A few days to the end of the year 2021, the police service issued a statement in which it entreated the various religious leaders to be “measured in their utterances, especially how they communicate prophecies”.
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Popular pastors who have been well known for publicly pronouncing controversial prophecies on the 31st night of every year have completely revised their activities this year to avoid incurring the wrath of the no-nonsense Inspector-General of Police Dr Akuffo Dampare.
The police further warned that any such activity which has the potential to create fear and panic could get the perpetrators arrested, prosecuted and jailed for not less than five years.
"It is also a crime for a person, by means of electronic communications service, to knowingly send a communication that is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life-saving service or to endanger the safety of any person,” the statement read in part.
However, some pastors didn’t take kindly to the police’s warning, and even vowed to disregard and prophesy without fear of any consequence.
While all fingers were crossed to see which of the pastors would have the testicular fortitude to anger IGP Dampare, they beat a retreat instead.
Prophet Nigel Gaisie, Founder and Leader of the Prophetic Chapel Hill who blew hot air, saying: “I will prophesy in all confidence; I am not one of the cowards”, chose to avoid mentioning Ghana in all the 37 prophesies he made, lamenting the country’s systems are now repressive. Although some of his prophecies were about Ghana and Ghanaians, he replaced the country's name with 'Umofia'. He also avoided mentioning names of persons in the center of his prophecies.
His colleague, founder and leader of the Glorious Word Power Ministries International Reverend Isaac Owusu-Bempah who calls himself the nation’s prophet expressed confusion about how he can go about prophesying henceforth to avoid trouble.
His confusion is understandable because he has had a taste of Dr Dampare’s wrath and has not been left off the hook yet. His matter is still pending in court.
It is instructive to note that the police have not placed an embargo on prophesying by pastors, but have only cautioned against indiscriminate pronouncements that could create fear and panic.
"The Ghana Police Service wishes to place on record that the Police are not against prophecies; we acknowledge that we Ghanaians are a religious people who know and believe in, the centrality of God in our lives,” the police clarified in the statement.
Hopefully, this measure by the police brings some sanity to Christendom in the country.
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