NIGERIA – In Asbury Sermon, Nigerian Pastor Warns of Church’s “Difficult Task” Amidst Persecution

Pastor Samuel Odubena recently gave a sermon at Asbury Seminary Chapel in which he spoke about how Christians in the West ought to react to persecution. Odubena is an Anglican priest from Nigeria where violent persecution of Christians still occurs.

Asbury is a theologically conservative school in the Wesleyan tradition, though it is not formally associated with the United Methodist Church. However, many new elders and pastors in the United Methodist Church were trained at Asbury.

Persecution in Nigeria is a primarily regional phenomenon. The southern portions of Nigeria are predominantly Christian and the freedom of religion is broadly respected. Southern Nigeria also happens to be the wealthier half of Nigeria, and this prosperity helps blunt tensions.