Renowned Radio Pastor and Head of Cedar Mountain Chapel of the Assemblies of God Church, East Legon, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengham, wants the National Security outfit to summon a colleague Man of God before them regarding an earth-shattering prophesy the latter publicly gave about President John Dramani Mahama last week.
He believes such an action by the security agencies will deter some Prophets from prophesying falsehood about the lives of people in the country.
Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah, a well-known Prophet and Founder and Leader of the Glorious Word Ministry International on Friday stated in a radio interview that God revealed to him that President Mahama will die this year but the impending calamity could be averted if the entire nation, and most especially the President, sought God’s help through prayers.
According to him, the revelation came to him on the night of December 31, 2012 and he announced it at the Church’s end of year service. He however bemoaned his inability to meet the President and inform him about the dark cloud hanging over his head and the necessary steps to be taken to avert the looming disaster.
“I have not been able to meet the President and inform him. A similar thing happened when I prophesied about the late President Mills, but they turned me away,” he said.
But some other celebrated men of God are unhappy about the Prophet’s claims.
Days after his revelation, the General Overseer of the Action Faith Chapel International in Accra Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, in a terse language, chided Pastors who make doomsday prophecies against sitting Presidents saying some of the prophecies churned out by some pastors are borne out of greed and selfish aims and also don’t come from God.
Without any direct reference to any Pastor, Arch Bishop Duncan Williams warned that: “The thing that you must always look out for when you see all these prophets prophesying all kinds of doom on the internet against the President…is to ask yourself does [the Prophet] have honour, credibility, character and integrity? “Where did he come from? Who trained him? How long has he been on the scene? Who laid hands on him? Whose product is he? At whose feet did he study? Who groomed him? Who covered him? Who was his teacher? Who taught him?”
Another powerful man of God, the General Overseer and Resident Pastor of the World Miracle International Church, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare, speaking on the issue, described as “pastorally and scripturally unethical” the renowned Prophet’s option of using the media to air his alleged prophesy saying “This is a message designed to create panic and despair.”
To him, Prophet Owusu Bempah should have used an appropriate channel to reach out to the Presidency by either consulting with the Presidency or the Spiritual leader of the President before going public.
He therefore prayed for long life for President Mahama in order to nullify the prophecy.
“By the authority vested in me as a Prophet and an Apostle to the nations, and also as one of the Spiritual watchmen at the gates of this nation and with the authority of heaven behind me, I declare that the president John Dramani Mahama will not die a premature death before his time, but he will live to declare the works of God.
“As an Apostle and a Prophet of God, I neutralize anything prophesied against the President, spoken against him, invoked against him, any psychic commands and demands, any agreement of witches and wizards and I decree that the counsel of the Lord alone concerning him that shall stand according to my word.”
Obviously riled by the criticisms from his colleague men of God, Rev. Owusu-Bempah, in an interview on PeaceFM during the station’s Midday Bulletin, retorted that Bishop Agyin Asare is ‘ignorant of what the Bible says’.
He indicated that had the man of God critically studied the Bible and how God truly works, he would not have made such pronouncements.
“When the deaths of former President Mills and Aliu Mahama occurred, these same people accused me of delaying in coming out with that prophecy, so why should he condemn it when I have come out to say it…they are not Prophets and so they should keep quiet – God spoke to me by revelation and that is what I voiced out…” Rev. Owusu-Bempah said.
He continued; “What does he mean by ‘it is not scriptural’? He is not making sense at all; it is absurd…Should we not pray if God has revealed to redeem? What will be my benefit if the President dies?…I don’t understand why the issue is being politicised. I will not listen to what they are saying because they are not spiritual people. I will continue to pray for the country…” adding that members of his church are already fasting and praying; seeking the face of God to avert the prophecy from coming to pass.
Populism??? Religious Misbehaviour????
However, in a rather sharp riposte on the same PeaceFM platform, Rev Dr Wengham, who also doubles as Campus Pastor of the Assemblies of God Campus Ministry, University of Ghana Legon, President’s Nominee to the Ghana Prisons Council and CitiFM’s Resident Pastor, entreated Ghanaians to condemn “this populist way of trying to gain popularity.”
“He is not the only man of God in this country. We all pray for the nation and we’ve not seen anything like that, we’ve not sensed anything like that. So, I want to tell Ghanaians on authority that it is a false prophecy. They should disregard it,” he said.
According to him, the prophecy could cause “fear and panic” in the country adding that some men of God use the cloak of “religion and the bible” to “misbehave.”
“What he said can cause fear and panic in the country. Some can hide behind religion and the bible and then misbehave. What he did is not sound; it’s against the laws of the land. So, National Security should invite [him]…it will serve us a deterrent to any other person…the law of the land should take its course,” he asserted.
Whiles describing Rev. Owusu Bempah as a “false Prophet” since his prophecy about the outcome of the 2012 elections misfired, he however implored Ghanaians to pray for the life of President Mahama.