Patrick Obeng, GNA
Accra, Oct. 31, GNA — The Reverend Frederick Mawusi Amevenku, a clergyman, has called on religious leaders to desist from all forms of negative tendencies that may tarnish the image of the clergy.
He said the sale of holy water, anointing oil and other items in some churches for spiritual purposes were not biblical and must be condemned.
Rev Amevenku was speaking at the launch of his book titled, ‘Tithing in the Christian Church’ in Accra.
He said the situation where some religious leaders extort moneys from their members in the name of building a ‘solid foundation’ for them leaves much to be desired.
Rev Amevenku said tithe was a form of tax which was paid in all churches, adding that the Bible clearly defines the payment of tithe as supporting the work of the ministry.
However, he said, some religious leaders do forcibly impose some ‘taxes’ on their members and those taxes tend to find their ways in some individual’s pocket.
‘Tithing is free will and those who give it must give it from their own free volution’, he said.
Rev Amevenku urged them to focus on evangelism to win more souls for Christ and also support their members in times of need.