Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Help us fight for independence - West Papua calls on Ghana

Chief Benny Wenda and Mr. Rawlings
The people of West Papua are sending desperate calls on government officials and leaders of Ghana to assist them in their bid to join the United Nations.

Nobel peace prize nominee and Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Chief Benny Wenda joined Ghanaians to mark Ghana's 59th independence anniversary on 6th March, 2016. 

During his stay, he interacted with prominent people in the country, including Reverend Dr Fred Deegbe, former head of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), and former presidents Kufuor and Rawlings.

Reverend Deegbe prayed for the people of West Papua and Chief Benny Wenda for his visit to Ghana. "God made people and wants people everywhere to be free". He also promised to raise the issue of West Papua at an upcoming church meetings in the USA.

Rev Deegbe who is a Senior Pastor at the Calvary Baptist Church served the CCG as General Secretary from July 2003 until April 2013. 

In a meeting with former President John Agyekum Kufuor and former AU Chair, the former president pledged support for the liberation of the people of West Papua. "It is important that humanity should be central to everything. As a human being you are entitled to humanity. 

In due course humanity will prevail and you will be free." "The whole world will support you. Not even Indonesia can stop it" "Ghana was once a colony for 100 years, Nkrumah was our liberator, he was a pan africanist and you see yourselves as Africans. What you are doing is the right way. 

The photos of your people bear witness to a true leader of your people. Some of our paramount chiefs wear feathers. The same but eagle feathers. Despite the distances between our places we are the same. Clearly you are not Indonesian."

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has also pledged his support to fight for the independence of the West Papuans. He said "we are honoured to fight for your people. We share a similar history."

"It is no surprise to me that you had support from Ghana at the UN in 1969 and that we accepted West Papuan refugees in the 1980's. West Africa has seen slavery, colonial struggles and independence"

"Chief you find yourself in a very painful situation. I suggest that you contact and lobby every congressman, senator and parliamentarian. The European Commission, the AU and all organisations. Keep knocking and knock again, don't let them sleep"

"We will contribute by reminding them who is still colonised"

"Keep fighting"

Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana made the statements when he met with Chief Benny Wenda, spokesman for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and Nobel Peace prize nominee.

All across Africa and around the world people are finding out about Indonesia's Genocide and illegal colonisation of West Papua. West Papua has a legal right to self determination, de colonisation and independence. 

West Papua is the western half of the Melanesian island of New Guinea, in the Pacific Ocean, bordering the independent nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It lies just 200km north of Australia and the indigenous Melanesian people have lived there for over 40,000 years. 



West Papua was colonised by the Dutch in 1898 and always administered as “Dutch New Guinea” separate from their “Dutch East Indies” which is now Indonesia. With the promise of independence on 1st December 1970 and on 1st December 1961, the West Papuan national flag was raised with the beginnings of a democratically elected government formed, announcing a 9 year period of peaceful transition towards independence. 

Politics before Papuans But within months the dream was dead. The newly independent state of Indonesia wanted access to West Papua's vast wealth and the military promptly invaded West Papua. Conflict broke out between the Netherlands, Indonesia and the indigenous population regarding control of the territory.

Due to US' fear that failing to appease Indonesia could result in the spread of South East Asian communism, the US government intervened and engineered an agreement between Indonesia and the Netherlands, which in 1962 gave control of West Papua to the United Nations and one year later transferred control to Indonesia. 

The Papuans were never consulted and after a sham referendum in 1969 with 1026 people handpicked Papuans being forced to vote for Indonesian sovereignty, West Papua officially became part of Indonesia. 

The military occupation and secret genocide The West Papuan people never accepted Indonesia in their country and ever since 1963, have resisted Indonesian rule, first with bows and arrows and what little guns they could and then with peaceful civil resistance.

The people of West Papua have regularly organise mass protests for self determination and independence and continue to appeal to the international community from speaking out through media to diplomatic pleas by exiled Papuans.

Through a vast wealth of natural resources, like the largest goldmine on Earth (Grasberg), West Papua has become Indonesia’s largest GDP contributor, and with the prospect of an independent West Papua looking with international support, Indonesia does not want Papuans telling the outside world the truth.

Not only has the Indonesian government banned all foreign journalists and human rights groups from West Papua but the Indonesian military and police also systematically target any West Papuans campaigning for independence and brands them as “separatists” and “terrorists”.

Angry Bishop Obinim dares for a challenge

Obinim

several lashes and mockery from some Ghanaians of whom some are from the same call duty, the leader and founder of the International God's Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim finds it difficult to contain what he calls insults and condemnations from his critics and now calls for a spiritual battle with anyone who is ready to challenge him.

According to the powerful man of God in an audio which he wants all people over the world to have access to, he is daring anyone who says he is not from God to come face to face with him.

"I am serious as I am speaking. I am throwing a challenge for everyone all over the world, whether you are a fetish priest, mallam, pastor, and you think that I Bishop Daniel Obinim is not from God and that I am working with black powers, meet me anywhere you want us to meet. When you are coming too, have it in mind that you are coming to finish me for the whole world to know that I am not from God. So whatever you think you can do to me, do it when you come.

Whether you will pray or chant, for that you know what you can do. Whatever you can do for the world to know that I am not from God, do it. If someone sees himself as a man like me, he should face me. I am very wild.

It's about time we let the world know that my father Jesus Christ has given me powers. Why are you giving all glories to Satanic? We don't give glory to Jesus Christ and God. The one who died and took our sins away.

Any good thing is implicated to Satan. Why? It's about time we stop those nonsense and give glory to God. I want a man like me to face me. And if you finish with your everything and nothing happens to me, hey, I will prove to you that I am an angel of God.

I will lift my hand and call on God for everybody to know that indeed God has called me. And you will see what will happen there. We will pick your corpse. You will see your death. I want all media houses to carry up this story. I am very wild. "

The Hallelujah man of God has received many insults and distasteful comments from a section of Ghanaians of whom some are men of God after he made a comment that he is able to metamorphose into any creature to visit people in their dreams and everywhere.

Recent among them is coming from the Apostle General of the Royal House of Chapel, Rev Sam Korankye Ankra who is saying that Obinim is a magician and not from God.

Critics of Obinim’s snake comment are ‘satanic’ – Cwesi Oteng

Cwesi Oteng


Award winning Gospel musician, Cwesi Oteng, has jumped to the defense of controversial preacher and Founder of the International Godsway Ministries, Bishop Daniel Obinim, after the latter said he could metamorphose into any animal.
Bishop Obinim in a TV interview claimed that he could turn into a snake to unleash terror on his enemies.
Daniel Obinim
Daniel Obinim
“…a pastor like me who can turn into an animal, I can even turn into a snake and bite you…I can turn into a snake, enter your room [referring to the host] and after biting you, I will vanish. The next morning, there will be reports that someone has died from a snake bite [laughing] and I would have caused that death,” said.
Bishop Obinim further insisted that the people of Ghana have “not seen anything yet concerning the anointing on my life that Jesus gave me.”
But his wild and weird claim, has not been taken lightly by a section of Ghanaians who believe such statements cannot come from a genuine minister of the gospel.
However, Cwesi Oteng, took to his Instagram page to admonish his followers to desist from criticizing Bishop Obinim since to him there is nothing wrong with his claims.
He said “even people who don’t know Jesus and are developed spiritually can transform into anything, how about a prophet who says he can?”
“What Obinim said, I don’t doubt [it] because I believe it is possible. Don’t join the slanderers, they are satanic broadcasters. And God bless Obinim. Spiritual things are foolishness.”
Watch Obinim’s interview in the view below

GPCC chides ‘charlatan’ Obinim for insulting Korankye Ankrah

Obinim

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), has lashed out at the Head Pastor of the International Godsway Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim, for verbally assaulting its 1st Vice President, Rt. Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah. 

Rev. Ankrah during a media interview allegedly accused Bishop Obinim of using ‘magic’, following claims by Obinim that he could metamorphose into any animal including a snake to unleash terror on his enemies.

But Obinim, who was angered by the comments, also launched a verbal attack on Rev. Ankrah describing him as a “fornicator” and a “fool.” According to Obinim, God had revealed to him that Rev Korankye Ankrah who is also the Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel, fornicates with his church members. In a statement signed by the top hierarchy of the GPCC, they condemned Bishop Obinim for unleashing such attacks and described him as a ‘charlatan.’ 

The Council in the statement mentioned how Bishop Obinim stomped on the stomach of a pregnant woman in the name of healing as well as “the holding and displaying a man’s sexual organ in the full view of cameras” saying “it is not ethical and must not to be entertained.” “The abuse of unsuspecting Ghanaians by so-called men of God is becoming alarming and so evident. 

The increasing electronic media landscape and social media has revealed how such people are taking advantage of the unfortunate vulnerabilities of their congregations and the unsuspecting Ghanaian public to defraud and blackmail them in the name of so called prophecies and miracles. 

Inasmuch as the Council believes strongly in the biblical doctrines of prophecies and miracles as signs of the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians and the Church, the wanton abuse and manipulation of the sound doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ by these few charlatans for their egocentric interests ought to be exposed and condemned by the majority and genuine Christians,” the statement added. Check below for full statement: The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has noted with great concern video recordings gone viral on various forms of media depicting verbal attacks by Bishop Daniel Obinim on its 1st Vice President, Rt. Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah over what the former considers an attack against him in a recent interview granted by Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah.

 Obinim in the said video clip used some unprintable words in the description of Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah. This is not different from some of the insults he has rained on certain noble people in our society in the recent past. The abuse of unsuspecting Ghanaians by so-called men of God is becoming alarming and so evident.

 The increasing electronic media landscape and social media has revealed how such people are taking advantage of the unfortunate vulnerabilities of their congregations and the unsuspecting Ghanaian public to defraud and blackmail them in the name of so called prophecies and miracles.

 In as much as the Council believes strongly in the biblical doctrines of prophecies and miracles as signs of the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Christians and the Church, the wanton abuse and manipulation of the sound doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ by these few charlatans for their egocentric interests ought to be exposed and condemned by the majority and genuine Christians.

 Mostly “freelancers” and without any standardised theological and moral training from any recognised theological institution, statements from these so called prophets purporting to be speaking the mind of God, though speaking from their own mind, are most of the time irreconcilable with the Bible, which is the standard for evaluating all such prophecies. With the expanding media landscape, these charlatans have taken over the airwaves and deceiving people with all kinds of strange doctrines in the name of religious freedom.

 We wish to point out that the GPCC and its honourable NEC members have no personal grudges against Bishop Obinim, nor are we in anyway jealous of him as he claims, but will stand up against anybody who under the guise of the name of Christ seeks to take advantage of Ghanaians. For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to point out that the Lord we follow does not at any point change into any of His creation, safe for his incarnation to save humanity.

 The stomping on the stomach of a pregnant woman as a means of healing, the holding and displaying a man’s sexual organ in the full view of the cameras is all non ethical and need not be entertained. While the Council will continue to work with other recognised Christian bodies in Ghana to provide leadership, self-regulation and instilling discipline in the Body of Christ in Ghana, we call on all Ghanaians, especially Christians to return to the Bible as our main reference point and standard for evaluating and confirming such prophecies or strange teachings and not to easily fall for the machinations of these so called prophets. 

The Bible clearly teaches all to discern those who are of God by examining their character (fruits). For example, no genuine servant of God will spew foul language against any person, poor or rich, man or woman, let alone a minister of the Gospel. The major problem with failing to address self-claimed prophets is that such people can lead sincere people to disaster, just as in the case of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God in Uganda, where close to 800 people perished, 530 of them being in a locked church that was set ablaze. 

Similarly David Koresh of USA, leader of Branch Davidians religious sect in Texas, believing himself to be the final prophet, deceived many people, until a raid and subsequent siege by Federal Bureau of Investigation, which ended with David Koresh setting fire in the building killing 74 people. Another story is Jim Jones who led his followers to commit mass suicides.

 Their deceptive stories are no different from these latter-day ones whose behaviour could eventually end in similar vein if not quickly checked. Ghanaians may recall that in the recent past, similar characters have emerged on the national scene, with some even claiming to be the Christ, deceiving many into selling out their material possessions in anticipation of the second coming and the imminent destruction of the world. 

Consequently, we call on all media houses, especially the electronic ones to lend their support in helping weed out these characters by not allowing financial considerations to override the general interest and safety of the public. The Council also wishes to call on the National Media Commission to speed up the passage of the Religious Broadcasting Bill into law to regulate these excesses, including potential hate speeches from religious broadcasters in the media landscape. We urgently call on the Government to engage the legally registered Christian Ecumenical Bodies to find a way to sanitise the system without curtailing the freedom to worship, enshrined in our Republican Constitution.

 The leadership of GPCC also wishes to assure all Ghanaians that it will continue to lead the crusade through its over 230 member churches across Ghana, to weed out all such undesirable elements in the religious community, and is also willing to provide mentoring support and guidance for all genuine Ministers of the gospel willing to submit to the guiding authority of the Council to enhance the propagation of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you. Long Live Ghana!

AUDIO: OBINIM WAS ORDAINED BY FETISH PRIEST - OWUSU BEMPAH

Owusu Bempah
Rev Dr Isaac Owusu Bempah, head pastor of Glorious Word Empowerment Ministry International has replied what he said were insults ‘rained’ on him by Bishop Daniel Obinim, head pastor of Gods Way international Church.




n a response on Accra-based Okay FM on Tuesday, Rev Bempah alleged that Obinim was ordained by a fetish priest, Okomfuor Yaw Appiah in Kumasi.

He said Obinim grew up at Akwatia Line in Kumasi and that his other name is Kwadwo Edem.

Click 'Show Video' to listen to the audio.

Obinim's snake comment is unbiblical

Daniel Obinim

The Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah has responded to the numerous insults rained on him by the General Overseer of the International Godsway Ministries Bishop Daniel Obinim over comments he made in a radio interview.
Preaching at his church on Sunday March 6 2016, he told the congregation that he will not dignify the avalanche of insults unfurled at him by Bishop Obinim, with an express response, since, according to him, there were already people speaking in his [Korankye Ankrah’s] defence.
“This morning, as I was coming, somebody met me at the gate. She said: ‘Apostle-General, oh I’m sorry Oh, it was not easy on Television at all, the insults!’ So, I asked her: ‘How did you go and tune in to that nonsense?’ I said to her: ‘This morning, you need to go to the altar for deliverancebecause you have been polluted.’ Then I said to her: ‘My ears are only for good news.’ There’s somebody, who doesn’t come to Royal House Chapel, if you read [on] the social media, they replied all our accusers.
“They are not members of Royal House Chapel. And one of them lined up my accusers and finished them very well. And one of the things he accused my accusers [of was that] he said: ‘Look at those, who are insulting Apostle-General, you and Apostle General, who knows doctrine?’ As if the guy knew I was coming to talk about doctrine. Anybody, who doesn’t know doctrine, you can see it from their lives, and their attitudes and their fruit. That’s why I decided I will be quiet because there are people, who are speaking for me. I don’t need to defend myself. Why should I waste my energy?”
The General Overseer of the International Godsway Ministries Bishop Daniel Obinim it would be recalled launched a scathing attack at Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah for claiming some of his “spiritual prowess” is pure magic.
The controversial man of God claims he can metamorphose into a snake or a dog in the spiritual realm, a claim Rev. Ankrah described as ‘sad’ and pure ‘magic’ which has brought the name of God into disrepute.
Angered by the comments, Bishop Obinim has responded to Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah and challenged him to contest his powers, adding the he didn’t know Korankye Ankrah was such a fool.
He used very unprintable words on Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah while being urged on by his subordinates who also rained insults on the man of God over his comments.
The General Overseer of the International Godsway Ministries in recent times dominated discussions on social media after avideo of him went viral, boasting he once transformed into a snake with Jesus by his side who also transformed into a lion.
But Rev. Ankrah during last Wednesday observed that Obinim’s assertion is “unbiblical, unchristian, magic and I don’t know what came up of him.”
The man of God noted it is difficult to regulate the activities of the church since a lot of the men of God are “freelancers”, stressing most of these clergies “must be made to belong to one of these council overseeing bodies.”
Rev. Ankrah stated: “And people are making fun and I feel ashamed and the question is who is bringing the preacher [Obinim] to book. Who is ensuring before you mount the pulpit you are qualified and licensed to do that.


“These people are not members of our Council and it’s difficult to stretch our hands. They are freelancers and it is [difficult to deal with them]. Everyone who is leading people by preaching must be made to belong to one of these council overseeing bodies so when they go to those excesses they are checked.”
However, he added that he and other men of God are “willing” to help Obinim to keep to his tracks.
Bishop Daniel Obinim has however taken an exception to his comments threatening to wage a spiritual war against Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah and his congregation.
“I have more followers than him”, he said

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