An Executive Council member of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Bishop Samuel Noi Mensah has stated that Parliament cannot regulate spiritual issues therefore they should give the Ecumenical bodies in the country the legal backing to do so.
According to him, GPCC opposes parliament’s decision to regulate churches rather Ecumenical bodies including GPCC and Christian Council of Ghana should be given the legal backing to regulate members in their various Councils.
In an interview with Bishop Mensah, he noted that members are subjected to rules and regulations so there are things they could not do, contrary to that, he added they could be suspended, punished or sanctioned within the Council.
The man of God opposed the notion of one man churches and said that “there is no one-man Church because every church was started by one person” including the Orthodox churches like Methodist and Anglican Churches.
Bishop Mensah said GPCC would want to partner with Parliament to manage any excesses posed by churches in the country.
“I suggest there must be a legal requirement that every church should belong to an affiliate Council or ecumenical body which they have much in common in terms of doctrine and beliefs, as against the current trend where greater number of churches are not affiliated to any Council and are doing what they like,” he said.
He said a parent for instance could only discipline a child under his or her roof but could only report a child in the neighbourhood who misbehaves to his or her parents but cannot sanction him or her.
Bishop Mensah added that the pastors who are misbehaving do not belong to any Church Council which makes it very difficult to sanction or put them to order.
Bishop Mensah who is also the President of Full Gospel Church International said when the Councils are given the legal backing from Parliament, it would prevent the churches mimicking the body of Christ from doing so.
He noted that most Ghanaians think those charlatans are automatically part of GPCC since they are charismatic churches but it is never so because members go through a registration process before being accepted enabling GPCC to place checks on them and regulate them properly.
Bishop Mensah expressed this concern following the statement by Mr Ekow Hayford, MP for Mfantsiman Constituency in the Central Region, calling on the state to take drastic actions against charlatan pastors who abuse people’s rights that provoked a discussion by the legislators on the regulation of church activities.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS