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Religion of Monday, 21 July 2008

Source: GNA

Church should fight social vices-Primate

Kumasi, July 21, GNA- Primate Seth K. Adofo, Spiritual Head of the Brotherhood Church has called on Christians and other religious organizations to evolve pragmatic programmes and activities, to fight vices that had become social cankers and were posing serious problems to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said vices such as armed robbery, drug addiction, rape and defilement, indecent dressing, bribery and corruption, coupled with other foreign cultures that had crept into the society, were ruining the social fibre of the society and therefore behoved the church to use the pulpit as well as outreach programmes to combat these criminal activities.

Primate Adofo who was preaching at a special thanksgiving and national integration service, at the Church's headquarters at South Suntreso in Kumasi on Sunday, said a nation finds favour in God when the people living in it lead good and decent lives. He said the nation's general election was approaching and there was the need for people to know that the results would have an impact on their lives, the economy, security and the nation's future. "Let's raise holy hands of prayer for the nation and exercise our franchise as good citizens to elect leaders to lead the nation in peaceful atmosphere, so that we will be able to go about worshipping God and also go about our normal duties in a free and serene atmosphere". Primate Adofo asked politicians in the country to have the moral courage to be honest and committed in serving the nation in all their endeavours, stressing that it is through that, that God will bless them. He called on all Ghanaians especially Christians to pray without ceasing, lead good lives and ensure peaceful co-existence with their neighbours to the glory of God.

The Spiritual Head said, in life there were bound to be occurrences of both good and evil and so whatever happened to us as a nation, or as individual people, "we should show a sense of appreciation and be thankful to God". Madam Patricia Appiagyei, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, who worshipped with the over 1,000 congregation commended the Church for its effort to support the spiritual needs of people and also for promoting national development. She said a peaceful society needed law abiding people and therefore called on the congregation and residents in Kumasi to unflinchingly support the bye-laws of the Metropolitan Assembly to ensure law and order, and also to help rid the city of filth. 21 July 08

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