You cannot serve both God and money

As the prosperity gospel flaunts its false gospel of personal greed, Ghana’s religious leaders remain strangely silent.

Africa Fresh Fire Conference headed by the controversial Dr. Morris Cerrulo started in Accra yesterday, Aug 2nd 2010. The theme of this 5 day spectacle demonstrates its perverse distortion of Christianity, “Nothing Wanting Financial Prophetic Summit”.

Ghana’s religious leaders usually have a lot to say, particularly on issues of morality. But it seems that when it comes to deliberate distortions of their holy book they remain silent. They have made abstract statements to “beware fake pastors” but have provided no tools for assessment. Perhaps the statements were a marketing tool to assure us that they were, in fact, the real deal?

Perhaps they also believe that Jesus has come to town:

Morris Cerullo

“Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself?…And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus”

(Morris Cerullo, “The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God,” Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape 1).

Perhaps they, like many pastors in Ghana, do not have adequate theological training to either realise there is a problem or, if they do, to be able to articulate it?

Perhaps they think that it’s enough to get people into a church as it often seems their only aim is to stop “moral decadence”?

Perhaps they want some of the pieces of silver or don’t want to upset their friends who are involved in this charade?

They could also be aware that if you turn the spotlight onto someone maybe they will turn it back onto you. Perhaps they also have secrets to hide?

Some of the speakers at this event are Bishop Adjei Frimpong, Bishop Tackie Yarboi, Apostle Innocent Woanyah, Dr Ampiah Kwofie and Apostle Kyle Searcy. Apparently, everyone needs a prefix to their name (Dr, Apostle, Bishop) to assert their personal authority as the authority of the Word is obviously not enough! Cerullo may call himself Dr. but he has no qualification to justify it.

As theologigal stated on her blog post Don’t Believe Everything You Hear:,

“Misinterpretation and intentional omission of parts of Scripture gives birth to heresies, which are only allowed to proliferate in a culture of people who don’t take the Bible seriously.”

Welcome to Ghana!