Some pastors "magicians in cassock"; self-regulation now! – Christian C’cil

General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose, is calling for the regulation of activities of pastors in the country. His call comes in the wake of complaints that some men of God are hiding behind the cassock to do all manner of evil and dubious things...


General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev. Dr. Cyril Fayose, is calling for the regulation of activities of pastors in the country.

His call comes in the wake of complaints that some men of God are hiding behind the cassock to do all manner of evil and dubious things.

“There are a number of new churches or Christian leaders who are engaged in practices of the Christian faith that we can all say are not best practices”, Rev. Fayose said, citing examples such as inspecting women’s underwear, giving women a bath at midnight among others.

The newly-elected General Secretary of the CCG was of the view that just as there is the Dental and Medical Council that regulates medical doctors; and the General Legal Council, which governs the activities of legal practitioners in the country, there must also be a central body that regulates that activities of pastors.

Rev. Fayose was speaking in an interview with Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Wednesday, 11 July 2018.

For him, pastors should not be allowed to practise without training, accreditation and licensing and wondered why “we allow theology, which is a very critical part of us”, to be handled without some form of checks.

“So, it is extremely important that there is some regulation of the activities of these persons.

“When people are vulnerable, they will do anything…and, so, the person who is the helper has a higher calling to rise above a person who can take advantage of that person [who needs help].

“So, regulation is very important but what we don’t want is for the government of the day or politicians to regulate us. So, what I will advocate is some form of self-regulation, all the Christian churches, existing councils, should come together and outline how a person should become a pastor and then we can go from there and say, for instance, you should have this level of education to be certified; and if you do certain things, we must have some kind of council that will call you to order”.

The senior cleric of the Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Church, Ghana, said in the olden days, there used to be magicians who performed all kinds of tricks at the markets, but “these days there are no magicians, they are all wearing cassocks” and calling themselves pastors.

Rev. Fayose was of the opinion that the development has been a challenge because individuals who indulge in such practices are not under the jurisdiction of the Christian Council of Ghana, which makes it difficult to reproach them.

He said freedom of expression and freedom of religion, as enshrined in the Constitution of Ghana, makes it difficult to stop people from engaging in such dubious practices. “We must do something about it” because it is getting out of hand.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FMy



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