Pastor Mensa Otabil has said the collapse of Capital Bank, of which his church, International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), owned 3%, is a reprisal attack from the devil whose eye the church poked during its 2017 Greater Works summit in Accra.
Greater Works is an annual spiritual event organized by ICGC which brings an array of internationally-renowned men of God to Accra for days of spiritual upliftment and personal development.
This year’s event was held in July and saw men of God such as Mathew Ashimolowo, Tudor Bismark, Mike Okonkwo and E. Adeboye join Dr Otabil to spiritually fortify their followers and equip them with tools for their personal development and growth.
Pastor Otabil told his congregation in church on Sunday, 20 August that the collapse of Capital Bank was the devil’s way of fighting back after the church poked his (devil’s) eye during the Greater Works summit.
"This year’s Greater Works was a point of departure and something huge took place. We poked somebody’s eyes. And when you poke somebody’s eyes, he’ll hit your hand. So what we’re experiencing is the hand-hitting. But the eye has been poked already. I said the eye has been poked already. The eye has been poked already. We transited and something massive is coming out of it, something massive. It cannot be stopped, it cannot be delayed, it cannot be denied. It’s coming because God has decreed it, it’s upon this nation. What happened at Greater Works was not just for ICGC. It was the turnaround of Ghana’s destiny. Ghana’s destiny was taken back and Ghana’s destiny is turning around and nobody can stop it, no devil in hell can stop it. We have poked the devil’s eye and we have the victory in Christ Jesus.
"It is not Otabil’s battle, it is bigger than me. We trust His promises. I believe that this nation from this year is leaping forward. The story of this nation will change, it will have a ripple effect on the story of Africa. There’ll be great economic growth, great financial growth. It’s going to be bigger, it’s going to be better, it’s going to be greater, it’s going to be massive, it’s going to be beautiful, it’s going to be pleasant. But when God promised the Redeemer He said that He’ll bruise the head of the serpent but the serpent will also bruise His heel. You can’t bruise the head of the serpent and go scot-free. Your heel will go through something so we understand what is going on.
I understand what is going on, we are fully confident of what is going on, we know how the story is going to end. We know the glory of God will be revealed. We know that this nation will rise. We know that victory is coming to the people of God, so we don’t personalize our problems. We understand the promises of God that it is going to be better. You have to trust His promises and then you have to trust His plans.
"… So it’s going to be bigger. It’s going to be better. It’s going to be greater. It’s going to be gold. The money is coming and it’s coming big. We have stepped into money. We have stepped into a season of wealth. We have stepped into a season of abundance. The devil cannot stop it. There’s going to be a massive wealth transfer coming to the children of God, it’s going to be massive. I said it’s going to be massive. There’ll be massive projects being done, massive institutions being built. There’s going to be an acceleration in the next 10 years. This church [is] going to build things it has not done in its 30-year history, and it’s going to be done in a very short time because there is going to be a massive wealth release. Oh yes, I know it with all my heart.
"You know I don’t care about my enemies being destroyed; they are not on my agenda. I want to do well … I mean what’s the value of your enemy being destroyed and you, too, not doing well? So your enemy is down and you are down and you are happy? No. I don’t care what happens to my enemy. I care what happens to me. I want to rise. I want to flourish. I want to blossom. I want things to work out for me. Please don’t focus on what would happen to your enemy.
"… And at this point, really I’m not concerned about enemies. No. Enemies are not my agenda. My life is too important to focus on enemies. All I want is God. When I come out of this; it’s going to be double. When I come out of this, I shall come forth as gold.
"I just came here to encourage myself and to encourage somebody that if you learn to stay your mind on Him, no matter what’s going on, just keep your mind like a horse rider keeps the horse under control. keep your mind stayed on Him."