The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has called on religious leaders to use the pulpit to address societal issues as an effort to contribute to national development.
Speaking on behalf of the Council, the General Secretary, Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah noted that, the pulpit is intended for the preaching of the word of God, but there is a pressing need to address social issues which negatively affect church members and Ghanaians at large through the pulpit.
In an interview in Accra, Rev. Barrigah said “Of course, we know the Lord delivers us from all kinds of problems, but sometimes our own actions as Christians can bring disasters upon us, hence there is a need to use the pulpit to address and educate church members on the consequences of our actions.”
Rev Barrigah stressed that, religious leaders must use their pulpit to educate their members to abide by the laws of the nation which would go a long way to help the country.
Making reference to the bible, he said, “Roman 13 says we must abide by the laws of the nation and live by the rules and regulations that govern us as a society.”
Touching on plurality of churches, Rev Barrigah indicated that, there are charlatans whose aim is not to preach the gospel, but to make money for themselves. He urged religious leaders to live by the word of God.
“Religious leaders must not preach one thing and practice another but we should practice what we preach,” he urged.
Politicians, he said, should put the interest of the nation above their selfish interests to facilitate national development.
Rev Barrigah indicated that the country has become so polarized that, every single comment an individual utters is affiliated to a political party which does not help in national development.
“We must let our politicians understand that, the country is bigger than any political party, therefore they should put the national interest first in everything they do,” he reiterated.
Advising Ghanaians, he noted that, “we have only one country which is Ghana therefore when we destroy it, we destroy ourselves and when we build it well, it will be better for our future generations.”
Therefore, Rev Barrigah noted that, Ghanaians must do all we could to protect our natural resources in for the sake of future generations.