Anglican Bishop Condemns Alcoholism
The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. M. Torto, has condemned excessive alcoholism among Christians, especially Anglicans, in public.
According to the Who Health Organisation (WHO), the harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths each year, and 320 000 young people, between the age of 15 and 29, die from alcohol-related causes, resulting in 9% of all deaths in that age group.
Alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for disease burden; it is the leading risk factor in the Western Pacific and the Americas, and the second largest in Europe.
The Bishop was of the view that the church, which has mandate to set examples for the world to follow, should not be linked to this negative social canker.
‘The negative perception of the Anglicans drinking alcoholic beverage in public is not attracting the needed patronage, but rather reducing membership,’ he said.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. M. Torto was speaking at his induction service as the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Accra, held at the St. Paul Anglican Church and dubbed ‘If we build, they will come,’ over the weekend at La, Accra.
He noted that the image of the church had been negatively affected as a result, warning, ‘if our evangelism drives would yield any measurable result, there is the need for us to halt this practice of drinking in public.’
As part of building the image of the church positively, the Accra Diocese would be embarking, equipping and empowering church agents like the clergy to deliver excellence, deepening spirituality, growth based on integrity and discipline, and financial sustainability.
‘This means that every clergy and lay takes responsibility to contribute in an effective way to the life of the church, and to be an effective Christian presence and witness in the broader and wider community,’ he charged.
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/why1.jpg He indicated that the church would be embarking on miracle crusades and door-door ministry, especially, to the aged, as part of activities to rebrand the church.
The added that since society was dynamic, the church would continue to create innovative programmes that would attract, especially the youth, into accepting God and serving him, while keeping in line with the doctrines upon which it was established.
The Bishop further called on the clergy to spend quality time to nurture new converts spiritually, equip and educate them to understand the virtues of God and how to live with their neighbours.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. M. Torto called for the unity of the Christian faith, which the Anglican Diocese of Accra has set example by joining the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) after less than a decade after departing.
‘The wall of partition that separates us must be broken. We must see ourselves as one people fighting against principalities and powers mustering in their unseen arrays waiting for our unguarded hours,’ he said.
As part of the church’s social intervention, the Anglican Church has offered free health care to the aged, schools, and a university to boost the country’s education system and human resource development.
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