Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia, Seth Ampadu, has suggested that background checks be conducted on persons aspiring to become ministers of religion.
He made the suggestion against the backdrop of continuing reports of the abuse of young people by Catholic clergymen and cases of sexual immorality by other ministers of religion.
“There are some men and women of the cloth who have not genuinely been called by God,” Ampadu told St Lucia Times.
He asserted that as such,those individuals cannot control themselves.
Nevertheless, Ampadu asserted that nobody is an angel.
But he explained that persons who aspire to be religious leaders need to know themselves and have self control.
“When you are a man of God, a woman of God, you have a certain kind of power over the people, so that whatever you say, whatever you tell them they follow – they obey,” the Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia told St Lucia Times in an interview Friday.
He stated that because members of the flock are vulnerable, religious ministers who do not have self control fall into the trap of immorality.
“That is the problem we are facing in the world today where we see men of the cloth doing a whole lot of things which are immoral,” the religious official noted.
He expressed the view that the churches can play a very significant role.
“When they are recruiting pastors or ministers into the church, they need to be convinced that the minister is sincerely called by God.
“They have to do background checks on the minister,” Ampadu declared.
“They need psychologists to examine the mind of that minister,” he told St Lucia Times, adding that some persons have psychological challenges that cause them to engage in unscriptural behaviour.
“I believe that apart from the fact that you are being called by God, you also need psychological test of the brain to see if the brain is functioning well.”
Ampadu said an investigation also has to be made in the person’s community in the same manner that is done when police officers are being recruited.
He expressed the belief that once this is done, it will minimise, if not stop, the problem.