President of the Trinity Theological Seminary at Legon, Rev. Prof Johnson Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
•Some pastors have turned Christianity into business ventures, Rev. Prof Asamoah-Gyadu
• Rev. Prof Asamoah-Gyadu advises institutions to keep an eye on people who leave work to attend church on weekdays
• Christianity is to strengthen and encourage, Rev. Prof Asamoah-Gyadu President of the Trinity Theological Seminary at Legon, Rev. Prof Johnson Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, has said the conduct of some pastors and their members have made Christianity look like a nuisance.
According to him, some actions and utterances by some pastors are not in line with the doctrines of Christianity.
Prof Asamoah-Gyadu noted that these pastors treat members badly to the extent of kicking them and making them do things that are not in line with Christian doctrines.
He explained that prophecy, according to Paul in the Bible, is supposed to strengthen and encourage and not to become a nuisance to the public.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on October 30, 2021, he said, “You see them sometimes kicking people, others stripping people naked, stepping on the bellies of pregnant women. So it’s almost like religion or Christianity, which is something that’s to build, has become a nuisance”.
“If you read the theology of prophecy, from what Paul says, is to encourage, strengthen, it shouldn’t be a source of nuisance to the public,” he added.
He added that some people who call themselves prophets have turned the ministry into a money-making venture.
In his words, “More than half of the people who consider themselves prophets, I don’t consider them to be prophets. All you have to do is to interrogate what they do in the light of Biblical teaching and you’ll realise that a lot of them are just doing it either for commercial purposes or economic reasons, of course, that is not to deny that the prophetic is genuine.”
He also bemoaned attitudes by some Ghanaians who close down their shops just to attend church service on weekdays, these he says needs to be checked.
“I have a friend who established a savings and loans business and this individual purposely sited this business in the market so that he can loan money to the market women. The business collapsed because these market women took the loans, shut up their shops to go to church on weekdays,” he recounted.
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The Professor reiterated that the state cannot stop people from going to church on a weekday but the institutions for which these people work, “can keep an eye on them and ensure that they are fulfilling their duties for which they are paid.”
“So as much as we need to call out these prophetic figures, for causing fear, panic, and chaos in society, we also need to exercise our civic duty in calling people to order.” Myjoyonline quoted.