By: Robert Ayanful &Mabel Daniels
ALecturer and Principal of the Christian Life Training Institute established by the founder and leader of the Christian Life Fellowship Int. Bishop Joseph Boadu has blamed the influx of corrupt pastors in the ministry to the mushrooming of roadside Bible Schools that ordain such self-acclaimed pastors after undertaken a few weeks or months courses.
The Principal, Rev Sarkodie who was commenting on a recent concern shared by the Bishop of the Winneba Diocese of the Methodist Church, Rt. Rev. Dr. John Kweku Buabeng Odoom at the recent 54th Synod of the Church that corruption abounds in religious organizations and that religious leaders have failed to condemn the practice commended the Methodist Bishop for hitting the nail right on the head, but blamed the situation on the mushrooming of Bible Schools that churn out unrefined corrupt pastors who only think about amassing wealth for themselves rather than saving souls.
According to Rev. Sarkodie, most of these pastors engage in corrupt practices by selling anointing oil at exorbitant prices to their unsuspecting congregation at exorbitant prices under the guise of healing and delivering them from spiritual problems and attacks.
He also condemned the practice some pastors pour anointing oil in the mouth of their members to drink in the name of healing them from ailments.
He described the practice as unacceptable, as according to him some of the oils used by these pastors contain chemicals that are harmful for human health when taken orally.
He has therefore cautioned members of the public to be wary of such practices by these pastors as they may turn to suffer from other health problems rather than seeking for their healing.
He however asked would-be pastors to look out for registered bible schools where they would be taken through intensive courses in theology and better intuition in the ministry of God to make them refined ministers without blemish.
On their part, the Minister in charge of the Rev. T.S. Jonah African Methodist Episcopal [A.M.E.] Zion Church at GomoaAbosoRev. Ernest Appiah, the Central Regional Commander of the Salvation Army Church, Major Peter Oduro-Amoah, the AgonaSwedru branch pastor of the Church of God-Ghana, Bishop Michael TakyiAnning, the Senior and Associate pastors of the African Faith Tabernacle Church at KwansakromPator Nana James and Pastor Nana Evans as well as the presiding elder of the AgonaSwedru branch pastor of the Divine Healers Church,CephasSottihave all attributed the influx of pastor in the ministry of the gospel to the mushrooming of Bible Schools established by Charismatic Churches.
They blamed these Bible Schools for churning out unrefined self-styled pastors who are not well vexed in theology to be ordained as pastors.
They expressed worry how one will attend a Bible School for only three weeks and be ordained as a pastor.
According to them, some of these so-called pastors have bestowed on themselves huge academic titles such as Bishop, Rev. Minister, Dr. and the like, yet have no credentials that merit these titles.
They have therefore called on the National Accreditation Board to close down all Bible Schools that are not registered and accredited to operate, to save the situation of dragging the name of the Clergy into dispute by some self-acclaimed Pastors.