Founder and leader of Perez Chapel International, Bishop Charles Agyinasare, has said that God will judge rich church members who allow their pastors to be poor.
Speaking on the subject “The Man of God: His work, character, reward and honour” on Joy FM’s programme “A Walk with Jesus” on Sunday March 28, 2021, he said honouring a man of God must come with the work he does.
“If a pastor is performing his duties, the church must pay his salary. If the church is doing well, the church must pay his social security, they must think of his retirement, the church must take care of his health bills,” he said.
The Bishop added that members who become successful or acquire wealth after periods of struggle must be appreciative and selfless in identifying and meeting the needs of their pastors.
He said: “Somebody comes to the church but he doesn’t have a car. In a short while, he has three cars and the pastor still doesn’t have a car or probably has a troublesome car, that church member is ungrateful”.
Answering a question on allegations that some men of God take advantage of church members to enrich themselves, Bishop Agyinasare said, “In life, everybody has been programmed to take advantage of other people. The lawyer takes advantage of the man who has a case.
“Someone is dying and goes to the hospital. The doctor, except he wants to do it pro-bono, will take his money. The bank takes three times what it lends to the poor trader.”
He added: “In the same way, the politician, no matter how rich he is, when he wins an election, the state has to take care of him. So has God provided that he who works at the altar must live by the altar.”
Bishop Agyinasare also questioned why people criticise some men of God for owning private jets.
According to him, there is nothing wrong with pastors owning private jets, if it will ease their movements and make them more efficient in the work.
“There are times we blame people who have jets. Please, if they have the money and they can buy it and it’s not at the expense of anybody, please let’s leave them alone,” he said.