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GPCC opposes government’s decision to regulate churches

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General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Reverend Emmanuel T. Barrigah has said although activities of churches need to be regulated, the church ought to regulate its activities instead of the state.

This comes after a directive by the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye that churches have to be regulated.

But Reverend Barrigah, though admitted there are charlatans operating all in the name of Christianity, admonished government to allow the church to be regulated internally.

“What the state can do if it is possible, is to pass a legislation, which will compel all independent churches which are perpetuating all kinds of things to join any of the councils or form their own council with rules and regulations to abide by. That will be better, than the state trying to regulate the activities of churches”, Rev. Barrigah indicated.

He said this in an interview with A1 Radio on the sidelines of a gathering of leaders of Pentecostal and Charismatic Council held at Deeper Life Bible Church in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah (middle) with leaders of GPCC in Upper East Region

Speaking on government’s proposal to tax churches, Reverend Barrigah said government through the Ghana Revenue Authority should tax churches which are earning income through their commercial activities but not all churches in the country.

“The Church is registered as a Non-Profit Organization. So, if a church is embarking on a profit making venture, the GRA should get at them. But the tithes and offerings that we take, these are the same things that we plough back into providing social interventions for the citizens of this nation”, he said.

He used the opportunity admonished the public to report any suspicious of terrorist attack to security apparatus.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah

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