Date: June 9, 2017
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah, has entreated Christian traditional rulers to avail themselves to be used by God as agents of change in the chieftaincy institution in Ghana.
He said being ambassadors, apostles and evangelists in the chieftaincy institution, God expects them to use their Christian principles to help transform the chieftaincy institution which, he said, is a ministry they have been called into to serve their people.
Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah said this on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the opening of the 2nd Royals Conference being organised by The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region.
The conference, which is on the theme, “An Example of Christ as a Christian Royal,” is being attended by about 800 traditional rulers, comprising paramount chiefs, queens, divisional and sub-chiefs from across Ghana.
It seeks among other things to bridge the gap between the palace and the church with the aim of transforming the chieftaincy institution to reflect the expectations of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Using the story of Naaman, the captain of the host of the king of Syria who was suffering from leprosy as recorded in 2 Kings 5:15, 17-19, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah said Naaman after his supernatural encounter with the God of Israel resolved not to serve any other god apart from the Most High One.
He, therefore, admonished chiefs who occupy very sensitive positions in the Ghanaian society to fully devote their lives to God and use Christian principles to rule to bring the desired development to their areas of jurisdictions.
The GPCC President noted that the good relationship Naaman had with the king of Syria and the rapport he built with his subjects contributed to his recovery.
“It is very crucial to have a good relationship with your subjects and the elders you work with as a chief, because they are the key factors to your success,” he pointed out, adding, “A leader should look for the welfare of the people they lead just as the King of Syria did for the healing of Naaman through the letter he wrote to the King of Israel.”
The Chairman further entreated traditional rulers to listen to good counsel from their subjects (referring to Naaman and his servants), while urging them to also be wary of self-seeking individuals (the Gehazi type) who went behind the Prophet to take the gifts from Naaman. He said such people are self-centered and therefore offer bad counsels in order to get what they want.
“As chiefs and leaders, the people we are surrounded with may sometimes put us into trouble with the kind of advice they give us. I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will give you the spiritual eyes and insight into the things you do so that you may not end up in trouble,” he said.
He said Naaman after his encounter with the True God requested the Prophet to allow him to take some of the soil of Israel to his country to build an altar there to worship God there. This, the Chairman said, is an extension of idol worship which God distastes.
Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah stated that God is a spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. So any attempt to worship God using images and objects like pictures of supposed men of God, rings, anointed oil, folder water, special bibles and the likes is an extension of idol worship.
According to him, true Christianity is very simple and beautiful, that is why many people are not ready to accept it. “When you accept Christ His spirit and power come to reside in you, and wherever you go He goes with you. So you don’t need to carry talisman, articles, objects, and other images with you to protect you because the most powerful one is with you,”
Using himself as an example, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah revealed that researching into witchcraft and demonology led him to some dreaded fetish priests and self-acclaimed wizards in the country who fled from him when I attempted to interview them.
He, therefore, charged Christian royals to stand firm in Christ and be full of the Holy Spirit to help them change outmoded customs which do not inure to the benefit of the people and derail the progress of society so as to better the lots of the people.
Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah