Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the renowned founder of Perez Chapel International, has addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding his statement referring to Nogokpo as a “demonic headquarters.”
Speaking during Sunday’s church service, he clarified his intentions behind the comment, which has sparked significant debate online.
According to him, his intention was to teach the importance of divine protection from demonic attacks, a principle deeply valued by Charismatic Christians, drawing from his personal experiences. As such, his reference to Nogokpo was not directed at the town itself but rather an incident that occurred after a crusade in Aflao.
He thus, expressed regrets and apologised for any misunderstanding his comment might have generated, stressing that, he never intended to demean the people of Nogokpo or the broader Volta Region.
Read his full statement below
“I have received calls from people very close to me and my attention has been drawn to social media commentary on some portions of comments I made this past Thursday during the Supernatural Empowerment Summit here in the Perez Dome.
I was speaking on the divine protection we as Christians enjoy from God and was teaching congregants on the need to activate divine protection from demonic attacks. This is a cardinal principle of our faith as Charismatic Christians.
To drive home my point, I made reference to several instances where I have encountered manifestations of demonic powers in my crusades which have taken me to over 92 countries of the world. I gave an example of people who were seeking to levitate during a crusade in India. I gave an example of an attack I suffered as a very young Pastor who had gone to preach at a bus stop around Korle Bu.
In reference to Nogokpo, I wish to clarify that I never intended to refer to the town but an incident that happened after a crusade at Aflao. I had absolutely no intention to cast a slur upon the people of the Nogokpo Town and the Volta Region as a whole.
I have had a very cordial relationship with the people of the Volta Region. My wife of 38 years is an Ewe from Keta. And two of my sons bear Ewe names. All of the examples I gave were not intended to denigrate any of the towns and their people but to elucidate the principle of divine protection to congregants.
Any misrepresentation or misinformation that has characterised the subsequent commentary and reportage is regretted.
My Ministry over the past 40 years has been one that has spoken up at critical times in our Nation as a spiritual gatekeeper and I remain committed to serving God’s people and our Nation as the spirit directs.”