Former president John Mahama says acts by some false prophets do not justify calls to regulate activities of churches in the country.
According to him, the church had come a long way in helping to shape society and as such there was the need to allow its councils and leadership to deal with their own when they erred.
He urged the Christian Council of Ghana, the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council and other such groups to fashion measures to deal with church leaders who went against the principles and teachings of the Christian faith.
Former President Mahama was speaking at the appreciation and retirement service in honour of Apostle Peter Okoe Mankralo, the immediate past president of the Apostolic Church, Ghana, in Accra yesterday.
Mr Mahama commended Apostle Mankralo for his 32 years of dedicated service to the ministry of God and for his selflessness and contributions to the Apostolic Church and the Christian family.
“As you retire from active service, there is more work ahead of you and I hope that grace and favour from the above reaches you,” he said.
The former President appealed to members of the Apostolic Church to continue to pray for Apostle Mankralo and his family as he moved into another phase of life.
He further urged the new president of the church and his executive members to leverage the legacy left by their predecessor and push the Apostolic Church to a higher level of winning more souls for the Lord.
Preaching the sermon, the new president of the Apostolic Church, Ghana, Apostle Dr Aaron Ami-Narh, commended Apostle Mankralo for taking the church to a level where members had become more aware of the need to be part of its development.
He urged members to continue to contribute to the growth of the church.
Apostle Dr Ami-Narh further appealed to members to treat people who came their way with dignity and respect for they did not know where their help would come from.
"No work in the Church of God is meaningless unless one sees it as such," he said.
Fraternal messages were offered by representatives of the Ghana Pentecostal Council, Apostolic Church branches in the United Kingdom, the Men's Movement, the Teens and Children's Ministry, the Witness Movement, the Women's Movement and the Apostolic Students and Associates of Apostle Mankralo in appreciation of his untiring contributions to the growth of the church and the body of Christ.
He was presented with a citation for his contributions and service to the Apostolic Church and the nation at large.