The Founder and Leader of Glorious Word Ministry International, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah has responded to criticisms from renowned lawyer, Sam Okudzeto over the collection of tithes by Christian pastors.
Mr Okudzeto, currently a member of the Council of State, in a recent interview criticised pastors who demand tithes from their church members.
Though there are parts of the Bible which asks Christians to deliver a tenth of their monthly earnings to the church, Mr Okudzeto believes the concept of tithe was just a blackmailing tool for pastors to demand money from their congregants.
For him, pastors were using an old mathematical concept of the old testament to entice innocent congregants to give them money which ends in their personal pocket.
“I have a different concept of tithe and I have argued with pastors about it. They are using the tithe to blackmail people to give money and I say it is wrong. I give but I don’t pay tithe and I help those who are in need.
“They are using the book of Malachi to entice people to give and that money does not go to the needy but to enrich themselves. That is why everyone is opening a church. Every corner you turned in Accra there is a church”, he lamented.
But speaking in an interview on Good Evening Ghana, Reverend Owusu Bempah stated that the former Ghana Bar Association president was a poor person that is why he is not willing to pay his tithes.
“He believes in the Bible and he should read Acts 4:32-35 when Peter asked the Nazerens (Christians)to go sell their properties and bring the proceeds to be used for the work of God, what he said is more than paying your tithes. When Ananias and Saphira sold their property and pocketed some of the money they got and told a lie, the Holy Spirit killed them instantly. What will this man (Sam Okudzeto)have done if he were to be around at that time? What this man is saying is a taboo, if he’ll not pay tithe he shouldn’t discourage others from paying.
“I know this man because I’ve seen him before, if you look at the books he’s surrounded himself with, I don’t how much he’s worth, but he needs help. Maybe he does not pay his tithe because he has no money. If he says Pastors only enrich themselves and don’t do good to the needy that’s a big lie. If you’re looking for people who are generous, it’s pastors. I’m not blowing my own horn but if I should tell you the number of people whose education I fund you’ll never believe it. I’ve not forced anyone to pay his tithe to me, but people from all over the world bless me every time”, he said.