General News of Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Today can report that there is no end in sight on the verbal attacks on the General Overseer and founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil.
The latest to join this bandwagon, Today gathered, is the controversial pastor and leader of the Heaven’s Gate Ministry International, Nicholas Osei, popularly known as ‘Kumchacha.’
The vociferous man of God has charged the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to arrest Pastor Mensa Otabil for what he described as ‘fraudulent prayers for fees schemes.’
The first to lash out at Pastor Otabil was controversial man of God, Rev. Owusu Bempah
The leader and founder of Glorious Word Power Ministry International was not happy about a comment the ICGC leader was alleged to have made in the past, which he described Christians who give offering to some prophets for special prayers as foolish.
The bashings followed his [Pastor Mensa Otabil’s] recent U-turn during his annual “Greater Works” conference where participants were urged to offer various sums of money for special prayers.
But adding his voice to the ensuing debate over the propriety and genuineness of fee-paying requests for special blessings on Kasapa FM in Accra, Kumchacha said the entire programme was a business venture and that Pastor Otabil and other pastors who participated in the event, notably Mathew Ashimolowo, committed fraud hence must be arrested.
According to him, Pastor Mensa Otabil previously criticised some men of God who asked people to purchase anointing oil, and therefore found it hypocritical for the same pastor to be involved in a venture that asks people to pay specific amounts for specific blessings.
The notice requesting for the categorised sums and accompanying ‘blessings’ attracted a severe backlash from social media users who criticised the organisers for selling salvation to the highest bidder.
But in an apparent response to the accusations, Pastor Mensa Otabil admonished Christians not to apply logic to matters of faith during one of his sermons at ICGC’s Christ Temple in Accra.
“Belief goes beyond logic. Logic will tell you what is probable all things being equal. Logic will tell you that if you have a thousand cedis in your account, then you can spend thousand cedis because that is logical. Belief will tell you that if you have five loaves of bread you don’t feed five people.
“Belief will tell you that if you have five loaves of bread you can feed five thousand; that is not logical. Now, many times if we say we believe, we believe according to logic, so even what you are believing for is a just progression of logic,” he explained.
“I want you to stretch your faith and you are going to believe according to what is written and what I want you to believe is, He says all things are possible, I don’t know what that is to you but it is a blank cheque,” he added.