Allow me space in your reputable column to comment on selling prayers in some churches.
During the New Year’s Eve, I was shocked to meet adverts inviting people from all walks of life to come and enter 2014 with a blessing from their overnight prayer meeting. But this blessing was not free of charge; it was pegged at K50 adults and K30 children.
Due to many challenges prevailing in our Country, many people are unemployed, widowed, poor, single and physically handicapped and were easily carried away by this ‘fundraising’ venture losing even the last penny they had to buy a loaf. They starved the following day. The Bible records, God loves a cheerful giver (2Corintians 9 vs 38). Some churches will hardly end a sermon without preaching on giving in all the 52 Sundays on a calendar. Any kind of giving or offering should not be over-emphasised; it should come from the bottom of one’s heart.
I was perplexed to learn that prayers were tradable. When Jesus died, the curtains in the Holy of Holies were torn apart giving each one of us an opportunity to approach the throne of grace anywhere any time free of charge. Jesus had paid the price for us. (Mark 15 vs 3
It’s a high time, the Zambia Revenue Authority spread their net widely to such fundraising ventures.