Archbishop Charles Agyinasare, the founder of Perez Chapel International, has said he meant no harm in his recent comments that Nogokpo, a town in the Ketu South Municipality is the headquarters of demons in the Volta Region.
Agyinasare, speaking to his church congregation on Sunday confirmed that truly, he made the said statement about Nogokpo last Thursday during a church service but he had no malice or ill motive in what he said.
The popular televangelist which a cult following across the country said his wife comes from the Volta Region and his ministry has very strong ties with the Region therefore there was no way he would intentionally made denigrating remarks about the Region.
A rather short video recording which captured Agyinasare making the said comments have since gone viral on social media and attracted him a rather heavy condemnation from persons who believe the comments were in a bad taste.
“At times, we do not tell you all the story. During this crusade in Aflao, where is Apostle Ayitey? Honey, where did we sleep – the town close to Aflao? We spelt at Agbozome, that was where our hotel was. And you have to go through Nogokpo; and Nogokpo is the demonic headquarters in the Volta Region.
“We only have not said it; but the second night, I made Bishop Yaw Adu talk about witchcraft. And we disgraced the witches and wizards. When we were driving from Aflao to Agbozome, immediately we got to Nogokpo, Bishop Yaw Adu’s four wheel drive, the tyre came out from under the car”, is the exact comment by Agyinasare that has earned his the pubic condemnation.
On Sunday May 28, however, Agyinasare offered what sounded like a clarification of the comments he made.
This was what he told his church:
“I have received calls from people very close to me and my attention has been drawn to social media commentary on some portions of comments I made this past Thursday during the Supernatural Empowerment Summit here in the Perez Dome.
I was speaking on the divine protection we as Christians enjoy from God and was teaching congregants on the need to activate divine protection from demonic attacks. This is a cardinal principle of our faith as Charismatic Christians.
To drive home my point, I made reference to several instances where I have encountered manifestations of demonic powers in my crusades which have taken me to over 92 countries of the world. 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 upon the people of the Nogokpo Town and the Volta Region as a whole.
I have had a very cordial relationship with the people of the Volta Region. My wife of 38 years is an Ewe from Keta. And two of my sons bear Ewe names. All of the examples I gave were not intended to denigrate any of the towns and their people but to elucidate the principle of divine protection to congregants.
Any misrepresentation 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 our Nation as the spirit directs.”