Have you ever read Psalm 19? It starts by saying …
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Such a simple but profound verse.
Imagine … literally everything in the sky exists to declare the glory of God. Every morning, when that great orange orb rises from the East to the sweet song of chirping birds, it’s supposed to make us think of the glory of the One who spoke it into existence; who calculated its rhythm; who outlined its orbit; who hand-picked its hues; who calibrated how warm it would be when its golden rays gently touched your face.
The sun is indeed glorious. And so is the moon … likewise the stars. But no one goes stargazing when the sun is up in the sky. It takes darkness for stars to shine, and there’s no place full of darkness right now than one East African country called Kenya. Just check the news: corruption, theft, murder, adultery, pornography, drunkenness, vulgar language, dishonor of parents, broken marriages, rape, homosexuality, and on and on … but worst of all, we are plagued by a false prosperity gospel, propped up by all kinds of false teaching and heresies. For a country that’s supposed to be 80% Christian, we sure are a far cry from what Jesus lived and taught.
We’re walking in darkness.
Is it any wonder then, that in the deep spiritual darkness of our night, a morning star has risen proclaiming a new dawn? It is no surprise at all. And oh what a bright star he has become! Prophet Owuor needs no introduction: his distinct appearance, academic credentials, opulent wealth, shocking message, devout following, massive meetings, and purported miracles are all refractions of the titanic reputation that precedes him. He is larger than life.
The question then is …
Is Prophet Dr. David Owuor Legit?
The answer to that is a resounding no.
Look … the only reason why his movement has picked up so much speed in our neck of the woods is because the true gospel is lost and the Jesus of the Bible is absent from most so-called churches. The Son is not in the sky, and so like moths drawn to a candle, hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to an enigmatic servant of Satan that has managed to very effectively disguise himself as an angel of light — 2 Cor 11:14-15.
That’s a bold statement to make, right? It’s a very bold indictment. My intention though, is not to stir up controversy, but rather to give clarity—for even true Christians have struggled to sniff out the poisonous lies in this clever man’s bowl of half-truths. I plead that you please bear with me as we dismantle the giant statue that he is. In the end, you will find that his feet are of clay, and he will ultimately not stand against the Biblical boulder that is rolling downhill towards him.
1. He Claims to Speak Directly from—and for—God
Just like every other self-respecting false teacher, Dr. Owuor claims that the Lord personally called him by voice and sent him to be His messenger. This is a foolproof template adopted by most of today’s false teachers, from Kenneth Copeland all the way to Reverend Teresia Wairimu. Like them, he apparently hears directly from God, but his specific mission is to become the “emissary” proclaiming the return of the Messiah (or an earthquake, or a tsunami, or post election violence, or some other calamity along those lines). This means that no one is allowed to question him, because … who would question the mouthpiece of God? As such, he is so bold as to assert that if anyone doesn’t listen to him, they shouldn’t expect to enter Heaven.
I’m not kidding. Take a look at this, it’s only 2 minutes long:
I’d say we deport him to China, or somewhere in Pakistan. There’s an awful lot of people over there that really really need to hear the mighty message of repentance and holiness. And they kinda already wear long robes.
On a more serious note though, please remember what the Bible actually says. There are too many Scriptures to quote, so I’ll instead just list the facts and mention one or two verses for each point:
- God spoke in times past in many ways, including prophecy, but now he has spoken to us through His Son.
— Hebrews 1:1-2
- The only mediator between God and men is Jesus.
— 1 Timothy 2:5
- The Scriptures contain all the revealed knowledge and promises of God for men, so only Scripture should be the authoritative word of God.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:3-4
- We should not be fascinated by mysteries but rather ponder what God has revealed in His word.
— Deuteronomy 29:29, 1 Timothy 4:7
- In the same way that Malachi sealed the Old Testament and predicted the coming of John the Baptist, John the Apostle sealed the New Testament and predicted the return of Christ. Inspired by the true Holy Spirit, at the end of the book of Revelation, he prohibited anything being added to the authoritative word of God.
— Revelation 22:18
- Every Christian has the Holy Spirit (whether or not they speak in tongues—which is only one of the gifts by the way), and does not need men like Owuor. What God expects is fellowship in a local church which has proper leadership—and I’ll explain this further in point #7—not submission to one man shows.
— Romans 8:9, 1 John 2:26-27, Matthew 18:17, Hebrews 10:25
If you are a follower of this prophet, you are in grave danger. What he teaches and commands you to do is in direct opposition to what God’s holy word actually say. Run!
2. He Equates His Presence with that of the Holy Spirit
When the “Mightiest Prophet” lands in a city, he is so revered that his followers have been seen on national television, washing roads where he’ll pass. Perhaps it’s an attempt at making the ground hallowed? I don’t know … Behold the power of God.
What’s more concerning than the street washing though, is that the crowds chant “Man of God, welcome! Holy Spirit, welcome!”
You can’t make this stuff up. Check this out:
Surely no true man of God would allow this to happen.
Remember when Paul and Barnabas went to Lystra and healed a lame man? It’s recorded in Acts 14, and it’s such an interesting and relevant passage that I’ll just paste it here, starting from verse 8:
And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
Guys, if Paul and Barnabas didn’t even want to be confused for lower pagan gods, how much more should Owuor tremble and do everything in his power to stop his followers from equating his presence to that of the Holy Spirit Himself?!
3. He Brazenly Calls Himself Mighty
It’s unbelievable just how much this man gets away with. Which prophet (or prophetess) in the Bible ever called themselves mighty? Prophets never declared their own might. For those that we know to have been greatly used by God, it’s God who called them great, not their own selves.
It is said of Moses:
And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.— Deuteronomy 34:10-12
And yet, Moses wrote of himself in Numbers 12:3
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.
That’s the character of true men of God. That’s how every prophet and apostle was. That’s how Jesus carried himself. He even said in Luke 7:28 that of those born of women, none is greater than John the Baptist, and yet John emphasised that he must decrease so that Christ can increase—and in the end, died a most humbling death. Is Owuor like that? By no means.
But there’s something even more sinister at play here.
He doesn’t just call himself the “Mightiest Prophet”. He calls himself the “Mightiest Two Prophets of the Lord!” This has been the subject of much online ridicule based on Photoshopped or refracted images of him, but I don’t think people realize that Owuor knows exactly what he is saying: he is possessed by a prophesying demon.
When Jesus asked the demon-possessed man his name, he said “Legion, for we are many.” In Acts 16:16, Paul and Silas met a slave girl who was a fortune-teller. When they cast the demon out of her, she was unable to continue doing so, to the anger of her owners.
Owuor is not just a false prophet. Whatever predictions he is able to make are because the devil, not God, is primarily behind the things that he predicts. His predictions have nothing to do with spiritual calamity, but physical. He is not just a deceived man, he is a man possessed, and his possessor has of late ensured that he (or she, whichever the demon is) gets credit for it.
4. He Preaches a Legalistic Repentance & Holiness
Simply put, Dr. Owuor preaches repentance … but he twists it. He’s really good at it, I must say. You see, from the Biblical standpoint, repentance is only one side of the salvation coin. Yes we must repent, which means we must turn away from our sin. But … we must turn to Christ. The other side of the salvation coin is faith, not holiness. Holiness is only an outcome of turning away from sin and turning to Christ in faith. That faith enables all of our actions to be done with the right perspective. In other words, when we know and believe that it is only the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross for us that can make us acceptable to God, we stop trying to achieve our own holiness in order to see God.
Romans 14:23 tells us that whatsoever is not done by faith is sin. That includes “acts of holiness”. You don’t have to wear a suit to go to worship. You don’t have to wear dresses that sweep the floor in order to be considered pure and modest. You don’t have to attend a Super Mega Historic Mighty Meeting in Nairobi to hear from God.
Oh foolish Kenyans! Who has bewitched you?!
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.Colossians 2:20-23
5. He Sells a False Insurance Policy against Threatened Calamity
Dr Owuor is the quintessential prophet of doom. He shocks and scares and rattles and threatens, all in the name of God.
A few weeks ago, the mighty prophet was exposed in the media for underhandedly using a rich woman’s wealth under duress (it’s a lengthy video, so you need only view the first few minutes of it):
Pretty incriminating stuff.
However, this was the response, and it is typical:
I won’t dwell on the fact that he says Israel blackmailed the Lord, hehe! I mean come on man … He has a word from the Lord and he can’t even get his vocabulary and grammar right? What kinda God is he speaking for?
Anyways, the point is that instead of him speaking the truth so that he might be free of the allegations and be above reproach, he comes down hard breathing fire and brimstone upon those who “blackmail the Lord”.
Every prophecy of his follows this pattern. Question is, if his prophecies are given in order for people to change their ways to avoid physical calamity, and yet those calamities are somehow supposed to be related to the coming of “the Messiah”, why is he asking people to repent if that will avert the coming events, including the coming of “the Messiah?” Shouldn’t we hasten the day? Contradiction.
6. He Tramples on the Local Church to Promote His Own Massive Revival Meetings
Dr. Owuor has made himself an enemy of “the church”. I wish he—and quite frankly all the “woke” people on social media—would tell us what they mean by “the church”: does he mean the National Council of Churches? Or the Catholic church? Or people who write “Christian” in official forms that ask for their religious standing?
That’s not the church!
The church is the true people of God, who love and fear him, who read his word as if their lives depended on it, who trust in Jesus and not in their own works for their righteousness, who fellowship with other believers in the local church and who seek to spread the good news of salvation to all while serving the poor and hurting of the world.
Dr. Owuor has excluded everyone else, and pointed to himself and his movement as the only way. If only it were true! The sad and demonic fact is that it is meant to destabilize the weak minds that follow him in hope of pleasing God. One day, he will crash and burn in spectacular fashion. Or he will simply die like the rest of us. What will happen to the hundreds of thousands who followed his way? Who believed that every other church is rotten? They’ll have nowhere to turn. He’s telling his followers to jump out of the frying pan, but he and the spirit behind him are the proverbial fire.
7. He Utterly Fails the Biblical Test of an Overseer
The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 3, from verse 2:
Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Owuor is hardly any of these things.
- He is not above reproach. Scandals abound. So much for repentance.
- He divorced his wife, a pattern that apparently pervades his leadership ranks. So much for holiness.
- He is neither sober-minded, nor self-controlled.
- He is not respectable and hospitable. He dominates conversations. Men I know who have met him say they find him domineering and overly assertive. He doesn’t deal with people with gentleness and respect as we are instructed in 1 Peter 3:15.
- He is unable to teach, at least rightly. His use of Scripture is misguided at best, and deceptive at worst. I can almost hear the ancient serpent’s hiss in the way he handles God’s word.
- He is a lover of money, even though he constantly denies it. Jesus said we shall recognize them by their fruits.
- He is not well thought of by outsiders, and it’s bringing shame to God’s name. He does not speak for God, nor for his people.
I could keep going, but I think the point is made. Dr. Owuor is a demon-possessed false prophet who is leading many astray. He has neither the personal holiness nor Biblical aptitude to teach children, let alone the men and women that follow him. The fact that he’s enjoyed so much airtime should scare you … a force of spiritual delusion is behind him, blinding his followers to the truth.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
Jesus doesn’t deny that great signs and wonders will be performed. What matters is the teaching. He warns us to not believe anything that contradicts what he has already told us, and what is written in the Scriptures.
Have you noticed that Dr. Owuor keeps saying “Messiah is coming”?
Ummm … sorry, but when Jesus comes back, he is not coming as a Messiah, that is to save the world. He is coming to judge it. If a “Messiah is coming”, it’s not the Jesus of the Bible. The Messiah has already come. What Dr. Owuor is referring to is the AntiChrist, who will appear to solve all the world’s problems. That’s the Messiah that Dr. Owuor is preaching.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.1 John 4:1-3
Owuor may sound like he is preaching Christ, but by stating that Messiah is coming, he denies that the Messiah has already come. The world is ripe for a false messiah: politics are polarized, governments are failing, terrorism is on the rise, financial markets are unstable, gender and family identity is eroding, education is atheistic, and on and on …
Only God’s elect will survive the tough times that are coming. Hold fast to Christ in his unshakeable word, and run from men like Dr. Owuor who will devour you.
May God Almighty, who is ever on the throne and in control, keep His people. Even the devil is God’s devil, he cannot touch God’s true people without permission, and ultimately for our good.
Everything is created for God’s glory. Owuor might continue to shine like a star, or he might eventually burn out like a meteor. Either way, he too will serve God’s ultimate purposes. Hallowed will be His name, and the sun will rise again, never to set.
Lord Jesus, it’s a mess down here …