Abuja, 11 June, 2022 / 6:30 pm (ACI Africa).
There is need to invoke the Holy Spirit to address misconceptions about “the promptings” of the Spirit of God, including the confusion around imaginations and false beliefs that conflict with reality, a Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has said.
In his Pentecost Sunday homily at St Ignatius of Antioch Parish of the Archdiocese of Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama cautioned against “political prophets” who seek attention through “political speculations”, erroneously claiming “divine authority”.
“We invoke the Holy Spirit to help us correct the erroneous understanding among some Christians today who confuse their imaginations, dreams or psychological delusions with the promptings of the Holy Spirit,” Archbishop Kaigama said.
The Nigerian Catholic Archbishop added that those who confuse their imaginations and delusions with the promptings of the Holy Spirit end up engaging in speculations and “mundane predictions”, speaking “about politics and secular matters with dogmatic certitude; making categorical statements about which party or candidates will win elections.”
He said that instead of linking their misconceptions to the Holy Spirit and leading the people of God into error, they need to embrace honesty and say that their utterances are based on their own “political speculations.”