Chiefs are not pagans, idol worshippers
The Kyidomhene of Aburi in the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region has debunked the notion that Chiefs are pagans and ,therefore, engage in idol worship.
According to Nana Opare Kwarfo this outmoded mentality should be consigned to the dustbin of history because the chieftaincy institution was now replete with traditional rulers who worshipped God other than idols.
He said these at a Thanksgiving Service at Aburi on Sunday to hand over the
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Ghana, which was renovated by the Kyidomhene in collaboration with the Aburi Adonteng Traditional Council at the cost of Gh¢51,000.00, to the church.
The Kyidomhene quoted from Psalm 138:4-8 and said David was a prominent King in the days of the Israelites who God used mightily and wrote that Kings and chiefs would be shaped by his experiences and examples, to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ and worship the Almighty God.
“This is exactly what we are doing so we are not Pagans, we are Christians and strong Presbyterians before we became Chiefs and if Chiefs and Kings become religious to serve their Creator, their Kingdoms would be better” he stressed.
He said every good king or chief should be concerned with their call to duty of their Creator with confidence in Jehovah that He would secure and perfect whatever work was entrusted into their hands.
Nana Opare Kwarfo, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to also see the chiefs and kings in the country as children of God with specific assigned roles to play in society.
“Do not see us as evil but support us to make the Church a worthy place to die for and Ghana a better place to live in” he said.
Preaching the sermon, Rev Emmanuel Okyere Otu thanked the Chiefs for their love and commitment to solve one of the biggest challenges of the Church.
According to him, the Aburi Presbyterian Church was 174 years but leaked profusely so the Kyidomhene Nana Opare Kwarfo , Okuapemman Adontenhene Otobuor Gyan Kwasi and the traditional council volunteered to re-roof and re-paint the whole building at the cost of over Gh¢51,000.00 to befit the status of Aburi especially the House Of God.
He advised the congregation to seek God always through Jesus Christ because all the indications of the second coming of Christ were being fulfilled .
Rev Otu cited the life of King David in the Bible and said though God was with him in all his dealings he passed through hardship but never stopped praising and thanking God and urged them to take a cue from that to have faith in God and it would be well with them.
The Church presented special edition of the Holy Bible to each of the chiefs to show appreciation to them for helping in the renovation of the building.