President Akufo-Addo of Ghana has said that the recent activities of churches in the country could result in taxation of the Church.
The President speaking at a synod of the Global Evangelical church at the University of Ghana, remarked that the church is becoming a pale shadow of what it used to be, generations ago.
He observed that churches have shifted from charity to prosperity and said calls for churches and their leaders to be taxed are understandable.
“I am not getting into the merits and demerits of the prosperity gospel that appears to be the main theme for many of our present-day churches.
The Good Lord knows I preach prosperity myself, and I do not want this country and its people to be poor, and I am very much for wealth creation.
But the difficult truth once you get into the wealth and prosperity sphere, you necessarily slip into the tax and accounting language.
When you step out of the charity sphere, out of education, health care, you are putting yourself in the line of the tax man,” he repeatedly admonished.
Ghana’s leader lamented that the church used to be the moral and socio-economic conscience of society when it paid particular attention to leading campaigns like cleanliness and godliness, while investing in schools and health services.