braving inclement weather, hundreds of people gathered at Police Point, Wokha on Monday under the aegis of Lotha Baptist Churches’ Association (LBCA), Lotha Baptist Churches Pastors’ Conference (LBCPC) and Lotha Hoho (LH) on Monday to express their resentment against the proposed immersion of ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Doyang river.

The public rally opposed the immersion as it was alien to Christian faith and belief as well as Lotha culture. 

Among others, the rally was addressed by LBCA executive secretary Rev Nyanchumo Lotha, LH chairman Mhao Lotha, and LBCPC chairman Rev Ellis Lotha.

In a press note, Rev Nyanchumo Lotha said the congregation unanimously declared that any kind of act or ritual alien to Christian faith and belief and the culture of the Lothas would be opposed even in the days to come. The rally ended with a mass prayer with benediction by Rev Nyanchumo Lotha.

On the other hand, Ao Baptist Pastor’s Fellowship (ABPF) joined rest of the Naga churches in condemning the act of immersing Vajpayee’s ashes

In a statement by its president N Lipok Jamir and vice-president Dr Akok, ABPF asserted that time and again, the church had stood up against “unwelcoming social and religious practices”. It added that the church was still against anyone “defaming the faith of Christian faith”. 

The Fellowship reasoned that Nagas, as Christians by faith, must go to their ultimate authority Bible and quoted from Exodus 20:4-5: “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea thereby not to bow down or worship in any form because our Lord is a jealous God who will not tolerate for any other gods.”

The pastors’ body recalled that on February 16 when ABAM, the apex body of Ao churches, called on the intending general election candidates for prayer, it was Along who had expressed his desire to contest on a BJP ticket to safeguard Christian faith and protect the minority Christians from communal agenda.

ABPF, however, expressed its disappointment at seeing a Christian leader getting involved in such an “unaccepted spiritual act”, which it termed as a stumbling block for Christian faith that comprised more than 90% of the State’s population. It, therefore, strongly denounced his act and behaviour.

 

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