General News of Monday, 12 November 2012
The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Presidency has admonished the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil to be courageous “and stand by his living word”.
“You have stood over the years in public used the pulpit and the media to present yourself as a man of wisdom. You have used the bible to further your own cause and when your words catch up with you, you go on the attack,” he added.
Pastor Otabil has condemned what he says is the evil attempt to expose him to public ridicule by some members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The preacher’s comment comes in the wake of a number of audio tapes in which he was heard ridiculing and criticizing the much espoused free SHS policy of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
At a press conference in Accra Monday, Pastor Otabil lamented over what he said was the doctoring and manipulation of his sermons for political expediency and appealed to President Mahama to call his people to order.
In a rebuttal, Dr. Tony Aidoo on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme said Pastor Otabil stands to be praised or condemned by his own words.
According to him, the preacher man is full of contradiction to the extent that his (Otabil) own theology has internal contradiction.
Tony Aidoo indicated that so long as Pastor Otabil has presented himself as a man of wisdom and gained popularity from it, “your words will be used; don’t blame President Mahama, blame yourself”.
Aidoo described the preacher man as a coward who was running away from his own words.
He averred that Otabil's press conference was only to court public sympathy and to salvage his reputation.
The presidential staffer contended that Pastor Otabil's theology has lost relevance since according to him it is based on “metaphysics nonsense” which attributes everything that happens on earth to the will of God.
On the use of Otabil's sermons for political campaign ads, Tony Aidoo said Pastor Otabil’s sermons are public property and any group of individuals can use it in their political campaigns.
“When you put those words in the public domain didn’t he know it will have some influence? He should have the courage to stand by his words and stop diving for cover”.