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Govt must regulate one-man church operation in Ghana – Odike

BY ISAAC BEDIAKO

LEADER AND founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Akwasi Addai, also known as ‘Odike’ wants government to redraw licenses of one-man churches across the country  and re-register them to operate under strict government supervision which should include payment of taxes since their operations are purely business.

According to the Kumasi-based businessman cum politician, the founders of churches through false teachings are amassing wealth at the expense of the vulnerable in their congregations.

“In Ghana churches are springing up like mushrooms; this is because a lot of people believe through church operations they can amass wealth. I believe that most teachings from some of the one-man churches are not in consonance with the scriptures; therefore I think the time has come for the government to crack the whip on them to ensure there’s sanity in the way some one-man churches operate in the country,’’ he said.

“This is my advice to the government; no church should be registered without initial membership of hundred. This I think will totally check one-man church business in the country to promote accountability in churches,’’ he stressed.

Again, he suggested that churches should be formed to have a national character to control decency just like the political parties.

“I think the churches should have a national character just like the political parties, meaning they should have representatives across the 10 regions of the country. The beliefs of the church should also be stated in written form to ensure checks and balances in their operations before their licences are released to them,’’ he told ULTIMATE FM’S Isaac Bediako.

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