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Pastor who escaped assassination warns against prosperity gospel

Team leader of Pentecostal Upright Church, George Edweu speaks during the commissioning of pastors; Samuel Eyenu, Isaac Emuron Omadi and Stephen Opolot for Ambassadors of Hope Outreach Centre Uganda (AHCU) in Soroti District on Sunday.

Different ministries have different approaches to presenting the gospel however, according to a section of bible scholars, the “prosperity gospel” sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wills. This particular gospel is seen as self-help philosophy designed to try to save one from undesirable circumstances.

In this, according to scholars, Jesus is presented as a ticket to riches and experiencing the best life now with limited or no focus given to salvation or that through a relationship with Jesus, you can be saved from sin and experience eternal life.

While widely denounced in most Christian circles, prosperity gospel has been known to be preached among some megachurch pastors and televangelists.

George Edweu of the Pentecostal Upright Church told newly commissioned Pastors not to promote the gospel of prosperity in the Church, saying it derails Christians from understanding God’s word which among other things he said, calls men unto salvation.

“You should preach the gospel of salvation, not wealth,” Edweu said.

He sent out this warning during the commissioning of pastors; Samuel Eyenu, Isaac Emuron Omadi and Stephen Opolot for Ambassadors of Hope Outreach Centre Uganda (AHCU) in Soroti District on Sunday.

Bishop Edweu stated that the trio were commissioned to perform pastoral duties and not to “use their positions to extort money from Christians.”

He prayed that they will be “men who are going to live for the ministry, for the commission that they have been given.”

Assassination Attempt

Bishop Edweu was preaching December 4th about hearing and understanding the voice of God when a 24-year-old Sunni Muslim sheikh, trained in Islamic proselytization, who had come with murderous intent, sitting calmly among the congregation of 200 people, converted to Christianity.

‘I was sent to kill you and destroy the church,” the sheikh later confessed after listening to the bishop’s message that convicted him of sin.

He repented of his sins as the shaken congregation looked on and Bishop Edweu prayed for him.

News of the former sheikh’s conversion from Islam spread swiftly, and the young sheikh knew he had to go into hiding because of death threats. His wife and two children, ages 2 and 4, took refuge with him.

editor@ugchristiannews.com

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