Opinions of Wed, 13 Apr 201611
Doesn’t God reveal to redeem anymore?
by Justice Lee Adoboe
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Ephesians 4: 11-12
On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him. Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied. And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ” Acts 21: 8-11
Real men of God respect the ministries of one another, rather than condemning them.
But ever since the prophecy from T. B Joshua came on Sunday, April 10, 2016 that Christians should pray for Ghana and Nigeria since he could see an attack on them on specific days, all one hears men of God in Ghana saying is to condemn him for the prophecy and pour cold water on it.
But the question is doesn't God reveal to redeem again?
The scripture in Ephesians 4: 11 &12 as quoted above states clearly the five-fold ministries and nobody has all, as can be seen in Acts 21: 8-11. Even the great Paul the Apostle was ministered to by a prophet to confirm what God had already been telling him. Meanwhile that happened in the house of Philip the Evangelist who also had four daughters who had the Spiritual gift of prophecy, which emphasizes the complementarity of ministries.
As Christians, the least the Christian Council of Ghana would have done should be to call the nations to prayer so that what the man of God “claimed” to have seen would be averted.
This attitude by Ghanaian clergy, one is tempted to say smacks of envy and jealousy, which Ghanaians refer to as “skin-pain”.
It happened during the days of late President Mills that some Ghanaian men of God were peeved that the late president had made T.B Joshua his spiritual father, while there were pastors in Ghana.
Recently, after the very overwhelming “Night of Bliss” by Dr. Chris Oyakhilome at the Black Star Square, some Ghanaian pastors went on air condemning him for disrespecting them by not inviting them to join him at the programme.
Back to the main topic: Some even took it as far as saying that the nation’s security should not be run on prophesy, and one wonders which Bible some of these men of God have been reading: Don’t their Bibles record God’s deliverance of His people by miracles in the past, and is He not the same yesterday, today and forever?
Furthermore, is Ghana’s security and intelligence set up anything comparable to what pertains in Europe and America? But haven’t these so called advanced countries been under constant terror attacks with very high fatalities?
After all, T.B Joshua himself asked for prayer of intercession for Ghana and Nigeria to avert the calamity.
If God must save by prophesy, vision and prophetic direction, so be it: Mere humans who are only endowed with the grace of ministry should support the call for prayer for our nations and rather than condemning T.B Joshua, so that God would deliver us from the hands of the religious extremists.
This articles not in defence of T.B Joshua’s ministry, but to sound a caution the way some people condemn preachers. Recently, when Owusu Bempah stated on the night of December 31, 2015 that there would be fire outbreaks in Ghana, many were they who condemned him. As to whether he was right or not, is clear for all Ghanaians to see.
Until a man of God consistently goes against scripture, (Scripture cannot be broken-John 10: 35), one must be careful in the way one criticizes or even condemns him.
Gameliel cautioned the Jews in Acts 5: 38&39 “And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.”
Daniel stated it right in his Prophecies:
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11: 32.
All that one needs to do is to Know God and walk in His ways, for then one shall do exploits even in times of calamity. Enditem.
SOURCE: Justice Lee Adoboe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (www.theancientword.wordpress.com)