A section of the ministers at the conference. INSET: Rev Prof Mante
PRESIDENT of the National Ministers’ Conference (NMC) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Prof J.O. Yeboah Mante, has described 2014 as a year of hardship for Ghanaians.
According to him, the year registered the worst fall of the Cedi, increase in prices of petroleum products and utility bills, erratic power supply, unprecedented corruption and the Brazil World Cup fiasco, noting that these adversely affected the standards of living in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the 2015 Presbyterian Ministers’ Conference in Kumasi yesterday, Prof Mante said in addition to the financial difficulties, the year 2014 again inflicted pains on the nation by wiping away some prominent Ghanaians such as the late P.V. Obeng and Komla Dumor among others.
‘May God strengthen and re-structure Ghana for 2015,’ he prayed, and added that something strange also happened to the rest of the world in the year under review, citing the Boko Haram menace and the Ebola epidemic as some of the world’s tragedies.
The NMC president called on Christians to rise against the atrocities of the world by praying fervently to contain them, asserting that ‘there is so much darkness in our world today.’
In his opinion, the woes of the world were blameable on the failure of Western Christianity. He was hopeful that proper African Christianity would emerge to correct the wrongs of our time.
Rev Prof Mante used the occasion to speak against the ills of society and the Christian fraternity, noting that many pastors with spiritual gifts were operating without sound and good doctrines.
According to him, a spiritual gift without good doctrine was a recipe for disaster, adding that this was the situation in Ghana where many such pastors were misleading the flock of God.
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt Rev Prof Emmanuel Martey, who was the chairman for the occasion, called on fathers to play their lead roles as heads of families, warning that failure to do so would put Ghana in jeopardy.
According to him, family life was important not only for the church but the nation as a whole since corruption begins from various homes.
‘Ghana is predominantly a Christian nation… and therefore fathers ought to paint a good picture depicting a true father as directed by Christ,’ he admonished.
The programme, which was held under the theme, ‘The Minister and the Family’, brought together various ministers of the gospel from different denominations including Pentecost, Assemblies of God, Anglican and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi
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