God says…. Beware of False Prophets (Mat
7:15(NIV) “Watch out for false prophets”
Someone once told me that on every street
in Accra there were either drinking spots or churches. I conducted a random
survey and found it to be true, but i also think it depends on one’s
neighbourhood. If you live in a gated community like Trasacco Estates then you
are not being counted. 

I am ready to bet my last cedi that there are more than 200 registered churches in Ghana. You may say that figure is small, i know but
my mind can only come up with that. When i was growing up i figured the only
churches existing were the Orthodox churches until i reached the age where my
mind was exposed to the different types of religious organisations (can i use
that word?) i will not start naming them, i seriously doubt i would finish by
tomorrow (wink!)

What has got me started on churches? Oh..hmmm…not
much oh, just the recent alarming explosion in the number of cases where women
have been raped/assaulted/robbed by ‘Pastors’ or church leaders or Pastors who
have stolen and absconded with the churches collection. How?  It saddens me when whilst stuck in traffic on
my way to work, i see the headlines of the dailies screaming out, ‘Pastor
Caught Red-Handed/Pastor Robs Church’.

What does God say about false prophets?
Jesus answered when He was asked of the signs of His Coming, “Watch out that no one deceives you, for many
will come in my name,.. At that time many
will turn away from the faith… and many false
prophets
will appear and deceive many people.” (Matt 24:10-12
(NIV) 
So we are seeing these signs
are we not? Jesus is coming!  

What makes a Prophet false? When he demands
from you an amount of money or material goods (food items, clothing, dvd, car,
plane ticket..you know, stuff like that) before praying or prophesying for you,
demanding for sexual favours or even certain items like someone’s picture or
hair follicle etc. 

Any prophet who demands such items or services from you is
FALSE! He/ She is a wolf in sheepskin! We have been given ALL things through
Jesus Christ, so why don’t you go to the One who has freely given you all
things that you shouldn’t lack?

Have you ever counted the men versus women
in any regular church? The women will win hands down. Why do women outnumber
the men in our churches? Is it because women have more emotional issues hence
the church is the safest place to vent out their frustrations in life?

 I
believe more Christians women are becoming impatient whilst waiting for their
breakthroughs hence fall prey to well-seasoned fake prophets who sweet talk
them only to deceive them, and these prophets are very knowledgeable of issues
of life. Personally, i believe they take psychology courses to understand human
behaviour making it easy to predict people’s problems. 

If i were a ‘fake’
prophet (God forbid!) and i see a young woman through several physical signs i
could easily just predict and tell her that she is looking for a husband just
because she is not wearing a ring or she is wearing a ring and looking at her
physique i would prophesy that she is going to give birth soon. That would
boost her faith in me immediately.

Ghana currently has more churches which are growing faster than any
other sector of the economy. I am not saying that is bad, no. God’s message has
to be spread amongst the nations, true, but the false prophets are also
enriching themselves at the cost of poor and
unsuspecting and desperate men and women
(especially women) even the Vice President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama whilst
addressing a group of Christian leaders at a conference on Christian Education and Leadership and bemoaned on how
shameful self-imposed “men of God” were able to lure their unsuspecting clients
into compromising with their selfish and abusive practices to enrich
themselves.’ 

So, fake pastors and prophets are riding in BMW’s, 4WD’s, living
in mansions whilst their congregation wallow in poverty. Eziekel 34:3 is right on point and quotes that, “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with
the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock
.Need i say more?

There was story in the one of the
newspapers about how a Pastor tried to have sex with a policeman’s wife in a
hotel. My question , why would a married woman agree to meet a pastor in a
hotel without questioning the location? Why the hotel and not the church
premises? Aren’t we supposed to be discerning as Christians?
Acts 28:27 For the hearts of this people have
grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should
understand with their hearts and turn, so that i should heal them.

 So basically, the people have
heard the message and yet they remain dull! We shouldn’t allow desperation for
a husband, a wife, a child, money, a house, etc lead us to compromise our
Christian values for some charlatan to dupe us out of our life savings! The
Ghanaian society is rapidly increasing with too many cases of fraudulent
pastors/prophets and some journalists are having a field day printing such
stories. I am sure atheists are also patting themselves on the back for not
yielding themselves to the Christian religion or any other religion for that
matter. Christians should be like David and wait on the Lord. Its not easy but when the breakthrough comes you will be forever smiling!
What
punishment will be metted out to these fake prophets? Well, i know a jail
sentence will be a fitting one once the case gets to court. I am here,
referring to Divine Punishment! God has promised in

Zec 11:17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword
shall be against his arm and against his right eye; His arm shall completely
wither, and his right eye shall be totally blinded.” Amen!!!

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