The President of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has lauded the National Media Commission (NMC) for launching a guideline to ensure sanity in the broadcast of religious content.
Speaking on behalf of the Council, the President, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso said it was better late than never.
This action follows many years of public concerns over the use of the media by various religious bodies to violate human rights and manipulate the vulnerable.
The guidelines comprise seven point principles and 12 rules, and have been designed in a blue and white poster format to be displayed in all media houses.
Among others, the guidelines state that religious broadcasts should respect the constitutional provisions relating to freedom of religion and free expression.
As a rule, the guidelines also state that religious broadcast should not involve any abuse, exploitation, intimidation and manipulation of people, especially the vulnerable: and should reflect respect for fundamental human dignity.
The guidelines was to improve the quality of religious broadcasting and make for a better understanding of religious practices.
Commenting on the guideline in an interview, Rev Frimpong-Manso stated that, the gospel of God is simple where, when man is lost, he should repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal saviour and believe in Him so to become the child of God.
“What has brought about all these kinds of prophetic messages, deceiving, cheating and selling of anointing oil, fake prophecies about elections, accidents while others are giving lotto numbers and abusing pregnant women? This is very bad,” he bemoaned.
Too many Signs and wonders
Rev. Frimpong- Manso who is also the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God commended the NMC saying “I believe the laws and guideline are in the right direction, therefore I give NMC thumbs up for the job. It is long overdue.”
Cautioning Ghanaians, the man of God pointed out that, Ghanaians are too much into signs and wonders and they care less about the character and lifestyle of these people.
“The Bible says not all those who call my name Lord, Lord will enter into the Kingdom of my father in heaven,” he said.
He cautioned Ghanaians not to follow miracles and wonders rather concentrate on the basic message of the word of God so they would be free.
Blaming some ministers of God, he noted “These days many pastors are not teaching the simple –straight forward message.
The Reverend Minister indicated his passion for Christian teachings, adding he would continue to advocate for right teachings in the various churches to bring more glory to God.
Rev. Frimpong – Manso who is a member of the board of Trustee for the National Cathedral noted that, the guidelines were not to proscribe the ways of worship for any religion but rather set standards for the broadcast of religious activities and to sanitise the airwaves.
Therefore, he urged media houses to promote and abide by the guidelines and also display them prominently.
SOUCRE: GPCC NEWS