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The founder and leader of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has described the Ghana Journalists Association [GJA] as an “unserious” association.
His comment follows the GJA’s call for Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah to be arrested and prosecuted for physically attacking some staff of Radio XYZ in Accra.
The controversial man of God was reported to have stormed the radio station with gun-wielding men in search of broadcaster ‘Mugabe’.
According to reports, the raging team shoved the administrator of the station and ransacked the offices in search for the presenter.
A statement signed and issued in Accra on March 15 by the President of GJA, Roland Affail Monney, explained that the call to arrest the pastor was to deter him, his assigns and other like-minded persons from conducting themselves in similar manner in the future.
The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, under Article 17(1), the statement said, provides that no person is above the law and that constitutional provision must be upheld by reorienting the prophet as being a subject, not lord, of the law.
It further called on the Christian Council of Ghana, Ghana Catholic Secretariat, Ghana Pentecostal Council, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council and other Christian bodies, as well as the clergy and Christendom in general to join the GJA in condemning the violent conduct of Owusu-Bempah, which has brought the name of their faith into contempt, disrepute and ridicule.
“We do not believe assault and violence are the prodding of the Holy Spirit. That is why in their quest to rescue the perishing, Christendom in Ghana must rein in Owusu-Bempah and also endeavour to exorcise whatever spirit that spurs him to betray the godliness of Christianity for a conduct spurred by some other spirits,” it stated.
The statement reminded Owusu-Bempah that the means to seek redress to grievances were governed by the rule of law and civility in a democratic dispensation and not assault and violence.
Quoting some books of the Bible, the statement said the Bible from which he purports to derive his ministerial calling does not condone assault and violence and urged Owusu-Bempah to seek counsel and spiritual edification in the words of Jesus Christ to Peter after the latter’s violent conduct at Gethsemane.
But Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’ expressed shock with GJA’s stance on the issue.
“They [GJA] are not serious. They did a very big mistake by not listening to my side of the story before coming out with their statement. They just concluded by the video circulating. They are bias,” he told host Mac Jerry Osei Agyeman
Adding that, “They [GJA] don’t know their job, what prevented them from listening to both parties before concluding. Why can’t GJA question Mugabe for insulting the President and other big people in this country?”
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