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A Thoughtful Reflection on Our Duties as Pastors.

Disclaimer: This piece isn't aimed at any specific person. It's meant to answer a question posed by my revered friend and pastor colleague and address a growing concern within our Ghanaian Christian community, gradually weakening our unity and making us more susceptible to the tricks of our adversaries.

Hey there, a fellow brother and my friend, Rev Dr. Kyere Nkansah. I noticed your recent post on our COGPAC platform with the question, "Do you agree with him?" It caught my eye, so I took some time to check out the full video that Chief Servant Ababio Gyebi shared. Here's what I gathered from Bishop Dag Heward Mills' talk.

Bishop Dag talked about something he called a "Avoid Pyrrhic Victory." This means winning something but paying a really high cost for it. He told a story from history about a Greek King named Pyrrhus who beat the Romans in 279 BC, but so many of his people died that he said, "If we win one more battle, we'll be ruined." So, sometimes you might win, but the price you pay is too high, and the victory doesn't feel so great.

Then, Bishop Dag quoted Matthew 27:3-5 (KJV), where Judas Iscariot felt bad about betraying Jesus and gave back the thirty Silver money he got for his betrayal project. But even though he got the money, he took his own life. Bishop Dag was saying this to show that sometimes you might get what you want, but the cost can be too high. The cost for Judas was his Life (he committed su***de), a cost higher than the thirty Silver reward he received. Was Judas’ betrayal of Jesus worth it?

Bishop Dag also talked about polygamy in the Bible. He mentioned examples from the book of Ezra. He also cited patriarchs like Abraham and Gideon, who had more than one wife. Some folks took this part of the full video, cut it out from the rest of his talk, and spread it around without the full context.

The main point of Bishop Dag's talk was about getting a victory but thinking about the price you pay. He wanted people to ask if the victories they're chasing are worth what they must give up.

So, when I watched the video on our COGPAC WhatsApp group (big thanks to CS Ababio Gyebi for sharing), it stuck with me that the Bible warns us not to pick and choose only what we like from it. Bishop Dag's talk showed that our choices have consequences over time, even if we have scripture support for it. He didn't say it's okay to have more than one wife or do wrong things. He said, "Think about what you're doing and what it'll cost you in the end."

Dr. Kyere Nkansah, I guess you and others felt slightly worried and alarmed like I did after watching that short video version. It seemed like that's what those who made the video wanted – to make us all emotional. They knew we Ghanaians couldn't resist juicy news, especially the kind that makes people look bad. And they got us just where they wanted us.

They knew we were drawn to crazy news as Ghanaians - Pastors and all, whether about politics, money, or religion. Nowadays, spreading wild news on social media and private WhatsApp groups across Ghanaians is easy. But we need to stop and think: Is it really worth it? What are we giving up to get caught up in these things? At what cost?

We all agree that when a fellow pastor starts saying the wrong stuff, we should stand up and say, "No way!" But we also need to be careful not to spread half-truths like in the abridged video in circulation. This is super important because it affects how we represent our tribe.

Let's fight against bad teachings that could harm our tribe's reputation. But let's not be too quick to spread rumors, even if we're worried. That's like breaking a fence that's protecting us. In the end, it could hurt us even more. If we break the hedge, the serpent will bite us. Ecclesiastes 10:8 (KJV) ”He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”

When someone's words are taken out of context and twisted to fit a certain story, like what seems to have happened with Bishop Dag, it can really mess things up. We're like a big family of believers; what one person suffers can affect us all. So, we must be careful about what we say, especially lending support to spreading hate of fellow yoke-bearers online.

Lately, we've seen this happen before, like with my papa, Archbishop Agyinasare, and the Nogokpo issue in Ghana. Now, the focus is on Bishop Dag Heward-Mills. Who would be the next in their cross-hairs? Our tribe, the pastors, is under attack from inside and out. We've got to be smart and not fall into this trap.

Who Appointed the Media, Bloggers, and Modern Online Video Commentators as “Speech Police” Over Pastors?

As pastors and servants of God, we possess a unique gift—our communication ability. Speech is our trade, a means to convey divine messages. Sometimes, even unintentional misspeaks or blunders are an occupational hazard, not a deliberate attempt to harm our faith.

Bishop Dag's discourse touched upon the Bible's discussion of having multiple wives. He wasn't giving it the green light; he simply wanted us to ponder it and its consequences in case we choose to tow that line (polygamy) as Christians. However, some individuals have fussed about this aspect without grasping his intended message.

Unveiling an Unspoken Reality: The Struggle Between One Wife and Many Side Affairs.

In our society, it's no hidden truth that certain Ghanaian married men maintain clandestine relationships and extramarital affairs. Shockingly, some even boldly display these relationships before their legally wedded wives (and this side-chick activity, unfortunately, involves some Pastors who should know better), leading to anguish and distress. As pastors, we often find ourselves counseling these couples, trying to mend the wounds caused by such actions.

But herein lies a paradox: How does this modern phenomenon of having one wife yet entertaining multiple side relationships differ from the traditional concept of polygamy? It's a perplexing puzzle that Bishop Dag's query aptly captures: What is the true cost of such actions, and is the price we pay truly justified? The echoes of his question linger: Is this path worth embarking upon, even if you confidently have a portion of scripture supporting it?

Bishop Dag is an esteemed figure and one of our most revered servants of God in the Ghanaian Christian community. He's the founder and presiding Bishop of the United Denominations Originating from the Lighthouse Group of Churches, now known as Lighthouse Chapel International, and the United Organization of First Love Churches. His church extends its reach to nearly 190 nations and counting. He's an accomplished author, an international evangelist drawing massive crowds to his crusades, and God validates his preaching with miraculous acts and healings. Let's truly know him.

He stands strong, unlike what is portrayed in the media and various WhatsApp platforms. He won't sacrifice his divine calling and many years of Christian work and sacrifices for the frivolous claims. He wed his beloved wife Adelaide in 1990; as far as I know, she remains his only wife, without concubines or side affairs. Does this sound like someone advocating polygamous unions?

Should Bishop Dag err (which isn't the case here), he belongs to associations of his peers in Ghana, akin to our COGPAC, such as the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC) in Ghana. Furthermore, he's served on the board of directors for Church Growth International (a reputable International organization of clergymen/women) and the executive committee of the Pentecostal World Fellowship. These peers of Bishop Dag Heward Mills possess the authority and grace to correct him if, by any chance, he were to cross doctrinal boundaries. However, it's clear he hasn't.

Why do some remain silent among us as modern charlatan pastors tarnish our collective pastoral reputation yet are quick to jump on the bandwagon and become -critics -in chiefs- to chastise revered and genuine servants in our Christian community? Often, this occurs not on genuine and verified truths but based on flimsy, unverified, and half-baked errors propagated in the media. It's a puzzling contradiction that merits contemplation. Who Appointed the Media and Modern-day Bloggers as Speech Police Over Pastors?

Falling for the Media's Trap: A Deliberate Agenda.

It's no secret that some in the media deliberately engineer agendas to lure attention to their online platforms. Sadly, Ghanaian pastors often become unwitting participants in this cunning and sinister strategy. In today's media realm, negative news is a hot commodity, and we seem to be playing into their hands inadvertently.

Does their agenda motivated by business profit helps our divine calling in any way? Let's not be accomplices in their profit-making scheme. By reacting to their ploys, we unintentionally become pawns in their game. Remember, bad news sells, but we need not contribute to their gains at our expense.

Our job as pastors is really important. We can't let our fights and arguments make things worse. We must be careful with what we say and act in times like this. The devil is trying to make us fight each other and ruin our work for God.

We've got to be strong and not give in to the devil's tricks. We know what's right and must stay focused on that. Let's not get caught up in the drama and forget our real purpose, including representing the kingdom of God on earth and our community’s voice of reason.

Let’s endeavor not to play to the gallery and dance to the tune of popular opinion in the media but remain the genuine conscience of our society, and God and our generation will thank and bless us for it.

If someone says something wrong, I'll stand up against it, but fallen victim to sensationalism, I swerve it, in Jesus' Name, bro.

Thank you, Bishop Emily Buabasa, for the positive feedback you posted after watching both videos. That piqued my curiosity also to see the videos (both full and abridged) posted on the COGPAC WhatsApp platform.

So yes, to answer your question, Rev. Dr. Kyere Nkansah, I agree with Bishop Dag Heward Mills in the context of the full video. I encourage all to watch to get his perspective in the correct context. Bro, You do well by highlighting important issues impacting our community. I applaud you. Keep it up, bro.

Hope my thoughts help us all remember our responsibilities. Thanks for reading.

With respect. All protocols are highly observed.

Apostle B. B. Bampoh.
Proud COGPAC Consultative Elders’ Board member and North America Divisional Overseer, Perez Chapel Int.

19/08/2023

Apostle Paul fought false teachers and doctrines with passion.

Why?

Because they determine where one spends eternity.

Whatever can determine where one spends eternity is worth fighting for with passion.

Selah!

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Prophets in Chad are reading Dag Heward-Mills' books and are being blessed.

Keep writing the books. We love them...all the way from N'Djamena, Chad.

03/08/2023

You say it's a cult but I say it's a body. We don't separate easily. It requires a very major operation with anaesthesia to calm the pain.

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16/07/2023

C'est aujourd'hui.

It's today.

14/07/2023

What a gift of God we have. This is why you shouldn't miss the

See what other Great men of God are saying about Bishop Dag

https://youtu.be/LEMsuGOvJ3c

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