According to Rev. Abraham Lamptey, General Overseer of Believers House of Worship International, charging attendees for worship events is inappropriate.
During an interview with Graphic Showbiz at the launch of his annual event, Art of Worship, he stated that such gatherings should not be profit-driven, emphasizing God’s immeasurable worth beyond monetary considerations.
Regardless of whether the featured artist is a well-known figure in Gospel music or not, Rev. Lamptey believes that admission should be free.
While recognizing that others may choose to charge fees, he strongly believes that events centered on connecting with God and acknowledging His blessings should be free to attend.
“The identity of the artist doesn’t matter,” he said. If the event’s goal is to connect people with God because of the amazing things He has done, admission should be free. Putting a price on God is not appropriate, and asking customers to pay is also not appropriate. For the past 16 years, I’ve been organizing Art of Worship, and it has always been free.”
Rev. Lamptey’s remarks are likely to spark a debate, especially at a time when gospel music practitioners are complaining about a lack of sponsorship for their events.