- Government had announced plans to begin holy pilgrimages for the Christian community
- The proposal was turned down by the Christian Council of Ghana, and was criticized by the general public
- Rev. Dr. Tetteh has called for broader discussion on the issue, without the need to politicize it
The founder and leader of the World Wide Miracle Outreach, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, has expressed concern over the refusal by some Christian organizations to accept the proposed Christian pilgrimage by the government.
According to him, the issue needed to be fully discussed for a better understanding of the goals behind the project.
He opined that there was no need for the government or the organizations to turn the matter into a political one.
"I don’t know the full details of the proposal but I believe a broader consultation on the issue is necessary, and I see no point why the matter should be politicized," Dr. Tetteh said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Monday.
His comments follow the talk of government's decision to begin offering opportunities to the Christian community in Ghana, to embark on holy pilgrimages to Israel and the Vatican City.
The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs disclosed this development at a press briefing a few weeks ago, and said government was hopeful this new policy would bring togetherness among all for the greater good of the country.
However, the policy has since seen much disapproval by many national stakeholders and the general public.
The Christian Council of Ghana reportedly had a closed-door meeting with the ministry, but declined the proposal by government.
"I have had the opportunity to travel to Israel a number of times since 1988 and I believe countless of my colleagues have also been able to do so. But the question is what about the many people out there who are yearning to perform the pilgrimage but lack the financial ability to do so?" Dr. Tetteh questioned.
He argued that government's offer was not unusual, since for decades the Hajj pilgrimage has been facilitated by the ruling administration.
He added that the issue needed to be discussed widely among all denominational heads to reach a proper consensus on the proposal.
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