By Christopher Nyeko
GULU: Born-again churches in Gulu city, under their umbrella body, Gulu Church Elders and Pastor Fellowship, have disassociated themselves from the female self-styled prophetess who was filmed on April 30 while abusing one of her female followers.
Prophetess Amony Jennifer of the prophetic heavenly ministry located in Kanyagoga C cell in Bardege Layibi Division in Gulu City was filmed using ill-mannered language against her fellow woman on Sunday while delivering her Sunday summons at the church pulpit.
The video, which made the rounds on social media, drew mixed reactions from members of the community and other religious groups and forced security to show interest in Amony’s ministry.
However, on Thursday, during the press conference called by the Gulu church elder and pastor fellowship, Pastor Patrick Okecha of Victory Outreach Church, who is the overseer of the born-again churches, revealed that prophetess Amony does not belong to any umbrella body of born-again churches, both at the local and national level.
Okecha quoted Galatians 6:1, which says, “Doing good to all brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the spirit should restore the person gently.
Okecha added that this prompted the church elders to invite Amony for advice and guidance, but she shunned the invitation.
According to Okecha, Amony opted to resolve the matter of her misconduct before the traditional leader of the Pamuca clan, where she is married, claiming that there is no need to appear before the pastors.
Pastor Geoffrey Ocaya from Christian Community Church, who is the general secretary for Gulu church elders and the pastor fellowship, criticized Amony’s action.
They have therefore called for an investigation into Prophetess Amony’s actions by Gulu city authorities.
Attempts to get a comment from the Prophetic Ministry on the reports were futile, as the reporters who visited the church were treated to a hostile welcome by the church ushers.
Even the several phone calls by the reporters to Graham Billy Olanya, the resident pastor, on his known telephone numbers, could not be answered.
However, sources who preferred anonymity told our reporter that Amony has since abandoned the church.
Florence Atoo, the LC1 chairperson of Kanyagoga A cell reveals that she delivered the summons letter from the Resident City Commissioner to Amony at her residence at Kanyagoga C cell in Bardage-Layibi Gulu city on Tuesday.
Gabriel Lajul, one of the church elders, has cautioned the public to always first know the characters of the people they are following before deciding to worship in their churches.
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