The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) says it will not condone any behaviour in contravention of laws governing the church and state at large, as far as Covid-19 protocols are concerned, a statement signed and issued on May 4, 2021 by the Council’s President has said.
On April 30, 2021 in Accra, Christ Embassy Church repotedly held a conference dubbed “Pneumatica Night 2021” at the Fantasy Dome of Trade Fair Centre—a program which saw thousands of people massing up in attendance.
The Ghana Police subsequently issued a statement indicating their investigation into the said program on account that the event was held in total disregard of the Covid-19 protocols, breaching the restriction laws as stipulated in the Imposition of Restriction Act, (Act 1012).
The statement issued by the Council’s President, Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong Manso, therefore noted that if the outcome of the investigation be positive, the act “must not only be condemned but the law be allowed to take its natural course without any undue interference from any quarters to serve as deterrent to others.”
Having stated its position on the issue, the council is determined to hold responsible anybody or group that flouts the laws regulating societal behaviour in compliance to the Covid-19 protocols.
It said: “we wish to remind the very few recalcitrant ones that the Council would not shield any member who falls fowl of the law in this regard.”
Taking inspiration from the Holy Bible to buttress its point, the Council stated that the church is expected to subject itself to the rules governing society and be an example in that light.
“As the moral conscience of society, the Church must be seen to be upholding the highest standards of societal norms and laws as admonished by Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 13:1-7,” the statement said.
The GPCC therefore admonishes its members and the general public to continue to observe the protocols for the collective good of the society and the church.