Date: January 10, 2017
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, has said that many Christians today want to share in the glory of Christ but not in His sufferings.
Delivering the keynote address at the Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference which is underway at The Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, he said in a quote from Albert Barnes that “Many are willing to wear the crown of glory but not the crown of thorns.”
The Chairman said that unlike many Christians who want to share in Christ’s glory but not His suffering, Paul wanted to be identified not only with Christ’s power but also with His suffering.
“Paul was even prepared to die as Christ died. He was doing all this in the hope that one day he would also resurrect to be with Christ in bodily form. The doctrine of resurrection was in Paul’s mind. He believed that all believers of Christ would be raised from death on the second coming of Jesus Christ,” he added.
Reading from I Corinthians 9:27 where Paul indicated that he disciplined his body and kept it under control in order not to be disqualified, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah indicated that it depicted the disciplinary life that Paul was living.
He continued that Paul knew that once you allow the body to follow its feelings you will end up fooling yourself in the worst possible way. This, he said, has resulted in the promotion of homosexuality, trans-sexuality, exchange of spouses and all sexual deviances.
He also said the desires of the flesh leads to cheating and amassing wealth at the expense of the poor and the needy. He also indicated that it can be seen in theft, robbery and murder that occur frequently in our neighbourhoods and communities.
“Paul as an example, would use all possible means - run, fight and keep the body under control - to subdue his sinful and sensual inclinations so that he would not come under the dominion of evil passions, but would be wholly controlled by the Spirit of God,” he concluded.
Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah