BY: KALD | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Nogokpo Shrine in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region has issued a response to a controversial comment by Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of Perez Chapel, describing the area as a “demonic headquarters.”
The revered charismatic leader speaking at a supernatural empowerment summit on Wednesday, May 24, recalled a near-tragic incident at Nogokpo after a crusade in Aflao, to buttress his claim. (See video here)
According to him, “during this crusade in Aflao, we slept at Agbozume and you had to go through Nogokpo, and it’s the demonic headquarters in the Volta Region, we only have not said it.”
“But the second night, I made Bishop Yaw Adu talk about witchcraft, and we disgraced the witches and wizard, when we were driving from Aflao to Agbozume, immediately we got to Nogokpo, Bishop Adu’s tyre came out of his four wheel drive (car),” Agyinasare told the thousands of physical and virtual congregants at the event.
This, has elicited response from the Nogokpo Shrine, known for its traditional religious practices. They expressed their disappointment with the Archbishop’s loose comment and offered a strong rebuttal.
In their response via Facebook, the Nogokpo Shrine firmly stated that their religion does not endorse lies, fake prophecies, or defrauding people under false pretenses. They criticized the practice of extorting money from individuals in the name of gaining entry into a non-existent heaven, as well as the use of taxpayer and citizen funds to build extravagant homes, bury items, or make sacrifices to attract more members.
The shrine emphasized that they do not lose focus by preaching about other religions but rather concentrate on their own ethical principles. They advised Archbishop Agyinasare to redirect his efforts towards educating his members about their own religion, rather than attacking others. The response highlighted the hypocrisy of some pastors who visit the very places they label as “demonic headquarters” to seek more members and powers for their church ‘businesses’.
Asserting the importance of freedom of religion and worship, the Nogokpo Shrine, called for mutual respect and refraining from making derogatory remarks about other religious beliefs. They reminded the Archbishop of the biblical commandment, “Do not judge,” emphasizing the need for humility and tolerance.
The statement concluded by suggesting that if the Archbishop lacked a topic to preach about, it might be prudent to temporarily close his church and seek proper education about their religion.