Hard work pays, not prophesy -Methodist Pastor
The Kumasi Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Right Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam, has said Ghana risks bringing up unproductive generation by subscribing to pastors and fetish priests as their source of money or hope, instead of working as society demands.
According to the worried prelate, when people rely too much on prophecies and fetish priests, a time will come that Ghana will breed a generation who would not appreciate that hard work pays, but will rather go to prophets and the likes who are increasingly telling the masses to come to them for money and other comforts in life.
In an interview with The Chronicle, Bishop Andam opined that the repercussion will be that, this generation may believe that when they see a prophet, they can be rich overnight, hence there is no need to work and this will be a recipe for unproductivity and it will not help Ghana.
His comment comes at the backdrop of the growing number of self-acclaimed pastors and fetish priests who have taken over the Ghanaian media landscape, preaching to the unsuspecting masses about their ability to get them money without any work done, which he said is a false assumption.
Bishop Christopher Nyarko Andam emphasised that as a nation we should all come together and correct this anomaly, since every country owes it a duty to work hard to develop the country
On doomsday prophecies, the Kumasi Diocesan Methodist Bishop continued that sometimes these prophecies cause embarrassment, especially when the person involved is a public figure.
He said: “I cannot say whether the prophecies are true or false; it is the prophet who is claiming and could be true or false, but if you come across such revelation how you do treat it?
“It is every prophecy that is good for public consumption? Sometimes there must be privacy to protect others privacy”.
He stated that Rev Owusu Bempah , the founder and leader of Glorious Word and Power Ministries International could have gone to the Chief Imam and reveal what was revealed to him.
“We have to handle prophecies such that it will not disturb the peaceful atmosphere in Ghana. Some prophecies have torn families apart”.
On the improvement of the Ghanaian economy, Rev. Nyarko Andam noted that Ghana has to industralise her economy since it will create a lot of employment for teeming Ghanaian youth.
He also called for mechanisms which will help Ghanaians to produce locally and desist from importing almost everything into the country, saying over reliance on foreign goods also derails the economy.
The Methodist prelate further noted that Ghanaians must get involved in agriculture and this must be done along with agric-based industries, which will absorb agricultural produce, thereby encouraging the youth to go into agriculture.
Bishop Andam appealed to the government to help make agriculture more attractive to farmers by setting up more cottage based industries to address post harvest losses .