All-night church service has no spirituality – Rev Dr Lawrence Tetteh

All-night church services, according to a statement by Reverend Lawrence Tetteh, founder and president of Worldwide Miracle Outreach, are not spiritual.

The well-known preacher claimed that the introduction of all-night services in Ghana was a result of the early charismatic movement’s lack of a proper place of worship on the August 24, 2022, episode of GBC’s Breakfast Show.

“You will be surprised a lot of people don’t understand why we do all night here today. All night has no spirituality. The reason why all night started was, that in the early days of charismatism, Dr Mensah Otabil was using Baden Powel Hall.

“They rented it. Isaac Quaye was using Social Advance Hall. Almost everybody, including Action, they were renting halls and things. You don’t have a place to have a space to be able to do a church service.

“The only place you can do it is a school church building after they have closed, and it is only during Friday nights that you have availability. If you are fortunate to have a Methodist church, Presbyterian Church or Anglican church to use, the only time you can use it is in the Friday evenings, and that is how all nights began,” he explained.

He explained that the concept of all-nighters had regrettably been misinterpreted as having a deeper spiritual significance.

People believe that staying up late is spirituality. In actuality, daytime witches pose a greater threat than nighttime ones. You now realize that many people are interested in it. And while I don’t want to put an end to your spiritism, sometimes people only do it for religious reasons and believe that only happens during all-night…

“Believe me, I have stopped all night because when you go to the weddings and funerals in the morning, I am unable to attend.

“And you will be surprised, you are sitting in your clerical collar, and you are dozing, and people are noticing you because you look irresponsible. Because you’ve come from an all night and Saturday is the day that you do all these things,” he said.

For Christians, Rev. Tetteh said, there must be a paradigm shift about all-night services. When hosted near residential areas, he said, such services are particularly inconvenient and disruptive.

“So there are a lot of things that we need the mindset to change so that we understand the reason why we do certain things. So today, if truly you have your own church building, then nothing prevents you from having a late evening programme, close late at least and go home instead,” he said.

The truth is, All-night service is a key aspect of Ghana’s charismatic space. However, such ceremonies have, throughout the years, prompted complaints of a nuisance to church members and others who live adjacent to church structures.




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