Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has made a call on the leadership of the two main political parties NPP and NDC to call their members to order and quit hurling threats, insults and attacks at Bishop Charles Agyinasare (Presiding Bishop of Perez Chapel International ) over his recent sermons aimed at national transformation.
According to a statement condemning the attacks on the international Evangelist, the Council, which makes up 25% of the Ghanaian population, called on the leaders of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the biggest opposition party the National Democratic Congress NDC, “to call their executives and members to order”, adding: “As the nation enters the political campaign season, we wish to admonish the entire citizenry to do all we can to keep the political temperature at its lowest minimum and conduct all political activities with civility and decorum”.
“Let’s make the campaign one of ideas, programmes for national development and peace and not one of insults, casting of aspersions, character assassination, violence and any actions that will threaten the peace and stability of our dear motherland. We wish all Ghanaians peaceful campaigns and a free, fair and transparent elections which will produce a God-given leader and government for this nation”, the statement added.
In the statement signed by its President Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso, the GPCC condemned as “very unfortunate”, the threats of harm and media attacks thrown at Bishop Charles Agyinasare in recent times.
The GPCC said its leadership is concerned about some of the responses to Bishop Agyinasare’s recent pronouncements.
“Some of these reactions, in the form of insults, threats of harm, casting of innuendos, political branding etc., are to say the least, very unfortunate”, the statement condemned.
“We wish to recall that since the beginning of the month of July, the Presiding Bishop has been teaching on the theme: ‘Building A Future After COVID-19’, explaining: ‘The purpose is to help build a foundation for youth development as the next generation to take over this nation”.
“In doing this, the Presiding Bishop has been highlighting issues on the political landscape, the attitude of civil servants and the clergy front, which should not have been so and which could be done differently.
“He has also sought to draw examples from his personal life, including his marriage and his financial dealings to encourage the youth that in the midst of present day promiscuity, it is possible to live a life of chastity and integrity.
“The purpose of this statement is to declare our strong support for the Presiding Bishop, who is a long-standing member of the Council and who rose to occupy the very high position of First Vice-President of the Council”, the statement noted.
The GPCC further urged the press and the general public “not to twist, distort, misrepresent, misreport or take out of context, statements made by the Presiding Bishop and give them sensational headlines with the objective of giving the Presiding Bishop a ‘political bad name’ in order to hang him”.
A week ago, Bishop Charles Agyinasare said he has been receiving threats and insults over the past few weeks that he has been calling out societal evils but said those things will not stop him from speaking his mind.
In his virtual sermon on Sunday, 26 July 2020, titled: ‘There is a cause for integrity and honesty’, which was part of his ‘Building after COVID-19’ series, the Perez Chapel International founder said a lot of his friends and loved ones have called and “pleaded with me to stop preaching what I am preaching on national transformation”, adding: “Most of them say Ghana is set in her ways and would not change”.