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Regional News of Monday, 28 February 2005

Source: GNA

Christians asked to defend the gospel

Kumasi, Feb 28, GNA- The Right Reverend Nuh Ben Abubakr, Methodist Bishop of Kumasi, has criticised people who profess to be Christians but lead lives contrary to the gospel of Christ. "It is not surprising that there is now little sense of sin among the unsaved," he said, when he opened the 20th delegates conference of the Diocesan Methodist Men's Fellowship in Kumasi at the weekend. The two-day conference was on the theme: "I chose you to go and bear fruit".

Rt. Rev. Abubakr said it was not enough for one to proclaim Christ but more importantly to take a principle position against evil in all forms and manifestations. "Let the world see a change in you. The aggression, pay-him-back attitude, cheating and pride must give way to sobriety, spirit of forgiveness, honesty and humility:, he said. "It is when people see and appreciate these distinctive and admirable qualities in us that we could positively influence change in society."

Rt. Rev. Abubakr said the church should not just remain a mere fellowship of like-minded people but have to grow and save more souls from perishing. Mr George Omane, out-going Diocesan Chairman of the Fellowship, said members have the vision to assist the Church to serve the cause of humanity. He said the Fellowship had raised 40 million cedis to support the completion of a Retreat Centre of the Church at Kwadaso in Kumasi.