Ghanaians lash out at Pastor Owusu-Bempah

Rev Owusu-Bempah

Rev Owusu-Bempah

A cross section of Ghanaians have expressed varied views on the upsurge of doomsday prophets in the country and called for urgent steps to put their activities in check, to safeguard the unity, peace and stability of the country.

Speaking in separate interviews with the Ghanaian Times, most individuals condemned the manner in which such prophecies were relayed publicly as they believed it only created fear and tensions in the country.

This follows recurrent doom prophecies by some Ghanaian prophets including Rev. Isaac Owusu-Bempah  and Prophet Reindolph Oduro Gyebi also known as Eagle prophet and Prophet Nigel Gaisie .

The predictions announced especially during New Year’s Eve service targeted prominent leaders and personalities from politics, entertainment and the academia.

Last Monday’s myriad of death prophecies brought to the fore the issue of doom prophecies, how they are announced and the controversies they generate.

To Mr. John Richard Ziedeng, a teacher, it was high time government set laws to regulate the activities of so called prophets in the country.

“Every prophet or pastor should be given rules to follow before they can establish their own churches. Their messages should also be regulated so that they cannot deliver any message anytime and anywhere.

All pastors and prophets who have not been to the theology institutions should not be allowed to operate in the country since most of their actions can affect the country,” he insisted.

A caterer, Rita Aku Mac-Pods Abenyegah, believed that “God reveals to redeem so the prophets must rather go directly to the persons and call some pastors to assist in prayers to redeem these people rather than go public with it. The pastors must apply wisdom in their prophecies.”

Another, Francis Boakye, a porter said he was stunned to always hear such prophesies, wondering, “So doesn’t God reveal to them anything good for the country? This kinds of prophecies create fear and panic and the laws of the country must deal with them.”

Mr Abdul Razak, a motorcyclist said that the best solution for such prophesies was to pray for people involved instead of disclosing it on radio.

“As a Muslim, it is certain for mankind to taste death and it has been decreed in the Quran so it is not a worry to me,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi reports that the Accra Regional Police Command has deployed personnel to the Glorious Word Power Ministries International (GWPMI) at Odorkor in Accra following an attack by some irate youth on the church’s office complex on Wednesday.

When the Ghanaian Times visited the scene at about 12:30 p.m. yesterday there were personnel from the Operational Unit of the Command ensuring safety whilst crime scene personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department had commenced investigations.

Also sighted at the scene were smashed windows, a pulled down bill board bearing the picture of Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah and a damaged security door post.

The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong who led a team of senior personnel to assess the situation told the paper that the deployed personnel were to ensure safety at the premises and safety of worshippers who may come to the church.

“The personnel would be at the church premises 24 hours to ensure law and order in the area,” he stated.

He vowed that the Police would go after the culprits especially the leader of the team that went to the premises to vandalise the properties of the church.

The Commander pointed out that there was no war between Muslims and Christians in the country, adding that the actions of the culprits were individually motivated and that suspects would be dealt with according to the law.

He called on the media to be circumspect in their reportage, adding that they have a responsibility to contribute to the peace and stability in the country.

However one person (name withheld) has reported himself to the Command to assist in investigations.

It would be recalled that some irate youth on Wednesday besieged the headquarters of the GWPMI and vandalised some property following a prophecy by the head pastor, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah.

At the watch night service on Monday, the man of God, noted for death prophecies, predicted the death of some prominent Ghanaian leaders including the National Chief Imam, Sheikh (Dr) Nuhu Sharubutu, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and former President John Dramani Mahama.

This incurred the wrath of the youth, who wielding machetes, stones and other items, stormed the church in the afternoon to destroy items including plastic chairs, windows, and other items they found in the church yard.

By Times Reporters

 

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