This was an interesting find. It’s a bit of a diatribe, but the author’s writing about “false” prophets and the gullibility of those who follow them.
Such bizarre scenario is the case in Ghanaian Communities in this day and age, with so- called men of God who are running churches and others who have sought prominence either by riding on the coat-tails of others who are genuinely working for Jesus, or who seek their own self-aggrandisement or self-expansiveness through similar gospel means. These mountebanks are swindling the uncritical people of God to finance their own personal ambitions. Of course, it is not conspicuous to others that their ambitions ARE suspect. They appear to be taking the gospel to the world, and making a platform for Jesus. But, in actual fact, they are making a platform for themselves by using Jesus’ name.
This would still be valid if Badu were writing about the States, I’m sure, or anywhere else. There are always going to be people who’ll twist a message to suit their own motives, whether it’s religious or political or whatever.
Obviously, true prophets are part of the Churches’ spiritual structure (Eph. 4:11). But, the fact of the matter is the vast majority of Christians today do not want the pure truths of God. They want adulterated, more ‘palatable’ forms of Truth, watered down and compromised for convenience.
Apparently some hucksters over there have been selling Anointing oil as a path to heaven and people have been buying the lie. Ghana has a very interesting history of crazy faith practices already from abusive prayer camps to burning women accused of witchcraft to killing crows for the same reason.
Atheist Revolution blames the export of Christian fundamentalism (from the States into Ghana) for this business and I think that’s likely. They wouldn’t have belief in Jesus if missionaries hadn’t brought it over in the first place. Prior to the 19th century, the place was mostly Islamic and the north still boasts a Muslim population. Apparently they also get along pretty well, so they’ve got that going for them. Also, the Christians do a better job of educating the populace, as the Muslim schools tend to focus solely on studying the Koran but that’s beginning to change in some areas. The majority of secondary schools have been run by churches and missions.
Maybe it’s not a good enough education – or at least not a good enough cross-country/cross-population education if people still believe witches need killing, or even that witches exist at all. How can that belief still linger in the 21st century? Is it because people still want to put their trust in a book that touts “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”?
What other reason could there be?