The immediate past International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has charged Christians to position themselves as an army to take nations for Christ.
Speaking at the Heads’ Session of the 17th Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh, on the topic: “The Lord’s Army: Turning The World Downside Up,” Apostle Gyesi-Addo, who is currently the Haatso Area Head of the church, said in pursuit of the agenda to possess the nations and other spheres of the society, it is expedient for Christians to hold onto the virtues of Christ.
According to him, the virtues which are faith, righteousness, salvation, truth, and the gospel of peace, are worn and carried by a certain kind of people.
“The fact that these are presented to us as the soldier’s belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, sword, shows that these are not just weapons worn by anyone not in the army,” he stated.
The former IMD explained that if there is any group of people in the world that understands the strategies and principles of war, it is the army, hence the theme for the year, “Possessing the Nations As An Army of God,” and not as priests of God.
He iterated that the early apostles were imprisoned, therefore, they knew how soldiers dressed and appeared on the field.
He urged Christians to endure hardship as good soldiers, since no one serving as a good soldier gets involved in civilian affairs.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo noted that the apostles of old learned from the army with regards to how they commanded, instructed, charged (giving straight orders from a superior officer), and led the church accordingly.
He stressed that just as believers in the early church suffered, Christians today are not in normal times.
“We live in abnormal times, where right is seen as wrong and the wrong things are seen as right,” he said, adding, “light is seen as darkness to the world, while darkness is seen as enlightenment to the world.”
He said that Jesus came to a world which was already upside down to turn it downside up. Moreover, He came to teach the world how to live right side up, he stressed.
Quoting from Ephesians 6:11-13, he mentioned that Paul admonished the church to put on the whole armour of God in this upside-down world.
“When you put on the breastplate of righteousness, it will turn the world from downside up,” he pointed out.
He charged believers not to be afraid or intimidated by the society that makes a mockery of prayer, rather they must persevere in turning the world downside up.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo encouraged Christians to take up roles in chieftaincy institution and rule with the Bible to turn the world for Christ.
“Let us get out of our comfort zones and be people who have turned the world downside up as the Army of the Lord,” he concluded.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, on his part, stated: “There is no way that we are going to turn the world downside up if we do not set our minds to do it.”
He reiterated that although Christians find themselves in abnormal times, the church needs people who are enthusiastic for God to confront the abnormalities in the system.
“Very soon we will be going on retirement but before that, let us change our world for God,” he ended.