The Finance Board Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Elder Professor Stephen Owusu Kwankye, has admonished ministers and their wives in the Church to serve God with a good and clear conscience.
Elder Prof. Owusu Kwankye said this during the ministers and wives’ session of Takoradi and Sekondi Areas 2018 Officers Retreat also known as “Apostolization.”
Speaking on the theme, “Serving God with Good and Clear Conscience,” Elder Prof. Owusu Kwankye said every individual has conscience but the power to obey the conscience is what is important. He added that the power to obey or not to obey one’s conscience depends on the individual.
He defined conscience as the moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour. He added that conscience can also be the determination to do what is right at all times.
Reading from John 8:1-9, he said the Scribes and the Pharisees brought unto Jesus a woman caught in adultery. When they came to Jesus, in their way of tempting Jesus they told Him about what the law says when a woman is taken in adultery. In response Jesus said to them: “He that is without sin should cast the first stone, but when they heard it being convicted by their own conscience they went away one after the other.”
The Finance Board Chairman noted that Christians are guided by the Holy Spirit who always speaks to the conscience. Expounding Acts 23:1, he said Apostle Paul told the council when he was brought before them that, he had lived in all good conscience before God until that day. He asked whether ministers and their wives can also say same to their members that they have lived in all good conscience.
Reading from Acts 24:16, Elder Prof. Owusu Kwankye said Apostle Paul strived to always live in a conscience devoid of offense toward God and men. He therefore admonished participants to strive to live in good conscience towards God and men like Apostle Paul did.
He urged ministers to strive to serve God with a clear conscience in the following areas: their family life, how they relate with church members, how they handle church finance especially grants received for projects and finally when writing reports on operational activities.
He ended by saying that if ministers and their wives serve God with a clear conscience, they would have confidence toward God and whatever they ask God would be answered, while citing 1 John 3:20-22.
Report by: Pastor Emmanuel Opoku Mensah, Takoradi