Kofi Danso is the Sr. Pastor at Miracle Arena For All Nations, and my husband and I are ex-pastors. It is with a sad heart that I have to write this post. There are so many other things I would rather be talking about right now. Things like; how to have an amazing love life with your husband or how to enjoy being a single Christian woman.
But, when I decided to start this blog, I made a commitment to God that I would share honest answers and Biblical advice. My goal is to help Christian women by answering their toughest questions. With that being said, I never thought that the topic of Kofi Danso as a false Prophet or cult leader would be one of those questions. But it is.
Please note that these are my personal opinions based on my experience as a volunteer minister with Miracle Arena. And, although Miracle Arena has referred to me as a Pastor both publicly and privately, because I was co-leading branches alongside my husband, they did not grant my request to be formally ordained when they ordained my husband.
For those who have no connection with Miracle Arena For All Nations or “prophet” Kofi Danso, please don’t skip this post. I’m going to talk openly about the red flags every Christian woman needs to watch for in a ministry and I hope that this info will save someone from a world of pain.
Kofi Danso Is a False Prophet and A Cult Leader
Let me begin by saying that I do not believe that Mr. Kofi Danso set out to start a cult. Of course, there’s no way for me to know for sure, but I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt.
My goal is to be as generous and compassionate as possible towards Mr. Danso and his intentions while also protecting those who are potential victims of cult-like churches. Unfortunately, these kinds of programs are extremely common and my intention is to raise awareness rather than tear Kofi Danso down.
Now, I also believe that we are in the midst of a spiritual shift in which the Holy Ghost is exposing and purging sin in the church. From everything that is currently going on around the world, I believe that we as a body of believers must continue to call sinners to repentance and to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, even when those sinners are standing on the pulpit.
So, what makes Kofi Danso and those like him, cult leaders and false prophets?
First, let’s define what a cult is.
The word cult has three definitions.Marshall Shelley – Christianity Today
First of all, it can simply be a group that loves something. When people refer to an “Elvis cult” or “The O.C. cult,” they mean really devoted fans.
The second definition is that of a religion whose beliefs differ from the majority around them. In the Roman Empire, Christians were sometimes considered a cult because they worshiped Jesus rather than the Roman gods.
The third, and most commonly used definition refers to a religious group that is:
1) Exclusive. They may say, “We’re the only ones with the truth; everyone else is wrong, and if you leave our group your salvation is in danger.”
2) Secretive. Certain teachings are not available to outsiders or they’re presented only to certain members, sometimes after taking vows of confidentiality.
3) Authoritarian. A human leader expects total loyalty and unquestioned obedience.
Many groups can start out with good intentions, so what sours the minds of the leaders and turns a church into a cult?
The Bible on False Prophets like Kofi Danso
The book of Jeremiah has a lot to say about the false prophets of that time and the main reason remains the same. Pride!
Hear and give ear:Jeremiah 13: 15-17
Do not be proud,
For the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God
Before He causes darkness,
And before your feet stumble
On the dark mountains,
And while you are looking for light,
He turns it into the shadow of death
And makes it dense darkness.
17 But if you will not hear it,
My soul will weep in secret for your pride;
My eyes will weep bitterly
And run down with tears,
Because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.
Pride has always been the widest path to sin. When pride is coupled with fear, it is a deadly combination.
Many groups might be rightly categorized as a cult because they celebrate a shared love of something, and they are completely harmless. But, when a leader lets pride and fear creep in, the members of the cult are in grave danger.
Miracle Arena For All Nations should be considered a cult because instead of coming together for the love and worship of Christ, they’re gathering to celebrate their “Papa, Prophet Dr. Kofi Danso”.
And we must be very careful not to love anyone so much that we refuse to see the truth about them.
Kofi Danso’s Dangerous Traits
In my opinion, Kofi Danso exhibits the tell-tale signs of being a dangerous and toxic leader.
When evaluating a ministry you should always watch for the following traits, and when you see them, get away!
Know the signs, leave and warn others to get out as quickly as possible. The longer you stay, the harder it is to see the problems and break free. Many people become so committed to cults that it becomes impossible for them to escape. Especially if they have been given positions of leadership. It’s hard to admit that you’ve made a mistake. It takes a great act of courage to break free from a cult.
50 Traits of a Dangerous Cult Leader
- He has a grandiose idea of who he is and what he can achieve.
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, or brilliance.
- Demands blind unquestioned obedience.
- Requires excessive admiration from followers and outsiders.
- Has a sense of entitlement – expecting to be treated special at all times.
- Is exploitative of others by asking for their money or that of relatives putting others at financial risk.
- Is arrogant and haughty in his behavior or attitude.
- Has an exaggerated sense of power (entitlement) that allows him to bend rules and break laws.
- Takes sexual advantage of members of his sect or cult.
- Sex is a requirement with adults and subadults as part of a ritual or rite.
- Is hypersensitive to how he is seen or perceived by others.
- Publicly devalues others as being inferior, incapable, or not worthy.
- Makes members confess their sins or faults publicly subjecting them to ridicule or humiliation while revealing exploitable weaknesses of the penitent.
- Has ignored the needs of others, including; biological, physical, emotional, and financial needs.
- Is frequently boastful of accomplishments.
- Needs to be the center of attention and does things to distract others to ensure that he or she is being noticed by arriving late, using exotic clothing, overdramatic speech, or by making theatrical entrances.
- Has insisted on always having the best of anything (house, car, jewelry, clothes) even when others are relegated to lesser facilities, amenities, or clothing.
- Doesn’t seem to listen well to the needs of others, communication is usually one-way in the form of dictates.
- Haughtiness, grandiosity, and the need to be controlling is part of his personality.
- Behaves as though people are objects to be used, manipulated or exploited for personal gain.
- When criticized he tends to lash out not just with anger but with rage.
- Anyone who criticizes or questions him is called an “enemy.”
- Refers to non-members or non-believers in him as “the enemy.”
- Acts imperious at times, not wishing to know what others think or desire.
- Believes himself to be omnipotent.
- Has “magical” answers or solutions to problems.
- Is superficially charming.
- Habitually puts down others as inferior and only he is superior.
- Has a certain coldness or aloofness about him that makes others worry about who this person really is and or whether they really know him.
- Is deeply offended when there are perceived signs of boredom, being ignored or of being slighted.
- Treats others with contempt and arrogance.
- Is constantly assessing for those who are a threat or those who revere him.
- The word “I” dominates his conversations. He is oblivious to how often he references himself.
- Hates to be embarrassed or fail publicly – when he does he acts out with rage.
- Doesn’t seem to feel guilty for anything he has done wrong nor does he apologize for his actions.
- Believes he possesses the answers and solutions to world problems.
- Believes himself to be a deity or a chosen representative of a deity.
- Rigid, unbending, or insensitive describes how this person thinks.
- Tries to control others in what they do, read, view, or think.
- Has isolated members of his sect from contact with family or outside world.
- Monitors and or restricts contact with family or outsiders.
- Works the least but demands the most.
- Has stated that he is “destined for greatness” or that he will be “martyred.”
- Seems to be highly dependent of tribute and adoration and will often fish for compliments.
- Uses enforcers or sycophants to ensure compliance from members or believers.
- Sees self as “unstoppable” perhaps has even said so.
- Conceals background or family which would disclose how plain or ordinary he is.
- Doesn’t think there is anything wrong with himself – in fact, sees himself as perfection or “blessed.”
- Has taken away the freedom to leave, to travel, to pursue life, and liberty of followers.
- Has isolated the group physically (moved to a remote area) so as to not be observed.
My Personal Experience with Kofi Danso
Let me tell you a little bit about my personal experience as a volunteer pastor with Miracle Arena For All Nations.
My husband (then fiance) was in living in Toronto working with a local radio station when he first met and interviewed Kofi Danso. My husband was impressed with his charisma. Kofi was well-spoken, confident and energized. Upon the first impression, he is very likable, charming and warm.
Right after the interview, one of his minister /armorbearers invited my husband to Miracle Arena. This was in 2013. I’m told that that first service was life-altering. The worship was deep, powerful and lasted for hours. The preaching of “Prophet” Kofi Danso was on fire and was rooted in a message of hope. Hope that life could be different.
A place of praise and worship
My husband, having been raised in the Salvation Army, was encouraged by this passionate atmosphere of praise and worship. It felt like a good change of pace, and being a generous individual he offered to help and began volunteering at the church.
A few months later, my husband returned to Yellowknife and we got married. We were already involved in ministry and decided to offer to develop the first branch of Miracle Arena in Yellowknife. (Northern Canada)
We started out very small, ministering to street people and those affected by alcoholism and drug abuse and grew into a solid little group within a few short years. Let me be clear, the distance between Yellowknife (our branch) and Toronto (headquarters) is almost 2000 miles. Plus, unlimited internet is not available in YK, so we weren’t watching the online services very often. So, unfortunately, we didn’t have much contact with Kofi Danso and the ministry. If we had been closer, we would have become aware of the toxic problems much sooner.
A Fast Growing Start-Up
Miracle Arena For All Nation was experiencing explosive growth through generous seeds, tithes, and offerings to the church. Kofi Danso invited celebrity pastors from all over the world to preach during their regular conferences and they were becoming well known for their prophetic healing and deliverance ministry.
However, I believe that it was in the midst of that growth that pride and fear first got a foothold in Kofi Danso’s heart. He wanted more branches and we were offered the opportunity to start additional branches in Edmonton and Calgary.
At this time I was pregnant with our second child, but we decided to make a significant sacrifice, leave our home and businesses in Yellowknife and relocate to Edmonton to plant a branch. All this was done with ZERO investment from Headquarters. All the initial expenses came out of our own pocket as “seed” to the ministry.
My husband left for Edmonton a few short days after the birth of our daughter to prepare for Kofi Danso’s conference. I packed as much as I could into 6 suitcases and moved myself and our two girls (newborn and two years old) a month later.
Throughout this time, Kofi Danso made many promises. We were told to expect regular conferences to help support the growth of the local branches, but after preparing everything, Kofi Danso either found a substitute to come in his place, came on the last day or failed to show up at all.
We were also promised pay but, then we were told that we would have to grow the branch a little more before we could get paid. Needless to say, in over 5 years, we never got a cent.
The longer we stayed the more we were taken advantage of; emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and financially. But, despite everything, our little local church was growing because we were committed to our calling as pastors.
Kofi Danso’s Scandalous Low Point
For me, the lowest point in our whole experience with Kofi Danso and Miracle Arena was in the weeks and months following the scandal in which Kofi Danso was publically exposed for sleeping with and fathering a child with a church member.
In my opinion, this could have been a turning point for Kofi. Had he acknowledged his mistakes, owned up to having an affair, taken responsibility as a father and repented, I could have respected him. Instead, he became extremely defensive, and this is when his true colors began to shine through.
Rather than take responsibility for his actions he began to attack his victim and anyone who quit the church or asked questions. As pastors, we were expected to make public declarations that we were standing with “our Papa”, and to endorse the idea that this was all fabricated to make him look bad. He claimed that this was the persecution that comes from sharing the gospel.
As members and ministers began walking away, his demands became increasingly arrogant and presumptuous. In meetings with the pastors and ministers, he would yell at all of us. belittling us, reminding us that we are all replaceable and that we all needed his prophetic covering. He also vilified those who were quitting, claiming to see prophetic visions in which they were dead and being eaten by worms.
Kofi Danso Exhibits all 50 Traits of A Dangerous Leader.
Despite everything, my husband and I decided not to jump ship at the first sign of bad news. There’s no such thing as a perfect church or a perfect man of God, and so rather than judge, we tried to help. As much as possible we spoke out against what was going on inside the ministry. We pointed out the problems and hoped that if enough of the ministers under Kofi Danso acknowledged them, that things could still be turned around for the Glory of The Lord.
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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chronicals 7:14
Unfortunately, during our last visit to headquarters in January 2019, we saw for ourselves that this wasn’t going to happen. For the first time since joining the ministry, we saw Miracle Arena For All Nations and “Prophet” Kofi Danso for what it truly is, a dangerous cult that preys on its own members.
Envelopes, Envelopes, Envelopes.
In a standard Miracle Arena service, there’s a minimum of four envelopes which people are expected to put money in which are called for in less than 2 hours. Standard tithes and offerings, thanksgiving offerings and seed.
This in and of its self isn’t an issue, if people want to give to the ministry that’s fine. What’s not okay is when all of these envelopes are tied to fear-based miracles. For example; one of the most common lines used by everyone at miracle area is “debit your way into a miracle”. This idea suggests that people with money can purchase miracles. In fact, Miracle Arena survives on the belief that your money is your sacrifice and sacrifices are required to unlock miracles.
My advice when it comes to giving in the church, is to be a good steward of your financial resources. A good pastor will never ask you to sacrifice your rent money, your grocery money or all of your savings. If you’re being asked to borrow money from others to sow a financial seed, that’s a major red flag! That ministry is not interested in your wellbeing, they’re interested in their bank account.A good pastor will never ask you to sacrifice your rent money, grocery money or all of your savings. If you're asked to borrow money from others to sow a financial seed, that's a major red flag! #offering #sacrafice #money Click To Tweet
What’s really disturbing about this is the level of fear-mongering that occurs from the pulpit. Prophecies often contain warnings of doom and death and unless the “prophet” prays and the person sows a seed of faith to change their circumstances, they will experience certain disaster.
Of course, blind obedience to the words of the prophet are expected otherwise your doubt will cancel your miracle. And when someone you love might be dying you don’t want to take any chances.
This is where you begin to see how manipulative and dangerous Kofi Danso and his ministers can be. They believe that they have special answers to your problems and that they alone hold the solutions. Of course, they acknowledge God in the process, but always with the add on that God never does anything unless he first reveals it to His prophet. (Amos 3:7). This allows them to make the most outrageous and ludicrous demands all supposedly in the name of God.
This kind of behavior is not in alignment with the Word of God but with what FBI agent Joe Navarro calls a pathological cult leader.
“Having studied at length the life, teachings, and behaviors of Jim Jones (Jonestown Guyana), David Koresh (Branch Davidians), Stewart Traill (The Church of Bible Understanding), Charles Manson, Shoko Asahara (Aum Shinrikyo), Joseph Di Mambro (The Order of the Solar Temple aka Ordre du Temple Solaire), Marshall Heff Applewhit (Heaven’s Gate), Bhagwan Rajneesh (Rajneesh Movement), and Warren Jeffs (polygamist leader), what stands out about these individuals is that they were or are all pathologically narcissistic. They all have or had an over-abundant belief that they were special, that they and they alone had the answers to problems, and that they had to be revered. They demanded perfect loyalty from followers, they overvalued themselves and devalued those around them, they were intolerant of criticism, and above all, they did not like being questioned or challenged. And yet, in spite of these less than charming traits, they had no trouble attracting those who were willing to overlook these features. “Joe Navarro FBI
Joe warns us that people who exhibit a high number of the 50 traits of cult leaders are likely to cause harm to those around them including their most immediate family members.
Don’t Listen To Them
The Bible offers us clear guidelines on how to deal with false prophets
Don’t listen to them!
Thus says the Lord of hosts:Jeremiah 23: 16- 17
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
Is My Church A Cult?
They say, “one man’s cult is another man’s religion”. For me, both cults and religions are problematic, because we, as Christians, are called not to religion or cults but to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore any organization that sets itself up as a church but doesn’t put a relationship with God through Christ at the absolute center of it, isn’t a good church.
One of the reasons I initially loved Miracle Arena was because of the worship. You could go into this deep intimate time of adoration of the Lord, you could lose yourself in the worship of God, and that felt right and spiritual. It was an amazing and liberating experience.
But, just because a church sings about Jesus doesn’t mean that it’s Bible-based or based on a relationship with Jesus. Problems arise when a church that worships Jesus also adds to it it’s own special rituals, ideas or beliefs.
If you’re wondering whether or not your church might actually be a cult, consider this;
What does a group think about Jesus? Jesus Christ is God, Lord of all, the only source of salvation. Invariably, a cult will put something else on an equal footing with Christ. It will have a ritual that is equal to Christ, or it will have a doctrine equal to Christ, or it will have a leader who is equal to Christ. In other words, even if it acknowledges Christ as Savior, it will say that you need something else before you can get into heaven. Cults teach that salvation comes through Christ, plus their little unique way.https://www1.cbn.com/questions/church-or-cult
In the case of Miracle Arena, Salvation comes through Christ, but the blood of Christ is not sufficient. Members are also told that they need spiritual coverage which comes from “The Prophet” Kofi Danso.
Cult Leaders Are Known By Their Fruit.
Kofi Danso is a good example of your standard charismatic cult leader.
He has that special ability to whip people up into a prophetic frenzy in which people are speaking in tongues, being slain in the spirit and experiencing miracles. It’s an incredible thing to experience. And you’d be inclined to think, as I was, that this must be genuine, how would you go about faking this kind of thing. It’s simply too large a stunt to pull off over and over again.
And I don’t have a problem with spiritual leaders who exhibit these gifts.
The problem is when leaders use these gifts to exploit, control or manipulate their members.
“A typical cult has a charismatic, unaccountable leader, persuades by coercion and exploits its members, economically, sexually or in some other way “Rick Ross is executive director of the Ross Institute for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements
Looking back, it’s not hard to see how I was so blind to it at first and yet it’s so painfully obvious now. Other people are committed to sharing what they’ve experienced as well including this letter from an Ex-Church member of Kofi Danso’s church Miracle Arena Of All Nations. The letter gives some insight as to the spiritual manipulation taking place inside the church.
Marriage Is Your First Ministry
In the garden of Eden God established the first ministry, Marriage!
A healthy church will respect the relationship between a husband and wife. Its leaders will set a good example for others through their own marriage.
At Miracle Arena For All Nations, Kofi Danso places demands on his ministers and church members that tear down marriages rather than building them up. For example, encouraging members to give money, often thousands of dollars, without talking to their spouse about it. If a spouse does not agree with what’s happening at Miracle Arena they are of course vilified. Finally, the oil flows from the top. If Kofi Danso was exposed for having an ongoing affair for years, what can we expect from those around him.
After all, if his wife can’t trust him, why should I?
I have been told from other ex-members that visiting “prophets” have also been having sex with Miracle Arena church members. If this is true, we can be sure that God is not blind, and those acts will continue to be exposed.
Also, I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem:Jeremiah 23:14
They commit adultery and walk in lies;
They also strengthen the hands of evildoers,
So that no one turns back from his wickedness.
All of them are like Sodom to Me,
And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
If I’m So Smart, How Did I End Up In A Cult?
I’m well educated, working, self-sufficient and by many standards, I come from a privileged background. That doesn’t mean my childhood was ideal, but by comparison, it’s safe to say that I’ve had certain advantages growing up white in Canada. So how did I end up in a cult?
Like many other intelligent individuals who find themselves in a cult, I joined at a critical time in my life. I had a lot of burning questions and Miracle Arena seemed to have the answers.
I was also looking for God. In truth and in Spirit, I had just been born again and I was hungry for God. Since that’s what I was looking for, that’s what I found and my brain didn’t find it relevant to look for anything else.
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A Compromised Immune System
Of course, I had a lot of questions. I was critical of a lot of the things right from the beginning. For example; all the money envelopes, kneeling before “the prophet”, certain warfare prayers that involved killing and cursing my enemies, and other things triggered my inner critic. But I told myself that I was new and needed to learn. That I needed to humble myself and be prepared to sacrifice everything for the King of Kings.
Furthermore, if I’m being honest, I had a compromised spiritual immune system. Since I had just given my life to Christ I was prepared to take instructions. And there were plenty of them at Miracle Arena.
I had already given everything to follow Christ, so when Kofi Danso made strange demands on our time and money, it didn’t seem odd, it seemed like a test of faith. And I was eager to prove myself faithful.
Most people come to church with a compromised immune system. They’re hurting in some way. Many are struggling. They’re searching for answers and they are being courageously vulnerable with their faith. As leaders, we have an important responsibility not to take advantage of that vulnerability.
Because even the most ordered and disciplined mind can be confused by the circular logic that cults thrive on. At Miracle Arena, it goes like this…
Kofi Danso is the Prophet of God. – Prophets speak the word of God – God wants to fix all your problems – All you have to do is listen to the prophet.
As long as they can convince you that Kofi Danso is a prophet you will humbly follow and obey Because God is not only speaking to you through him, He is also going to stop all these bad things from happening in my life.
The Most Dangerous Part Of A Cult
The most dangerous part of a cult is that they create an atmosphere that is US vs THEM. This is especially easy in a church where good and evil make things either wrong or right. And of course everyone in the church is right, everyone else is wrong. Now, they don’t introduce that ideology on the first day, they start with easy differences we can all agree on.
- God is good the devil is bad.
- We the church love God so we are good, the world loves the devil so the world is bad.
- We’re good and they’re evil.
That makes anything possible. Makes anything rational
Cults reject critical thinking.
Jesus never rebuked anyone for asking questions. In fact, he himself asked over 300. He also answered over 100. Clearly, Jesus is okay with questions.
We as the body of Christ also have to be critical of different teachings. Even Paul’s teaching couldn’t be taken at face value, it had to be backed by scripture.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.Acts 17:21
Do not simply consume messages from the pulpit without thinking. Many people at the pulpit are speaking from their heart, from fear, anger, pain, and regret.
If a message doesn’t begin and end in scripture and it isn’t examined through the filter of Christ who is the ultimate and final authority on all scripture, then it’s not the bread of life.
As the Body of Christ, we have to be full of understanding. Most people come to church during a very vulnerable time in their lives or during a major transition.
- They come when someone dies, or at the birth of a child,
- Or when they’re getting married
- When they’re hurting
- When they need help
- During a divorce
- After immigrating
- After losing a career
- When there’s a crisis.
And if we’re not very careful it is very easy to manipulate and take advantage of people. This opportunity for manipulation increases if you’re dealing with a group of individuals who have restricted opportunities to ask for help. At Miracle Arena, you have all the ingredients for a perfect storm. A lot of the members are immigrants, many are waiting for their papers and often times they struggle to find legal employment. This means that they are financially vulnerable. They need help and they go to the church for assistance. Unfortunately, many people have learned that aid comes at a very expensive price.
I want to believe that Miracle Arena started with good intentions.
Honestly, now, I don’t know if that’s true. And I’m afraid that it might just be my own coping mechanism. The more I learn, the more I am forced to confront the very real possibility that it has been rooted in evil right from the start.
But for the sake of my own soul, I’m choosing to believe that they started with good intentions. But, as the Bible says;
Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment,Ecclesiastes 10:1
And cause it to give off a foul odor;
So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.
Kofi Danso’s downfall
Kofi Danso will readily admit that he is enjoying a rags to riches story. Having grown up poor in Ghana, it’s likely that the fame and money of having a mildly successful following have gone to his head. Since receiving a jet plane as a birthday gift from the church (something we as pastor’s in the ministry knew nothing about until it was done) his teachings have become more and more carnally minded.
Here’s the thing about money and power. They don’t really change a person, they just make you more of who you really are. If you were a fool before, money and power will make you a more foolish. If you were wise, money and power will produce greater wisdom.Money and power, they don't really change you, they just make you more of who you are. If you were a fool before, money and power will make you a more foolish. If you were wise, money and power will produce greater wisdom. Click To Tweet
Money and power are amplifiers. They turn things up.
In the case of Kofi Danso, I believe that there was a lot of fear baked into his ministry from the start. And fear is an open door for the devil to use.
Cults often center around a man or woman who is trying to gain power, money, or influence from manipulating people.https://www1.cbn.com/questions/church-or-cult
How do I know that there’s fear? Because of the possessive nature of Kofi Danso’s preaching. Everything is Mine! This is My ministry! My Gifts! My Prophesies!
For those who are walking in truth and in spirit, we know that our gifts are not our own. Our gifts are from God for others.
“Cults frequently attempt to instill fear into their followers. The followers are taught constantly that salvation comes only through the cult. “If you leave us, you will lose your salvation,” [In Miracle Arena people are taught that they will lose their spiritual covering]https://www1.cbn.com/questions/church-or-cult
Are You In A Church Or A Cult?
I pray that you’ve learned something valuable from this article and that you’ll be open-minded enough to take a moment and evaluate your own church. As Christians, we should never be afraid to ask questions. If you’re in a ministry where questioning leadership is basically forbidden, you might need to do some critical thinking.
Consider the following 7 questions:
- 1. Is my church opposed to critical thinking? – Am I allowed to ask questions and do I get sound biblical answers? Or, are those who ask questions ridiculed/vilified?
- 2. What happens when someone leaves my church? Are ex-members seen as traitors? Are you discouraged from communicating with those who have left?
- 3. Does my church emphasize special doctrines outside scripture? Do you need a special revelation of gift in order to understand?
- 4. Am I expected to be inappropriately loyalty to my leaders? Do I have to give them special financial gifts or seeds or sex?
- 5. Does my church respect family? Do they honor and support marriage? Do they set an example of Christ-like love?
- 6. Does my church cross Biblical boundaries of behavior? Do I have to ask for permission (“blessings”) before I make certain decisions? Such as traveling, dating, investments or business ventures?
- 7. Am I expected to cover up, ignore or defend ungodly behavior, such as the abuse, sexual misconduct, financial corruption, affairs, money laundering, etc?
Can you grow?
Finally, you have to ask yourself if you’re in a place where you’re enabled to grow. Are there more opportunities ahead? Can you develop your spiritual gifts and abilities? Or, are your gifts seen as a threat or challenge to the leadership? Does your church thrive on numbers of souls won, or the number of souls equipped to do the work of our Lord?
” A final mark of a cult is the unwillingness of the leaders to let the people grow up. A true shepherd will do everything he can to bring Christian people to maturity as quickly as he can. He will not seek to avoid necessary teaching, nor will he try to keep people from maturity. Many cults perpetuate spiritual dependence so that their followers lose the ability to make independent, rational decisions. ”https://www1.cbn.com/questions/church-or-cult
At Miracle Arena, you can see evidence of this in the fact that Kofi’s spiritual “sons and daughter” are not allowed to have spiritual sons and daughters of their own. Which in my opinion makes the sons and daughters of “the prophet” concubines, not son and daughters. After all, what kind of a good father castrates his sons?
Furthermore, when someone says they have a unique insight into God or that he is the special one that God has anointed to reach the world, you are dealing with cultic behavior. I find it sad to conclude that Miracle Arena For All Nations has become a cult under the leadership of Kofi Danso.
Prayer for Repentance
I pray that he and all those who are in positions of authority, leadership or influence will repent as we have had to do, and turn from these wicked ways. And for those who are following Kofi Danso or others like him, I hope their eyes will be open to the truth for there is no profit in these prophets.
“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.Jeremiah 23:40
Now I would love to hear from you!
- Do you have concerns about the integrity of your own church or its leadership?
- What would you say to someone who thinks they might be in a church cult but is afraid to leave?
Leave a comment below and let me know.
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Please Pray For Us!
You don’t leave a church like Miracle Arena For All Nations, and write an article like this about Kofi Danso, without expecting some sort of backlash.
Myself, my husband and our children have already been threatened with curses. Thankfully we know the word of God and Proverbs 26:2 says; “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.
And, if it weren’t for the fact that I am seriously concerned for those who are still involved with his ministry and others who are in similar situations I wouldn’t have taken the time to write such a lengthy and in-depth article. I pray that you, my dear reader, will help ensure that these words get in front of the right people and by the mercy of God we can spare people from being harmed by ungodly ministries.