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PBCA, CBCC on lifting of Prohibition Act
Published on 20 Jul. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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A consultative meeting on the issue of Total Liquor Prohibition Act (TLPA) was held on the July 13 at Phom Baptist Church Association (PBCA) headquarters.
According to executive secretary, PBCA, Nuklu Phom, the meeting was attended by apex NGOs of Longleng district comprising Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Phom People’s Council (PPC) Phom Student’s Conference (PSC), Phomla Hoichem (Phom Women’s Organization), Association of Phom graduates and officers (APGO), citizen presidents of all the Villages under Longleng district, town ward Leaders, and different representatives from different leaderships.
The consultation after much deliberation decided that it would continue to reiterate the Act passed by the government of Nagaland in 1987.
It also affirmed that it would disseminate the Act in every corner of Longleng district and impose strict and severe implementation and organize surprise raid of any form of substances in and around its district, and requested the VVIPs and VIP (vehicles with name plates) to cooperate in it’s strive for implementation of the Act.
The meeting also resolved that the Church would communicate on Christian values and Biblical teachings to the people to abstain from any form of substance abuses and cooperate in it’s strive for implementation of the Total Liquor Prohibition Act in the district after consideration on the subject with the neighboring Churches and tribes.
Meanwhile, PBCA informed the NBCC and the government of Nagaland that the meeting reaffirmed its commitment to implement the Total Liquor Prohibition Act strictly in and around Longleng district, and that lifting of the Act passed would be “returning to one’s own vomit”.
In this regard, PBCA has requested the state government for strict implementation and to take coercive active against defaulters, while at the same time appealed the NBCC and the Church to reorient its strategy by imparting Christian teachings and values and edify the people to abstain from any form of substance abuse and uses.
CBCC plea to hold
prayer on Jul 25
Abiding the decision of NBCC, the Chakhesang Baptist Church Council said it would uphold the Nagaland Liquor Total prohibition Act 1989.
All 94 Churches under the Council having more than 90,000 Christian members have been requested to pray fervently for this cause on July 25 from 6 a.m to 12 noon all Churches as fixed by NBCC. A press release issued by executive secretary, CBCC Rev.Vezopa Tetseo requested chairman of all 8 areas of CBCC and pastors to make a prayer day successful and continue to inform and educate church members by way of preaching, teaching, counseling and home visitation with love and affection.
CBCC also stated that whatever reasons individuals, groups or NGO’s may give in support to lifting the prohibition law, believers must discern from Biblical perspectives where “Bible says that wine brings curse and shame to a nation. (9:21-25), wine is a mocker. (Prov. 20:1) and wine makes people mad. (Jer. 25:16)”

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