Ghana is blessed with many resources including human resources. In every facet of life, you will have a Ghanaian excelling at what they do.
The gospel ministry is no exception the country can boast of some the best miracle workers and preachers in Africa if not the whole world.
While there is a widely held perception that the pastors of yesteryears are genuine, many of the new crop of pastors are often regarded as controversial for the methods they employ in their ministry.
Leading this pack of 'controversial pastors' is the ever popular Bishop Daniel Obinim of the International Godsway Church (IGWC) who is almost always in the news for controversial reasons.
But it looks like there is a fierce competitor gunning for Obinim's unofficial title of being the most controversial pastor in Ghana in recent memory.
That person is no other than, Reverend Obofour (Asanteman Bofour) whose behaviour lately brings up controversies Obinim himself would envy.
Here a few of Obofour's acts which suggest he may want to topple Obinim.
1. Claiming to be the only 'true angel of God':
In May, Reverend Obofour was widely reported to have claimed that he was the only 'true' archangel of God in Ghana.
Yes, the name Obofour, when translated into English means angel and thus no one can really begrudge him for saying he is an angel.
But claiming that the others are fake when you week know that Obinim has been using the title for all this while is a very controversial statement to make which even Obinim himself will likely not make.
2. Playing Shatta Wale's song during church service:
Before his controversial claim to the 'angel' title, Obofour had trended on social media after a video of him and his junior pastors dancing to Shatta Wale's song emerged online.
In the video, Obofour's church band played Shatta Wale's 'Taking Over' for them to boogie in front of the congregation.
While nobody can claim to know the heart of men or be righteous than anybody, there are clear rules in the Bible governing Christianity which followers must adhere to.
Indeed, 2nd Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 14 urges Christians "...not [to] be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?"
And even one would want to make an argument of winning souls everywhere, it could still be countered that the gospel should be taken to the club, not the other way around.
To put it mildly, this was a controversial thing to do.
3. Buying a Rolls Royce just:
Bishop Obinim recently came in the news after buying a Rolls Royce estimated to be worth $300,000 and he was widely criticised for showing too much opulence.
But before those criticisms would end, a video of Obofour showing off the same type of Rolls Royce he had bought popped up.
The man of God is heard in the video saying he had purchased an ‘original’ Rolls Royce and also purchased a new land where he was going to put up a building to relocate from where they currently worshipped.
Apart from not minding the criticisms of some Ghanaians, he was also insinuating that some other Rolls Royce, in obvious reference to Obinim's own, was fake.
Isn't that controversial?
4. Buying a Ford Mustang for his baby girl:
After buying a $300,000 car, Reverend Obofour is once again in the news for buying another expensive car.
This time, it is a Ford Mustang which he purchased for his daughter on her birthday.
Interestingly, the daughter is only nine years old and you wonder what she will be doing with the car which is said to be sold in the region of $40,000 and above.
Clearly, this is an extreme show of affluence which even Obinim himself is yet to try.
There is no doubt that Obinim has been the most controversial Ghanaian pastor in recent memory but looking at the speed with which Obofour is coming, he may have to up his game if he wants to remain in the position.
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