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Counsellor Lutterodt: Incompetent counsellor, joke of a pastor

By: Andoh, Isaac Kyei

For the best part of the past two years, the name Counsellor Lutterodt has become a household name and one synonymous with marriage and relationship counselling in Ghana

From one outrageous punch line to the other, he has established himself as the controversial counsellor who rarely goes a month without dropping something worthy of debate and disdain in equal measure.

Hate him or love him, you look forward to hearing his next opinion and you’d admit that he rarely disappoints however disappointed it makes you.

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I have no basis to question his calling as a Pastor: that is not the spirit of this article. All I want people to know is that he falls short of the ethical standards of both professions he prides himself with.

Prior to Valentine, he had an interview with Ghanaweb TV calling on churches to give condoms to members who cannot abstain from sex instead of engaging them with activities to prevent them from going out on Valentine Day.

As a friend of mine will put it, “this is the final straw that broke my camel’s back”

Any Pastor who compromises on abstinence is not worthy of the pulpit. As a Christian, as much as I do not judge people who fornicate, I will never advise an unmarried person to engage in premarital sex.

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There are times when his positions are so low that even actresses (no disrespect) who get to meet him on the same platform (Notably: Tales from the Powder Room on GHOne) appear to give better advice than the so called counsellor.

After following him for about three years, I can say on authority that he is an incompetent counsellor and even worse if assessed as a Pastor.

Why am I saying this? Professionally, counsellors should never tell their clients or listeners what to do. It is the duty of counsellors to give people a broader view of issues and open their eyes to the possible repercussion of each option and leave their client to make an informed choice based on the knowledge and enlightenment received through the interaction with the counsellor.

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The Media is to blame for allowing such a person to spew so much poison into our society consistently for the past 3 years.

Despite the availability of Counsellors like: Uncle Ebo Whyte, Madam Joyce Aryee, Opanyin Kojo Kyere, Rev Yawson just to name a few, our media prefers a joker and one who will generate controversy to engage people in needless arguments.

I have listened to Opanyin Kojo Kyere, Uncle Ebo Whyte, Reverend Joyce Aryee, Rev Dr Adofo Somuah, Rev Helen Yawson, Counsellor Adofoli and two relatively unknown: Nathaniel Amoh Boateng and Mrs Felicia Ahwireng, I know how it feels like sitting under the feet of godly counsellor full of knowledge.

I can say emphatically that Counsellor Lutterodt is a joke of a counsellor and the earlier better counsellors are given the platform by the media, the better for the many vulnerable people who really need help.

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The other time his bosom friend, Lawyer Maurice Ampaw, frankly said the man doesn’t think right and should take note of the fact that his role as a counsellor is to home building instead of destroying homes and relationships.

He clearly loves the attention he is getting and makes conscious effort to be heard and discussed. He has succeeded in getting me to write on him but he definitely wouldn’t like this one.

His counselling doesn’t build homes, it doesn’t give singles the patience to work together and grow in marriage like the many success stories from humble beginnings we hear. He encourages divorce and everything that a man of God will discourage.

If a single lady listens to him, she will end up dying single.

Our youth deserve better.

Isaac Kyei Andoh

isaackyeiandoh@yahoo.com

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