The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia, Seth Ampadu, has expressed concern about ‘money making’ churches that have appeared here overnight.
“I am very concerned,” Ampadu told St Lucia Times.
“Nowadays we are making the church into a business entity,” the Superintendent Minister of the Methodist church observed.
He lamented that a lot of people are playing on the vulnerability of others by appointing themselves Apostles, Doctors and Prophets.
“These people are scamming them, taking money from them,” Ampadu asserted.
“There are so many churches springing up, all because they see the church as a place where they can make money. They are using the church as a money making machine to make themselves rich,” the clergyman said, without going into details.
Ampadu declared it was time that the authorities regulate them, otherwise the ‘so called pastors’ will use the people and take their money without paying taxes to the government.
“This is very serious,” he stated.
“You ask yourself ‘How much do they pay to the government? Do they have schools? Do they have hospitals and other things? Where do they keep their money? What do they use their money for?’ These are some of the things I feel the government should investigate,” Ampadu explained.
“I think the church is there to meet the social and spiritual needs of the people. The church has to give, not take. But it seems today that they are doing the opposite – exploiting the people and it is very bad.”