He said it was regrettable that Ghana had been identified as one of the countries where sanitation was not the best and asked church leaders to educate their congregation on the need to maintain good environmental practices to help keep the nation clean.
Mr Oppong-Ababio was addressing the closing ceremony of a four-day biennial national youth convention of the Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI) on the theme “Until Christ is Formed in You” at the Jubilee Park in Sunyani.
About 8,000 youth of the church from the 10 regions attended the convention which was to promote morality to enable them to attain, holiness, righteousness and other spiritual virtues that would not only promote good lives but also bring out the virtues that would help them propel the nation to development.
Declare stand on gay
Nana Bofotia Boamponsem, Krontihene of Sunyani, also asked churches to declare their stand on the gay issue, and added that it was abominable for a nation to accept the practice.
He condemned those nations in the Western world which were coercing other nations to accept the practice for monetary gains.
Nana Boamponsem called for a total rejection because it was against the moral and spiritual values of the people of Ghana.
Apostle Dr Stephen Kwame Amoani, Chairman of Christ Apostolic Church International (CACI), said the acquisition of intellectual knowledge would be meaningless in the achiever’s life without the virtue of the fear of God.
He said although a nation was developed based on the level of education of its human resources, that fact would not be fully complete if those with the knowledge were not spiritually moulded, tailored or trained along the lines of Christian virtues.
Apostle Dr Amoani, who is also the Second Vice-Chairman of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, emphasised that intellectual knowledge without Christ in a person’s life was bound to breed vices such as bribery and corruption, armed robbery and other unproductive tendencies among leaders of a nation.
He, therefore, advised the youth of the church to be spiritually upright to enable them to succeed in all their endeavours.
Speaking on the topic: “The Life That I Live”, Apostle Joseph Sakyi, Christian Education Director of the church, said prior to Apostle Paul’s conversion, he was a great Hebrew theological scholar, a Roman citizen and a zealous young pharisee.
He said those attributes and achievements became nothing to Apostle Paul when he encountered Jesus Christ.
Apostle Sakyi stressed that “without Christ, there is no trust in man and life; therefore, it is meaningless ”.
Other speakers at the convention from various branches of the church were Rev. George Asante, North Kaneshie, Accra; Deacon Neil Koomson, Odorkor, also in Accra, and Rev. Benjamin Akese, Bantama, Kumasi.