Rev Professor Emmanuel Martey, Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), asserts that something fundamentally wrong with Ghana must be addressed by the Church.
“It is sad and worrisome that the Christian population in Ghana continues to rise while the economy stagnates and corruption has become rampant among professing Christians,” he remarked.
He stated that all religions, including Christianity, frowned upon corruption and perjury, which had become the norm, indicating that something was fundamentally wrong.
The former Moderator of the PCG spoke at a public lecture commemorating the 140th anniversary of the Ascension congregation in Koforidua. The topic of the talk was “The Bible, Its Impact on the Church and Society in Ghana.”
He stated that the inability of certain pastors to condemn the wrongdoings of politicians in the country owing to ethnic ties, fear of being insulted and losing members, and the drive to amass fortunes, among other factors, tarnished Christianity’s reputation.
However, there are good pastors who speak out against social ills and corruption, but whose voices were muted to counter the opinion of some writers that “the Bible and politics have become tools for corruption in Africa” and “the Bible was used to justify the dehumanization and oppression of Africans by Apartheid South Africa.”
Reverend Martey stated that any government in Ghana serious about combating corruption must prioritize functional education and cultural awareness that can encourage probity, accountability, and openness.
The Ascension congregation was founded in 1882 as a mission station by Basel missionaries led by evengelism George Mohr. Its first building was completed in 1916, and the congregation was upgraded to district rank in 1930.
As part of the six-month-long celebrations, a GHS50,000 endowment fund has been established to assist the underprivileged in the church to receive Technical and Vocational training for sustainable livelihoods.