Date: January 11, 2017
It was a timely reminder by the Chairman of the Church of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, when he told ministers and their wives at the 2017 Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecostal Convention Centre to guard against their old sinful nature [the old man].
The Chairman explained that although accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and saviour makes them new creations, the old self, if not curtailed, could creep in and interfere with the new status.
Apostle Prof Onyinah was giving the keynote address at the conference which is on theme, “I am an example of Christ in my Generation” (1 Corinthians 4:16-17).
Expounding the life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul, the Chairman who doubles as the President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), said Paul overcame the old self by resorting more to the spiritual life with Christ Jesus.
“It therefore did not come as surprise when he rebuked Peter for allowing his fear for the Jews to lead him to indulge in hypocrisy although he was privy to the demands of the Christian faith and Jesus Christ,” he stated.
He explained that Peter allowed himself to be lured by the laws of circumcision to perpetuate discrimination against gentile Christians, indicating that, “Peter’s attitude drove a lot of potential gentile believers away from the faith and also led those who were already in the faith astray.”
The Chairman cautioned against attitudes that can affect the life of the Christian and their walk with God as well as cause others to backslide in the faith.
He led the congregation to do a solemn reflection of their Christian life by asking themselves: “How often have I allowed my old nature to dominate me by telling lies, cheating, stealing or indulging in sexual desires of all kinds? “How many people have I led astray through my inability to control the old nature?”
Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah intimated that Paul’s ability to rebuke Peter corrected that anomaly and brought sanity back to the Christian faith. He therefore called on Christians to not only guard against the old self but they should also encourage and help others who have experienced a setback from their old characters.
The Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference, first of its kind to be organised by The Church of Pentecost, is being attended by about 5,000 participants (ministers and their wives) from 90 countries across the globe. The Conference, which started on Monday, January 9, will be climaxed on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
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