Guard Your Minds Against Secular Humanistic Principles – Apostle Dr. Koduah Cautions (02)

Guard Your Minds Against Secular Humanistic Tendencies – Apostle Dr. Koduah Cautions

The former General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, has beseeched Christians to jealously guard their minds against the maneuvering philosophies of secular humanism.

Apostle Dr. Koduah, who is the current Area Head of the Teshie-Nungua Area of the church, said this on Thursday, January 28, 2021, while delivering a paper at the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference (MWC’21 – Greater Accra Region), at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh. 

Speaking on the topic, “Secular Humanism,” Apostle Dr. Koduah revealed that “secular humanism is the most dangerous philosophy in the world today. It is the opposite of Christianity and fights against all Christian principles.”

He explained that secular humanism has been an age-long philosophy that has been growing gradually and winning the minds of many who fall prey to its enticing principles and standards. According to him, it published its first manifesto in 1933, and reviewed it in 1973 and 2003 respectively.

Expounding further, Apostle Dr. Koduah identified some basic principles and teachings of secular humanism and advised the church to be mindful of them and make conscious efforts to guard their minds against them.

“Secular humanistic values may seem innocuous and harmless to the Christian faith, however, if left to linger, it will find its way into the church and cause irreparable damage to our faith,” he cautioned.

He, therefore, advised that “values like disbelief in God or the afterlife and supernaturalism, disbelief in the Bible, disbelief in Jesus Christ, strong belief in evolution, the literal deification of human beings, rejection of absolute truth, rejection of religious-based laws, and downplaying the marriage system, are all secular humanistic principles that we should fight against with utmost seriousness.”

Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah revealed that secular humanism spreads through means like the school system and the media. He, therefore, implored all believers to jealously guard their minds and especially the minds of their children from such principles.

“If we want to possess the nations for Christ, we must wage war against secular humanism, win the minds of people and turn them back to the knowledge of Christ,” he stressed.

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True Revival Must Start From The Church – Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi Avers

The Chairman of the Central Regional Coordinating Committee of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, has asserted that the world needs a true revival, which must start from the Church.

According to Apostle Antwi, who is also the Cape Coast Area Head and Member of the Executive Council of the church, “in our quest to possess the nations as a glorious Church in these times when the whole world is engulfed in pain, darkness and heartache, there is a need for a revival.

“We need a true revival starting from the Church; a renewal of every member which will ultimately spread to the nations; one which would bring about transformations.”

Apostle Antwi said this in his keynote address at the Central Regional session of the 2021 Ministers and Wives’ Conference of the church held at the New Jerusalem Auditorium in Winneba.

He noted that it is only a transformed church that can transform the nations, saying, “The nations of the world are crying out for the manifestation of the children of God who have been revived and transformed to serve as source of light.”

Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, therefore, advised ministers and their wives to cry for a revival in their personal lives and in their ministries. “We must get to that point where we are fully submitted to the Lord and seek to be a certain kind of people who have decided to respond to the heavenly call to be beacons of light to the world,” he stated, adding, “The flock of God is looking for leaders who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness; leaders who are frustrated with lukewarm service, but rather constantly yearn for the glory of God; leaders who are ready to eschew all forms of worldliness and leaders who are not satisfied with their present experience of the Lord, but are eager to have a deeper experience daily.”

“I pray that we would genuinely hunger for revival and encounter the fire of God which would revive and transform us. May we be fully aligned to the will of our Lord and Master who has called us to lead His flock in a time such as this, and to possess the nations of the world.”

Report by Pastor Solomon Kwasi Kyei.

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Nurture Children In Christ And His Word – Children’s Director To Christian Parents

The Children’s Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis, has urged Christian parents to make conscious efforts to teach and nurture their wards in Christ by effectively communicating the word of God, the worth of God, ways of God and the works of God to them.

“To achieve the desired results, this must be done consistently (purposefully and orderly), continuously (without breaks), convincingly (persuasively with godly wisdom) and based on the parent’s (guardian’s) personal testimony or experiences,” he noted.

Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis made this passionate appeal during a presentation on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Greater Accra Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.

Speaking on the topic, “Raising Godly Children to Possess the Nations,” he noted that children are the most valuable assets to the family, the church and society, yet they are also the most vulnerable in society and thus require the most of attention.

He observed that “in times past the importance of children in the family chain was obvious because they had first place in the lives of families, determined the lifestyles of families, especially mothers, as to whether to work or not to work, and even determined the types of professions some parents pursued all intending to have the opportunity to spend quality time with the children.

“Due to changing trends in contemporary times, such as the role change factor, where more women are now in formal employment, increasing single-parent households, increasing exposure to the media/social media and other tools, the introduction of policies that minimise the role of parents in parenting, increasing ‘rights’ system, and lack of requisite attention by parents and guardians to child-related issues, there is the need for a new approach in raising children in Christ,” he stated.

Reading from Psalm 127:3, the Children’s Director stressed that children are a heritage from God and therefore ought to be handled with all the utmost care.

“Heritage means a treasure that may be inherited or a special or individual possession. The word ‘heritage’ also implies that children are not made, but inherited from an original owner and Creator, God. Therefore, the child is a special gift God gives to us to care for and nurture as stewardsfor Him,” he said.

Citing Psalm 78:5-7 and Joel 1:3 as scripture references, Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis said that children are very instrumental in God’s plan because they form the fulcrum for growth, sustenance, and survival of the church as well as the foundation for building a godly family and society. 

“From scriptures, we learn that as children grow, taught the word of God, and taught to practice or live the Word; they would, in turn, teach their children, who will also grow and teach their children,” he said.

He asserted that it is the fundamental responsibility of every Christian parent, not Sunday School teachers (Child Workers), to raise their children in a godly way through training, discipline, and admonition (Ephesians 6:1-4).

Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis, therefore, urged parents and guardians to serve as role models and mentors to their wards by training them in Christ and modelling the word of God in their daily lives. He also advised them to coach their wards by exposing them to the realities of the times.

“Parents should always know that they are not only raising children, but they are raising godly adults,” he said.

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If We Have Experienced A Pandemic, We Should Also Experience A Revival – Apostle Eric Nyamekye

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has asked ministers of the Church to lead the members to seek the face of the Lord to bring down revival in every aspect of the church.

“As we gradually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its related impacts, we also see that the Church globally will need some kind of re-awakening. We sense the sound of abundance of rain.

“Brothers, if we have experienced a pandemic in our lifetime, we should also experience a revival in our lifetime.”

This was contained in an address read on his behalf by the Chairman of the Central Regional Coordinating Committee and Cape Coast Area Head, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, at the opening session of the Central Regional Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the New Jerusalem Auditorium in Winneba.

According to the Chairman, “many have succumbed to the Coronavirus. In the same manner, many should also be brought to the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This can only be made possible by a glorious church which in itself is revived.

“So, though we are repeating the 2020 theme, we are introducing one new word into the theme, ‘revived.’ Thus, the theme for 2021 is “A Glorious Church, Revived to Possess the Nations.’”

The Chairman explained that even though the theme has been tweaked, the topics that will be treated will be the same as those of 2020. “However, these topics will be treated with the intention to spark up a revival in the church,” he stressed.

He prayed that, “the repetition of the theme will afford us the opportunity to delve much deeper into the theme, derive a better understanding of it, be affected by it and transfer same to the entire church populace.”

“The credibility and the revival that will spring out of this theme will restore all that we seem to have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

Report by Pastor Solomon Kwasi Kyei.

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Is Christ Your Saviour Alone Or Your Lord As Well? – Apostle Dr. Anim Quizzes

“Some Christians believe in the teaching that they can enjoy the benefits of salvation through Christ without having to accept the ‘inconvenient’ challenge of His lordship over their lives. Many Christians today are comfortable with Jesus in a manger and Jesus crucified on the cross but not how we may share in his suffering; this is erroneous.”

This was a statement made by Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Anim, the Director of the School of Theology, Missions and Leadership at Pentecost University, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, while speaking at the Ministers and Wives’ Conference (MWC’21- Greater Accra Region), at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh. 

Delivering a sermon on Day 4 of the conference on the topic, “The Christian and The Lordship of Christ,” based on Romans 12:1 and Galatians 2:20, Apostle Dr. Anim explained that “living an obedient and victorious Christian life calls for a life of commitment and submission to the Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

He revealed that many of the early believers and disciples had to choose between their lives and accepting Jesus as their Lord. 

He noted that “in those days, only Caesar, who was the Emperor of Rome could be addressed with the title ‘Lord,’ as a result, when the early believers referred to Jesus as their Lord, most of them were killed and some thrown into prison. That was the price they had to pay for accepting the Lordship of Jesus Christ, can we do the same in our time?”

Apostle Dr. Anim further expounded that “the name Lord is what led to the crucifixion of Christ because the Jewish religious leaders referred to it as blasphemy, but Jesus’ resurrection proved otherwise and established Jesus as Lord and the true Son of God.”

Reading from Romans 12:1, he charged that “since we have been delivered by the death and resurrection of Christ, our lives are not our own, we must, therefore, present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto our Lord.”

He, therefore, posited that “many of the challenges we face in the church today are because we acknowledge the salvation of Christ, but we have not accepted Him as our Lord,” adding that “most Christians want to make Christ an administrative secretary, always stamping and approving everything we wish and desire to accomplish.”

He reiterated that “the Lordship of Christ is not a one-time action or confession; it is a constant obedience to every command and desire that is not only acceptable but pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The early believers had to face death and prison just to profess Christ as Lord, we are privileged not to be faced by the same challenge, therefore, let nothing hinder us from giving ourselves wholly to the will and command of God,” he stressed.

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Ministers Must Have A Goal For Their Followers – Apostle S. O. Asante Observes

The Koforidua Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante, has admonished pastors and their wives to have a Christ-centered goal for the people God has called and placed in their care.

Speaking on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, at the ongoing Eastern Regional Ministers and Wives’ Conference on the topic, “The Goal of the Church: The Role of Revival,” he explained that a goal is a result or achievement towards which an effort is directed.

Highlighting the difference between goal, purpose, and a process, he said that a goal is what one builds, whilst a purpose and process are why and how one is builds.

He admonished ministers not to allow the goal for the church to be lost since Jesus has already set the goal for the church – “I will build my Church.”

Quoting Howard Hendricks who asked a minister, “What are you trying to do to these people anyway,” the Koforidua Area Head charged ministers to have a purpose for the people God that has called and trusted to their care to shepherd. He further advised ministers to nurture believers so that they will be devoted followers of Jesus Christ.   

“What are we doing at our various local assemblies?” he quizzed, adding, “Ministers must not just hold services for meeting sake, but we must strive to experience God at our meetings.”

With reference from Ephesians 5: 22-27, he stated that the goal of the church is that the church would be a beautiful bride prepared for her bridegroom which is Christ (Rev. 19: 7).

He entreated ministers of the church to ensure that their programmes and activities are geared towards the goal of the church.

Using Matthew 25: 1-13, Apostle Asante, who is a member of the Executive Council and Coordinator of the Eastern Regional Coordinating Committee of the church, encouraged ministers and their wives to prepare themselves for the coming of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.

Further reading from Ephesians 2:10, he indicated that as craftsmen take their time to mould an artifact, “we as ministers must carefully craft the members that God has put in our care.”

On the focus of the church (Romans 8: 28-29), he explained that God’s purpose is that the new convert would become like Christ and that must be the purpose of the minister of the gospel.

“God is receiving a Church without spot or wrinkle,” he said, he said, adding: “Ministers are representatives of God on earth and must therefore pursue the goal of preparing a people without spot or wrinkle to meet the Lord.”

“A Christian must go beyond the basics of having an understanding that prayer is an interaction with God and not just communication with God.”

Touching on revival, Apostle Asante explained that revival is “a sovereign activity of God where He renews His people individually and cooperatively in vigour – affecting both sincerity of belief and quality of behaviour by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

According to him, when there is an outbreak of revival it leads to the goal of the church.

Report by ERCC Media Team.

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Be Captivated By The Spirit Of Prayer – Apostle M. S. Appiah

The Madina Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Martin Seth Appiah, has asked believers to allow themselves to be captivated by the spirit of prayer so that they can possess the nations for Christ.

Apostle Appiah said this on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the Ministers and Wives’ Conference (MWC’21 – Greater Accra Region) which is currently ongoing at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

In a presentation on the topic, “Possessing the Nations Through Prayer,” based on Psalm 2:8 and James 5:16-17, Apostle Appiah indicated that “The Church of Pentecost was known in its inception as a praying church, full of the Holy Spirit, with constant revival.”

“We must, therefore, remember the legacy of our forefathers, yearn to be revived, so we can uphold the altar of prayer in our time,” he advised.

He revealed that whenever something is done regularly, it becomes a routine and if care is not taken that act might lose its significance. He, therefore, charged believers to be mindful that prayer is the heartbeat of the church and an essential key to possessing the nations for Christ.

“There is nothing like too much prayer, prayer time is never enough; the more we pray, the more we must pray. Be captivated by the spirit of prayer so that you will become a living-walking prayer altar,” he stressed.

Reading from Revelations 5:8, Apostle Appiah indicated that “the prayer of the saints transforms into incense, and when this incense rises and adds to the incense in heaven, it moves the heavens to cause a divine action to occur on earth.”

He added: “Christ is sovereign and can do whatever he wishes to do. However, he has given the power to men to lift an altar of prayer which will rise like incense, fill the heavens and make the heavens intercede in the affairs of men.”

“Therefore, if I wake up in the morning, and I do not pray, I have caused great harm to all humanity, because without my prayer, God cannot make a move in the lives of men.”

Apostle Martin Seth Appiah further expounded that, “prayer must not be theoretical but practical with a demonstrative effect, having divine power to demolish strongholds and arguments that rise against the knowledge of God.”

“How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and take his possessions unless the strong man is bound by a stronger man. As Christians, we are in constant warfare with forces of darkness. Therefore, we must arm ourselves with weapons of prayer so we can resist every oppression of the devil,” he said.

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Be Holy Or Lose Reverence Before Men – Apostle Adjei-Kwarteng Tells Ministers

The Bompata Area Head and Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng, has called on ministers to lead righteous lives lest they lose the reverence accorded them as “men of God.”

Apostle Adjei-Kwarteng gave this admonition on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the Ashanti Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference during his presentation on the topic: “The Church Called to A Holy Living.”

Using 2 Timothy 1:8-9 and Ephesians 5:27 as his key Bible references, the Bompata Area Head emphasised that God does not strive to be more holy than He already is, asserting that “God is the standard of holiness. His being is an epitome of perfected holiness.”

He indicated that holiness is the only moral attribute of God which is referred to by the angels in heaven three times in a continuous manner in scripture (Revelation 4:5). 

Apostle Adjei-Kwarteng cited the story of Samson, who was deceived into revealing the source of His strength and subsequently had his eyes were removed, to drum home the point that when holiness is lost – in other words, when the Spirit of God departs – the minister would also lose their reverence before men.

He ended his presentation with a call on ministers to eschew unholy lifestyles in order to receive grace from God, adding that “unless we cooperate with God, grace cannot work.”

“The church is the only institution that God has, it must, therefore, be holy else we are none of His,” he asserted.

Report by ARCC Media Team

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The Church Exists To Witness For Christ – Evangelism Director

The Evangelism Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, has said that the Church of God exists primarily for the salvation of souls and that any other assignment or responsibility comes to augment this core duty.

For this reason, he stated that the Church must not relent in her evangelistic efforts because sustaining the life of the Militant Church on earth depends on soul winning.

Apostle Dr. Markin made this assertion on Wednesday, January 28, 2021, when he gave a presentation on the topic, “Possessing the Nations through Personal Evangelism” at the Greater Accra Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.

In his exposition, he indicated that the prime aim for Christian evangelism is to give every person or peoples the valid opportunity to make the decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour irrespective of their personality, gender, race, nationality, place of residence, social standing or any such barrier. 

He categorised the various types of evangelism into two – mass and personal evangelism. He explained that mass evangelism involves proclaiming the gospel to more than one person or a handful of people (Eg. rallies, crusades, Gospel Sundays, Digital Evangelism), whilst personal evangelism entails sharing the gospel of Christ with one person at a time.

He asserted that although both types of evangelism strategies should be employed by the church in pursuit of the Great Commission, personal evangelism (personal witnessing) is non-negotiable because it is the first calling of every Christian and the evident mark of a true discipled Christian. “It is the duty of every believer to preach the gospel message of Christ,” he reiterated.

Apostle Dr. Markin further noted that personal evangelism is important for every believer because it enables the believer to prove to be responsive or obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16).

Citing Daniel 12:3, John 4:36, 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Ephesians 6:8 as scripture references, he also stated that soul winning determines the eternal value of every Christian because the rewards of the soul winner are both on earth and in heaven. 

“Every believer should win souls because there are special rewards and crowns for all who win souls into the Kingdom of God,” he said.

Among other reasons, the Evangelism Director said that Christians must evangelise because their Master, Jesus Christ, is a passionate soul-winner (Matthew 4:19, 1 Timothy 1:5), the harvest is very great and the labourers are few (Matthew 9:37-38, John 4:35), the blood of the unconverted will be required from their hands (Ezekiel 3:17-18), the horror of hell (Luke 13:5, John 3:16-18, Revelation 20:10), and the unfulfilled prophesies concerning Christ’s return (Matthew 24:14, Romans 10:14, Galatians 2:7, Revelation 7:9-10,)

Concluding his presentation, Apostle Dr. Markin observed that “during individual personal evangelistic engagements and in organised personal evangelism outreaches, people come to a place of frustration at certain points mostly after outreach when the fruits or converts are being followed up for discipling – either the individual (soul winner) hang their boots or express some frustration.    

“The first truth is that unlike some other Christian endeavours, Christian Evangelism is of the heart and not of the mind. It must, therefore, become a lifestyle for any person who dares to undertake it. It is not a festival, nor a periodic one-touch programme, but a life-driven course as a permanent lifestyle.”  

He, however, recommended some add-ons that are needed to make Christian evangelism more effective. He outlined biblical intercession (personal and corporate prayers for lost souls) and social interventions and social action (meeting the physical or social needs of new or potential converts) as some of the add-ons that facilitate the soul-winning enterprise of the church.

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Ashanti Region Begins 2021 Ministers And Wives’ Conference

The Ashanti Regional Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost began in earnest on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Asokwa. It brought together ministers and their wives from Mampong, Ejisu, Konongo, Ashanti Bekwai, Obuasi, Abuakwa, Suame, Bompata, Kwadaso, Asokwa, New Tafo, and Offinso Areas.

Giving the rationale behind the conference, which is being held at the regional level, Prophet James Osei Amaniampong, the Asokwa Area Head who also doubles as the Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), recounted that the global Coronavirus pandemic necessitated the need to reduce the number of participants by holding the conference at the regional level.

Apostle John Appiah Aidoo, the Area Head for Abuakwa, in the opening sermon spoke on the theme: “A Glorious Church Revived to Possess the Nations.” He cited Ephesians 3:1-21 and Exodus 33: 1-23 and defined revival as activation.

He called on ministers of the gospel not to be too concerned about their duty stations and transfers but seek to grow in intimacy with God which, he said, will bring an impact in ministry. “You have no right to minister to the people of God until you have ministered to God,” he stated.

He outlined the need for spiritual hunger, consecration (holiness), applying the principle of selflessness, giving honour to whom honour is due, and giving glory to God as the ingredients for bringing down the glory.

Apostle Appiah Aidoo encouraged ministers and their wives to desist from seeking personal glory. He interspersed his message with spiritual songs and prayers that charged the atmosphere to exude the presence of God.

Views sampled from participants after the meeting indicated high optimism of a fresh revival from the conference.

Report by Conference Media Team.