– Pastor Mensa Otabil has reportedly listed some scriptures in the Bible he believes Christians are not applying the right way
– One of them is the Bible’s admonition to turn the right cheek to be slapped after the left one
– Pastor Mensa Otabil gave other examples Popular Ghanaian pastor, Mensa Otabil, is said to have claimed that some scriptures in the Bible are being misused by Christians.
He was reportedly preaching to his church members in a programme aired on TV3 on Sunday, May 26, 2019. This was gathered by YEN.com.gh in a report sighted on Ghanacelebrities.com.
He mentioned some of the scriptures which some people were misusing because they take them out of context.
Pastor Otabil stressed that wisdom was needed in applying some of these scriptures in order not for them to become useless in a situation. One of these is the scripture found at Matthew chapter 5 verse 39 which reads in the KJV: “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
Pastor Otabil questioned the sense in allowing oneself to be struck twice needlessly. “Why should the Bible say that, if someone slaps you on the left you should turn the right to the person as well? It is not to be taken literal, which of you can do that?” he asked his congregants.
He also questioned the sense in taking the popular scriptures about giving literal, wondering how one could save if they have to give all of what they have. “Why should I give all I have while I’m supposed to save? It is senseless to take it in that regard,”
Pastor Otabil reportedly said. Comparing those two scriptures to real life situations, Otabil said: “If someone comes to your house and steals your fridge will you tell the thief to come for your television in addition?”
“It is senseless if that scripture is applied that way without wisdom,” he added, when no response came from his church members. The man of God who is known for his vast knowledge in the scriptures, may be speaking in proverbial terms and not saying literally that the scriptures are useless. He is known to be learned and has impacted many people.
Pastor Otabil reportedly completed his sermon by saying: “However, the nonsense of God is wiser than the sense of men.”
Meanwhile, Pastor Otabil has been in the news for controversial reasons recently. He was accused of a GHC450 million scandal which led to the collapse of his Capital Bank.
He was also in the news for warning some prophets to stop scaring people with their fake prophecies.