Ghana requires regulatory body for religious activities – College Rector

Sunday 14th July, 2019
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By Christopher Tetteh, GNA

Accra, July 14, GNA - The Rector and African Director of the Living Faith Theological Seminary, an international Bible College, Apostle Dr Peter Wilson has advocated a regulatory body to control dishonest, unprincipled and malicious religious activities going on in the country.

He emphasised particularly that a comprehensive code of conduct and ethics were required to control the unrestrained wanton false prophecies some self-acclaimed prophets and Church overseers.

Speaking at the 13th graduation ceremony of the College in Accra, Apostle Dr Wilson expressed worry that religion, particularly Christianity was gradually losing its values and relevance in the contemporary society because of the level of fanaticism and unrealistic soul-losing teaching by some Christian leaders.

He said it would require a strong regulatory body backed by Legislative Instrument to be able to control religious abuse and prosecute religious offences as well.

Ministers of the Gospel comprising Apostles, Bishops, Prophets and Pastors who had gone through a reasonable period of ministerial training in theology were graduated, confirmed, consecrated and ordained to go into active ministry.

A total of 88 Ministers of the gospel that consisted of 22 Prophets and Prophetess, 15 Apostles, 50 Pastors and a Bishop were awarded Diploma Certificates in Practical Ministry at the ceremony held on the theme “A Faithful Steward”.

Apostle Wilson pointed out that religion could impact positively on society if sanity was maintained in Christian activities, saying, dishonest prophecies mixed with adulterated doctrines were misleading majority of the populace into engaging in wrongdoing and committing grievous offences.

“The religious code of conduct and ethics will guide the ministerial work and flush out dubious and questionable characters from the Ministry”, he stressed.

Apostle Wilson advised the ordained Ministers to live above reproach and abide by biblical principles to fulfil the objectives of their callings.

Bishop James Ofori-Atta, Minister in-charge of the Canada branch of the Action Chapel International who gave the sermon advised the Reverend Ministers to remain prayerful and endeavour to intensify evangelism to win more souls into the kingdom of God.

He told them they could fulfil their ministries if they gave way to the leading of the Holy Spirit in all their endeavours.

Bishop Ofori-Atta emphasised that God required of Ministers of the gospel faithfulness and obedience to His word, but added that they could do so if they were sensitive to the voice and promptings of the Holy Spirit.