Be Careful In Chasing After “Miracle” Pastors –Matilda Amissah Arthur

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By Maxwell Okamafo Addo

Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has tasked Christians in the country to be careful in chasing after “miracle” pastors, who in the long run would compound their problems.

Mrs Amissiah-Arthur made these remarks on Saturday July 19, at the British Council in Accra, when she launched a book titled: “For Freedom or Bondage”, written by Dr Esther E. Acolatse of Duke University in Accra.

The Second Lady, outlined some aspects of the book and said it took her three days to read the more than 200- page book and recommended it to the public, who want to understand the true Christian religious principles and not attribute all their problems to the devil .

She noted that most of the people who attend some of the deliverance sessions are women who have problems and wanted solutions.

She said, these disturbed people who go in search of solutions for their challenges, rather become more worried and suicidal.

Mrs Amissiah-Arthur noted that the book does not only give the theory and descriptions to Christian Principles, but the solution to counteract problems.

She said as Ghanaians, “we are ready to talk about all the causes but never come out with any solutions”.

The Second Lady continued that the book, however, provide the needed answers, the book was a critique of African Pastoral Practices which over the years have been veneered as the practice of the true Christian faith.

She observed that the God factor in the book is so powerful to help Christians overcome their problems rather than looking for miracles and deliverance.

Dr Acolatse on her part said, when she returned to Ghana from the US in 1997, she got to know that the country’s relationship concept within the society tend to favour men more than women and as a result she came up with a paper titled “unraveling the relational myth”.

She said, what she saw disturbed her because people she had high regard for in terms of their Christian faith were caught up in African Traditional Religion with a veneer of Christianity.

She said Christian life has become like seeking cures for all ailments rather than about discipleship, life to God and enjoyment of fellowship.

Dr Acolatse concluded that today Christianity was about looking for things and if nothing is coming you find people moving from one place to another and that every ailment is being addressed as if its source can only come from demons and witchcraft.

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