Are pastors allowed to do this? Case study of Obofour and his crew
Entertainment of Wednesday, 19 February 2020
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16″
The above is a very common quote found on the lips of bible-believing people or Christians, whenever the debate of false prophets arises.
According to Ephesians 4:11, the church is gifted with five-fold ministers namely the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Each of them is unique and distinct.
Over the years, there has been a sudden increase in the number of prophets in Ghana, with most of them being owners of some TV and radio stations.
Though the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has spoken strongly against the proliferation of these false prophets who are not only dragging Christianity in the mud but also posing a threat to national security considering some remarks they’ve made, it seems that has fallen on deaf ears.
On the back of this, Ghanaians have been asked to be wary of the activities of self-acclaimed prophets so as not to be found as victims.
Over the weekend, there were two trending stories on Ghana’s social media platforms – the wedding of the first son of Osei Kwame Despite and that of birthday celebration of the 2-year-old son of Rev Obofour.
Whiles that of Kency2020 won the admiration of the many, the latter has ignited another debate about whether Christians especially pastors are supposed to be living a certain kind of lifestyle.
In a viral video, Rev Obofour is seen sharing TV’s and fridges to some of his church members and also partying with close associates in a new purchased ‘bus house’ estimated to cost GHC680,000.
The luxurious car according to a report Zionfelix has 3 TV sets, a bedroom, a kitchen, a washroom, a fridge, a living room, and many other things.
In the video, the founder and leader of the Anointed Palace Church (APC), together with his wife known as Obofowaa, Auntie Bea of Efie Wura fame, Pastor One Blow (former Obinim’s right-hand man), and other people are spotted dancing to Medikal’s song ‘Omo Ada’ and ‘Stevie Wonder’ Wendy Shay ft Shatta Wale.
Holding a champagne bottle, Rev. Obofour is heard stressing the lines of “3nhye wo, oooo 3nhye wo”, spraying cash, and acting up for the camera.
His wife dressed in long shimmery apparel and visibly red long nails is also seen spraying cash on herself on the bus.
Some critics have said the conduct is very offensive to the principles of Christianity.
“By their fruits, ye shall know them, and you don’t need to be told la,” one Akuffobea commented under Zionfelix’s post.
“The end will justify the means. Carnal man of God,” mood_ghana also wrote.
“Eerrrmm so there is nothing like worldly music after all,” Jeezygh said.
Are Ghanaians supposed to adhere to what the bible says in Psalm 105:15 that reads “do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm,” and stay quiet? Or they should be citizens but not spectators hence should critic the lifestyle of men of God.
GhanaWeb now asks, are pastors supposed to live like this? Join the debate letting us know your thoughts in the comments section.