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The Founder and Leader of Rivers of Life International Ministry Ghana, Bishop George Nii Ayeh, has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to deduct tithe offerings of government workers from source at the Accountant Generals Department and deposit it into the bank accounts of the various churches to help raise the revenue base of the churches.
According to Bishop George Ayeh, since government is able to deduct taxes and VAT and also help with some loan facilities and recover such loans through deductions at the Controller and Accountant General office, the government should also help in retrieving monies meant for tithes from the salaries of government workers and deposit it into the accounts of the churches they attend.
In an interview with Ghananewsonline.com.gh, Bishop George Ayeh, said some churches are collapsing because most of their workers do not pay their tithes as expected of them hence tithe payment in the church has reduced drastically, rendering most churches financially handicapped.
The Leader of the Rivers of Life Ministry International said, Christians today love to focus on their immediate wants at the expense of the will and blessings from God.
“Christians today love to attend to their earthly wants by using the money deemed for tithe offering to provide for their wants. People only remember they need shoes, television, carpets, dresses, among others only when they are due to pay their tithe offerings to God and the church to be used to develop the activities of the Church,” he revealed, adding that,
“it is disheartening to see the amount people pay as tithe, at times you will ask yourself what at all is happening, how can a government worker pay Ghs 10.00 and Ghs 5.00 as tithe. How can Ghs10.00 be the 10% of your salary paid you for your monthly service to the nation. These are some of the reasons why we are complaining of problems here and there because we are not doing what is right and I believe if government listen and grants these requests it will help most people to receive the grace of God in all that we do”.
Explaining how to get the self employed who are not on the government payroll to also pay their tithes he said
“We have to educate, sensitize and encourage the self employed who are not on government payroll on the need to be transparent in paying tithes”.
Bishop George Nii Ayeh schooling the government on how to achieve this observed that,
“There should be a column on the forms applying for social security (SSNIT) and any other form required from employees to be recruited into the government working machinery for applicants to state the church they attend after which all churches in good standing should be made to submit their Bank accounts to the Controller and Accountant General’s office for payment of tithes at the end of every month”.
He also recommend that “government workers already in the system should be asked to update their data to include the church they attend to effect these agenda”.
Bishop Nii Ayeh who is not pleased with the development said “Today most churches are struggling because the tithes which is expected to be used to manage activities of the church are not worth coming, Christians nowadays feel reluctant in paying tithes in the church, meanwhile, that is the only way we can receive the blessings of God. It is mandatory for every Christian to pay tithe which is mentioned for the then leviates now Pastors as a source of income to develop the church”.
He said in some countries, tithes are deducted from workers bank accounts to church accounts so Ghana can do same to stop churches from collapsing.
He condemned pastors who take monies termed as consultation fees, saying “consultation fees is not biblical, you need not to charge before attending to problems of humankind, we paid nothing for the gift and grace on us so why do you charge someone for consulting you as a man of God with his problem, we received it for free so we must give it out for free”.
He was quick to add that “you know most Pastors especially the one man churches are doing this because the tithe offering meant to develop the church are not forth coming”.
He encouraged churches to do well in helping the needy and the poor in their Churches since most of them have no one to depend on. He cited his church as an example and said “in my church we take offering to support the poor every month during the communion service which I think other churches must emulate that”.
Source: William Dei-Gyau ||