General News of Friday, 4 January 2019
Founder of Glorious Word and Power Ministries International, Reverend Isaac Owusu Bempah, has defended his controversial prophecies, saying they are not sacrilegious.
He clarified that prophecies come in different ways, and that in some of the prophecies, God speaks directly through him; and so he cannot always determine how they must be communicated.
He says there are many times he has privately contacted such public figures on some of his prophecies, and that not all prophecies must be private.
Owusu Bempah, who claimed that he has operated in the ministry for close to 30 years, said his prophecies are given to him by God.
He is also credited as one of the pioneers of the prophetic ministry in Ghana, having mentored many prophets in the country. He has gone through the hands of respected ministers like Eastwood Anaba, who was literally his ‘spiritual father’.
“When a prophet says if we don’t pray something evil will happen, the prophet should not be condemned. When we see things and we utter them, it is not a sin. It is God speaking through me. God is mightier than any person and we can’t direct him how to go about the prophecies. I don’t prophesy to glorify myself,” he said.
Rev. Owusu Bempah gave a lot of biblical instances of similar prophecies in the Bible, to justify his action, saying there is actually nothing like a bad or good prophecy.
The renowned reverend minister has been in the news a couple of times for his controversial prophecies.
He was in the news recently for predicting the death of some politicians, religious leaders, high profile personalities including the Chief Imam, Sheik Nuhu Sharabutu in 2019.
His prophecy did not go down well with a section of Ghanaians who issued a warning to Rev. Owusu Bempah to retract the prophecy or face their wrath.
They then stormed the church premises at Odorkor on Wednesday, wielding cutlasses and vandalizing parts of the property.
Plastic chairs, an organ and some windows in the church building were damaged; an act condemned by the Chief Imam.
Speaking on Ekosii sen on Accra based Asempa FM on Friday; Owusu Bempah insisted that there was nothing wrong with his prophecies. In some cases he accused the media of twisting the prophecies to court public disaffection for him.
He said it was also not true that he only engages in negative prophecies involving public figures, explaining that the media chooses to highlight prophecies on such individuals.
“I prophesy about a lot of things. If God speaks about a high profile personality, it will certainly carry more weight than ordinary people. It is the media that selects which ones to report on. I speak in my church; I don’t say those things on the radio station. I can’t also stop journalists from coming to my church,” he added on the show.
Owusu Bempah during the interview on Asempa FM gave a number of biblical examples in the likes of Hezekiah, Jonah, Isaiah and Jesus among others, to defend his prophetic ministry.
National Peace Council condemns ‘doomsday’ prophecies; calls for calm
The National Peace Council has called on Ghanaians to desist from taking the law into their own hands in an attempt to vent their spleen over so-called doomsday prophecies in the country.
The Council in a statement also condemned such prophecies that seem to be igniting some disquiet among a section of Ghanaians.
“It is in line with the above constitutional provision that the National Peace Council, condemns in no uncertain terms the so-called prophesies making rounds in the media declaring the death of some key statesmen and women in the country. The National Peace Council is deeply concerned and calls on all religious leaders to conduct their activities with the highest circumspection, and responsibility, to ensure that in the exercise of their religious freedom, they do not undermine and violate the rights of other citizens.”
“The National Peace Council appeals to all Ghanaians not to resort to any criminal activity in an attempt to respond to these so-called prophets. Let us remember that it is always better and productive to use non-violent means to address our issues,” the statement signed by Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Board Chairman of the National Peace Council stated.