The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most. Rev. Dr Paul K. Boafo has urged the public to disregard news that all Methodist Churches across the globe have unanimously decided to support same-sex marriage.
According to him, the church was concerned about publications by one TV station and other social media platforms that seeks to create the impression that the Methodist Church Ghana was bound by a decision of the British Methodist Conference to regularize same sex, cohabitation and divorce within the church.
Clarifying the stance of the Methodist Church Ghana on the issue at a press conference held in Accra today, Rev. Boafo said the Church was saddened that the TV reporter chose to file his report in front of a Methodist chapel to draw home a certain effect without first seeking clarification from any of the Methodists authorities.
“We kindly ask the public to disregard all allusions to the fact that this has to do with the wider Methodist family; that decision does not affect the Methodist Church Ghana’s doctorinal position on sexuality or any other issue for that matter,” he said.
Rev. Boafo also stated that the Methodist Church Ghana is an autonomous conference with it’s ow leadership, adding that it has been independent of the British Methodist Conference since 1961.
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“We are very aware of our Wesleyan heritage and what it entails and as an autonomous Conference, we resolve to defend tenaciously the biblical faith that was once delivered unto the saints, especially as it affects all areas of human life in our relationship with God in Christ. This we shall continue to do in the power of the holyspirit,” he said.
He clarified that the Methodist Church Ghana has not amended her position on marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, neither does it permit cohabitation by unmarried couples nor encourage divorce by Christians.
He also stated dissociation of the Methodist Church Ghana from any decision that contradicts the teaching of the bible on sexuality and marriage.
“Besides our African ethos do not permit such alternative lifestyle and frown upon them and we still uphold our Ghanaian and African culture as against any other cultures and are proud to be Ghanaian and African. The laws in our land do not permit such strains of behaviour,” he added.
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Rev. Boafo also called on government and politicians to take note of the trends, thread consciously and not allow themselves to be pressured under the guides of receiving more aid or funding to give in to such modern lifestyles that overthrows the cultural values and Christian principles as a nation.
He said in the month of August when the church meets at its General Purpose Council Meeting conference the Methodist Church Ghana will give directives regarding how concerned members and ministers can carry on with their church and personal Christian activities in view of the decision of the British Conference on Homosexuality.
“Our position on the decision made by the British conference would be communicated to the British Conference office at a later date. We shall continue to engage with them on matters affecting our members and personnel who worship under the jurisdiction of the British conference,” he said.