Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Apostle General of Royalhouse Chapel International has clarified excerpts of a sermon he preached that generated public debate about the people of Denkyira-Obuasi being cursed.
Denkyira Obuasi dominated the headlines in June following the lynching of a young military commander in the town. Major Maxwell Mahama was slayed with broken blocks, cudgels and shot several times by a marauding mob in the Upper Denkyira district following a false alarm that he was an armed robber.
Rev. Ankrah who was speaking during a 30-day prayer and fasting event at Cedar Mountain Chapel Assemblies of God Church, East Legon, pronounced that no youth of Denkyira-Obuasi will go past 33 years–the age of Maj. Mahama when he was murdered in cold blood.
He also prophesied that there will be no leader in the town, having killed a commander of an army.
But in a statement Friday July 21, 2017 he explained that his comments were not meant to curse the community.
“I wish to categorically state that my statements were not meant to release a curse on the town of Denkyira – Obuasi but to bring to the attention of the community and the nation what is biblically true; that in life we do reap what we sow,” he said.
Below is the full statement
RE: MAHAMA’S KILLERS CURSED, NO LEADER CAN EVER COME FROM DENKYIRA–OBUASI
I have read media publications quoting out of context portions of a sermon I preached. At the service I preached from various texts including:
Mathew 11:12 – “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Mathew 6: 9 & 10 – Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.”
Galatians 6: 7 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
In doing an exposition on Galatians 6:7 and with the support of other biblical texts, I made reference to the gruesome murder of Major Maxwell Mahama in the context of the impact of how our actions as individuals, communities and as a nation affect our lives and our generations.
The word of God makes it clear that when we sow good seeds we will reap blessings and when we sow bad seeds we will reap misfortune. Therefore if I sow the seed of killing a leader I may reap the harvest of not being able to produce leaders.
I wish to remind Ghanaians that following the murder of Major Mahama, there were reports of other lynchings which however did not receive the same attention as Major Mahama’s.
Let us remember that when Cain shed the innocent blood of Abel, God responded with an enquiry and pronounced a curse thereafter (Genesis 4:1-12). This will be true for every case where innocent blood is shed whether by mob action or by individuals. As such as a nation we must take cognizance of the fact that our present actions will undoubtedly have an effect on not just ourselves but also on our children and children’s children.
Therefore at all cost, when the opportunity presents itself we must move forward in true repentance, in the sincerity and integrity of our hearts to seek forgiveness from God, correct our wrongs where possible and make reparations where necessary in order to avert any misfortune that we may harvest due to the negative seeds we may have sown by our words or conduct.
I wish to categorically state that my statements were not meant to release a curse on the town of Denkyira – Obuasi but to bring to the attention of the community and the nation what is biblically true; that in life we do reap what we sow.
I also wish to state that the God that we serve is a God of mercy who is willing and able at all times to forgive us our sins if we show true repentance. The blood of Jesus is able to cleanse us from all our sins, irrespective of the kind of sin; as individuals, as communities and even as a nation.
I therefore stand by my proposed road map of atonement and restoration for the people of Denkyira-Obuasi. If the people would humble themselves and earnestly seek the face of God through prayer and fasting every curse that their unfortunate action might have attracted to the community would be averted.
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
As a Prophet of God, it is my divine duty to call the nation to order under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and I do this with full knowledge that I am also accountable to God.
God bless our homeland Ghana!
Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah
Royalhouse Chapel International