The Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) has held its biennial National Youth Convention at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani.
The event, under the theme, ‘Until Christ is Formed in You’, was attended by over 8,000 youth of the church from all 10 regions of the country.
The convention was to promote good morality to attain holiness, righteousness and other spirituality virtues that would not only promote good lives, but also bring out the virtues that would help propel the nation’s development.
Nana Bofotia Boamponsem, Krontihene of Sunyani in a speech asked the churches to declare their stand on the promotion of gay and lesbianism, saying it was abominable for a nation to accept the practice.
He condemned those nations in the western world which were coercing other nations to accept the practice for monetary gains.
Nana Boamponsem called for a total rejection because it was against the moral and spiritual lives of the people of Ghana.
Apostle Dr. Stephen Kwame Amoani, Chairman of Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI), said the acquisition of intellectual knowledge would be meaningless in the achiever’s life without the virtue of the fear of God.
Apostle Dr. Amoani who is also the Second Vice-Chairman of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charistimatic Council said though a nation was developed through the level of education of its human resources that fact would not be fully complete if those human resources were not spiritually moulded, tailored or trained along the lines of Christian virtues.
Apostle Dr. Amoani emphasised that intellectual knowledge devoid of the formation of Christ in a person was bound to bleed vices like bribery and corruption, armed robbery and other unproductive tendencies among leaders of a nation.
He therefore advised the youth of the Church to allow the formation of Jesus Christ in them because the latter was humanity’s Rock Foundation, who is the ultimate determinant of success in all their endeavours.
Speaking on the topic “The Life That I Live”, Apostle Joseph Sakyi, Christian Education Director of the Church said prior to Apostle Paul’s conversion, he was a great Hebrew theological scholar, a Roman citizen and a zealous young Pharisee.
But those attributes and achievements were nothing to Apostle Paul when he encountered Jesus Christ, Apostle Sakyi stressed and implied that “Without Christ, there is no trust in man and life therefore is meaningless ”.
Other speakers at the convention from other branches of the Church were Rev. George Asante, North Kaneshie, Accra, Deacon Neil Koomson, Odorkor, also in Accra and Rev. Benjamin Akese, Bantama, Kumasi.
In an address, the guest of honour, Mr. Kwasi Oppong -Ababio, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Sunyani, urged Church leaders of inculcate in their youth, the importance of ensuring good environmental and proper sanitation practices in their localities.
He said it was regrettable that Ghana had been ranked the seventh dirtiest country in the world, and asked church leaders to educate their congregation on the need to maintain good environmental practices to help keep the nation clean.
“The ranking is painful and also shameful for the nation because we attend churches well dressed in our best and clean clothing, and therefore it is important that cleanliness should not be shown in the church attendance only but in all endeavours of their individual personal lives” he added.