This past year, these men of God have gained so much power and influence, not only from their spiritual food and words of encouragement but also the prominence they achieved in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
This past year, these Men of God have gained so much power and influence, not only from their spiritual food and words of encouragement but also the prominence they achieved in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
The president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo could not even end his victory speech without mentioning the names of some of them.
Here is the list of 2016's most influential men of God compiled by Pulse.com.gh.
The founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministry International, Rev. Isaac Owusu-Bempah, was in the news at the latter part of the year for making some scary prophecies ahead of the December 7 polls.
He, for instance, alleged that President John Mahama could be behind the many deaths in the country, particularly the death of Atta Mills. Rev Bempah further accused TB Joshua, the leader of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), of conspiring to rig the December 7 polls, a claim T.B Joshua denied.
But what perhaps made him achieve so much influence was his prediction that Nana Addo will win the main elections. With his prophecy coming to fruition, many Ghanaians and some political leaders trooped to his church after Nana Addo's electoral victory to give him the praise for prophesying correctly.
The influential leader of the International Central Gospel Church made headlines this year, particularly, with his “auto-pilot comments which became a subject of controversy in the run-up to this year’s election. Pastor Otabil had in a sermon with his congregation expressed disappointment at what he said was the propensity of Ghanaians to put their votes on “auto-pilot”. He believed that it is an insult to one’s intelligence to put their vote on autopilot without looking at the proposal by the various political parties.
The Ghanaian theologian and philanthropist's rendition of the scripture endeared him to so many people such that he was still the highly sought-after speaker at major conferences and many mega-churches around the country. In 2015, Ghanaians voted him as the “Most Influential Person in Ghana”, in a list published by ETV Ghana.
The leader of the International God's Way Church has always made headlines just by his actions and words, and this year was no different. His arrest by the police for allegedly defrauding a man of GHC11.6 million saw hundreds of his church members who thronged the Police headquarters demanding his release.
To show how “powerful” he is, Obinim who calls himself the Angel of God indicated that the NPP will have 100% votes in Ghana and the NDC with 60% votes after the elections. The fact is, mathematically, this is not even possible when dealing with percentage votes. Nevertheless, the controversial man of God claimed that if the election is not rigged, the NPP will win.
The Founder of the Ebenezer Miracle Worship Centre located at Ahenema Kokoben in the Ashanti Region was one of the most controversial but powerful man of God this year. Scores of Ghanaians trooped to his inland city worship centre to seek spiritual healing and offer intercessory prayers.
The vice president, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and other NDC officials visited the popular prophet in the run-up to the elections for prayers.
Prophet Yiadom also prophesied victory for the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when a delegation led by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party paid him a visit at his church.
He subsequently elected himself to be part of the Akufo-Addo's cabinet as a spiritual adviser if he wins power.