THE Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rt Revd, Dr Yaw Frimpong-Manso, has bemoaned the rate of indiscipline, criminality and moral decadence in the Ghanaian society, despite the proliferation of churches in the country.
He said while the number of churches was growing every day, the rate of crime was increasing and wondered where the nation heading to.
Rt Revd Frimpong-Manso, therefore, called for prayers from all people of God for the Lord to transform the lives of the wicked and for all Ghanaians to eschew things that divide us as a people.
The moderator was delivering a sermon on the theme: “Let us rise up and build; With hope and in truth and holiness”, during the inauguration of the West Brong Presbytery at Berekum in the Brong Ahafo Region. This brings to 15 the number of presbyteries of the church nationwide.
Rt Revd Frimpong-Manso urged Ghanaians to do away with all negative tendencies such as corruption, tribalism, selfishness, greediness, backbiting and the “pull him down” syndrome which were creating disunity and tearing the nation apart.
The West Brong Presbytery which was created from the Brong Ahafo Presbytery, consists of 11 districts of the church, namely Berekum, Sampa, Nkrankwanta, Japekrom, Dwenem, Jinijini, Dormaa Ahenkro, Wamfie, Suma Kwantwoma, Drobo and Seikwa.
The presbytery is, however, under the political administration of four districts, namely Berekum Municipal and Jaman North, Jaman South and Tain districts.
Rev. Dr Kofi Effa Ababio is the Chairman-elect of the new presbytery with Rev. Emmanuel Osafo and Mr Paul Amo Owusu Budu as the Clerk-elect and Lay Representative-elect, respectively.
They will be inducted into office on October 11, this year.
Rt Revd Frimpong-Manso further observed that the country’s quest to attain a middle-income status by the year 2015 could only become a reality when Ghanaians pool their resources together and unite as one people for the healthy development of the nation.
“Let us rise up and build healthy, positive values that will help us to develop as a people and a nation,” he stressed.
The moderator also urged Ghanaians not to allow their differences of opinion or diversities of thought to separate them as a people or to be the cause of dispute, hatred and strife, but rather search diligently for peace and unity and healthy dialogue that would lead to development, progress and prosperity.
He observed that there was the urgent need for unity and cohesiveness in the country because the signals were not too good, adding that many Ghanaians had gone astray and were taking things for granted.
Rt Revd Frimpong-Manso stated that in order to build a strong, credible and vibrant presbytery, the church members must work as a team.
The Omanhene of Berekum Traditional Area, Daasebre (Dr) Amankona Diawuo II, enjoined religious bodies in the country, especially the PCG to set up endowment funds to cater for the poor, the vulnerable and physically challenged persons in society.
The Berekum Municipal Chief Executive Mr Lord Stephen Oppong, who represented the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamkekye-Marfo, commended the church for its contributions in the delivery of quality education and health care in the country.
He called on the church to continue to complement the efforts of the government to bring an improvement in the living conditions of the people.
The Member of Parliament for Berekum, Mr Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng, also commended the church for its role in education and health care.
He called on Ghanaians to bury their differences in order to move the nation forward.