A senior official in the Church of Pentecost, Koforidua, has called on the church to exercise mercy when dealing with young members who backslide, fornicate and get themselves pregnant out of wedlock.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, The Koforidua Area Head of the Church, charged church leaders within his jurisdiction and the church at large, to carry out such punishments in a way which would not lead the victims into a spiral of depression and maybe suicide.
The church of Pentecost is notorious for dealing with members who get pregnant out of wedlock in a harsh manner, such as humiliating them before the entire congregation.
Apostle Nyamekye said such naming and shaming practices were not the best.
“When [a] young lady who is not married gets pregnant, she become fearful and depressed especially when she is a member of Pentecost Church for fear of being suspended and disgraced, this creates huge depression for such people, so I will urge the Pastors and Elders to be magnanimous with such persons ” he said.
According to Starrfmonline, the line drew huge applause amongst the youth gathered at the convention, which was being held to climax the Easter activities of the Koforidua Church of Pentecost.