The President and Founder of Regent, Prof. E.K. Larbi recently delivered the Bishop Dr. Owusu Tabiri Memorial Lecture in Accra.
The maiden edition of the memorial lecture series was part of planned activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Bishop Dr. Owusu Tabiri, founder of Bethel Prayer Ministry International.
The lecture, which was held at the ministry’s headquarters in Abbosey-Okai, was attended by various dignitaries including the former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, the wife and children of the late Bishop, pastors of the Bethel Prayer Ministry and members of the church.
Bishop Owusu-Tabiri died in 2005 and was considered by many as a great evangelist and Christian leader.
In his presentation, Prof. Larbi described the late bishop as an “outstanding Church leader” who had made an indelible contribution to the Ghanaian society and Christianity.
In Prof. Larbi’s book, “Pentecostalism: The Eddies of Ghanaian Christianity” which chronicles the “origins, major historical developments, and theological orientations of the main strands of Ghanaian Pentecostalism”, Bishop Owusu Tabiri’s understanding of the Bible as well as how he applied it to everyday life is examined.
“He believed God set him apart to preach the gospel for the salvation of the soul, and to bring healing and deliverance to all the oppressed. He believed the Christian Gospel must not be a powerless Gospel and the preaching of the Gospel must be characterised by signs and wonders”, Prof. Larbi said.
Bishop Owusu Tabiri is known to have introduced the concepts of ‘Binding, Breaking, and Bombing’ into the Ghanaian theological discourse. He considered these concepts as an effective, divinely-revealed strategy for spiritual warfare.
As a fiery evangelist, his monthly meetings and crusades attracted thousands of attendants, with various kinds of healing and miracles being recorded. He believed his mandate was to “set the captives free and to meet the needs of the people”.
“May his life and the lives of similar men and women, inspire us to do our part in bringing hope to the hopeless as the good Lord enables us, and as long as He continues to grant us the gift of life”, Prof. Larbi said.
Reflecting on the legacy of the late Bishop, the former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor described Bishop Owusu Tabiri’s life as a life well lived: “He offered such dynamic leadership and sacrificed all he had to win souls for God”.