MARK 16: 17-18
“AND THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE; IN MY NAME SHALL THEY CAST OUT DEVILS…”
Around 1996, I was invited by a friend to attend a midweek service in their church around the Neoplan Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle. I had just converted from one religion to Christianity. His church was The Word Miracle Church (Now Perez Chapel).
The preacher was Rev Agyin Asare, now Bishop Agyin Asare. It was a packed service. During the ministration, two women broke the protocol and rushed in with a little girl who was very anaemic and could neither breath, move nor open her eyes. She had been in the hospital for over four weeks and the doctors were giving up on her. They simply couldn’t find the cause after many tests conducted on her. According to the mother of the child, one of the Doctors advised her to look for a man of God to pray for her child because they seem not to know what was wrong with her medically. This is an eye witness account I am giving. There were only two or three radio stations at that time. Radio Gold, Joy FM and Peace FM.
The preacher left the pulpit and went straight to these desperate, helpless and frustrated women. He just prayed a very a simple prayer right in front of all of us. “Little girl, in the name of Jesus Christ, receive life”. Immediately, the little girl began to breath, called out the mother and asked of her brother, and wanted to eat for the first time in over four weeks, right in the church to the amazement, not only of the parents, but the whole congregation. I was the most surprised of them all, as it was my first encounter with a miracle. I can give countless examples from Rev Dr Ampiah Kwofie, Arch Bishop Duncan Williams, Rev Eastwood Anaba, Prophet Annor, etc. The miracle of the little girl did not only increase my faith as a new convert, but also attested to the fact that, God is still in the miracle business.
Why doesn’t God speak, work miracles or heal people today as in the days of apostles?
Why can’t we see an axe float like Elijah did? Why can’t we raise the dead like Peter did to Dorcas ? Why can’t our aprons heal people like Paul, and our shadows like Peter?
The very people (Christians) who are supposed to proclaim and testify about these miracles have bastardised the power of God, denigrated men of God and compared the supernatural power of God to what ordinary fetish priests and magicians do. Christians have sought to limit the power of God. It is even sad to hear and see men in cassock and clericals declare God’s power in the church as fake.
“In my name you shall heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons..(Matthew 10:8).
Many church members’ appearance in church is simply cosmetic. After service, they will go back to the fetish, the diviners and the enchanters. The TV and radio stations are giving them the opportunity to show their magic. Nobody calls that fake, yet a man of God heals or prophesy, and he is taken to the cleaners. The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, it was given to change lives. Don’t limit the power of God. The attitude we are exhibiting is chasing many people into the hands of occults. If people can’t get miracles in the church from the supernatural power of God, why are they sitting on the pews?
It is very easy to condemn what you can’t do. God has never changed, and will never change. You can limit your “god”, but don’t limit my God.
To be cont..
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.