“Taxing the church is an insult” – Lawrence Tetteh
General news for Tuesday, April 19, 2022
World renowned author and evangelist Dr Lawrence Tetteh said the idea of taxing churches in Ghana was an insult.
He said that only the ungodly demand that the churches in the country be taxed.
Speaking to Kent Mensah on Sunday night on Asaase Radio, Dr Tetteh said: “…Today very ignorant people are waking up and saying the church should be taxed; it is an insult. From an economic point of view, it is double taxation.
“Remember in the Bible story, we had ungodly people asking the church to be taxed. What people lose sight of is that the people you think are very rich, you can count them you live in Ghana how many pastors use Land Cruisers if you take a few of us [pastors] who seem to be doing well, there are no more than ten of us.
“The others you don’t see are suffering, in debt and have no place to sleep. In fact, if you go to certain pastors, you will be very sad for them.
He added, “…you can’t tax the church. The church is only benevolent to society.
He said the country should applaud the church for its efforts to help develop the nation, not demonize it. [the church] because if we do that, we demoralize people and undermine their hard-won reputation.
Dr Tetteh said that without the church in Ghana, the nation would have been an illiterate country.
“The gifts that the church receives go back into the church; tuition fees are paid [from these]. If you look at Ghana, but for the church, the nation would have been as illiterate as some nations in the sub-region which I don’t want to mention…we should applaud the church…”
He added, “When you tax the church, what do you get? If you want to look at this critically, only anti-church people complain about the church paying taxes…”