Exactly seven Sundays after restrictions were lifted for church activities to commence, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo visited the Volta Central Apostle Area on Sunday July 19, 2020. He officiated two divine services in Ho and Vane-Avatime in the company of Apostles Osei and Kuada.
The service in Vane-Avatime was special because it was the memorial and thanksgiving service for our late retired District Evangelist Paul Kofi Adzabe who was buried the previous day.
The Lead Apostle served both congregations with the text Exodus 20:13, “Thou shalt not kill”.
In his sermon, the Leader began by saying: “Finally, we are here today to seek and receive comfort after the restrictions. We would be less than honest if we said that our hearts have not ached over this situation. We are proud to acknowledge that we have come here today trusting that God would minister to our hearts, and give us strength as we continue in our walk with Him. Due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 epidemic, we have all become accustomed to spending more time at home, but now we can appreciate the fact that we are able to be together again.”
Killing your neighbour
Explaining the text word, he shared that there are two ways of killing, killing in the flesh and killing in the spirit. Using a machete or a gun to injure your fellow human leading to his death is killing in the flesh which the laws will punish.
Spiritual killings, on the other hand, are the things we do to offend God and man; our ego, hatred and unforgiving attitude all make our friends and neighbours depressed, leading to their death in the spirit. Our attitude towards the members in the congregation which leads to their forced exit from the church is likewise spiritual killing.
Refusing to attend services when we have the opportunity is killing oneself. In these services, we receive blessing and forgiveness of sin; we partake in the body and blood of Christ and receive the word which are all nourishment for the soul to live.
In his closing remarks, he encouraged the congregants to testify of the faith to their friends and co-workers, as refusing to do so may lead to their spiritual death.
Apostle Anthony Kuada served along.