The General Overseer of Christian Faith Church International, Bishop Emmanuel Botwey has bemoaned the increasing number of charlatans and false ministers of God leading many people astray.
According to Bishop Botwey, many so-called pastors and men of God have failed to focus on the main vision of the universal Church which must centre on the Kingdom of God and the promotion of love, unity and peace.
He said these ministers rather engage in exploiting the ignorance and desperation of people for their personal glorification.
Weed Out Charlatans
Speaking in an interview, the Bishop said “if they are genuine men of God, then money should not be the focus of ministry. I believe that if we are able to do the work of ministry genuinely, God himself will reward us.’
Bishop Botwey, who doubles as the Western Regional General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), noted that the time has come for the Christian bodies to put strategies in place to weed out the charlatans and expose their evil deeds in order to give true meaning to Christendom.
Describing the proliferation of charlatans and false pastors and prophets as affront to the church of God and leadership of the various churches in the country, the religious leader called for concerted efforts from well-meaning Christian institutions to help fight the menace.
Expressing dissatisfaction to the issue, he mentioned that, many people think that becoming a prophet is what can lead one to prosperity.
Focus on the Word of God
Bishop Botwey said this had led to a situation where many of them seldom talk about Gods salvation promise, having put prosperity at the centre of everything. Again, he said that Christianity was not simply about money-making or performing miracles as some pastors would want the world to accept.
“Our focus should be the agenda of God for winning souls, but it is rather unfortunate that the message of salvation is gradually being wiped out . There is a need to take the gospel all over the world to transform lives,” he advised.
The Man of God pointed out that everybody wants to show signs, wonders and prophesy among other things, even though all this attract people to the church, but the focus should be the true message and how to impact them.
“We do not see people calling themselves evangelists nowadays, just a few of them, but I believe that, spreading the gospel should be the focus of the ministry as we should aim to take the gospel all over the world,” he said.
The Minister of God pointed out that when souls are won ministers should focus on keeping them in the church but not giving them prophecies alone.
Ministers, he said must exhibit morally upright and credible lives to serve as an example to the congregation.
Advice to the Clergy
Proposing strategies to curb the situation, Bishop Botwey indicated that, there should be a developed code of conduct for ministers of the various Christian denominations and church members within Christian ethics.
He also advised Ghanaians to avoid excessive materialism and insatiable quest for wealth which he said, had contributed to the increasing rates of crimes and other social vices in the Ghanaian society.
Bishop Botwey urged the clergy to provide the needed leadership to restore hope to the society.
He said religious leaders should do more to assist the people to remain steadfast and unwavering in their faith to trust in Gods abiding love.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS