Dr. Owuor Prophet of God?
Is Dr. David Owuor “the Prophet of God” as he claims? As you may know from my post, Israel/Iran War and the Rapture – Dr. Owuor, I don’t think so. Below I would like to look into his claim that he worked a great miracle of God when he prayed for, and God brought about, the conversion of Prime Minister Raila Odinga to the Christian faith. It is true that in May of 2009 Mr. Odinga did make a public profession of faith onstage during one of Dr. Owuor’s evangelical crusades (video below). But was the conversion genuine? If it was not then this miracle of God that Dr. Owuor claims was not genuine either.
Mike Wright of Berean Research Institute (BRI) expresses my doubts probably better than I could. He says,
Is it possible that Odinga has truly converted to Christianity? Yes, it is possible. But I am inclined not to believe it. Corrupt politicians have often claimed to be Christians or to become Christians in order to fool conservative, Christian people into supporting them – or at least, into not fighting against them.
Who is Raila Odinga?
This begs the question, who is Raila Odinga, and how did he behave both before and after his “conversion”? Did he truly show the fruits of Christian repentance?
The first thing to notice is that Odinga would have thought of himself as a Christian before beging baptized by Dr. Owuor. As a child, he was baptized into a heretical sect known as Legio Maria that synergized Roman Catholicism with local tribal beliefs and put forward a (now deceased) Luo tribesman as the returned Jesus Christ. At some point during or after his childhood he must have left this church, for by the time he was baptized by Owuor he was a member of the Anglican Church.
In his secular life, he very much took after his father. According to the Times (in spite of there being some doubt as to who Raila’s father really was),
Like his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, the main opposition leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Raila Odinga is a Marxist He graduated from East Germany’s Magdeburg University in 1970 on a scholarship provided by the East German government. He named his oldest son after Fidel Castro. …
Jaramogi Odinga, a Luo chieftain, became vice-president of Kenya. Jaramogi’s brother sired Barak Obama, making Raila and Barak cousins. Raila served as a member of Parliament in a Luo area. In 2007 he became the opposition candidate in the Kenyan presidential election. Leading up to the campaign during the summer of 2006 then-Senator Obama himself had visited Kenya to campaign on Odinga’s behalf. The Times comments that,”Mr. Obama denies that supporting Mr. Odinga was the intention of his trip, but his actions and local media reports tell otherwise,” adding that, “the two traveled together throughout Kenya and Mr. Obama spoke on behalf of Mr. Odinga at numerous rallies. In contrast, Mr. Obama had only criticism for (the incumbent) Kibaki.”
Raila Odinga converts to Christianity – Twice
During the summer of 2007 Mr. Odinga apparently “accepted Christ” in the (Anglican?) Luocome Injili Gospel Ministries church (this is about 2 years before his “conversion” by Owuor), and they gave his campaign for the presidency a glowing endorsement.
We in the Luocome Injili Gospel Ministries, give God the Glory for “Wuod Luo” Raila Amolo Odinga “Wuod Oganda” for accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. It is our pleasure to ask God to bless him and give him the grace to walk and produce fruits of repentance.
The unregistered Christian Democratic Movement of Kenya (based in Diaspora) will consider supporting the born again Hon Raila Odinga as there own. We would ask the Nyanza Churches to call for a day of prayer for our brother in Christ Raila Odinga in Kisumu and let those who would seek reconciliation with him to do so in Jesus Christ, that we may release him in love and faith for his bid for Presidency in the Lord.
Meanwhile, CDMK condemns in strongest terms possible President Mwai Kibaki building bilateral relationship with Arabs nations. This is an open act of infiltration of Islamic faith through donation which will later be followed with demands to establish a base in Kenya as ally. (Welcome our brother in Christ – Raila Odinga!)
The Christian Odinga promises Sharia Law
But Mr. Odinga was playing both sides of the fence. Another key support for his campaign came from the Kenyan Muslim community. This support was based on a signed memorandum of understanding between he and the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NMLF). The Times writes,
For months (Odinga) denied any ties to Muslim leaders, but fell silent when Sheik Abdullahi Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum, appeared on Kenya television displaying a memorandum of understanding signed on Aug. 29, 2007, by Mr. Odinga and the Muslim leader. Mr. Odinga then denied his denials. …
In this memorandum, Odinga promised Sharia law.
Mr. Odinga promised to impose a number of measures favored by Muslims if he were elected president. Among these were recognition of “Islam as the only true religion,” Islamic leaders would have an “oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions [emphasis in original],” installation of Shariah courts in every jurisdiction, a ban on Christian preaching, replacement of the police commissioner who “allowed himself to be used by heathens and Zionists,” adoption of a women’s dress code, and bans on alcohol and pork.
Absolutely these are things that a Christian could not offer. In fact it raises the question of whether Odinga was himself Muslim, practicing taqiyya, or a Christian defrauding the Muslims, or merely a politician finding it expedient to agree with as many potential voters as possible.
The Christian Odinga rallies Violent Muslim Prostesters
It is clear that many of his Muslim supporters regarded this conversion as an act of taqiyya performed for the advancement of Islam. When Odinga lost by 320,00 votes, violence began hours later. According to The Washington Times, the violence was led by his supporters. Odinga and his party leaders rallied the opposition, calling for mass action (Wikipedia). By early 2008, 800 Christian churches had been destroyed (no mosques), and over 1,500 Kenyans had been massacred.
Many were slain by machete-armed attackers. More than 500,000 were displaced by the religious strife. Villages lay in ruin. Many of the atrocities were perpetrated by Muslims against Christians. …
A month later, Mr. Kibaki offered Mr. Odinga the role of prime minister, the de facto No. 2 in the Kenyan government, in return for an end to the attacks. Mr. Odinga was sworn in on April 17, 2008. (Times)
The Times notes that Mr. Odinga already had a history of political violence, having spent eight years in prison for his involvement in a bloody coup attempt in 1982. According to Wikipedia he was actually more involved in the coup than was then known. After his release from prison the authorities sought indictments against him for further crimes, but the statute of limitations had run out. The Times highlights both Odinga’s and Obama’s ties to Marxist and Muslim extremists when it says,
Mr. Obama’s judgment is seriously called into question when he backs an official with troubling ties to Muslim extremists and whose supporters practice ethnic cleansing and genocide. It was Islamic extremists in Kenya who bombed the U.S. Embassy in 1998, killing more than 200 and injuring thousands. None of this has dissuaded Mr. Obama from maintaining disturbing loyalties.
Dr. Owuor baptizes unrepentant Odinga
Convicted criminal, associated with Muslim extremism, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and promising Shariah law? Whether this man was Christian during this time is doubtful, and whether he was or not he had to have been committing some serious sins. These are the kinds of behaviors that after which, if a man is brought under conviction by God, he experiences a true and fervent remorse and contrition. They are things that must be exposed and openly rejected in a true conversion experience. However, Mike Wright of BRI writes of Odinga’s 2009 conversion,
Dr Owuor made no mention of Odinga having transgressed God’s law. Odinga exhibited no fruit meet for repentance, no evidence of a broken spirit, no evidence of a contrite heart, no evidence of remorse for his sins, and no knowledge or understanding of having transgressed God’s law. In fact, most of the prayer pertained to the prosperity and good things that God would supposedly do for the people following this public ‘conversion’.
Although Odinga was baptized by Dr. Owuor, it seems doubtful that he thought of it as a repentance and conversion from sin, but rather as a blessing. He said afterward, “I’m very happy that the man of God has received me and has blessed me.” He did however also say that he was “born again” while onstage with Dr. Owour, and Owuor explains that he needed to be baptized by full immersion since the Aglican practice is by sprinkling. (‘Doomsday’ Man baptizes Kenya PM)
Also in a true conversion, Odinga would have been putting himself at grave risk from the Muslims. Having promised the NMLF that he would institute Shariah law (something that as a true Christian he would not be able to do), he would be running seriously afoul of their friendship.
Muslims know that a person who is a Muslim CANNOT become a non-Muslim. The religion of Islam teaches that any Muslim who converts to Christianity must be put to death. … If radical Muslims kill Odinga for converting to Christianity, then we will know that his conversion was probably true. But no one has tried to kill him for converting yet, and I don’t believe that they ever will. That is because the ones who WOULD kill him know that he is useful to the radical Muslims – and may even be a Muslim himself, hiding behind the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya. So, it is probable, at the very least, that Odinga is attempting to deceive Christians into believing he has converted to Christianity, so that he will have enough support to defeat Kibaki in the next elections. Whether he fulfills his promise to instigate Muslim Sharia law in Kenya after that time remains to be seen.
He never did, to my knowledge institute any Sharia law, but since he lost the election this may have been due to his being unable to. As of 2016 he appears to have remained unharmed by them.
David Owuor no Prophet of God
So was the “conversion” of Raila Odinga a great miracle of God performed in response to the prayers of Dr. David Owuor? It looks pretty weak, and Kenya did not see any blissful time of peace and plenty following, as was promised by Dr. Owuor during the ceremony. So now we have two witnesses against Owuor’s claim to be a prophet of God: the mighty conversion of Raila Odinga, and the immanent middle eastern war involving Iran which never came to pass.