The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has advised Christian workers to make every effort to maintain their sanctity without denting it.
According to him, Jesus Christ, the owner of the church, will come again to take unto Himself those who have set themselves apart and maintained their purity.
“Christ will want to present the church to Himself. It is a futuristic event, but it is also applicable now,” he said, adding, “You need to be a Christian without a spot or a wrinkle. Christ cannot present a person with a spot or a wrinkle to Himself. Each of the two [spot and wrinkle] can be destructive and inhibit your growth in Christ.”
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said this in a sermon on Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Headquarters Management and Staff Seminar which took place at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC) at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region.
Taking his Bible passage from Ephesians 5:27, he stated: “If you are without a spot or a wrinkle, then you are holy and blameless. Once you are holy, you are blameless.”
He pointed out that whenever there is a spot it affects the whole sphere of life. A spot is a mark that tarnishes the surface of a substance. Once you have a spot you have been stained.
The IMD explained that a wrinkle is a fold on the surface that takes away the smoothness level of the substance. “If you are a wrinkle in the church, you take the smoothness level of the church,” he stated.
He noted that Christ can never present a believer with a spot or a wrinkle to Himself.
Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe identified some of the spots that can dent the garments of Christians as fornication, adultery, and discontentment.
Touching on fornication and adultery, he stated that once a Christian involves himself in it, he loses his spiritual fervency. “Once you colour the surface, it takes the blood of Jesus to cleanse it. Until we deal with this we cannot break out in order to break camp for our breakthroughs,” he said.
On discontentment, he entreated the staff to work with a clear motive to improve the system.