The Second Vice President of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rt. Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah has urged members of the Council to take a second look at the names of their Churches in order not to be tagged as charlatans.
According to him, some of the names of the churches have ‘international’ meanwhile they do not have even one branch in Togo, yet they call themselves international.
“Everybody wants to add international to its church meanwhile you do not have a branch anywhere apart from Ghana,” he said.
Addressing members of the Council at a Conference, Rev. Ankrah noted that, most charlatans have names that do not depict the purpose of the church, therefore members should use names that could differentiate them from the charlatans.
He said this will stop individuals from associating fake prophets or charlatans to GPCC adding that, “GPCC members are credible and well regulated”.
The Man of God noted that, Christian religious bodies in the country would roll out a consultative forum of key stakeholders to find a way to clamp down on bad elements and bad regulation of churches.
He said even though false prophecies in a way threaten the country’s security, it did not warrant the state regulating the activities of churches.
“GPCC is engaging with other Christian religious group to self-regulate and set standards that will hold our activities in check,” Rev. Ankrah pointed out.
Nevertheless, the man of God urged the law enforcement agencies, especially the police to deal with people who hide behind religious freedom and freedom of speech to engage in activities that threaten the peace of the country.
Maintain Christian Principles
Rev. Ankrah who is the General Overseer of the Royalhouse Chapel called on all religious leaders to conduct their activities with the highest circumspection, and responsibility to ensure that in the exercise of their freedom, they do not undermine and violate the rights of other citizens.
The clergyman noted that, religious leaders should desist from engaging in acts that were likely to destabilise the peace being enjoyed in the country especially with the recent rise in vigilantism.
While underscoring the need for concerted effort to tackle false prophets and their teachings, Rev. Ankrah said the time had come for churches to go back to teaching the basics of Christianity.
“We need to know that as Christians we are called to be the light and salt of the world, therefore we should strive to maintain this principle despite the challenges we come up against,” he said.
He further urged the leadership of churches to take pragmatic steps to build a new generation of followers who would be God-fearing and keep to the principles of piety.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS