Criticism must be free of insults - Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso

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The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Reverend Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, has urged the public not to hide behind criticism aimed at attacking and insulting individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving the nation.

He said people with hard earned reputations had devoted themselves to contribute their quota to the progress of the nation and although individuals may have divergent views on issues, “it should not make us enemies. We must criticise issues constructively.”

“If we do not take care, there will be a time when nobody will dedicate him/herself to serve this nation”, Rev. Prof. Frimpong-Manso said at the Christian Council of Ghana’s national thanksgiving and prayer service at the Action Chapel International Church in Accra last Sunday.

The motto of the thanksgiving and devotional service was: “The God who hears prayers”.

It is the last the council has done since the outbreak and subsequent lockdown in March 2020.

It included thanksgiving and intercessory prayers for how far the Lord has brought the country in the fight against COVID-19.

There were also prayers for marriages, the security authorities, prayers against the spirit of lies, prayers for Ghanaian unity and the governmental bodies.

The service brought together various Christian group leaders, including Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams; former Pentecostal leader, Apostle Professor Kwadwo Nimfour Opoku Onyinah; Pleasant Place Church Presiding Bishop Gideon Titi-Ofei; the founder of Salt and Light Ministries, Rev. Joyce Aryee; the leadership of the council, alongside other Christian leaders.

Also present at the event were the national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, and the Executive Director and Project Coordinator of the National Cathedral of Ghana, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, present.

A donation of 5,000 GH¢ was given as a token of thanks from Parliament.

Rev. Prof Frimpong-Manso said that while he supports the principle of freedom of speech, citizens should not allow the country's conflicting with the environment to destroy the nation through insults and attacks.

"You're welcome to talk, but don't use lies to destroy each other and our hard-earned image," he added.

Criticism, he said, must be backed up by facts, not insults, adding: "Some of us are above it and we are not part of the political class. So if you criticize us, don't try to attack our hard-earned reputation”.

The Secretary General of the Christian Council of Ghana, Dr. Cyril Fayose said the service was organized to give thanks to God and to stand up for the nation.

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