This came following an outcry from Rev. Fr. Chinenye Oluoma, a Catholic priest, who raised concerns about the escalating costs associated with religious worship, specifically highlighting Mercy Chinwo’s alleged fee of N10 million for church performances.
According to Regha in a tweet, he believes that gospel artists should not request payment for their performances within the church setting.
In the tweet shared on Thursday, Regha argued that the church’s responsibility should be limited to providing hospitality and covering transportation expenses if needed.
“Mercy Chinwo charging N10m to perform in Church is ridiculous, gospel artistes shouldn’t charge a dime; The church is obligated to provide hospitality & cover the transportation costs of invitees if necessary but paying anyone to perform is wrong. A true Christian will not charge,” he wrote.
The post has since sparked thousands of reactions; some agreed with the social media commentator while others argued otherwise that gospel music is an occupation.
Reactions trailing cost charged by Mercy Chinwo
successgroupng penned: “Same goes to people jumping from one man of God to the other to lay hands on them So if you pray for yourself God no go answer you? No be the same image God use create we all?”
AhanotuIkenna said: “Daniel, a lot of churches in Nigeria are business centers, so Mercy is only cashing out as those GOs are doing.”
bags_beyond1 stated: “Around 2021-2022 thereabouts Kenny blaq came to my church in ijebu ode. He was asked how much he would charge before coming Man Said “I don’t CHARGE for churches” just Give Anything you wish to Give me!! Omohhh.”
ezugwu_onyii wrote: “But it’s okay to pay millions of Naira as invite for your pastor or Rv father for a family liberation prayers? Kitikpa gbagbuo unu nilee ndi iru abuo.”
TheSilvapr penned: “That’s her work Daniel, she’ll definitely charge, but charging that much?? that’s quite too much tbh.”