Apostle Enoch Osafo, the Field Director of the Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI), on Good Friday admonished pastors to preach the message of the Cross without fear or favour to return the Fear of the Lord to the Church.
He said the Church had become sick and vulnerable today because pastors had abandoned the Message of the Cross for prosperity and motivational messages, thus making Christians stunted in their spiritual growth, with some having their conscience seared by corruption.
The Message of the Cross, he explained, was about repentance and salvation; transformation of mind from worldly things to eternal values; godliness with contentment; forgiveness and reconciliation; witnessing to the lost; showing love for one another; and long suffering and endurance, among other things.
Apostle Osafo was delivering the sermon at the Easter Convention of the Nii-Okaiman Area of the CACI.
The five-day Convention, which started on Thursday, is under the theme: “Occupy Till I Come,” which is based on the Fruitfulness of the Christian, with reference to Luke 19:13.
The Field Director said because the Message of the Cross was hardly preached, the life of Christ was not manifested in the lives of many Christians, therefore, the normalization of secularism and immorality was replacing the Fear of the Lord in the Church.
“Today, pastors prepare members to become candidates to receive visas and jobs, instead of preparing them for soul winning and heavenly citizenship,” he said.
“They boast about their vehicles and other worldly possessions, their eloquence with the word, their ability to prophesy and other vain things because their hearts are not circumcised.”
“What is even worse is that the sons of magicians have taken over the pulpit and are performing all kinds of magical acts, such as giving of lotto numbers, sharing money and engaging in fortune telling”.
“Christians have become slaves to these false prophets because the message is preached as if persecution is not part of Christianity, but I tell you that the Message of the Cross makes it evident that the persecutions would come to the Christian but God would deliver the righteous from all of them.”
Apostle Osafo, therefore, urged Christians to fervently study the word of God and be diligent in prayer so that they would be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to be able to witness to others with authority, heal the sick, raise the dead and ultimately inherit the Kingdom of God.
The sermon was interspersed with thematic songs and closed with prayers to revive the Church.
Evangelist Diana Asamoah, a member of the CACI, treated the gathering to some of the songs on her latest album.