The Chairman of Fountain Gate Chapel, Rev. Clement Anchebah has urged Christian leaders not to merchandise the gospel while preaching on prosperity.
According to Rev Anchebah, Christian leaders must preach on prosperity to change the living standards of their members since prosperity is part of the gospel which must be promoted.
In an interview with GPCC News Team, Rev. Anchebah noted that, Christian leaders should spread the prosperity message only to those who are saved but not the other way round because that is the only time the message will work for people.
“Merchandising the gospel is wrong, you do not have to sell the gospel for your use but preaching on prosperity for people to improve their lives is part of the gospel.”
Admitting that salvation messages should not be substituted with prosperity, the Clergyman emphasised that messages on prosperity should be given to those who are saved.
“We need to preach and teach for people to be saved and after that we preach to them that God can prosper them then it works for them,” he stressed.
He said he did not see anything wrong with prosperity messages once they are preached to the appropriated person because the gospel is all about prosperity.
Sharing his experiences, Rev. Anchebah who is also the National Treasurer of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) pointed out that he knows how it feels to be poor that is why when he started his ministry with the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastwood Anaba Ministries, Rev. Eastwood Anaba in the north he decided to preach and teach on prosperity and has seen how people’s lives have changed through the prosperity messages.
“I started preaching in the north, Wa specifically and l saw poverty with my eyes so I teach people to work hard as well as to be faithful and God will bless them. This has brought a lot of change in the north. ” he stressed.
Citing instances, he mentioned that in the past educated persons from the north used to move down to the southern part of Ghana to work but after preaching the message of prosperity to them some people have established their own jobs in the north where they have also employed others.
Rev Anchebah maintained it was good to preach on prosperity and disagreed with people who condemned pastors who preach on prosperity more than on salvation.
Advising Christian leaders to preach prosperity, Rev. Anchebah indicated churches should focus on teaching the real word of God so that people would not turn to false teachings and non-existent miracles.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS