In his address to a global audience of several thousands streaming on various Internet platforms and those listening on air and watching on television, Evangelist Dag Heward-Mills said, “We don’t wait for pandemics to look for the poor…even this time, we’ve sent all the beggars in Accra Mobile Money…because we can’t go to them. We look after them every month. We provide social services for them. We provide them with money, because what they need is money and clinic and everything for them…all the time…large numbers of these people and prisoners in Accra. We are not waiting for pandemics to announce what we are doing to make a little show and take some pictures to impress people. That is not what we need. The Church is the main thing. Have you thought of sending…people who are begging on the road side and blind…? We have assembled all of them and registered them. We have registered them ourselves as our own social services and we look after them because they are not looked after by any government. So in this time we are now sending them…because we can’t do social interaction…we have sent Mobile Money to all of them. You can call them and ask them. It’s not about taking pictures.”
The man of God, Bishop Dag, said this at the Global Good Friday Service on Friday, 10th April, 2020. This should definitely be a powerful example and message to others venturing to carry out philanthropic initiatives. As Jesus said, “”Examine your motives to make sure you’re not showing off when you do your good deeds, only to be admired by others; otherwise, you will lose the reward of your heavenly Father. So when you give to the poor, don’t announce it and make a show of it just to be seen by people, like the hypocrites in the streets and in the marketplace. They’ve already received their reward! But when you demonstrate generosity, do it with pure motives and without drawing attention to yourself. Give secretly and your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.”” (Matthew 6:1-4, The Passion Translation)
The Founder of the UD-OLGC gave a deeply insightful exposé on the reality of hell and the power of the blood of Jesus to save. His message was aptly entitled “Don’t Perish!”
Reading from John 3:15,16, which says, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” the man of God taught that God’s desire is for none to perish.
He explained that the Blood of Jesus brought Jesus from the dead (Hebrews 13:20,21).
Adding, he pointed out that to perish means to be destroyed fully or entirely put out of the way. Perishing means going to hell. Reading from a cluster of portions of Scripture, including Philippians 2:9,10; Ephesians 4:8-10; Revelation 5:2-3,13; Exodus 20:4, Bishop Dag noted that there is indeed a real place known as hell. He indicated that in his lifetime, he knew at least two people who had gone there. Furthermore, he pointed out that there are millions of people under the earth (Numbers 16:30)
Bishop Dag adumbrated six regions of hell as follows:
1. Sheol/Hades (see Matthew 11:23)
Hades is the source of many evil spirits that oppose the Church (Matthew 16:18). This is where the rich man went (Luke 16:23). It’s the destination of souls (see Acts 2:27; Revelation 20:13: 1:18)
2. Paradise (see Luke 23:43)
There is a part of hell called paradise, which is a park (see Revelation 2:7)
3. The Pit/Abyss (see Luke 8:30,31; Romans 10:7; Revelation 9:1-4,7,8)
Fallen angels are kept here. (See 2 Peter 2:4,5; Jude 6)
Thus portion was named after a dead valley full of filth. Hypocritical religious people go to Gehenna (see Matthew 5:22,30; Matthew 23:15,33)
6. The lake of fire (see Revelation 20:10,11)
“The Gospel is packaged in simplicity,” he said.
Bishop Dag went on, “Live for Jesus and serve Him. Just believe in Him. Give yourself to this glorious mission unreservedly. Only the blood of Jesus saves.”
It was indeed a Good Friday!
Do you know this Jesus? Remember, God does not want you to perish! If you want to be saved, let us pray:
“O Lord God, I come to you just as I am- a sinner. I believe today that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that you sent Him to die on the cross to pay for my sins. And right now, I receive forgiveness for my sins by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I ask you to wash away my sins with the blood of Jesus. I confess that Jesus is Lord of my life because I believe that you raised Him from the dead. Today, I invite Jesus Christ into my heart to be my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me. I receive eternal life into my spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”