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CAMA ACT 2020: Gov’t Has The Right To Regulate Church Finances – Bishop Igbiks Ben . . . The Church is too materialistic today

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Oyagiri Chime-emele

RIVERS STATE: All may not have been heard of the CAMA BILL, otherwise known as the finance regulations Bill as Church founders and general overseers continue to react. The Chief Shepherd of Word of Hope Ministry in Rivers State, Bishop Igbiks Ben David declares total support for government to regulate the financial affairs of churches if it’s for good.

Bishop Igbiks made the declaration in his church while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of it’s seven days youths convention, tagged “Realms of Glory”.

According to him, “We are subjects to the government. It oversees the things of the States and country. Whoever is part of that country is subject to the government. Though, if it’s done for evil, to witch hunt the church, God won’t allow it stand.

“But it is for good because a lot of Ministers have abused our rights. You see some men of God with fleets of cars but their members are lanquishing in squalor and poverty. Ministers use members tithe and offerings to build mansions and schools that the members can’t afford sending their children. Is an evil. These are some of the areas, it pains the government. Though, God is a God of second chance.

“The church ordinarily supposed to stand by government to take off some financial burdens, so that it won’t be too pressured. But it has been otherwise. I think the church is not living up to our responsibilities. Most churches are now swallowed in materialistic pursuit instead of concentrating on giving hope to the hopeless and feeding the flocks with the divine food of life”, he quipped.

He declared that most Ministers have failed in their calling.

When asked his reactions on youths seeming violence prone life today. He agreed that things have really gone wrong, describing them as victims of circumstance, adding that some are used by politicians, some by the Chiefs which made them to be involved in cultic and occultic activities. He added that, “It’s worse than the generation of vipers.

The Bishop urged the youths to shun crime of any kind, adding that God is all sufficient and the great provider of their needs”.

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