So I was going through my facebook timeline today and came across posts asserting that one of the mainly highly controversial prophets of Ghana, founder of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry, Isaac Owusu Bempah did the usual thing. His yearly predictions at the onset of every year. I very much recollect 2013’s prediction. It informed Ghanaians of John Dramani Mahama‘s untimely death in that year if he [the President] and his advisors did not take steps to reverse that. In 2014, the supposed prophet also predicted a coup, and the death of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II. He explained afterwards, “I am not asking the King to invite me to his palace to pray for him. What I mean is that if he invites me to come there, I am ready to go and pray for him because that is my job as a pastor. If God has not shown me these things, I would not say them.”
This year can’t be different, it takes us back to a hurdle we thought we crossed. It reminds us of a regime we escaped, the rulership under military dictatorship. Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings will probably crack a smile after hearing this. On Saturday’s edition (2nd January, 2016) of Adom FM‘s news, Owusu Bempah said,
“I saw a very large dragon with three heads, it also had heads at its tail, then I saw the dragon touching its neck with its tail, and blood was oozing from the neck…and God explained to me that that was a sign of coup coming to Ghana in the course of the year, 2016.” He added, “Ghana’s election date is also likely to be postponed as well to give time for the government to stay in power…so Ghanaians must pray against this“. Giving the benefit of a progressive airtime, the prophet went further to assert that Nana Akuffo Addo (flagbearer for the New Patriotic Party) had an upper hand in winning the year’s election but also stood the chance of dying because his own political party members seeked to assasinate him.
“There would be fire and brimstone in the run up to the 2016 elections, but we can pray to avert it and cease it from happening entirely, God would do it.” he said.
Why I think Prophecies are fallacious? If it happens, then the pastor was right. If it doesn’t, then the pastor prayed to avert it. That’s like a game of chance to me. It is found in mathematics; Probability. You just cannot hold on to the idea that prophecies are wholistically authentic. No! So many thinkers of old (divine circles out) predicted present times from a logical perspective.
For instance, the Serbian-American scientist, Nikola Tesla predicted smartphones in 1926. He was more specific and had no aversion tool to set him free in case such a prediction flopped. In an interview with John B. Kennedy, the scientist said “When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.” Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), the ancient greek physician predicted a breakthrough in medicine to understand and find a cure to epilepsy which was then a disease perceived to be divinely rooted. To add a few, Edward Bellamy in his 1888 novel, “Looking Backward” predicted the use of Debit Cards. In 1953, Ray Bradbury spoke of earbuds in Fahrenheit 451. The cure of diseases by transplantation was also predicted in a handwritten note by Robert Boyle in 1660. All these futurists were successful at valid predictions because they thought. Thinking is all we need. It opens new windows, horizons and chests our imagination may never think of. Open those blind eyes of yours, for that very pastor you hopelessly trust might dupe you out of his ability to code read. Wake up, be enlightened!
Another detail of his prophecy for this year has the death of Kweku Asonaba Darko [popularly known as Super OD from the Osofo Dadzie acting group] and highlife musician, Jewel Ackah. What a coincidence? By the way, Super OD has been seriously ill for sometime now. We need predictions, but the prophetic ones, those ones attached to nothing but the dreams and hallucinations of a human who now has a badge of a supposed divinity? That, we cannot cling our last strenght to. Predictions can be made, that’s even why fields like History exist. They compare past events with the present to create a relationship with the possible occurences in the future. History allows us to understand our present and potential problems with just an account on what happened in the past. We need better predictions. But there is a whole lot happening in this world. Discoveries and breakthroughs. Owusu Bempah’s God could not find anything else to caution us about aside the inevitable things we as humans have been aware of, right from the inception of time. Death is inevitable, and it’s very clear to make fruitful predictions of one’s future demise when one is old and seriously ill. I was not shocked in a bit when my Grand dad died, not because I had some divine powers attributed to only me, but due to the knowledge that illness may lead to death especially at a very old age.
Owusu Bempah’s God is more poised at the negatives than the positives, something that questions this God’s very attribute of purity and the optimism of faith that all is well regardless of the atrocities of the future. We need better predictions, predictions like when medicine will find a breakthrough in deciphering the cure to some of its greatest problems like AIDs and cancer. It really baffles me that pastors in a way or the other always give us details other than the realistic revolutions the world faces, something like the creation of Facebook. Its over, the preferential treatments to people on religious grounds must stop. We are all the same in the inside. When a pastor speaks ill, he should receive the same reaction we give to politicians, nurses, friends, police officers etc. Prophecies like that brings unnecessary fear and panic.
Regardless, many supposed men of God have also shed a different ideology to that of the Prophet. Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare are two names. In 2013, Bempah for instance was furious and accused the head of the Action Chapel International, for being a christian leader who was corrupted by partisan politics. This happened after Archbishop Williams gave these words in a sermon;
“ 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?…. Sometimes our own desires, wishes, personal passions, convictions, greed and selfishness blind us to reality… You have no idea what will happen if anything happens to the sitting President… They say all kinds of things and people believe it because people are ignorant. You don’t understand what happens to the country if something happens to the sitting President, people don’t understand.”
The head of the Word Miracle Church International also had his share of ridicule from the prophet. Bishop Agyin-Asare was called “senseless and ignorant” after preaching at the Perez Dome that “President Mahama will not die a premature death” as mentioned by the prophet. The Bishop added that, Owusu Bempah’s actions were pastorally and scripturally unethical. The prophet upon realizing this said in an interview with Peace FM,
“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.”
That is how controversial christianity has become, a battle among pastors all trying to prove the point that their interpretation is the one of God.