The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has affirmed that it is possible for believers to be righteous and eschew all forms of ungodly acts in this perverse generation.
He stated that while the entire world is engulfed in darkness in relation to sin, it behoves on believers – people born of God – to be different in deeds, action, and moral life.
According to him, being righteous is possible if Christians determine not to join the bandwagon and decide to set themselves apart and do what is right in their workplaces, homes, and wherever they find themselves.
The General Secretary said this in a sermon he preached at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Tamale, and later at the Kamina Barracks Central Assembly also in Tamale on Sunday, January 30, 2022. He spoke on the topic: “Righteousness: The Authority of the Kingdom.”
Taking his main scriptures from Hebrews 13:20-21; Ephesians 4:11-12; Ephesians 6:10-11; Proverbs 14:34; Romans 14:17; Hebrews 1:8-9; Isaiah 14:5-6, he said that society is corrupt because leaders lack the moral authority to properly exercise the power conferred on them. Rather, they use the power to corrupt themselves to the detriment of the general wellbeing of the people.
This, he said, can be changed if Christians who constitute more than 70 per cent of the Ghanaian population decided to live their lives in conformity to the will, mercy, and justice of God.
He maintained that if Christians stand right before God and man, they will be able to confront the ills of society, saying, “With righteousness, we can confront everything without fear or favour.”
Apostle Kumi-Larbi indicated that the church of God which is the representative of the Kingdom of God on earth is built on righteousness.
“The sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of the Kingdom of God. It symbolizes power and authority,” he pointed out.
He indicated that without righteousness, the believer has no power or authority over the schemes of the devil and the evils of society.
Talking about how God sees righteousness, he revealed that the word ‘righteousness’ has been mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible which indicates its importance and relevance. He, therefore, admonished Christians to attach all seriousness to righteousness because without it they cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
To guard the heart against evil, he advised believers to put on the breastplate of righteousness which represents moral character. This, he said, can be done by the way they respond to evil.
Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi stated that righteousness comes with many blessings as God has promised to bless the righteous and anoint them with the oil of gladness.
At Kamina Barracks, the General Secretary prayed for military personnel in the church using them as a point of contact for all security personnel in the country. He asked for grace, moral uprightness, and the protection of God for them in the discharge of their duties.
He was accompanied by the Tamale Area Head, Apostle Sylvester Arhin. At PIWC-Tamale, he was welcomed by the Resident Minister, Pastor Michael Blankson, while Pastor Isaac Deku received him at Kamina Barracks District.