- Pastor Josh Laryea says many pastors are now clamouring for prosperity instead of winning souls for Christ
- So far, head of ICGC, Mensa Otabil, has argued that criticism against his Church for making money is uncalled for
- Mensa Otabil has been criticized over the huge pledges that congregants make during the Greater Works Conference
Renowned gospel musician, Josh Laryea, has expressed disappointment at how Christianity in Ghana is now being skewed to a money making business.
Josh Laryea, who was once a preacher at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), says all that preachers think about nowadays is how to make money and fill their bank accounts.
Speaking in an interview with Hitz FM, the 'Moko be' hitmaker claimed that most pastors in Ghana today are preaching prosperity instead of salvation.
“Spirituality is neither poverty nor being rich. Now, the concentration is on materialism. How wealthy you are [as a pastor] shows how spiritual you are so when someone is prospering it means they are spiritual. That is wrong…,” he said.
The comments by Josh Laryea follows the controversy faced the head pastor of ICGC, Mensa Otabil, over claims of monetizing his church with exorbitant requests of offerings and tithes.
In an introductory speech at the Greater Works Conference on August 2, the pastor argued that the Church has the potential of making it big and spending extravagantly especially when it comes to the word of God.
Mensa Otabil questioned why the same critics do not chide football clubs for spending millions of dollars on a single player instead of using the same funds to advance the cause of society.
Commenting on the success of the American Company, Apple, becoming the first company in America to hit a profit estimate of 1 trillion dollars, the pastor hinted the Church will soon be a rich as that if not more.
Mensa Otabil's ICGC is one of the largest churches in Ghana with branches across the world. Recently, the church introduced an online system through which congregants could pay their tithes and offerings.
This system, which was widely advertised by Joy FM, will now see congregants use the online bill payment platform, ExpressPay.
This development comes just moments away from the annual Greater Works Conference which will see thousands of congregants converge at the Independence Square from July 30 to August 3rd.
This is not the first time ICGC has been in the news for offering and money-related controversies as exactly a year ago in July 2017, they were condemned by the public for making a price list for special prayer requests.
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