Religious leaders have been called upon to desist from blessing marriages where couples have not gone through vigorous guidance and counselling.
This is as a result of the neglect of the rudiments and violation of marriage vows resulting in brutalities in marriages.
It will also ensure that marriages are free from violence and reduce divorce in the country.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Emmanuel Martey said this in an interview with the Times in Accra on Tuesday to explain the reasons behind the recent brutalities against women and children from their male counterparts.
He said churches should also organise regular seminars, debates and other educative programmes which involve families.
Rev Martey said the church has a role to play in helping promote the wellbeing of families, adding that educative programmes for families must be encouraged and not exclusively for fellowships in the church.
According to Rt. Rev. Martey most of the brutalities in marriage can be linked to spiritualities.
He said it was human beings alone who were created in the image of God which the devil envy a lot.
“Psalm 8:5 tells us that it is human beings alone that were created in the image of God, in all creation humans are next to God and above angels “he added.
The moderator said due to this the devil will do all that it can to take that birth right from the children of God.
He said it was important for one to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and saviour for him or her to be saved.
Rt Rev Martey said life without Christ is meaningless, adding that "the devil will have power over you and control you sin against God".
He called on families to always pray without ceasing, read the Bible together to help in their spiritual upliftment and direction.
“We should bear in mind that families that pray to together stays together in all things “he added.
The Moderator advised couples to always pray without ceasing and be able to withstand temptation, adding that Christians should live in consonant with the biblical principles and also seek the face of God in their marriage.
“Marriage is a process it does not end on the wedding day, couples should endeavour to read their Bibles and pray without ceasing and also attend educate programmes for the upliftment of families “he added.
He called on the couples to seek guidance from men of God in their marriages adding that this will help in post marriage counselling.
Rt Rev Martey urged media practitioners to help decrease the menace by talking more on issues of violence in families and also organise programmes to help in family’s wellbeing.