‘Pastoral Work Not For Money Making’
Rev. Cobbinah receiving Bible from Rev. Agyeman Boateng, President Day Star Bible College
Presiding Bishop of the Lamb of God Ministry (LGM), Rev Apostle John Felix Cobbinah, has urged men of God to desist from practices that portray pastoral work as a money-making venture.
According to him pastoral work is not a money-making venture, rather a sacrificial work to win souls for Christ.
Rev Cobbinah who was speaking in an interview with the media in Accra said: ‘We are supposed to sacrifice ourselves for the people, not to rather use dubious means to collect people’s money and enrich ourselves.’
He said pastors who see the work of God as a money-making venture were the very ones whose attitudes have brought a bad name to men of God in the country.
Rev Cobbinah said there has been a lot of changes in pastoral ministry today, explaining that many have joined the ministry for money-making reasons and not to win souls for Christ.
He said ‘Over 40 years in the ministry of God, I have realised that the pastoral work is a calling’, entreating up and coming pastors to be sober and go according to God’s directives.
Rev Cobbinah advised pastors to desist from pronouncements that were not from God but were calculated attempts to make money from people.
Touching on the country’s economic crisis, the man of God said ‘It seems Ghanaians, including many Christians, do not believe that the economic crisis the nation is going through could be solved by God.
‘Our lack of belief in God is preventing Him from helping us. We must believe that God can solve the country’s current problem.
‘Let’s change our negative mindset about God and everything will go well with the country.’
Rev Apostle John Felix Cobbinah was elevated to the position of the first presiding Bishop of the Lamb of God Ministry last Saturday at the church’s headquarters in Accra.
The man of God used the occasion to commend his congregation for rallying behind him, assuring that he will continue to work hard for the church to grow.
Rev Cobbinah said his elevation will spur him on to do a lot for the church and the country, stating that ‘With the help of God I will work to ensure that the church goes beyond Ghana and Africa.’
Rev Dr Ayani Boadum, an executive member of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, who was a special guest at the elevation ceremony, implored preachers of the gospel to hold high the doctrine of suffering and not to expect any red carpet treatment from their congregation.
‘The calling of God is not about eating and drinking and at the same time expecting a red carpet treatment. As a preacher you must understand that you are called to endure and demonstrate long suffering,’ he said.
Rev Boadum mentioned that humility, long suffering and patience were key virtues that pastors must thrive in to push the work of God forward.
By Cephas Larbi
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