The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has climaxed its Golden Jubilee anniversary celebration with a mammoth thanksgiving service held at the Perez Chapel Dome in Accra last Sunday.
Over 18,000 Pentecostal and Charismatics across the country attended the thanksgiving service held under the theme: Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council: Celebrating 50 Years of Pentecostal Influence.”
The Anniversary which was launched in March this year saw various activities such as commissioning of boreholes sunk by the Council for five communities, organisation of Public Lecture, Medical Outreach, and Clean-up Exercises duplicated across the region were held to mark the jubilee and climaxed with thanksgiving services across the country.
The patrons celebrated the goodness and the faithfulness of God towards the GPCC, which has become one of the most influential ecumenical bodies in the country.
The service, chaired by the former President of the Council, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah was attended by leading figures in the Christian community in Ghana, ecumenical bodies. Civil Society Organisations and para-church organisations.
The atmosphere in the auditorium was charged with hot praises and worship coupled with a prophesy by the immediate past President of the Council, Aps Prof Opoku Onyinah.
There were fraternal messages from the Muslim community, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Christian Council of Ghana, the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches, Ghana Evangelical Committee, the Civic Forum Initiative and the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), among others.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was represented by the Minister of Aviation, Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda.
Giving the anniversary message, the President of the GPCC, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, touched on the importance of unity in the body of Christ, the distinctiveness of Pentecostalism and the need to uphold the true Pentecostal heritage to transform Christianity in Ghana.
Using Acts 2:1-4 as his foundational text, the distinguished theologian stated that Pentecostalism has two distinctive features in addition to its evangelical persuasion; the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues. He also said that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not synonymous to salvation.
“As GPCC churches let us not be afraid to preach the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the initial physical evidence of speaking in tongues. We believe it, we are not ashamed of it, let us preach it. Pentecostalism is different from the others who just make noise and they do not have personal biblical theologies, thereby giving false prophecies and false teachings and creating confusion. There are a lot of charlatans, false prophets, false teachers who are deceiving people. You can never see this in GPCC churches because we are self-regulatory,” he said.
The President called on GPCC member churches to be united to fight for the Lord, and promote the Pentecostal distinctiveness.
Commenting on some national issues, Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso who is also the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana admonished politicians to stop the politics of acrimony and vindictiveness by doing away with the ‘winner takes all’ syndrome.
He charged ruling governments to harness talents from various political parties to form their governments to accelerate national unity and development.
Touching on corruption, the GPCC President appealed to Ghanaians to unite in order to fight the canker collectively. “I urge all Ghanaians to unite as one people to fight corruption which has become endemic in our country.
“It is a fact that some people would always want to use smart ways of getting money instead of working hard to increase productivity in the country. We must desist from such corrupt tendencies and be faithful because it breaks my heart when I hear people say that ‘Christians form 70 per cent of the population, and yet many bad practices exist in the country,” he advised.
Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso indicated the GPCC’s resolve to be more relevant in its prophetic voice while focusing on the promotion of unity and Pentecostal evangelism in the coming years.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS