Shai Hills (GAR), Jan. 11, GNA - Apostle Joseph Felix Kwesi Mensah, the Executive Council Chairman of the Great Commission Church International (GCCI), has cautioned pastors clamouring ownership of churches to be mindful of the fact that no church belongs to any man.
He said Jesus is the founder, builder and owner of every church.
He noted that Jesus bought the church with his blood adding; “Not only did he buy the church but also the members of the church.”
Apostle Mensah made these remarks in his homily at the 27th Annual General Council Meeting of GCCI Ghana at the Shai Hills in the Dangbe West District of the Greater Accra Region.
The four-day meeting, which was on the theme; "Imitating Christ,” was attended by more than 160 pastors and presiding elders of the Church across Ghana.
Apostle Mensah said: "Any pastor, any leading elder, who wants to do what he or she likes with God's Church is a thief. The thing is not yours and you are trying to take and use it the way you like. You are stealing what belongs to somebody, which He bought with his blood."
He cautioned Christians against criticising the Church because it belonged to Jesus, which he referred to as the “Wife of Jesus.”
He explained that just as no man would accept his wife being unnecessarily criticised, Jesus would not be happy with people who criticised the Church.
Apostle Mensah said whenever the Church met, Jesus is in their midst; adding that Jesus is the head of the church and the church is His body.
He said: "Every archbishop, pope, pastor, evangelist, apostle, everybody is under him. He is the head of the church. Anybody who does anything in the church without reverence to the head is a rebel. That is the truth. He is the head of the church."
Apostle Mensah warned that anybody who persecutes the church was persecuting Jesus; "We are members of Christ's body, if you touch us you are touching Jesus".
Apostle Mensah tasked the church to ensure that the Great Commission of Jesus Christ was propagated to all four corners of the globe.