By Dr. Sam Doku
Although the scriptures clearly and unequivocally admonishes against idol worshipping, some Christians congregate worshipping God with idols they secretly worship. This bad and obviously malevolent habit was the subject of Bishop (Dr.) Kofi Adonteng-Boateng’s sermon this past Sunday.
According to the anointed man of God, some Africans are mostly guilty of this bad habit, hence, the stagnation, even retrogression of many African nations. Preaching to a packed congregation, Bishop Adonteng-Boateng was firm in his conviction that unless those Africans, who juxtapose God with idol worship desist from the abominable practice, the jealousy, sorcery, witchcraft, envy, confusion, greed, and wickedness perpetrated by blacks against one another and against each other would not stop.
Preaching under the theme, “My Father’s Blessings,” he said, “There is something fundamentally wrong with black people spiritually. The high rate of black-on-black homicides testifies to that. Because of idol worshipping, witchcraft, and sorcery, many are still suffering the curse of their fathers.”
He emphasized that the devil will not leave Africa alone so long as some Africans still hold on to their own idols or to their so-called family protective shrines. “Idol worship is deviltry; if you call yourself a born-again Christian and you secretly have an idol, you are doing a disservice to God. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior should come with blessings, but we are still attacked spiritually.
“It’s because the idols are masks that serve as barriers between God and us, and until the masks are removed, we will never receive salvation.” Bishop Adonteng-Boateng, then, prayed for the masks to be removed.
The Israelis and the Philistines all suffered the wrath of God because of their juxtaposing of God and idol when the Commandments vehemently denounce it. “Satan wants blacks to remain in perpetual mental slavery, hence, the idol worshipping,” said Bishop Adonteng-Boateng. The Bishop based his sermon on Genesis and 1Samuel.
Bishop Adonteng-Boateng’s Sunday sermon brings to mind the 2010 cataclysmic destruction of sections of Haiti when that island was hit by 7.0-magnitude earthquake. The earthquake devastated Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, killing over 200,00 people. After the earthquake had hit Haiti, some Christians attributed the massive fatality and destruction to that country’s voodoo worship.
In a prequel to Bishop Adonteng-Boateng’s sermon, Pastor Dauda Keita taught the congregation the way to being genuine Christians through the acceptance of the Holy Spirit into one’s heart.
“The Holy Spirit deputizes for God on earth, because the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One,” said Pastor Keita. “The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, who reveals the purposes and plans of God to us. The Holy Spirit helps us execute the decisions of God.”
Pastor Keita also noted that the Holy Spirit is a resource and a companion in us, who serves as the bridge between God and us, humans.
By extension, the Holy Spirit can only come and dwell in you if you have a pure heart that is devoid of serving an idol simultaneously as God. For, God says in His Commandments that Christians should serve only Him and should not serve lesser gods because He is a jealous God.
Be careful, idol worshippers! For, He that dwelleth in us is greater than he that is without.
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