Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International (ACI) Ministry, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has strongly advised Christians to tred cautiously in their relationship with their spiritual fathers.
He set the record straight that if one offends his or her spiritual father, the latter can remove their spiritual covering from them and that things will start becoming difficult for them irrespective of the amount of prayer that will be lifted for the deliverance of the offender.
In one of his sermons cited on social media related to his personal experience, he referenced that Oral Robert one time came to Ghana and was captured in the news letter saying that his (Duncan-Williams) church was one of Idahosa’s Churches which wasn’t true but only a spiritual son to Archbishop Idahosa.
“I was arrogant and young so I wrote to Oral Roberts to apologise to me because my church wasn’t under Benson Idahosa” he stated.
He continued that “Oral Roberts sent the letter to Idahosa, so Idahosa sent for me and I said I was not coming”.
He continued his narration that when that happened, Idahosa wrote him a letter telling him, “If you’re not coming, then, you are on your own, I take my hands off you”.
“That was when all my crisis begun”. “I prayed every prayer but it wouldn’t work” he said.
The ‘Papa’ as he is affectionately called, continued his sermon by adding that, he asked about Idahosa’s whereabout and had to meet him in London.
“When I met him, I fell on my face, held his feet and I said mercy, mercy”. He added that after that he held him and Idahosa prayed saying “Satan this is between me and my son, stay out of it”.
Explaining further, he said it was after that prayer that things began to improve.
According to him, after that prayer, some Security officials told him, they had been instructed to pick him but anytime they tried something happened and they didn’t know why.
“It was then I remembered, that was the year I had conflict with Idahosa”.
Cautioning his congregants, he said, if anyone decides to leave his church, that person should make sure the person he is going to is anointed more than their Bishop. He added that, there are few things you must not do when leaving your spiritual father: one, don’t leave without his blessings, two, don’t leave with his anger and three, don’t go to anybody he disapproves off, and four, don’t go to anybody that is less anointed than him. “I’m telling you, it wouldn’t be well with you” he added.
Referencing from the Bible, the Presiding Bishop said, when Reuben sinned against Jacob, and Jacob cursed and disinherited him. He continued when Moses was blessing all the children of Jacob, he showered blessings on everybody but when it came to Reuben, he couldn’t.
But all Moses said was that “Oh Lord, let not Reuben die and let not his men be few”.
The ‘Papa’ further explained that, Moses was a son of Jacob and so “He didn’t have the spiritual authority to override the father’s curse on Reuben”.
In addition, he gave explanations that Moses could not bless Reuben because when he met God at the burning bush and he asked ‘Who are you?’ “He said I am the God of your father’s, I am the God Abraham, I am the God of Jacob and I am the God of Isaac”.
He affirmed that even though Moses was very gifted, he was of a lower spiritual rank as compared to Jacob and as such didn’t have the spiritual authority to overturn a curse as pronounced against Reuben by Jacob.
Renowned Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams concluded his statement by saying, this is what the Church is missing today. “They follow sons’ instead of fathers'”. “Sons’ don’t give you the coat of many colours, is father that give”. “Sons’ don’t cover, it is father who cover and sons’ don’t bless, it’s fathers’ who bless”.
“If you want a blessing, stay with a father and don’t follow a son and especially sons’ who betray their fathers, you must never follow them”. Such sons’ don’t last and have short life span, he ended.
From this narration as given by the Archbishop, it connotes that, irrespective of the father relationship you have, one must be careful with fathers and not to incur their wrath.
Fathers come in different forms: biological or spiritual. Any of these fathers can pronounce a course as well as bless you.
According to the Papa, such a curse can only be overturned by a more superior person than your father who pronounced the curse on you and as such people must be prudent in their dealings with their fathers.