Pastor Andrews Lawrence Ewoo, of the Seventh Day Adventist (S.D.A) Church has charged Christians of today to focus solely on Christ, the Messiah who gave mankind salvation rather than focusing on denominations and things of the world.
According to him, many are the Christians who fixe their eyes on Church denominations instead of fixing their gaze directly on Jesus Christ, the owner of the Church, through the study, understanding and the obedience to the commandments.
Speaking at the launch of the Messiah’s Sanctuary in Accra on August 5, 2018, Pastor Ewoo, called on Christians to eschew being attached to denominations rather than Jesus Christ the Messiah.
Explaining the Messiah’s Sanctuary, Pastor Ewoo noted that the Sanctuary, where God dwelled was fully characterized by Christ’s embodiment, “the entrance is Christ, the altar of sacrifice is Christ, the layer is the baptism of Christ and of the Holy Spirit… is all about Christ,” he noted.
The Messiah’s Sanctuary, he said serves as a great evangelistic tool for a church’s outreach programme. It is however divided into nine sections, the overview, outer court yard, the gate of sanctuary, the altar of burnt offering, the laver, the first veil to the holy place, inside the holy place, the second veil to the most holy place, and the ark of covenant.
Enshrined in Revelations 22:3, he said it was only Jesus Christ that could hold a believer’s hand and enter the throne room of God to meet Him on the day of the Lord’s return, adding that the Church Pastor does not come in, the Church denomination would not play the role of Christ.
Pastor Ewoo, explained that, the Church denominations was playing the role of a directional sign board, showing the way to Christ and the S.D.A, like any other Church denomination could not save but to show the way to the Saviour.
He said the Sanctuary narrated a story about God’s divine intervention to rescue man destined for destruction adding that the intrusion of sin in the Garden of Eden brought a separation between man and his maker as stipulated in Isaiah 59:2.
According to him, God said in Jeremiah 31:3 that, He had loved mankind with an everlasting love and therefore with lovingkindness he drew mankind back to himself.
Saying, “God’s design of drawing us back called ‘the Plan of Salvation’ is what He illustrates in the Sanctuary with symbols, colours, objects, language, and the plan was not an afterthought but conceived even before the foundation of the earth as confirmed in Revelations 13:8,”
According to him, the Sanctuary had two divisions; thus the inner and outer court with the inner court divided into two apartments, the Holy Place and the Most Holy place. And both courts were surrounded by a tent of white linen and a single gate which was decorated with a curtain of different colours thus purple, blue, red and white noting that all these colours were symbolically representing royalty, the law of God, the blood for propitiation of sins, and the righteousness of God respectively.
Whereas the outer court, he said were two objects, the Altar and the laver. Explaining that, the altar was where sacrifices were made and the concept of ‘saved by grace through faith and justified without the law’ was brought to bear on the sinner.
Pastor Ewoo, further intimated that, a sinner who comes with a lamb in recognition of his transgression against God’s law comes to confess over the lamb who represents Jesus Christ, the Saviour (John 1:29) takes the sins, offers grace to the sinner and thereby justifies him unto righteousness, the sinner is saved from the penalty of sin without the law but by grace through faith.
He said the lamb, Jesus Christ takes our sins and goes to the Altar which in the antitypical sense is the cross to die on our behalf, and consequently imputes his righteousness on the sinner. Therefore the first requirement of a sinner going to God is to accept the merit of the cross and its power which save one from condemnation.
He emphasized that, “In Rev 11:19 when John had a vision the temple was opened and he saw the Ark of the Covenant inside the temple meaning the law of God remains valid inside his throne room and He will judge the world with His law and so it is said in James 2:12 So speak and do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.”