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17.07.2009 Religion

Presbyterian Church told to protect lands from encroachment

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Kumasi, July 16, GNA - The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), has been asked to act firmly to protect lands of the church from encroachment.

The Reverend Dr. Kofi Effa Ababio, Chairperson-elect of the Berekum West Presbytery of the Church, described as “worrying” the increasing rate at which the Church's lands were being taken over by private individuals and estate developers all over the country.

He said the Church would be left with virtually no land for the construction of schools, hospitals and other social amenities if the General Assembly did not act swiftly to protect its acquired lands, particularly, in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions.

The Reverend Dr. Ababio was speaking on the topic “Celebrating Our Past and Shaping Our Future” at a Memorial Lecture organised as part of activities marking the commemoration of the Centenary Anniversary of the Ramseyer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kumasi on Thursday.

The Chairman-elect said the Church had made significant contributions to the political and socio-economic development of the nation, adding that it was important the current generation of Presbyterians continued to mobilize resources towards national development.

He urged them to do away with practices and beliefs that contradicted biblical principles, tenets, and Christian concepts.

The Reverend Dr. Ababio cited laziness, back-biting, arrogance, indiscipline and gossiping as some of the bad practices that needed to be avoided.

He said it was not wrong for Christians to be actively involved in politics but that they should be more circumspect with their utterances, especially on the political platform.

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