Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu, the Tema Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, has charged Christians to align themselves well in pursuit of the call into God’s army.
Speaking to the topic, “God’s Army Breaking the Walls of Jericho to Possess the Nations” (Joshua 6:1-27; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18), Apostle Ankra-Badu said that it is not automatic for every Christian to be enlisted into the Army of God, but only staunch believers with unique attributes.
The immediate past Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM) Director said this on Sunday, January 23, 2022, during the closing session of a two-week-long programme of the Abasraba District in Winneba Area dubbed, “Beginning With Jesus.”
Apostle Ofei Ankra-Badu indicated that for a person to qualify into the army of God, the individual had to be spiritually inclined, be obedient to God’s word, and be honest in all he does.
He explained that the belief in Jesus Christ alone did not guarantee one’s salvation. He added that the believer had to comply with the will of God, with scriptural references from Matthew 7:21-22, Proverbs 30:12, Romans 10:2, and John 2:23-25. He then charged the congregants to emulate the righteous life of Jesus Christ at all times to secure their places in the salvation plan of God.
“There are two gates for us as a people; the narrow gate which leads to salvation and the broad gate which leads to destruction. Christ has chosen the narrow gate for us so we may live and also be saved. We are living at the expense of the grace of God, not by our smartness or strength,” he stated while entreating them to make tithing a sacred responsibility.
“Most of us here have lost our glory or blessings due to doubts. If you are here as a true follower of Christ, still comparing yourself to worldly people and craving for worldly materials, then you have not entered the narrow gate yet. Therefore, endeavour to enter the narrow gate alone and your life will surely transform to be a living testimony,” he stated.
The Tema Area Head highlighted that some Christians encounter difficulties in entering the narrow gate due to their failure in establishing the will of God and that of their own, adding that: “God will help you if you avail your weakness to Him.”
He further noted that believers had only one life despite the theories of a section of Christians in referring to their lives as ‘private’ and ‘social life. He urged them to uphold the truth and stay clean to be fit for the call of God.
The programme was hosted by Pastor Emmanuel Foster Asamoah (Abasraba District Minister). Also present were members of the District Executive Committee.
The event started from Monday, January 10 to Sunday, January 16, 2022, at local levels and Monday, January 17 to Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the District level.
Report by Pastor Emmanuel Foster Asamoah.