Rev. Eastwood Anaba, a well-known cleric from Ghana, has expressed grave concerns regarding the growing popularity of entertainment in churches.
The founder of Eastwood Anaba Ministries asserts that there is too much entertainment available at the expense of the main function of churches, which is to listen to God’s word.
In a video on Facebook, Rev. Eastwood Anaba made the case that spiritual development, worship, and the study of sacred texts (the bible) should be the main goals of congregational meetings.
In order to draw in and keep the congregation, he has noticed a growing trend in which churches are making significant investments in entertainment components like theater, music, and multimedia presentations.
“When you go to these churches, sometimes I just imagine. If there is no drum, there is no organist, there is no guitarist and you take away all the music and the entertainment, many of our churches will die.
”I mean, you remove that, it will be like the oxygen support has been removed and that is because the entertainment in our churches, sometimes, I think is too much,” he said.
More or less, Rev. Anaba described a situation in which a man of God is asked to speak at a convention, and for more than two hours, there will be “one song after the other, one dance after the other, choreography and somersaulting and all that.”
The clergyman gave several examples, including chop bars, kiosks, mosques, and truck stops. He claimed that each of these locations serves a purpose and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“I’ve never entered a ‘chop bar’ and they said ‘praise and worship’ before the food was brought. They know exactly why they exist so as soon as you sit down, they come to you with a menu. They want to know what you want to eat because the purpose there is eating,” he added.
Thus, he emphasized that the church’s goal is not amusement at this time, “you see a lot of the singing but the singing is not for worship. The singing is actually for entertainment and there is nothing wrong with that. But when the harp, and the viol, and the tabret and the pipe and the wine are in their feast but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operations of his hands.”
“How many pastors walk into church on Sunday and their aim is that today is there is a leper in my church he should be cleansed, if a dead person is there he should be raised, if there is a cripple the person should walk?,” he asked.
Rev. Eastwood Anaba came to the conclusion that the church’s practices needed to change, stressing once more that its main goals are salvation and healing rather than amusement.