Former Apostolic Church-Ghana President Apostle Peter Okoe Mankrado has advised Christians to utilize the celebration of Christ’s birth to unite and love one another.
He said: “The birth of Christ should be seen as God becoming flesh and living among us, thus the need to eschew division and partisanship.”
In his homily to conclude a six-day Christmas Convention by the Apostolic Church-Ghana, Calvary District, Madina, Apostle Okoe Mankrado also warned church leadership not to play to the gallery and allow the pulpit to become a political platform for personal benefit.
According to him, treading the route of division would expose the church to censure and denigration of the gospel, as well as a gap in the church’s ability to gain people.
The convention was on the theme: “The Birth of Jesus, A Prophecy Fulfilled.”
While agreeing that there was nothing wrong with a Christian becoming a politician, he suggested that such persons utilize their positions to promote the welfare of their fellow Christians and the country as a whole, rather than utilizing the stage to support political agendas.
As a result, he asked the church to pray for the country to maintain the calm climate that had existed, especially as the country prepared to vote next year.
In addressing corruption, Apostle Okoe Mankrado urged citizens to be patriotic in their everyday transactions and urged the political class “to desist from embezzling public funds, adding that corruption has the potential to wipe out the positives of our young democracy.”
He also urged politicians to refrain from actions that tended to split churches along political lines, instead focusing on fostering unity and love among congregations.
“I entreat all and sundry to be law-abiding and rally behind the government for accelerated development,” he said.
He urged the country’s citizens and officials to oppose any move to legalize homosexuality and LGBTQ+ activities, claiming that the bible forbade such behavior.
“It will not be a good omen for the country and future generations,” he said.