The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ghana, Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso says the clergy cannot accept attempts to pass legislation aimed at regulating the activities of churches in Ghana.
Speaking at the Induction Service for Reverend Dr. David Noble-Brister as SouthWest Regional Superintendent for the Assemblies of God Ghana at World of Life Assemblies of God, Takoradi – Anaji, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso wonders how church activities which are faith based, could be regulated.
‘We cannot accept any of such law. This is not the first attempt to regulate the activities of churches. It would be recalled that former President Rawlings introduced the PNDC Law 221 during his time as head of state and it failed massively. Faith simply cannot be regulated because even as Christians, we have different sects who preach and practice different doctrines which influence our behavior although we all have Christ as our fulcrum.
How do you determine which practice is acceptable and which is not? I have heard references to the Rwanda and their leader Paul Kigali. I find such comparisons to be wrong because contextually, there is not much to even compare. And Rwanda is not exactly the paragon of the Christian ministry for them, to be the standard to which we are held.
Rev. Prof Frimpong-Manso, who doubles as the President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches (GPCC) however admits the conducts of some prophets, pastors and some church members are less than satisfactory and cause for concern.
‘I however do agree with the concerns raised by parliamentarians, the GPCC and the Christian Council over the conducts of some prophets and pastors. Some of the things we have seen and heard are unspeakable and need to be checked. It is in this regard that I believe we need to live above reproach, stick to the basic message of Christ and seek God’s grace to provide the answers congregants seek. The Christian Council, GPCC etc., needs to monitor and even regulate the conduct and activities of all Christian sects’.
Parliament is expected to investigate and prescribe regulations for church activities in the country, following a directive from the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye.