Kanye — Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Patrick Ralotsia has expressed concern over churches that continue to swindle congregants of their hard earned money in the name of the Gospel.
Officiating during a Limpopo Preachers Annual Convention in Kanye recently, Mr Ralotsia said church leaders nowadays have mastered the art of convincing members to lose their hard earned cash through their unfounded doctrines.
"I am disheartened when I see the poor, the underprivileged, the disabled, the young being ripped off by the church" he said.
He reiterated that most churches have departed from what is expected of them to be doing for the community, but have rather focused on swindling poor and desperate people.
Mr Ralotsia, who is also Member of Parliament for Kanye North, further said some churches have now convinced congregants that the best way to be recognised by the church is through contributing as much money as one can.
He noted that preaching of the wrong gospel has mushroomed to the extent that church leaders now strategise sermons in a way that would benefit them.
He stressed that the role of the church was to help alleviate poverty and to fight corruption, but that does not seem to be the case in today's churches.
On other issues, he pleaded with churches to discuss such issues as capital punishment and rape at length to be in a position to advice and guide the government.
Mr Ralotsia said some women have lost their lives and dignity due to rape and as such, churches needed to play a vital role in assisting the government to come up with policies to deal with them.
Meanwhile, the minister, who is also a member of the Methodist Church, said he was proud to be associated with his church because it has a constitution which members are adhering to.
He applauded the church, saying its path has been defined and when members breach the constitution, they would be subjected to some kind of discipline.
For his part, Lobatse Circuit Preacher Lloyd Mothusi hailed the convention, saying it was spiritually rewarding and informative, although it failed to reach the 500 delegates target.
He thanked Minister Ralotsia for assisting them to find a place to host the convention and Lobatse church members for contributing groceries and funds to ensure that the event was a success.
Source : BOPA