Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder and head of Perez Chapel International, has urged members of the church to continue participating in the one-week fasting and prayers in order to enable them to overcome every obstacle and reach new levels of victory. There are currently 11 days left in the 14-day deadline given by the chiefs and residents of Nogokpo for him to report and engage in peace talks or face their wrath.
On Sunday, June 4, 2023, the church, Perez Chapel International, announced a one-week fast with prayers for all of its members around the world due to the Nogokpo controversy.
Following one of the church’s sermons in which the founder claimed Nogokpo was the “demonic headquarters” of the Volta Region, the church and Archbishop Charles Agyinasare came under fire from a segment of the public.
Native people of Nogokpo demanded that the Archbishop apologize for his remarks, which he did during his service on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Archbishop Agyinasare clarified during the May 28 service that his remarks were never intended to disparage the residents of Nogokpo or the Volta Region as a whole.
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He said that he was merely making reference to an encounter he had there while leading a crusade.
“To emphasize my point, I cited a number of occasions in which I ran into manifestations of demonic powers during my crusades, which took me to more than 92 different nations.
“I gave an example of people who were seeking to levitate during a crusade in India. I gave an example of an attack I suffered as a very young pastor who had gone to preach at a bus stop around Korle Bu.
“In reference to Nogokpo, I wish to clarify that I never intended to refer to the town but an incident that happened after a crusade at Aflao – I had absolutely no intention to cast a slur on the people of Nogokpo town and the Volta Region as a whole,” he explained.
He added, “I have had a cordial relationship with the people of the Volta Region – my wife of 38 years is an Ewe from Keta and two of my biological children bear Ewe names – all the examples I gave were not intended to denigrate any of the towns and their people, but to elucidate the principles of divine protection to congregants.”
Archbishop Agyinasare further apologised for the issues surrounding the statement he made and said he remained committed to serving Ghana as a spiritual leader.
“Any misrepresentations or misinformation that has characterised the subsequent commentary and reportage is regretted – my ministry over the past 40 years has been one that has spoken up at critical times in our nation as a spiritual gatekeeper and I remain committed to serving God’s people and the nation as the spirit directs,” he remarked.
At the Summit held recently at the headquarters of Perez Chapel in Accra, the Archbishop preached about divine protection and the existence of evil forces and cited several examples to support his teaching, where he mentioned Nogokpo as an example of an area where he experienced spiritual forces that worked against a crusade he organised in the area.
On Monday morning, June 5, 2023, three days after the ultimatum given by the chiefs and people of Nogokpo, and a day after the church declared a one-week fasting and prayers, Archbishop Agyinasare encouraged members of the church to continue to join the prayer session.
In a Facebook post, the Perez Chapel Founder said: