The immediate past Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and former President of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.), has called on ministers of the gospel to endeavour to keep the unity of the spirit of peace that exists among Christians.
According to the Ghanaian Pentecostal scholar and theologian, what the church needs is a determination to be united and to keep the bond of peace intact no matter the denominational differences.
Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah said this on Thursday, September 15, 2022, during the All Ministers’ Conference at Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), in Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.
Speaking on the topic, “The Place of the Church in the Midst of Global Rebellion,” with scripture reference from 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12.
“There is some sort of global rebellion going on in the world and this has caused many churches to decline, leading to some churches in the West closed down; church buildings sold and others demolished. However, the church in Africa which appeared to be growing is not left out from this global rebellion,” he lamented.
The President of the Ghana Bible Society and Chairman of the Board of the National Cathedral further indicated that the Bible and even Apostle Paul predicted a global rebellion. He said that Apostle Paul thought that he had done a good work in Thessalonica and had even written a letter to them about the second coming of Christ, but soon after that some people went down to destroy what he had earlier done and the church was set in confusion.
Referencing Daniel 7:8, 25; 11:36, Apostle Opoku Onyinah described the man of lawlessness as a little horn that will speak against the Most High God and oppress His saints, thereby trying to change the set times and the law, where the saints will be handed to him for a period.
Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah stated that the global rebellion in this generation started with the study of theology. According to him, as the study went on liberal theology was developed with the belief in the historicity of Jesus but did not believe in the infallibility of the Bible as they sought to understand the Bible through biblical criticism which gradually affected their faith and belief.
He added that eventually, secular humanism entered the world with the belief that human beings are capable of managing their own affairs without God, hence they do not need God in their day-to-day lives, projecting science and technology as most important.
Climaxing his sermon, Apostle Professor Onyinah indicated that for the church to survive in global rebellion, Christians must be intentional about keeping their unity in the spirit, be united to do many things together and hesitate to speak evil about other churches.