The majority of citizens in Ghana would attest to the fact that most churches in the country are presently managed as corporate institutions that render professional services to the society. Such services include holding a specialised license such as architects, auditors, engineers, doctors and lawyers. These services do come in all sizes, however, and other areas like tax, IT and accounting also hold a lot of responsibility in the professional service industries. Heaven must hear this and together, we MUST spread these Almighty words and raise awareness on the Church Business in Ghana.
One common feature in most churches is the offering of consultancy services in the form of spiritual counselling, prayers and so on, for which church members pay prices ranging from two hundred Ghana cedis to five hundred Ghana cedis; prices vary according to the urgency of the need and the fervency with which the pastor prays. As part of their consultation practices, these pastors sell so called spiritual items such as soap, water and a variety of oils. Amazingly, this assorted anointing oil serves various purposes. For example, ‘Do what I say’ oil serves the purpose of manipulating one’s victim to fulfill the request of the bearer of that oil. ‘Charming’ oil also fulfills other purpose. This fact has been taken personally from a Church I practice in.
There are currently too many churches indulging in these false practices and the trend continues to grow. The church is in a state of ridicule in Ghana and therefore not having the influence it is meant to. The word of God in Matthew 24:24 says ‘ For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect’. Unfortunately, Christians are not taking the necessary precautionary measures to test the faith before they become a convert of that church. This may result in them getting the occasional miracles at the expense of their salvation.
Another dimension of church business is what qualifies people to hold positions of authority such as deacons, ministers etc. It appears that the sole criteria is for one to either be an influential person in society or one with great wealth. In line with the practice of running churches as businesses, workers are trained on courses like customer service to lure believers from other churches into their church; the result being that evangelism is now synonymous to ‘church conversion.’ Pastors see their colleagues as competition. They are no longer interested in preaching the true gospel. It is now all about what their fellow pastors are doing and in their quest to outdo them, they introduce unreligious practices.
Appallingly, the pastors who are into this church business only check up on the major contributors of funds in their church when they are absent. The church does not notice when the poor church member misses church.
Believers are now being forced out of the church because they cannot keep up with the constant demand for money from some men of God. The impact of the church is dwindling in the name of church business. Souls are perishing and believers have suddenly forgotten about evangelism and the love for another.
Who will bring the church into order and eradicate this phenomenon of ‘church business’ that is pushing genuine worshippers out of the church. The days of preaching salvation and condemning sin must be resurrected. The true worshippers must arise to create the atmosphere that God desires in the church!
Written by Princess Poku-Ansah