You can't regulate faith – Duncan-Williams on regulating churches

You can't regulate faith – Duncan-Williams on regulating churches

- Archbishop Duncan-Williams has kicked against an advocacy for laws to regulate churches in Ghana

- According to him, “the church is a spiritual movement” which operates on the basis of faith

- He said the state should be more interested in enforcing existing criminal laws on abuse and exploitation and not regulating churches

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Founder of the Action Chapel International Archbishop Duncan-Williams has kicked against an advocacy for laws to regulate churches in Ghana.

According to him, “the church is a spiritual movement” which operates on the basis of faith thus no one can do anything to regulate its operations.

In May 2019, some Members of Parliament (MP) called for a law to regulate activities of churches owned and run by individuals and self-professed pastors.

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But Archbishop Duncan-Williams said rather than passing laws to regulate churches, the state should be more interested in enforcing existing criminal laws on abuse and exploitation.

“There are enough laws already made that should be enforced. You cannot regulate faith,” he said in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM.

According to him, it was for that reason that bodies such as the Christian Council, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) have been set up to self-regulate churches.

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In other news, the Ghana Traders Union Association (GUTA) has criticised ECOWAS for failing to step in to get Nigeria to open its borders with neighbouring West African countries.

Media reports revealed that the Nigerian government closed its borders in a move by the government to stop about 45 products from being smuggled into the country from other ECOWAS member states.

According to GUTA, the closure of Nigeria’s borders is impeding free movement of people, goods and services to and from the affected ECOWAS state.

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