Pastor Brian Amoateng, Founder of Brian Jones Outreach Ministries, has shared his view on the church giving out to the needy.
He said it is not the responsibility of the church to give essential needs, such as hand sanitizers to its members during crisis. He insisted that such act is the government responsibilities to provide for its citizens.
The pastor reacted after some social media users challenged mega-churches to provide essential needs for their poor members during this critical time.
According to him, the members are meant to give to God to receive blessings and not the church giving back to its members.
He said, “If we don’t have money to pay rents, where are we going to get money to buy hand sanitizers?”
“And let me tell you, it’s not the responsibility of the church to but hand sanitizers for you because you give offering. It is not. You give offering to God to receive a blessing. It’s not compulsory that the church has to bring you hand sanitizers.”
His assistant pastor who was with him during the live streaming also said: “I believe that the government has to provide for its citizens. Also, hand sanitizers shouldn’t be politicized. You buy your own toothpaste and washing gel so you should buy your own hand sanitizer. What the church has done is to provide hand sanitizers at the premises.”
Pastor Brian Amoateng added: “The bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. It should be out of a cheerful heart. You shouldn’t give to the church and expect favour in return.”
“You give to God — not your pastor. You give to God to receive a blessing. And a blessing is something that you don’t see. It’s not physical — it’s an invisible force that comes upon your life to prosper…so stop thinking that the church has to bring you hand sanitizers.”