CHARISMATIC CHURCH LEADERS AND THEIR ECCLESSIASTICAL HYPOCRISY
7/10/2012 12:23:55 PM -
To all intents and purposes, this write-up is going to be received with a lot of sceptiscm and mixed feelings. Someone may wonder how unthinkable to juxtapose the so called men of God with politicians in the face of glaringly reprehensible and egregious news that we are witnessing about the politicians in the media and sometimes under our watching eyes. But listen pastors are just public men of God, as most of them their privacy are nothing credible to write home about. So you may discredit and discount it as farcical and dismiss it as preposterous but there is the comical saying that if a fish which is under the sea pops up to tell you that all the fishes have seethingly revolted against the bullying and dictatorial urge of those macho whales as a results of their penchant and proclivity to turn the little ones into yesmen and robots, you better believe it, because he is not a stranger there.
Wait a minute and ask yourself that as you hear everyday all those distasteful and repugnant news from the media about the politicians, how much do you hear from the media about the so called men of God, whom behind the scene most of them are not so men of God as we esteem them to be? As they say, all that glitters is not gold. Even recent occurences we witness in tabloids gives ample of unimpeachable evidence that a plethora of these pastors are just a decoration in churches who are holding the word of God in deceipt, charlatans, spiritual buccaneers and imposters who are there surruptitiously for their egocentric welfare and hyperbolic lifestyle.
And listen, Iam not just talking about the "koliko or kerosene and matches churches". As a matter of fact, I am talking about the glamour and glitz but superficially flamboyant charismatic churches. Hypothetically speaking, the so much binocular searchlight and the hectic scrutiny on the politicians from their birth, to their education, to the nittygritty of their private lives and every nuances about their marriage which the media has made it an open book for public consumption, if the same transparency and access to information happen to be on the pastors and their churches as well as all their activities, believe you me, like a lot of christians would have a bitter taste in their mouth and most churches would have virtually been empty or blown into smithereen.
Because the supossedly custodians of the good book, most of them are not only despicable hypocrites but anemically and pathetically doublestandard. As a matter of fact, what we hear and witness in the media about the pastors these days are just a tip of iceberg and a drop in an ocean, as compare to the gargantuan misdemeanors that characterises most of their covertly activities that for the sake of christ and more importantly the continuous functioning of the church are shamelessly suppressed under the stinking carpets of the churches. A lot of carpets in such churhes are the repository of horrendous misdeeds and charismatic caricatures, if you are closer.
It cannot be gainsaid, that both pastors and politicians are supposed to be the epitome and spectacle of examplary conduct. Nethertheless, when pastors are spilling their stinking and inglorious deeds around, the face-saving phrase to cover their nakedness is that, they are human beings and nobody is perfect. But who is perfect? Have you taken notice of how politicians are attacked, dissected and ransacked to expose every skeleton, cocroach etc. in their cupboard from their birth to date by the media? Even those politicians who came to the scene not too long ago, much is known about them than those pastors who had been in the limelight for some decades. So those pastors can get away with their crooked and unkempt attitude and consciencelessly stand in the church and criticise the politicians. If you are a church member, my question to you is how much do you know about your pastors? Some of them you dont know even their wives or husbands, let alone where they live, their relationships amongst themselves behind the scene as pastors and down to the members. Media searchlight should be unreserved and trenchantly on these pastors that I call them public men of God, to identify the charlatans and sycophants .
Politically, today people are much vociferious about the cold war between JJ and Atta Mills as well as JJ and Kufour. how much do we know about in-fightings, power thirsty, internal wrangling of these church supremos?( eg. Generaloverseers, bishops, senior pastors, Apostles, elders etc) and their presbyteries, and worst of all their senseless bullying against the young pastors? Outwardly they have been made to look so sacrosanctic, puritanic and hyper-pious in their suites and abordas that even church members approach them with circumspection, trembling and trepidation. Yet most of them are miscreants, nettlesome, salacious, character assassinators and white-washed tombs. sadly, people pick on Bishop obinim only as temperamental. No, he is not the only one. The mistake he has made is naked himself for public to castigate him. Nonetheless, If you make a close scrutiny about some of the more popular bishops and generaloverseers that the public only know as inspirational preachers, I bet you they are no inspirational at all in their privacy. Their volcanic temper, tantrums and arrogance smacks of spiritual and ecclessiastical hypocrisy.
How many in-fightings and power struggles, immoralities etc in these charismatic churches, which are highly internal but those that spills out of hand into the public domain are given much attention and covered by the media for the public consumption, as is done to the politciians? And these mostly happens among the bigwigs, collosuses, the lynchpins in the church. What in the charismatic and Pentecostal circles are called, the senior pastors, Apostles, bishops, Archbishops, and generaloverseers, where the arrogance, hegemonic powers, wielding powers of infallibility to misbehave but nobody dares point a finger, primitive dictatorial and jungle authoritarian are senselessly unleashed against the junior pastors. You have no idea how such madness is so entrenched and ingrained like a cult even more than what we see in party the politics. Such unsavoury and unpalatable attitudes which is described by the whistle blowers as " charismatic witchcraft".are a horrible and terrible stinking stench in those superficially glassy churches. The book of Revelation unmask such unholy deeds as synagogue of satan.
In the mid 90's two topshot pastors of a highly rated charismatic church in Accra broke out from their generaloverseer as a result of internal wrangling and power struggle of which one pastor highjacked one of the big branches in Ashanti region and the other minded his way in Tema. You see, at that time the Generaloverseer had received an honorary doctrate degree and with good intention of the others to honour him, they began calling him Doc, Doc and his arrogance took a stratopheric height and became like a dog barking at everyone and even those at the top height with him. Infact, he was overbearing, autocratic and had the propensity to turn everyone around him into subservient yesman. Therefore, this hitler reincarnte generaloverseer became very devastated as a result of the split, so his emotions took the better part of him and afterwards when his pastors went to the pastors conference, this generaloverseer went there to accuse the church highjacker that he was immoral during his days with him, and he, the leader was the only one aware of his adultrous life. Indeed, it was a laughable and questionable scenario and eye-brow raising wonder among some of the independent minded pastors there was why this leader was now saying it. Because they hijacked your church thats why you are now bringing the sinful cat out of the bag and how credible was this desperate accusation?
It was an ugly and sacreligous spectacle and an aberration to the so called spiritual leaders who are supposed to be the light, but have lost their light and their taste as leaders. All the church members and even some pastors were left in the dark and nobody knew what was happening and it died down. But if such spiritual miscarriage and leadership volcanic eruption had happened within the political circle it would have been a fresh news to talk about even today as the political hot waters are now boiling up towards the impending elections. On the political terrain nothing is forgotten, it will be raked up to score cheap political point at the appropriate time, but the pastors go scottfree and claim infallibility like those at vatican city. But thats deceiption and empty pontification.
When a pastor leaves the shores of Ghana permanently to ply his ministry outside, mostly those who travelled to USA and Britain. What do you conjecture might have been the reason? Apart from the few that are apparently and admittedly sent there administratively by their church's headquaters to handle a branch due to their supposedly meritorious effort at the home church. The rest are apparently due to unknown charismatic church horrors. And even those that are sent are not always on merits but fraught with a lot of stinking favouritisms, selectiveness, of the leader's or generaloverseer's subservient robots, zombies and remot-control dimwit yesmen who bows to him. On the other side of the coin, most of them leaves the church as a result of leadership ruckus, power struggle and other dissenting views, culminating from a strange and criminal characteristics of most church leaders. The doctrine of infallibility practiced by most charismatic supremos and hightowers, in other words, means they dont make any mistakes, so you either listen and adherently comply or leaves because he is the employer and even he is doing you a favour. It is also called biblical immunity. An insider, a pastor friend told me that a generaloverseer shouted at him with a threat once like this in his office. Hmm! things are going on under cover,you have no idea about the privacy of these so called men of God. And they are those the public call them inspirational preachers. Give us a break!
Another reason why some pastors leave the shores unceremoniously could either be attributed to financial misappropriation and immorality which is an ignominous spectacle and image disparaging that taint the ministerial white robe of the pastor and the image of the entire church. Therefore, the culprit is made to take the back door of the church out without the knowledge of the members. They hide and cover up their dirts all in the name of pastoral integrity and ministerial ethics, that you dont take it to the public. And they have a twisted quotation to cover their stinking nakedness.This is particularly where the culprit is a topshot or a doyen in the church. Corruptible leaders covertly posing as infallibles. What a spiritual dishonesty.
So invariably, they have to take a cryptic journey to an unknown land where his sordid, desuetude and moribund ministry may be acceptable. A hypocrisy in cataclysmic proportion. We have a section of generaloverseer's robots who have run to USA to start a church because they wanted to be given a church in megapolis like London and when he was refused it ended in a fight with his one time hand in gloves boss. He resigned and went to West Virginia to start a church, in other words, proving selfishly arrogantly to his former master that he could do without him. Egocentricsm and narcissism are at its satanic height, and are so commonplace among a certain level of the charismatic pastors who are synonymous with arrogance, pride, supercilious and empty hyperbolic lifestyle. The political parlance of today they deserve to be cast into is "greedy and selfish bastards". So such worrying attitudes are not only found among the politcians. How much do we know about pastors as compare to the gargantuan we know about politicians?
Somewhere in early 2000 a pastor in the one of the classy and glassy charismatic churches with a branch in the Central Region fell into a murdy and turbulent waters of immorality which collapsed his marriage, so he had no option than to run to Britain. This pastor was always simmering with false pride and unkempt banality. He was one of the appendages and zombies of the generaloverseer, and had a temerity and effrontry to brag before some junior pastors that the generaloverseer was his personal friend. There was therefore no wonder that when his skyrocketing sophomoric pride made him fell and became a villain, he was silently covered to run away because he was within the mainstream of the infallibles who covertly report others in the leader's holy of holies office. But you see what happened to him eventually, a paragon of immorality and salacious behaviour.
Sometimes, we hear some professional workers like doctors, teachers, nurses etc are on strike demanding better salaries from the government. Who has witnessed a similar demonstration by the pastors that they are not paid well or expressing a particular grievances and disparities? And that gives some church leaders the leeway and demonic immunity to play the fool by sheepishly and nonchalantly practicing apartheid, segregation and separatist administration, where we have the small town and village wailling pastors suffering discrimination and disparities as squalors, squatters and nonentities with pittance salaries that sometimes is thrice lower than their other counterparts in megapolise and metropolise churches which I call them the milk and honey pastors, who are well placed in the big cities, with glamour outfits and flashy cars
The category I call them village and small town wailling pastors are not some of the favourites of the supremos. They are intimidated and manipulated with all the twisted biblical quotations to keep quiet as they are under the watch of the leader's hounded dogs, predating vultures and boneheaded zombies, who would report and demonise you as a complainer. And you could be in the badbooks of this leader who has no shame than encouraging character assassination and iconoclasism in supposedly God's house. And the most reprehensible and irresistibly dictatorial biblically twisting talk to silence these unfortunate pastors is they were called of God and therefore they should go and believe or trust in God without complain. What a deceiption that demands present day Martin Luthers.
Mean while other spiritual hightowers and topshpts are wearing the Los Angeles costly impeccable suites and immaculate-looking abordas marched by italian glass shoes and flashy cars, not forgetting their skyrocketing salarires. What an apartheid in the so called house of God? Recently, the generaloverseer of International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Anamuah Otabil was awarded for promoting African wear. I will be brazen to ask what a carnal and worldly award was that? A spiritual leader of his calibre is awarded for his blessing to the humanity and not this Hollywood mundane award. After all, is he the only one who displays those african wear? And as he dressess flashly like this are all his pastors, particularly those in the villages financially well-administered? A facade and a charade in the highest order and a spiritual double-standardness.
Ask the whistle blowers, they will tell you that in the charismatic churches some category of the pastors dare not talk about disparities, because to the jaundice and squinty thinking of some of the leaders and his hoodlums and their "kwoshiakor" administration, such complain or dissenting views is tantamount to indiscipline, disrespect and pastoral immaturity, and you could become the bull's eys of victimization and a fertile ground of character assassination by the leader's primitive-minded robots and ass-lickers.
Such unfortunate ones wallow and languish excruciatingly in need, forgetting that human being is not only a spirit but has soul and body with material needs and therefore what is good for goose is equally good for gander. Motivational theorists mince no words in revealing that a worker needs to be motivated well in order to bring his best performance to bare. And this should not be shrouded and beclouded in mickey mouse spirituality. But sadly, some of these noisy and mask-wearing so called motivational preachers, in spite of their honory degrees are so academically dehydrated and destitute of simple knowledge that any dissenting views would be tagged as disrespect and indiscipline for challenging the infallible tin-gods and demi-gods by his zombies and remote controls pastors around him.
And the next indirect action against you the outspoken pastor is ostracization, a target of butt and scorn and cold limbo to languish in the abbys of darkness and utter silence. But we vehemently need the modern day Martin Luthers to speak out the evils of the church.
Some of these leaders preaches black man in the bible with one hand and the other hand inflicting reprehensible wrenching atrocities against his fellow blackmen he is working with. Listen people, George Orwell's animal farm dastardly operation, nazist and facist tactics, modern day sobibor heinous and gruesome cruelity are found in the so called house of God under strictest culture of silence, and not among politicians. You congregation members dont know a thing about these masquaraders posing as men of God. Give us a break! Most of them are men of God in public. And God is telling them I know thy works. Most of these charismatic leaders are nothing better than a spectacle of pseudo-spirituality, empty pontification.
Worststill, you will be stupified to realise how some of the church leaders use pastors as a disposable napkin, if not experimental guinea pigs to experiment their village churches. If you hear a generaloverseer making a stentorian emotionally but spiritually disguised cry that God has told him to establish thousand churches for his glory. Tell him to shut up.They are self-exalted and self-adulated theatrics and lairs to make a name for themselves. Some of them are like the builders of the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. Not everything laced with God's name is from God. Charismatic preachers have this hyper- spiritual propensity and tendency of God said and God said too much that you cant even think, let alone reasonably judging what they say. Who said God made us like robots?
The planting of churches in the small towns and villages are first and foremost a bigotic, egomaniac and self-exalted competition among the charismatic church leaders. Their ephemeral and egocentric pleasure is to be said of them on the rooftops that they have so and so plethora number of churches here and there but in actual fact they are like children without fathers. Most of them are a sorrying pictorial of few struggling church members with their emanciated poverty stricken pastor there, sometimes the members there even dont know the generaloverseer who with a big mouth flouting in Accra or the head quarters about thousands of branches he has. The pastors in these small churches are left in languish in limbo because the generaloverseers only and only visits the metropolis and megapolise churches.
Most of the generaloverseers are too lofty, so flamboyant and super classy to go to the villages. Yet they inaudate the poor and drastically underpaid pastors within an environment of highly unstable unemployed people running to the cities to find good life, to raise a church of the same standard like those in the metropolis. A Don Quixotic adventure hanged around your neck and if you dare complain about some primitive treatment, that could be astronomically suicidal because you are just exposing the fact that you are not called to be a pastor. What an unfortunate!
Some of these leaders are so desperate in planting a church in a particular small towns or villages that, they blatantly close their eyes about the basic fact that the factors of church growth are not only prayer and soul-winning, followup but also the presence of other social and economic infrastructures that stablise the people, are dominant players in that too. The generaloverseers should wake up from their slumber, eat humble pie and come to grips with simple fact that their ability to raise big churches in the cities has nothing to do with their super-monsterous fake spirituality only, but other social and economic factors play strongly part. If you raise a big church like christ Temple in Accra, Kumasi, or calvary temple at spinsters road at Tema etc. than an unfortunate pastor who cant raise the same number in Gomoa Tarkwa, Elmina, Mampong Okuapim etc, shouldnt simple commonsense tell any simpleton that different population growth and infrastructures also play a major role?
A village pastor was narrating how their generaloverseer passed through his small town with his entourage to visit a nearby city mega church branch without even a stop over to say "hello" to him and how the church was faring, to the utter disgust and chagrin of few members who saw him speeding carelessly away. Because these leaders are only interested in scattering little and dead-looking churches around, the one who suffers is the unfortunate pastor who is sent as an experimental guinea pig to satisfy the the leader's stupidity.
It is an incontrovertible fact that, the church is having no meaningful impact on the world because the church itself is eclipsed with problems and a great magnitude of filth within. African continent should have been the most developed par excellence than the rest of the world due to the biblical truth that permeates, percolates and invade every corner of the continent than all the rest of the world. Conversly we are not why? Because African christianity is just a sham, a hoax, charade and a facade of spirituality. The Bible is just in our hands but no sincerity, no truth. Somebody said practising churchanity instead of christianity We enter the church and mosque as stiff necked corrupt and return as unrepentant corruptible hypocrites with the pastors and their generaloverseers as the most spiritual buccaneers in God's house.
We have witnessed some preachers who came to the scene and preaching passonately that blackman too is in the bible. But what next? Those other nations (particularly the developed white nations) of which some elements wrongly think its only the whiteman who is in the bible, and therefore we are also shouting our voice hoarse to prove that the blackman is also in the bible, are demonstrating it not only by mouth, but outwardly by their ingenuity, creativity, mind-boggling inventions, environment with beauty galore, outstanding leaderships etc. because these should be the characteristics of people in the bible, because that is what the bible says.
Thats why everybody is running helter skelter to abroad because its a well built place, and therefore African continent and for that matter Ghana, our christianity and religiousity have to demonstrate it and not just mouthing words of pulpit exegesis from Moses to Abraham to prove that the blackman is in the bible, whilst our environment is swallowing in filth, leaders are thieves and corruptible attitude of sucking one another to survive. Its even an eyesore that its only in the African continet that when a country is about to have election then the whole world is panicking as to the genocide that may be awaiting, in spite all the bibles and Korans in our hands. African christianity is nothing than outward religiousity and hypocrisy and the church and mosque attendance are a mere traditional obligation and empty socializing. This blackman preaching is nothing better than pycho-biblo therapy or spiritually soothing balm for cheap popularity by those preachers. No wonder karl Marx said religion is the opium of the people
The proliferation of village or small town churches by the charismatic generaloverseers can also be likened to spiritual prostitution or spiritual teenage pregnancies due to the bad and insensitive and uncaring attitude towards the churches and the unfortunate pastors that are posted there. Such pastors are used as disposable napekin or experimental guinea pigs by the leaders to experiment their village churches and nothing else. Any expression of dissenting view could be met with the leader's intolerance and autocratic stance.
such an unfortunate pastor could be blackmailed and lampooned by the robots of the leader and consequently thrown out as disposable napkin or an experimented guinea pig which could not match the experimental objectives of the leader.
Competing with the mainline churches eg catholic, Anglican, Presby Methodist etc. without the needed resources is another reason for the mad rush and the proliferation of village churches. These mainline churches had been in the scene for centuries and have built sound organisation and formidable administration which exude confidence and pride in their members, and their priest are well treated regardless of where one is sent to after seminary studies. But these charismatics churches came to the scene in few years and they wanted to be like them overnight and have churches everywhere. Instead of gradually building from the big cities as a parental resourcesful center to cushion the future small ones. They did not have the patience to wait to build formidale organizational and administrative pillars on which the small one could stand on like what the mainline churches did, but began mushrooming in every nook and cranny with their usual biblical mandate and mantra that God says.
There was therefore no wonder that some desperate generaloverseers when they came to the scene had the impudence of condemning bible school idea because they did not go to bible school since they believe that bible school does not make a pastor. However, this very double-stanadard generaloverseers turned around and hypocritical began shoddy and shambolic bible schools of six months to nine months duration. A typical and highly conspiscuous one was in a garage at Dansoman in Accra which has now metamorphosed into university. Consequently, young pastors and other unfulfilled and frustrated old pastors elsewhere throng there looking for greener pastures, rather became an experimental guinea pigs to experiment their small town and village churches. As I said earlier, those sent to the small towns and villages suffered because things were not well structured.
According to the insiders and whilstle blowers, ue to the fact that administratively things were not structured competently, it created a scenario tantamount to a teenage JSS girl ignorantly giving birth to children or a prostitute on a child producing rampage. (A spiritual prostitution). So a pastor in a small town's salary is about four times lesser than his contemporary that was lucky to be sent to a mega church. In variably, it becomes a regrettable scenario and bemoaning spectacle how these pastors to the small towns suffer and languish at the village there, and worst of all some happened to be at the mercy of one or two members who are well-to-do in their churches.
In some of the charismatic churches, it is deemed as screligious, desecration and exposure of a pastor's immaturity to complain or express a dissenting view, you are to keep mute and suffer in silence as a sign of so called pastoral integrity and a called man of God. And trust them, scriptures would be twisted to justify such disparities, discrepancies and apartheid which are so pronounced at a place called God's house. More often than not, when you hear the leaders of the charismatic churches are preaching, they attribute the development and the great strength of the mainline churches to the fact that they are rich and have dollar backing. No, that is not all and even not the main reason. This is an unpardonable ignorance and myopic assessment by these charismatic leaders.
In that, studies is replete that one person or organization cannot becomes rich or well developed by just being rich without sound plans, good administration and strong management etc. The mainline churches would have been wiped away without good administration and formidable organisation. Admirably, they did not rushed to be giants overnight like what we saw these charismatic leaders were desperately doing when they came to the scene. As a matter of fact, if you study the history of presbyterian church, it is said they took years to win one soul in some of the areas they built churches. But in the charismatics using few years to raise few numbers of people is laughable, criticised as ineffecient and evident of the fact that you are not called. Because in charismatics the number of members determines your call and effeciency.In this vein, they hopelessly major on quantity and not the quality. Therefore, there is no wonder that everybody goes to church yet sin, lies insincerity, immorality, arm robbery etc. are on ascendency. No wonder, african christianity is a facade of spirituality and a source of our under development.
Just imagine, somewhere in the 1980's when the charismatic churches began bulldozing their way through and flourishing everywhere of which one generaloverseer began his desperate and spiritual-kleptomaniac preaching that the mainline churches were in BABYLON and unproductive so their members should all march to the charismatics. ( COMEOUT FROM AMONGST THEM MANTRA). What unproductive were they talking about? Just because they dont speak in tongues or winning souls in charismatic style? But look at their schools, hospitals clinics etc all spread over even before some of these charismatic leaders were born. And in spite of the exodus of some members from mainline to charismatics to taste new spirituality during those times, the mainline churches are still stronger than ever.
Because the mainline churches are well organised place where you dont hear such inimical and insidious occurences of church splitting, in-fighting, financial misappropriation, no divisive and stigmatizing tendencies by the leader's esoterics and yesmen against other independent-minded pastors. Its an incontrovertible fact, that there is a sound and excellent administration at its apogee there, and therefore one hardly witness an ugly situation where some priest have completed seminary and some are well placed than others, no disparities and discontent because no one is the leader's pawn or poodle as is a commomplace and so fraughted in the charismatic churches. Its a picture of serenity that in the mainline churches regardless of the deepest hinterland a priest is posted to after training, the same facilities like cars, good accommodation etc are at everyone's disposal and nothing like just go and believe God, all in the name of God's work, whilst the favourites are swimming in opulence as we see in the charismatics sole trade business.
And its worthy of emphasis that, its not because the mainline churches just have the money but they have admirable administration, because God Himself is a God of good administration as you study the Bible well. However,in the charismatics churches there is a conspicuous dichotomy of milk and honey pastors as compared to the wailling and languishing poverty stricken village pastors.
The charismatics have become too much of money, membership competition and outward spirituality. What the book of Revelation called it the "Deeds of Nicolaitans" are abound in the charismatics, therefore its time that the mainline churches also have to start preaching and calling their members who went there to return from the rotten charismatic churches which are the real modern day Babylon.
To say the least, the charismatic churches of today can be profoundly and unreservedly be likened to what the Spirit of God said through Apostle John centuries ago, about the then pomp and pageantry but inwardly rotten to the core churches in The Asia Minor in the book of Revelation, particularly to the church in Laodicean, in Revelation 3:14-22 they say we are the best churches, believeing in the totality of the word, speaking in tongue and winning souls, other accomplishments and therefore we are rich and on fire for the Lord.
But the Lord who sees their stinking and vomiting deeds in secret with binoculars of heavenly searchlights, says to the charismatics that they dont know they are spiritually poor, naked, wretched, cold and miserable. The charismatics are the modern day lukewarm churches, full of ecclesiastical hypocrisy, pseudo-spirituality, spiritual dishonesty and empty pontification
I want to conclude this write-up by asking you a congregational member in the charismatic church that how much do you know about your pastors, their relationship among themselves and more importantly what goes on within the organisation apart from their pulpit work? Forget, pastors are just public men of God. The goodbook says " that which is highly esteemed amongst men is an abomination unto God"
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