For months now, social media has been inundated with letters and counter letters from top shots of the PCC, including ordained pastors and laity, who have done nothing but drag the church into disrepute.
“We have exposed ourselves enough on the Social Media. In the Name of Jesus, stop all these insults on one another. When we insult and accuse people falsely, it is the sacred image of God that is desecrated, when we cast doubt on our most cherished faith, it is the Body of Christ we afflict. We undermine our own very mission when we cast doubts on the church and cause the weak to fall. When disciples or God’s children run away from the church because of our character, we deny them God’s gracious gift of salvation.
“We accept all the insults and bad reports with a forgiving spirit. Insult ‘Fonki’ but let us not insult the church of God. Insult ‘Fonki’ but do not insult faithful Presbyterians and hardworking servants of God. Inflict pain and bruises on ‘Fonki’ but keep the church of God safe. For it is the last place of hope for many hopeless people. We ask for forgiveness for any Presbyterian who has been insulted or misunderstood and misrepresented in this current situation,” +Fonki said.
He insists that persistence, patience and perseverance in prayers, love and forgiveness is what the PCC needs from every genuine member of the church he described as a “great family”.
+Fonki says even Jesus Christ Himself suffered all false accusations and was crucified falsely. “Many of you out there have certainly at one time or another in your life or often been falsely accused. That is happening to our great church today and to some of her leaders. During such moments of great persecution, adversity and attack, those with weak and fainthearted faith would easily give up. But we can only encourage and urge you that “Don’t be moved, the God of truth and justice is in firm control and will vindicate the innocent.””
The PCC Moderator says they are working on a code of conduct on the responsible use of the Social Media. “A code of conduct is about to be completed for Pastors, Congregational and other church leaders on how to use the Social Media and other means of communication. But before this comes out, Pastors, Elders and other leaders of the church using the Social Media to inflame and defame individuals and institutions of the church are advised to desist from doing so.”
The Right Reverend Fonki Samuel Forba fell short of reacting to claims that he had tampered with the PCC Constitution to perpetuate his stay in power. He as well did not go frontal on the allegations of corruption, tribalism and influence peddling bedevilling the church.
His words: “At a time when we are being consumed by the ongoing armed conflict that is destroying the lives and properties of thousands of our brothers and sisters in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon, and almost the entire community faces complete destruction, and our hearts are bleeding as blood is flowing on a daily basis; it’s unfortunate that our church that is supposed to provide hope is rather supplying unedifying information that bears no semblance to the good news of Jesus Christ.
“We strongly believe that the insults and counter accusations is a deliberate attempt to destabilize the church. The idea is to pollute the mind of the people, keep repeating those lies until they become acceptable truths. But as we have often said, if it is the truth, it will be said with love, to heal, to build and to transform. Also, if it is the truth, it would be said at the right place, the right time and in the right tone.
“Protestants always protest. Our Presbyterian democracy is our strength but also our weakness. It seems that we have to learn to live with hostilities every five years when we carry out elections in the church. In 1985, because of elections, some Presbyteries in the Forest region were at the verge of a break away from the entire PCC. Thank God for the spiritual maturity of some of the key persons who put the interest of the church of God above personal interest.
“Some years back, it was a local tabloid that was used to maligned church leaders. The owner of that tabloid died (Lord have mercy) and the tabloid disappeared from the stands. This year the insults have multiplied because of the wrong use of the Social Media. It suffices for someone to describe the corrupt state of his own mind and attribute it to someone somewhere on the Social Media. “To the pure all things are pure but to those who are corrupted and do not believe nothing is pure” (Titus 1:15).
“These are trying and tempting times but as Paul says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Election to the post of Moderator and Synod Clerk of the PCC is expected sometime in November. It is not known if Rev. Fonki will take another mandate, though it is likely he would.