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02-Sep-2016  
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It is fashionable today in Ghana for “Men of God” to put on an emblem of distinction, with a view to according them respect and treat them like second-in-command to the Creator. This in itself was heavenly-ordained because as Messengers of God, they are to be referenced.

They are to be holy at all times, so as to be found worthy by God to receive divine instructions that will subsequently be delivered to other human beings. Any leader that emerged through such a neutral process usually had no choice than to work in tandem with people’s expectations.

Today my worst fear has been confirmed about politicians hiding in cassocks, who instead of doing the work of God, subtly use the pulpits to engage in partisan politics and rather leave national issues aside .Especially their love for Nana Addo and the NPP growing wilder than that of a bush fire in a dry season.

Some few days ago the outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Professor Emmanuel Martey was at it again saying that a politician attempted to bribe him with a $100,000, a V8 and a house at Trasacco to the leadership of the church.

The Presbyterian Moderator who is exiting office at the end of November 2016 is in the news for claiming at a press conference that some politicians tried gagging him with an amount of $100,000, a V8 and a house at Trasacco.

“They wanted to bribe me with $100,000 with promises that if you keep quiet, we will give you a house at Trasacco with swimming pool. Four wheel drive [but] these people were lucky I did not have big dogs in my house else I would have released the dogs to bite them,” he said at the press conference.

The claim of the Moderator has been disputed by a former PRO of the church, Dr. Emmanuel Osei Acheampong who insists Prof Martey took the money and the vehicle offered by the politician.

“In July 28, 2013, around 8:15pm, he (Prof Martey) invited me to the office of one of the leading opposition parties not the ruling government, when I got there he had received the 100,000 dollars and a V8 he is claiming to have rejected. And he gave me 50,000 dollars, I am speaking on authority that he received the money,” he said on Kasapa FM.

 But I realize that some of them have mixed theology with politics. Some of them are the highly controversial Moderator of the Presbyterian church Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey .Their messages have been pro-Nana Addo and anti-John Mahama in form and content.

 Recently the highly outgoing controversial Moderator of the Presbyterian church Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey wrongfully stripped an immediate past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) the Very Reverend Dr Yaw Frimpong-Manso of his status as an ex-moderator of the  church.

This is unprecedented in the PCG had been unfair in stripping Rev Frimpong Manso status as a former Moderator of the church as well as denying him all his entitlements.

 It was therefore, a contention that the decision to strip him of the title of former Moderator of the church invalidates all that he had done during his tenure which also meant that the outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian church Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey lacked any locus since he was the one that signed the current Moderator’s chronicle of induction as a Moderator.

Rev. ministers like Prof Emmanuel Martey have decided to literally suspended their ecclesiastical mandate and without caution dabbled into the murky waters of Ghanaian politics and have fallen from their exalted position and jumped into the political theater and no longer speak from from the scriptures.

But I want him to know that election results in Ghana do not depend on prophecy. The truth of the matter is that election is fought and won on the fields and not inside churches or prayer grounds.

Yes, right to freedom of speech is guaranteed by the constitution but such a right is never a license to abuse a priestly platform and cast aspersions on the presidency. In other words, there is a limit to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech does not condone the making of highly incendiary and inflammatory statements as he’s doing.

 The outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian church Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey,  for some time now have been on the toes of government for their personal reasons.

When a party chairman is killed by some of his party members they go silent. When religious and moral education found its way out of the Ghana education service curriculum ,he also went mute under the ester while  President Kuffour regime .Now he attends NPP secret  meetings to resolve issues.

 Recently the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Prof. Emmanuel Martey, in  one of  his latest hate-attack on President Mahama and his government on the energy crisis states “…If I were in charge, within three months I will solve the problem”. In addition to this he claims it is the President – being a politician who is building the religious/tribal tension in the country.

Sometime back this same man yelled, “… Nyansafuoyeei, mowo he…? (Men of knowledge, where are you)…current leadership of state equally lack knowledge. He also assesses the government as people with no wisdom to lead?  Such an insult from a moderator.

 That is why today, we have prosperity churches that have virtually become Centre’s of commerce. It is so bad that the children of poor members of the congregation, who are even exceptionally brilliant, are driven away from such institutions on ground of poverty.

The Moderator of the Presbyterian church Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey, is notable among the selected individuals who attended the meeting at President Kufour’s house and the selection of the clergymen was based on their affiliation with the NPP.

 The outgoing Presby moderator per his meeting in former President Kufour’s house to resolve the Nana Addo-Afoko  problems,  gives him up .

 I am of the view that it's time for those who want to become “Political Pastors” to come out boldly and tell us the truth.

The outgoing Presby moderator should also know that the discerning Ghanaian mentality would not vote for someone with the ‘I was’  (Born to Rule) attitude and take over Nkrumah's Ghana and the issues that made the NPP and Nana Addo lose the election that existed then, still exists today.

 
 
 
Source: Maxwell Okamafo Addo/ email: [email protected]
 
 

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