False prophecies: Prophets of doom have been around since the days of the Bible – Dr Lawrence Tetteh

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A Ghanaian Christian spiritual leader, pastor and a renowned International Evangelist, and Economist, Dr Lawrence Tetteh, has said God has used the church to bring sanity into the Ghanaian society.

Therefore, he said Ghana needs to applaud Christian leaders for the success.

Speaking on the New Day show with Berla Mundi on TV3 Thursday December 30, he said “Ghana needs to really applaud Christian leaders for the goodwill. God has used the church to bring some sanity to this nation and we should thank God for that.”

Regarding the warning given to Men of God by the Police against publication of death prophecies, he said “In every community, from the days of old until now, you have the good, the bad and the ugly. Whether you like it or not, it is human society. In the days of the Bible there were false prophets , in the days of the Bible there were prophets who were prophets of doom but the Bible said by their fruits we shall know them. Here we sit today, you and I will not go to certain churches.”

The Police had cautioned Religious leaders in Ghana to be measured in their utterances, particularly the way they communicate prophecies, ahead of New Year Eve’s services.

“We want to caution that under Ghanaian law, it is a crime for a person to publish or reproduce a statement, rumour or report which is likely to cause fear and alarm to the public or to disturb the public peace, where that person has no evidence to prove that the statement, rumour or report is true,” the police warned in a statement issued on Monday, December 27.

“It is also a crime for a person, by means of electronic communications service, to knowingly send a communication that is false or misleading and likely to prejudice the efficiency of life saving service or to endanger the safety of any person,” the statement signed by Superintendent Alexander Obeng, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, added.

“A person found guilty under these laws could be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to five years.”

Friday’s services across the nation will be the first since Inspector-General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare took office.

He had met religious leaders over prophecies deemed to cause fear and panic in the nation.

That meeting was precipitated by a fake gun attack on popular musician Shatt Wale, who had later indicated he took that action as a result of a prophecy by the Founder and Leader of New Life Kingdom Chapel, Bishop Stephen Kwesi Appiah, on an Accra-based radio station before the Monday, October 18 incident.

The man of God, popularly known as Jesus Ahuofe, was arrested and later granted a GH¢100,000 bail.

The police admitted that they are not against prophecies especially in a country where the centrality of God is in the live of many.

“There should be no apprehensions, therefore, about undertaking the various activities.

“We ask only that everyone keeps within the law and is mindlful of the welfare of each other.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana