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26.03.2009 General News

ARS feuding factions unite

By Samuel Abgewoode, Ho. - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Apostles Revelation Society (ARS) Church has held a Reconciliation and Thanksgiving service to re-unite factions of the church in Ho, after an Accra High Court ruling mandated them to come together for the benefit of the church and society at large.

The Court established that the ARS Church had no substantive leader after the death of the Leader and Founder, Mawufeame C.K.N Wovenu in 1999. The court advised both parties to operate in accordance with the church's laid down principles, and in which absence the Council of Apostles of the Church should assume the leadership responsibility of the church.

Following the death of its leader, the church suffered leadership crisis when the Council of Apostles of the church appointed their colleague, Apostle James Amega, as the leader of the church, whose position was later revoked by the same Council.

This action by the Apostles did not go down well with Apostle Amega and his supporters who took the case to court for his reinstatement. Unfortunately for him he lost the case.  The Court in its verdict said the parties in the case were men of God and nothing should be done cause any misunderstanding to the entire membership of the church, and that unity and peace should be the watch word of the Apostles and the members of the ARS Church.

In a sermon, an Apostle of the church, Apostle C.K Attipoe charged Christians, particularly members of the ARS Church not to relent on their prayers to help salvage the church from further crisis. He asked them to eschew negative practices that would mar the peace process.

According to him, most Christians have forgotten about their basic role of fasting and praying, noting that with faith and vigilance in Christ, all problems and difficulties would come to an end.

Addressing the congregation, a Rev. Minister of the church, the Rev. G.W. J. Gbloekpor asked the factions to bury their differences and work together to promote the work of God since it was revealed to the church some years back that after the death of the Founder and leader of the church there would be leadership problems, and God would resolve such problems and strengthen the ARS Church again.

The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Amenowode, said the church should not take the settlement in court to mean an end to the dispute but should draw lessons from the current situation and embark on dialogue to ensure total peace in the church. In this regard, the Regional Minister assured the ARS church that the Volta Regional Coordinating Council would be tasked to visit the church to help dialogue with the factions involved, in order to restore total peace in the church.

The Member of Parliament for Ho Central, Captain (rtd) George Nfodjoh, stressed the need for peace in the church and other institutions in order to pave way for accelerated development of the region, since peace was a pre-requisite for development. Captain Nfodjoh said President Atta Mills is a humble and God fearing leader who would be more happy to hear that the ARS church has united its members after years of dispute, adding that  when members co-exist with each other, it would create greater opportunities for it to grow and develop as a church.