Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church here, Seth Ampadu, has declared in an interview that people should put their trust in God and not Pastors.
He explained that pastors are ordinary members like everyone else.
The clergyman said people need to be educated to recognise that the power lies with God and not with a pastor.
Ampadu made the comments while asserting that Christianity is not about riches.
Just recently, he expressed concern over ‘money making’ religious groups that have been springing up here.
“If God blesses you to get wealth – fine, but we do not use the vulnerability of the members, the gullibility and dupe the members to make money out of them,” he asserted in comments invited by the media Monday.
According to the Methodist Minister, some people go to church and make offerings four times in a day.
“These pastors would be driving nice, nice cars; wearing nice dresses, and the poor people in their congregation – what do they eat? What do they put on? And the poor people are the same people who give their money to those people – all because of spirituality and in the name of God,” Ampadu said.
“That is why today you see a lot of churches springing up. They break from other churches because they want control; because they want power;because they want money for themselves,” the clergyman told reporters.
He asked whether there are government mechanisms in place to check on those pastors.
“What do they pay to the government? Do they pay taxes and other things?”
Ampadu disclosed that every year the Methodist Church has to submit income and other statements to the government.
“I know that the Anglican and other churches do. What about these new churches coming up?”
Ampadu pointed to the impact of some of the ‘established churches’.
He cited the example of Methodist Church and the amount of money it puts into its schools to help the government to run the institutions.
Ampadu disclosed that most of the money goes to schools, social work and other things.
“Some other churches, the money they get – what is it used for? Buy expensive cars and nice clothes, suits and other things.”
He said of late the Faith Based Advisory Committee is trying to put things in place so that at least it can ‘capture and minimise’ the number of churches springing up to make money off the people.