- Otabil has reacted to reports of him referring to portions of the Bible as senseless and stupid
- According to him, the particular sermon being referenced was taken out of context
The founder and general overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil, denied news reports suggesting that he has described some scriptures in the Bible as senseless and utterly stupid.
Reports were rife in the media on Monday, May 27, 2019, indicating Otabil had stated that some scriptures in the Bible were being misused by Christians.
Reportedly preaching to his church members in a programme aired on TV3 the previous day, Otabil is said to have cited Matthew chapter 5 verse 39 which reads in the KJV: “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
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“Why should the Bible say that if someone slaps you on the left, you should turn the right to the person as well. It doesn’t make sense, which of you can do that? ," Otabil reportedly said.
For this quote from Otabil's sermon, many media portals carried reports saying the popular pastor had described portions of the Bible as senseless.
But in a swift response to these reports, the church has stated that Otabil never referred to any scripture of the Bible as stupid and senseless.
According to the General Secretary of the church, Reverend Morris Appiah, Otabil’s sermon themed “God’s nonsense is wiser than man’s sense” was taken out of context as he only sought to draw light on God’s mysterious works and wisdom which men cannot comprehend.
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“We owe it as a responsibility to the public to correct such significant misrepresentations. The headline and opening statement do not in any way reflect the viewpoint or the contents of the sermon preached by Pastor Otabil,” a statement copied to YEN.com.gh said.
The statement further revealed that the sermon which was originally delivered on January 13, 2019, and aired later was themed on the message that "God often chooses foolish, weak, unimpressive and unsophisticated people and things to establish his purposes" and Otabil had sought to "caution that people should not get surprised when God chooses others they see as totally disqualified."
Moreover, as a theologian, Otabil believes the Bible is God's word which is "wholly inspired and authoritative" and"therefore does not subscribe to any doctrine that disrespects the Holy Scriptures, which he wholly embraces as the counsel of God.
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“As a church, every opportunity to throw light on God’s word is one that we would readily embrace. We therefore wish to rehash our position that Pastor Otabil did not and has not at any time referred to any portion of the scripture as senseless and stupid” and it is their hope that “anyone with feeling of inferiority or inadequacy who reads this will be inspired to rise up and aspire to the heights prescribed for them in the Holy Scriptures,” the statement added.
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