Our lives do not depend on material gains – Most Rev. Asante

The casket containing the mortal remains of the late President Mills.

The Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel K. Asante, Presiding Bishop of Methodist Church, Ghana, on Friday said the life of man did not depend on material gains or earthly possessions, instead on faith in God.

He said: “What can a man gain without life with God? Human gains nothing without life with God and life without God is futile”.

Most Rev. Asante made the observation when delivering the sermon at the burial service of the late President John Evans Atta Mills at the Independence Square in Accra, on the theme: “The Futility in Life without God”.

He said life on earth was transitory; it was a journey from the known to the unknown and the late President Mills understood life in that context.

Most Rev. Asante said: “Even though he was a great man, an academician, a leader of a great nation and an accomplished individual, the late President accepted Jesus Christ as his personal saviour.

“The late President in his modesty served this nation with humility and fear of God knowing that life with God is futile, empty and hopeless”.

The Presiding Bishop admonished the public not to depend on their own accomplishment but to accept God as their personal saviour.

He said those who truly committed themselves to the service of God would rest peacefully in the bosom of their maker after death.

“We are travelers our final destination is with God and we must keep our eyes fixed on that eternal destination with God.

“We must be consoled and be challenged for the fact that our late President lived for eternity. We are also consoled that God whom we serve will give us the inner equilibrium to face the lost and the pains, ” Most. Rev. Asante consoled the bereaved family.

He asked Ghanaians to avoid negative languages in politics and ensure that they sustained the bond of unity that the death of the late President brought among them.

Most Rev. Asante said: “We must try to do away with that, forge ahead to accomplish his Better Ghana Agenda to mortalise the great leader.

“We must unite and draw together for peace, especially this election year, we need to unite to ensure that we conduct free, fair and peaceful elections”.

Other members of the clergy were, Most Reverend Joseph Osei Bonsu, President, Catholic Bishops Conference, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Accra Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church , Most Rev. Dr Justice Ofei Akrofi, out-going Anglican Archbishop of West Africa, Right Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Right Rev. Francis Amenu, Moderator, E.P. Church, Ghana.

The rest were Apostle Opoku Nyina, President, Ghana Pentecostal Council, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Christian Action Faith Ministries, Rev. Dr. Eastwood Anaba, Fountain Gate Chapel, Rt. Rev. Titus K. Awotwi-Pratt, Accra Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana Rev. Dr. Steve Asante, President, Ghana Baptist Convention and Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku, Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Dansoman and a Member of the Council of State. GNA

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