LGBTQIA:’Churhes’ not practicing God’s teachings – Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh

Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director, Cdd
Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director, Cdd

Professor H. kwasi Prempeh, the Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Development and one of the 15 renowned academic, legal, professionals and civil societies who are challenging the anti-LGBTQI bill in Ghana has questioned the support of christian societies for the bill.

According to Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh, the decision of the churches lacks theological reasoning.

Hon. Samuel Nartey George with 7 colleague members of parliament have initiated processes to have a law passed which seeks to criminalize LGBTQIA activities and promote better Ghanaian family culture.

The bill, titled “The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021,” after has seen most Ghanaians supporting and pushing for it to be passed into law, with a few section with Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh kicking against it.

Opposers of the bill are of the view that, the bill, when passed into law will promote hate and infringe on the human right of the LGBTQIA community in Ghana.

Some church leaders on Wednesday, October 6,2021 submitted to the Parliament’s Committee for Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, a memorandum supporting the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill.

The Church of Pentecost and its Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as well as Apostle Dr. Aaron Ami-Narh, President of the Apostolic Church, Ghana, were part of the delegation that gathered 15,000 signatures to express strong support for the bill.

The Church of Pentecost, believing the members of parliament represent a group of people and must act and work in the interest of the people,has stated that it’ll campaign vigorously against any MP who votes against the bill

However, Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh on Saturday, October 9, expressing his views on Citi TV’s popular weekend current affairs program, stated that the church is failing portray Jesus’teachings on redemption, grace and compassion.

“I seriously struggle to see the theology of compassion, the theology of redemption, and the theology of grace that actually Jesus Christ for the Christian preached and taught in the position of the Ghanaian church on this matter.”

Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh also stated that the church peaches what favours them but forget to preach what was abhored in the old testament but Jesus saved practicers in the new testament.

“They single out the biblical disapproval of the behavior of the Sodom and Gomorrah as the prime example of this but, let us not forget that in the Leviticus and Deuteronomy adultery was forthrightly condemned and just in very plain language but also the punishments that were prescribed in those texts was the stoning to death for both the adulterer and the adulterous and yet in the New Testament, Jesus Christ exemplifies the theology of compassion, grace, and redemption by demonstrating what you do with such people and told the people that he who is without sin should cast the first stone”

“That is the theology I expected the church to come to this question with but when the church makes a common course with political interest and to marshal the force of the state to condemn these people as criminals and to put in jail and subject them to all manner of inhumane treatments persons who otherwise have not caused anyone any harm, I fail to see the theology of Christ in that kind of conduct,” he explained.

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