A former general secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has challenged the activities of some churches and pastors who sell bottled water and ‘sobolo’ at outrageous prices in the name of miracles.
The Christian leader, whose sentiments were first reported by Classfmonline.com, said that the practice has become rather profitable for those attracting gullible Christians.
The former general secretary advocates that the only way to control these sort of phenomenon is to allow the government to regulate religious culture in Ghana.
He is quoted as saying: As the Ghana Bar Association is able to do it, as GJA is able to do it, GPRTU and other various professional bodies are able to do it, we must do same.”
Rev. Dr. Opuni-Frimpong added that he feared the worst if government and Christian stakeholders do not help to find a solution.
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He said of the modern day Ghanaian church: “Now you get pastors who are selling water. You buy somebody’s water, Bel-Aqua, Voltic and [tell church members to] now come and buy it at GHC 1,000.
You buy this from the company for how much? And now you get pastors who are selling ‘sobolo’ [for] GHC 2,000. [This is] corruption in the church, in the name of God."
“We can have self-regulatory arrangements backed by law. At the moment, what the Christian Council and other bodies are doing are voluntary but we can have an arrangement that has some level of legal backing to self-regulate."
Meanwhile, the Pentecost Church of Ghana, which happens to be one of the churches with the largest number of worshippers, has thought it wise to ban the practice of amorous pre-wedding photo shoots.
Speaking at the Global Minister’s Conference at Pentecost Convention Center (PCC) – Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa in the Central Region on Saturday, January 26, 2019, the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Nana Yaw Kumi, stated the ban was to discourage the practice.
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