Cross Section of Ministers. Inset: Rt Rev Winfred Habel Yaw Ametefe
THE CHRISTIAN Community has been accused of digressing from their true calling by abandoning the Holy Spirit to depend on themselves and grabbing personal gains at the expense of the commission God has handed them.
The Bishop in charge of the Tema Diocese of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Winfred Habel Yaw Ametefe made the observation at the 16th Synod of the Diocese in Ho the Volta Regional Capital last Thursday. It was the first of its kind after over 100 years of existence of the Church in the Region.
Rt. Rev. Ametefe said attempting God?s mission without the anointing was a ?great blunder? and hence ?we are failing the mission of Christ?. He explained that although Jesus Christ is the son of God, he always depended on the Holy Spirit to do all things when he was on earth. However, Christians of today depend on their own strength and knowledge to accomplish God?s work; definitely little would be achieved.
He added that the worst are Ministers of God who depend on eloquence instead of utterance from the Holy Spirit at the expense of the mission. He bemoaned the fact that Ministers have all kinds of names, tags and titles and advertise them with big billboards and photographs, yet the mission of Christ remains unaccomplished.
Speaking on the theme, ?Mobilizing our Resources for Missions, the Pentecost Factor?, the outspoken Bishop noted that it was time for a new awakening; a new Pentecost to energize Christians with new power and gifts for the mission.
According to him, the infilling of the Holy Spirit was the answer to all the resource mobilization just as the days of the early church.
?Timid men became fearless? there was no backbiting, no gossip?the naked were taken care of, widows were part of the believers?there were no selfish believers?the sick were not only prayed about; they were healed often suddenly and dramatically?human nature changed? every decision of the young Church was made under the guidance of the Holy spirit?It was not a one man show.?
All these, he said, happened although the Church at the time was small and young and lived under dangerous circumstances. ?Never before has such a handful of people extended such widespread influence,? he added.
He therefore called on all Christians to return to the guidance and gifts of the Holy Spirit: ?Each person possessing the spirit for the good of all?so that we can bring our gifts, resources together for Mission?attempt great things for God? launch into the deep?and affect the world? and not vice versa.
From Fred Duodu, Ho