COP Council Meeting Opens at PUC
|Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost (COP) opening the 13th Extraordinary Council of COP.|
The Chancellor of the Pentecost University College (PUC) and Chairman of the Church of Pentecost (COP), Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, has admonished Government and its agencies, the Police, the Electoral Commission and the Judiciary to ensure that there is a level playing field for all political activities in the upcoming 2012 General Elections in December.
He made this known at the opening ceremony of the 13th Extraordinary Council Meetings of the Church of Pentecost which is being held from May14 to 18th, 2012 at the Pentecost University College.
Addressing over 400 members of the clergy and other stakeholders of the COP, the Chairman, who also doubles as the Chairman and member of the Ghana Pentecostal and National Peace Councils respectively, called upon all political parties to be tolerant and accommodative enough not to ignite any activity that can lead to violence in the country.
He stressed that the media also has a very significant role to play in the democracy of Ghana and therefore appealed to them to refrain from undue sensationalism.
You should endeavour to send across the airwaves and in the newspapers only accurate and correct reports, he intimated.
Touching on the Church’s 2012 theme; “Discipled to Make Others Disciples of Christ”, Dr. Opoku Onyinah, encouraged the participants that it is the power of the Gospel that must affect every area of a person’s life. He noted that this gospel must free people from the slavery of evil passions, evil propensities and evil ideas. Additionally, it must control a person’s singlehood, family life, business, academic life and entire life pattern.
On education, he commended PUC for producing the best candidate in the worldwide ABE Certificate Examinations.
On his part, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Most Reverend Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle, who was the Guest of Honour, admonished the clergy and participants to be witnesses for Christ. He explained that a witness was one who was ready to defend the truth of the gospel even to the point of death. He said that to be discipled is to be schooled by Jesus who is both our Lord and Teacher. The call to discipleship and discipling, he stressed involves:
Being called and chosen by Jesus Christ to himself
- Being sent to preach the good news
- Being sent to baptize those who believe
- Being sent to teach those who believe
- Being sent to be witnesses of the gospel of Christ.
The five-day meeting is expected to discuss among others, the various reports of the Church for 2011, the COP Financial Reports as well as consider the 2012 Budget of the Church.
All meetings would be held at the ultra-modern 1500-seater plush Auditorium of the Pentecost University College at Sowutuom in Accra.