The Good News Church of Africa (GNCA) has has said none of its branches across the country will be barred from accepting donations from people presumed to be corrupt.
In a video, which has surfaced on the interwebs, GNCA Bishop Raphael Kituva says labeled leaders should not be judged.
He argues that the individuals should also be given a chance to bring their tithes to God, adding that there is no clear mechanism to differentiate between a good and a bad person.
“Makanisa mengine yamekuwa yakisema tusichukue sadaka kutoka kwa watu ambao wako hivi ama vile…GNCA hatuuingi ilo mkono (Loosely translated as: Some churches have discouraged receiving of funds from the so called corrupt leaders, as a church we are against such hard lines),” Bishop Kituva says.
He says his church will continue to receive the funds from whoever, irregardless of the society’s perspective of them.
“Saulo alikua mtu mbaya na akabadilika akakua mtu mzuri…sadaka ni baina yako na mungu wako (A person like Saul in the Bible was a bad person but he changed, offerings are purely between individuals and their creator)” the clergyman adds.
My church will not stop accepting cash from 'corrupt individuals'. – Bishop pic.twitter.com/0vEmZCLoKY
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This comes in the wake of churches facing backlash for entertaining politics during services and receiving alleged proceeds from corruption during fundraisers.
The Anglican Church recently banned fundraisers in its sanctuaries across the country.
Speaking on Tuesday, ACK Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit sharply criticized politicians engaging in fund donations across the country, saying some of the leaders were using the pulpit to sanitize their ill gotten money.
Last week, the Catholic Church also resolved to block politicians from its pulpit.
“We met recently as Catholic Bishops and passed a resolution that we should not allow politicians to interfere with our congregations or to bring politics in our churches. We would like our politicians to understand that we don’t want to mix issues. Let us leave politics where it belongs and the church where it belongs,” Bishop Kamau said.