The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso has called for a law to compel ‘lone ranger’ prophets to operate under one of the Christian bodies in order for their activities to be regulated.
According to him, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches, (NACCC) among other Christian bodies must be given the mandate to regulate church activities which would put prophets and pastors on the right spot.
Biennial General Meeting
Speaking at the opening of the 29th Biennial General Meeting of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Rev. Frimpong-Manso suggested to the President that, churches should be made to submit audited accounts every year to report on how they expended their money.
The week-long conference themed “Manifesting the gifts of the spirit” brought together various heads of church of Assemblies of God across the country.
The Conference saw the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council , Rev Emmanuel Barrigah among other key personalities to grace the occasion.
Expressing worry on the state of Christianity in contemporary times, Rev. Frimpong-Manso said ‘such charlatans’ were destroying the image of God and urged pastors not to invite such people to their churches.
“The Christian faith should move beyond money and focus more on sacrifice to mankind in line with the teachings of the Bible,”- he noted.
Rev. Frimpong–Manso who is also a member of the National Executive Council of GPCC lauded government policies and pledged the church’s support to government.
Touching on Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, the clergyman pointed out that, the policy and the double track system are ways of providing access to SHS education to the many underprivileged children in the country.
Again, he lauded government for the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor noting it was government’s way of fighting the corruption in the country.
The government again, was commended for the ban on illegal mining activities which has over the years destroyed water bodies’ cash crops and the forest reserve.
Joining the debate of whether churches should pay taxes, the Man of God seconded the suggestions that churches in the country should be taxed.
The debate about whether churches should pay taxes has been reignited in recent times following activities of some pastors who in most instances portray aspects of their service which are considered as profitable business ventures.
According to the General Superintendent who has been in the office for the past eight years, the church believes in the development of the country and that imposing taxes on it to ensure development is welcoming.
“We want the country to develop and your Excellency for Assemblies of God all our pastors pay tax on our income. Our pastors that are engaged in businesses like schools, hospitals, transport and everything we pay our tax, so there is nothing new that is coming, we are not scared,” he said.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS