The Ghana Charismatic Bishops Conference has reacted to attempts by Members of Parliament (MPs) to legislate against churches believed to be defrauding its flock under the guise of faith.
The bishops said Ghanaians go to churches and prophets for solutions to the myriad of challenges they face as citizens.
The charismatic bishops have instead asked Parliament to pay attention to the numerous issues that Ghanaians have been compelled to solve by prayer.
“We do not support any idea of legislating or controlling beliefs, faiths or religious beliefs of our citizens,” the bishops said in an official communiqué on the matter.
The problems Ghanaians live with are in many cases not being solved in any practical manner by the authorities. When people are left with no hope they turn to their prophets and to their God for salvation for what should and could have been solved by national authorities,” the bishops said.
Some legislators have asked the House to consider enacting a law to clamp down on exploitative self-styled men of God and their churches.
MP for Mfantseman, Ekow Hayford, appealed that an independent body should be set up “backed by law and devoid of politics” to investigate and check the activities of churches.
However, the communiqué by the Ghana Charismatic Bishops Conference explained that the government cannot legislate to regulate a christian’s belief.
“It would be a glaring bias against the christian faith and christian churches for pastors, prophets or churches to be picked out for any such legislation.
All who propose such things must know that it would only be logical, that such proposals should immediately include legislating how all other faiths in the country must be practised.
This legislation would logically extend to include how Moslems, traditional healers, fetish priests and any other faiths are being practised in the country,” the Charismatic Bishops stated.
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