Ghenewsnow.com can confirm that the immediate past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, The Very Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong Manso has quit the church.
His resignation is due to what he describes as gross disrespect to his person and ministry.
Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso’s decision follows a resolution by the leadership of the Presbyterian Church, Ghana (PCG) to sever relationships with pro-gay Presbyterian Church, United States of America (PC-USA).
The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey wrote to his predecessor who has been sent to the United Staes on assignment asking him to return to Ghana latest by December 31, 2015.
He cited among other things the PC-USA’s approval to ordain gay pastors, elders and deacons. He described this as unbiblical and ‘demonic’.
Prof Martey vowed that the Presbyterian Church Ghana will not accept the idea of ordaining gay priests and deacons because it is a total “deviation from Bible principles.”
But Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong Manso in an interview with an Accra-based radio station said the General Assembly did not accord him the needed respect before taking the decision to recall him from the USA.
“I was not given a hearing before they took the decision to recall me. I think it is disrespectful to my person and ministry,” he said. Rev. Frimpong Manso added that he has decided to stay with PC-USA and does not intend to return to PC, Ghana.
“I cannot serve two masters so I will stay here, do the work of God and win more souls for Christ” he added.
Below is the full resignation letter
Re: Resignation from the PCG
In view of the current misunderstanding of the PCG concerning the extension of my call to the service of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church through the Presbytery of New York City and the clear understanding of the PNYC of the PC(USA) polity regarding transfer of my membership to the Presbytery and for that matter under their jurisdiction in their letter of September 24, 2015 to you, I have decided with the support of my family to resign from the Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana with effect from October 31, 2015. I wish you all the best in the LORD.
Very Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso.
Cc: Stated Clerk, PNYC, PC(USA)
Executive Presbyter, PNYC, PC(USA)
Clerk of Session, EPRC