The General Secretary of Full Gospel Church International, Rev Eric Sakyi Ofori has noted that the rise of divorce among Christian marriages is due to lack of professional counselling in their various churches.
According to the Ghana Statistical Service about 600,000 marriages contracted in the country in 2014 collapsed. The number of divorce cases was said to be three times the number of divorce cases which occurred in England and Wales in 2012.
Rev Ofori therefore, urged Christians to pay attention to professional counselling before they marry so they could avoid divorce.
Speaking to GPCC NEWS in a side-line interview at the 19th session of the General Council Meeting last Thursday in Tema,he stated “We believe that, a lot of people are not having professional counselling and so we take critical look at professional counsellors to reduce the rate of divorce among Christian marriages,” he said.
According to him, the FGCI ensures that anyone who wants to get married is given proper counselling before they get married and due to that, they do not record divorces in their churches.
“A solid counselling should take six months before couples are given the green light to tie the knot,” Rev Ofori said.
Doing this, he said helps to build stronger and better family system in the country, adding that, the family life of the church is unprecedented.
The General Secretary urged the churches to counsel couples regularly, especially after marriage, to ensure that divorce cases were reduced.
The man of God indicated that, churches should make sure counselling takes place six months prior to marriages where an in-depth background checks of both partners are conducted before marriage.
Rev Ofori said much attention was given to counselling on courtship, but that ended right after the couples had taken their marriage vows.
He indicated that limiting counselling to only courtship had contributed to the increased divorce cases in the church, and advised the promotion of counselling sessions after marriage.
The General Secretary urged couples to sustain marriages in order for them to keep the vows they made, to help reduce the high rate of divorce cases in the country.
He stated that the church must be committed to ensuring that marriages are strengthened, while couples were taught to be patient and committed in their relationship.
Commenting on the achievement of the Full Gospel Church International after 4oyears milestone, the reverend minister noted that, leaders give members unaltered messages ensuring they have much knowledge about the word.
“It is the first charismatic independent church in the whole country,” he said.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS