The President of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong -Manso has urged Christians not to wear black attire as culture demands when mourning rather should wear white attire to celebrate the death of the person.
He said even though “people would talk, people would judge us, people would criticise us for wearing white instead of black, but we should not forget that our citizenship is in heaven.”
This is because, he said death is an opening to an Eternal glory since Christians are citizens of heaven, therefore Christians must celebrate and rejoice when a righteous relative dies.
He acknowledged that when someone dies the pain and grief sometimes is unbearable, but “we should not tell the world it is a lost to the family rather tell the world the death of a righteous person is precious in the sight of God.”
Rejoice in the Lord
Rev. Frimpong-Manso said this at the burial service of the late Mrs Precious Enyonam Baisie, wife of the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GPCC, Rev. Dr. Joseph K. Baisie last Saturday in Accra.
“In pain or death, we will not wear sad faces, or wear sad clothes rather rejoice. Even though I am feeling the pain and wish my sister would have lived. I know what the family is going through but after today, we should throw the black away,” he said.
Rev. Frimpong-Manso who is the General Superintend of Assemblies of God, Ghana, noted that, there are certain things which Christians should not allow to control them.
Death is Inevitable
Giving the sermon at the burial, the man of God stated that, some people have heard the word of God over and over but always refuse to believe and accept it.
According to him, there are two things which are inevitable on this earth which are death and judgement so “if we all believe and accept the fact of death, then there is also judgment.”
He said, “In all cultures, traditional belief and religion the fact of death is accepted and we do not dispute death where we also believe that death is not the end. That is why many people spend a lot of money on the dead thinking the person is going to another world,”
Rev. Frimpong-Manso said universally death is not the end, “when you are born twice you will die once and when you are born once you will die twice. The first birth is a biological birth and second birth is the spiritual birth.”
Quoting from Romans 6:23, he said, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
He explained that, when a Christian who accepts Christ as His personal saviour dies .the person would have eternal life, meaning there is a transition from one world to another.
The man of God stressed that, when someone dies, the person is in transition and will meet again.
Rev. Frimpong-Manso called on Christians to strive to live a righteous life on earth because after death, life moves on.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS