Counsel youth against pre-marital sex – Churches urged
A pastor at the Lighthouse Chapel International in Kumasi, Pastor Bernice Peasah, has urged churches to live up to their teachings and provide regular guidance and counselling services for the youth to stay away from pre-marital sex and other social vices.
She said it was not proper for churches to stigmatise those who found themselves in such situations, when the church knew it was not living up to expectation.
Pastor Peasah was speaking at the maiden edition of the ‘Sexual Purity Clinic’ organised by the ‘Postponing Sexual Involvement Foundation’ (PSIF), a youth-focused group that has a vision to counsel the youth to avoid premarital sexual.
The clinic, funded by Promasidor Ghana Ltd and a Kumasi-based radio station, Spirit FM, would be an annual programme, targeting more than 200 people, including teenagers and young adults from Kumasi.
With the mission to develop and pursue abstinence and promote educational programmes, the PSIF organised the seminar to empower young people to overcome anti-social attitudes.
Speaking on the theme: ‘What if I messed up sexually?,’ Pastor Peasah urged people who had had problems with pre-marital sex and wanted to change from that behaviour to pray for a transformed and renewed life and offer themselves to the service God.
Speaking on ‘Contemporary arguments about sex’, a family life counsellor, Mr Kofi Owusu, advised young people to lead responsible lives before entering relationships and said sex should not be used as a bait for marriage.
Speaking on the topic, ‘The Pornography Menace,’ the Founder of PSIF, Mr Williams Karikari Asiamah, said the world was suffering from ‘an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography, with children being most of the victims.’
He spoke about the impact of pornography on males, and added that boys who watched pornographic films were likely to demean and harass girls.
Another marriage counsellor, Elder Joseph Kyei Ankrah, said although it was a common knowledge that some would-be couples engaged in premarital sex, abstinence until marriage was not beyond the realm of possibility.
He said respect, trust and love were the pillars of any relationship and sex in courtship tended to have wobbling effects on those pillars.
By Felix A. Baidoo/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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