A Catholic priest in the Abuja Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Chinenye Oluoma has speculated that gospel artistes like Mercy Chinwo now charge as much as N10 million to perform in churches.
The clergyman, in a viral video seen by Dockaysworld, condemned the state of things as he said that the church has become about entertainment with the exorbitant fees charged by gospel singers.
He pondered if the praise and worship wouldn’t count if it wasn’t performed by the artiste themselves.
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“We have made religious worship expensive. If I have to bring Mercy Chinwo to come here and sing, how much will I pay her? How much does a gospel artiste of Mercy Chinwo’s status charge to come to an event or in a Church, it has reached N10m now.
“This is the tragedy that we have turned Christianity into, that an artiste will come to a church and lead in ten minutes praise and worship for N10m, N5m. So if that particular artiste doesn’t sing Jesus you love me too much, that means God didn’t love you too much?
“And some people were asking should they be paid?Why didn’t you pay them? If you must bring them you must pay them because what you are bringing them for is entertainment. We have turned worship into entertainment.
“We have copied the world. In those days, those who composed songs we are still using for worshipping nobody even knows them,” he said.
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