The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Reverend Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, has expressed grave concern about the over-concentration of churches in the cities and urban centres of Ghana to the neglect of rural dwellers.
According to him, most rural churches are dying at the time pastors are busily fighting for space in the cities to mount huge bill boards advertising themselves.
Rev. Dr. Opuni Frimpong was speaking at the 2016 All Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
The annual conference, which will end on Friday, is being attended by about 3,500 ministers and their wives of the Church. This year’s conference which is under the theme, “Hearing and Obeying the Lord’s Voice in my Generation” -1 Samuel 3:9-10, also attracted pastors of the Church from the Francophone West African countries and other parts of the world.
Addressing the participants, the Christian Council General Secretary challenged Ghanaian pastors and churches to move into the countryside and proclaim the good news about Christ to the people.
He indicated that other religious groups have taken advantage of the situation and are making serious inroads in the rural areas- building their sanctuaries and giving them various supports in an attempt to winning them into their fold.
He bemoaned that some pastors in some churches even refuse to accept postings to the rural areas, thereby starving the rural folks with the authentic word of God.
Rev. Dr. Opuni Frimpong thereby charged the Christian community and churches to sit up and find ways of reviving rural churches so as to make meaningful impact in the country.
He however commended The Church of Pentecost for making rural evangelism their priority.
Touching on the prophetic ministry, the man of God was not happy about the manner in which some so-called prophets are operating in the ministry.
He stated for instance, that some prophets have recently given conflicting predictions about the possible winners of the November 7 presidential and parliamentary elections, all claiming to have received or seen it from God.
“God has one mouth, so how can God say this person will win the elections and turn around to say a different person will win it?” he queried, adding: “If they all claim to have received it from God, then they must speak from one voice.”
The Christian Council General Secretary therefore urged The Church of Pentecost which, he said, is the pioneer in the prophetic ministry and has handled the ministry very well over the years, to lead the way to bring sanity back to the prophetic ministry, saying, “These latter-day prophets in this country are confusing Ghanaians.”
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