'Weed out dubious christian leaders (Monday, July 26, 2010, pg 51)

The Director of Studies of the Global Evangelical Church, Rev Prof Elorm Dovlo, has called on Christian leaders to unite and weed out dubious characters parading themselves as men of God and leading people astray.

He said even though the Bible warned of grave punishment for such persons who had no calling, Christian leaders had a role to play in ensuring that the Christian fraternity was spared such characters.

Rev Prof Dovlo spoke to the Daily Graphic after the 2010 commissioning and ordination of pastors of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra.

In all, 12 pastors were ordained, while 5 were commissioned for the work of the vineyard.

According to the church’s doctrine, a pastor qualifies for ordination after graduating from the Global Theological Seminary (GTS) and serving and pasturing a congregation for two years, while candidates for commissioning are fresh graduates of the GTS.

Rev Prof Dovlo also urged Christian leaders to lead the crusade against corruption and indiscipline in order to promote the country’s development agenda.

He noted that “the church does not frown on wealth; it must be properly acquired and used”, adding that “it is not simply a matter of telling people not to be corrupt; it should also be about telling people not to corrupt others”.

Earlier, Rev Prof Dovlo, in a sermon entitled, “Symbol of things to come”, advised the newly ordained and commissioned pastors to be humble and work to the glorification of God.

“Humility must work in your ministry because it is humility that leads us to the service of God,” he stated.

He also urged them to totally commit their lives to God, be symbols of righteousness and clothe people with the garment of Christ.

He also encouraged them to take the Kingdom of God wherever they found themselves, saying, “The Kingdom of God is not only spiritual; it is also material and you must work to bring progress and make people conscious of their environment”.

He also urged the members of the church to support the pastors in a manner that would not distract them from the work of God.

“Let us be good disciples to the glory of God,” he stated.

Among the personalities present at the ceremony were the Moderator of the church, Rev Dr E.K. Gbordzoe, and the Synod Clerk, Rev Prince Tefe.

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