“In this period of the Christian Church’s history, the Almighty God is marshalling an end-time army – an army which is purposefully strong, mighty, and has a powerful global effect to possess the nations.”
These were the words of the Evangelism Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, when presenting a paper on the topic: “The Power of the Gospel of Salvation” (Romans 1:1-6, 14-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8) during the 2021 Heads’ Meeting which took place from November 8th to 13th, 2021 at Pentecost Convention Centre at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.
According to him, God is marshalling an army that will clamp down the power of the enemy, pull down his stronghold, destroy his machinations and prepare the way for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Graciously, we have been privileged to be enlisted as part of this army.” He pointed out.
He added: “In a natural army, all trained personnel are equipped with the ability to handle weapons of war with knowledge, precision, and accuracy. These weapons are fashioned for both defensive and offensive purposes.
“Whereas the defensive weapons protect the army from the artilleries of the enemy, the offensive ones spew out assault and aid in taking captive or possession of the enemy. The same is the case in the Christian army. The Christian army also engages with both defensive and offensive weapons. This presentation seeks to address one of such offensive weapons at the disposal of the Christian militant.”
Apostle Dr Jimmy Markin noted that the global Christian army, though strong and powerful, does not make war with physical weapons but is mighty through God to possess the nations for Christ.
In this great army, he said, the weapons for battle are not carnal or physical or flesh and blood but are spiritual and powerful to overthrow and destroy strongholds of any shape and form (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
“The weapons are not guns or bombs or warships or antiballistic missiles and drones, neither do they engage the opponent with physical force, compulsion, insults, arguments, reasonings, discrimination, threats, or any of such kind. The foremost weapon for our offensive attack on the enemy of the salvation of men, the devil, is the power of the gospel of salvation,” he stressed.
Reading from Romans 1:16, the Evangelism Director stated that the Apostle Paul declared that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.
He asserted that the gospel of Jesus Christ “is the effective offensive weapon available for salvaging the lives and souls of perishing men from the throes and pangs of eternal doom and hell.”
In his view, the average Christian militant must be able to answer and master all matters concerning what the gospel of Christ Jesus is, the power of the gospel of salvation, the source of its power, what its contents are, what effects the power brings on its adherents, and how to use it for possessing the nations.
Apostle Dr Amos Jimmy Markin described the power of the gospel of salvation as the divine transformative power of God which comes through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ which alone can save sinners from the penalty and punishment of sin and bring them into the righteousness of God in Christ.
“It is this power which reconciles fallen humanity back to God and makes children of God. It is unto this power (the gospel of salvation) that the Christian is set apart to the service of God and commissioned to be a herald of the salvation message through a ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile all men back to God and to one another,” he stated.