Femi Aribisala: Every pastor who collects tithes is a thief

by Femi Aribisala

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Every pastor who collects tithes is nothing but “a thief and a robber.”

As far as many pastors are concerned, the most important scripture of all is not to be found in the word of Jesus.  Neither is it even in the New Testament.  That scripture says: “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’” (Malachi 3:10).

This scripture is drummed repeatedly into Christians on Sundays.  However, the only time Jesus mentioned tithing in scripture, he pointed out that it was not a weighty matter of the law. (Matthew 23:23).  Hebrews says people only receive tithes “according to the law.” (Hebrews 7:5).  It then insists tithing (and everything else under the law) has been annulled: “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless.” (Hebrews 7:18-19).  Nevertheless, mercenary pastors continue to insist on the payment of tithes.

Latter-day Pharisees

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for keeping part instead of the whole law. (Matthew 23:23). That is what tithe-collecting pastors do today.  If we insist our congregants must pay tithes, we must also insist that they keep the rest of the law.  James says: “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10).  Therefore, if we insist on tithing, we should also refrain from eating pork.  We should stone adulterers, execute homosexuals, kill Sabbath violators and restore blood-sacrifices.

Tithe-collecting pastors counter this by maintaining the payment of tithes pre-dated the law.  Here Abraham is cited as the cardinal example of someone who paid tithes before the promulgation of the Law of Moses, as did Jacob, his grandson.  However, such arguments are disingenuous.

Before the law, tithing was at best an example but not a commandment.  Moreover, pastors fail to mention that Abraham only tithed once in his lifetime.  When he did, he did not even tithe his own money: he tithed the spoils of war.  He gave ten percent of the plunder he took when he rescued Lot to Melchisedec, king of Salem.  But then he did not even keep the rest but returned it (all ninety percent) to the king of Sodom.

For his part, Jacob also tithed only once.  He did this in a “let’s make a deal” arrangement he offered to God: “Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.  And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.’” (Genesis 28:20-22).  This kind of deal about accepting God only under certain self-serving conditions should certainly not be a term of reference for any serious believer.

Lies upon lies

The first lie pastors tell Christians is what some have referred to as “the eleventh commandment:” “Thou shalt pay thy tithes to thy local church.”  But the bible says no such thing.  The storehouse of Malachi was not a church.  It was a place where food was kept.

Pastors hide from church-members the fact that money was not acceptable as tithe.  The tithe was a tenth of the seed and fruit of the land and of the animals which ate of the land. (Leviticus 27:30-32).  That is why God says: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be FOOD in my house.” (Malachi 3:10).  He does not say “that there may be MONEY in my house.”  The food was used to feed the Levites, the poor, widows, orphans and strangers.

Pastors also conveniently fail to teach the biblical tithe.  The principles of tithing were not laid down by Malachi.  They were laid down by Moses.  The study of Moses’ guidelines quickly reveals that the biblical tithe has no application whatsoever to Christians and is mischievously violated by tithe-collecting pastors today.

According to the Law of Moses, the tithe was divided into three allocations.  The first year, it was given to the Levite.  The second year, it was given to widows, orphans and the poor.  The third year, it was eaten in the company of the faithful before the Lord as thanksgiving for his faithfulness. (Deuteronomy 14:22-28).  In the seventh year, there was no planting and no reaping and therefore no tithing.

So the next time your pastor asks you to pay tithe, ask him about the seventh-year reprieve.  Also ask him if you can give your tithe to the orphanage, or bring it as food items to be eaten in church.  Believe me; he will not agree with you because it is your money he is after.

Inapplicability of tithes

Tithing was only applicable to Jews and to the land of Israel.  When large populations of Jews lived in Babylon, Ammon, Moab, Egypt, and Syria, these lands became tithe-able lands.  However, tithes were not acceptable from strictly Gentile lands.  So you need to ask your pastor how come he is collecting tithes in Nigeria.

Servants or slaves who worked on the land did not tithe because the land did not belong to them.  Since only agricultural and animal resources were included, a fisherman gave no tithe of his fisheries.  Neither did a miner or a carpenter pay tithes, nor anyone from the various professional occupations.  So if you are not a farmer or a keeper of livestock, tell your 419 pastor tithing is biblically inapplicable to you.

Moreover, the only people authorised to receive tithes were the Levites. (Hebrews 7:5).  So if your Pastor is a “tithe-collector,” ask him if he happens to be a Jew.  Remind him that, even though a Jew, Jesus could not receive the tithe because he was not from the tribe of Levi but from that of Judah.

The trick, of course, is for pastors today to claim we are “Levites.”  If your pastor is one such dissembler, ask him if he lives as a Levite.  Remind him that Levites had no land and did not have private property.  Ask him also how he knows he is from the tribe of Levi, which happens to be one of the lost tribes of Israel.  Point out to him that even Jewish rabbis don’t claim to be Levites today because all Jewish genealogical records were lost with the destruction of the Temple in AD 70, ensuring that it is no longer possible to ascertain the true identity of Levites.

Therefore, if Jews no longer tithe because the Levites are a lost tribe, how can Christian pastors collect tithes when we are not even Jewish, how much more Levites?  If Jewish rabbis, whose terms of reference remain the Old Testament no longer collect tithes, then pastors who insist Christians are under a New Testament have no business doing so.

The conclusion then is inescapable. Every pastor who collects tithes is nothing but “a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1).

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Femi Aribisala is the fellowship coordinator of Healing Wings. Healing Wings is a pentecostal Christian fellowship which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He blogs at Femi Aribisala .

 

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Comments (91)

  1. GIVING/SOWING SEEDS,
    TITHES/FIRSTFRUIT OFFERINGS

    Question 4 – Christopher (United Arab Emirates): Dear
    Pastor Chris, I praise and thank God for this media. Kindly teach us
    about tithe, offering and seed. Is it compulsory to tithe only to the
    Church we belong to, or can we send our tithe to other ministries in
    other parts of the country? Thanks.

    Answer 4: Now, we actually also have lots of materials
    on these subjects. It will take me a lot more than the little time we
    have to discuss this. But, let me read something to you because of the
    peculiarity of your question. 1st
    Corinthians chapter 4 and I’ll be reading to you two verses, but before
    that, let me remind you of your question. You said, “Kindly teach us
    about tithe, offering and seed.” Now the tithe is one-tenth of all what
    God blesses you with continually. All your income, all your increase, as
    you receive, a tithe of it [which is the tenth part of it] belongs to
    God. Now, he didn’t say give it if it’s convenient; he has laid a claim
    to it. He says it belongs to him, simply put. The other one you said is
    offering. Now, among offerings, there are different kinds. You have a
    free-will offering and then you have a first fruit offering. Now, the
    first fruit offering is different from the tithe. The scriptures show us
    that. Some people think they are the same [but]
    they are not. Well, the free-will offering is the one you choose to
    give anytime, and it’s up to you. The tithe is not up to you; it belongs
    to God. The first fruit belongs to God, but your free-will offering is
    up to you. You choose; you decide when you want to give it and how you
    are going to give it and how much you are going to give. And then the
    seed is also up to you, but you see, in all of these, we must always
    recognize the leading of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can always and
    should always guide us, lead us and tell us what to do, even how much to
    give. You know a lot of times we just give as we choose, but the
    greater blessings will come when you are able to listen to the Holy
    Spirit telling you what to do. And that particularly applies to the
    seed. Many times we want to sow a seed for a reason. A seed is that
    which you give because of the harvest that you want, a specific harvest
    that you want. And that’s why the Bible talks about seed giving.

    Now
    the other question “Is it compulsory to tithe only to the Church we
    belong, or can we send our tithe to other ministries in other parts of
    the country?” No, you cannot send your tithes to other ministries. You
    can send your offerings if you want to. You can give whatever seed you
    want through other ministries, but the tithe should be given to the
    ministry in which you function. Remember, when you belong to a ministry,
    you don’t just go there to listen to the Word of God and go away; you
    should participate. You should become a responsible member – you have a
    duty. Now, let me read this to you in 1st Corinthians chapter 4 from verse 15, it says, “For
    though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many
    fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
    Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. [1 Corinthians 4:15-16]” Did
    you hear that? That’s what Paul said. He says, even though you got ten
    thousands instructors in Christ, you got a lot of preachers in town, in
    the city. You got preachers here and there; you got them on television
    or the internet, “it doesn’t matter,” he says, “though ye have ten
    thousand instructors in Christ” [he didn’t say anything was wrong with
    them. They are all in Christ. These are all instructors, these are
    preachers, these are teachers.], he says, “but you cannot and you don’t
    have many fathers.” Then it says here in the 16th verse, well the latter part of the 15th verse, he says, “for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” So,
    he is saying, I’ve bought you up through the word. This is the word
    that has made you; this is the word that has strengthened you. I’ve
    brought forth that word to you. Then in 16th verse, he says “wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” That’s
    plain. That’s what Paul said. And if you study the whole subject, the
    whole chapter, you’d notice he was looking at the relationship between
    himself and the other ministers, and the certain things that had
    happened. There were some challenges; you’d look at all of that there.
    So, it is inappropriate for you to send your tithe. The tithe is
    actually what shows your partnership in that ministry, because here is
    your income and the tithe is part of that income that belongs to God and
    you are expected to give it continually. And you know, when anything
    happens to you, those who are interceding for you and praying for you
    and caring for you are not those who you’ll listening to on the
    television or those around the city. It’s those who know you; it’s those
    with whom you fellowship with. It’s the ministry where you belong.
    These are the ones that actually care. Nobody can care for you through
    the screen. You see, caring for you has a human touch to it. And that’s
    why the pastoral ministry is very, very important. Alright, so
    Christopher, I hope you got that.

  2. Relevance of Tithing in Christ
    Question 1 – Solomon (Ghana): Dear Pastor,
    if I inherited all things through Christ, and I possess all things by
    Him, why do I have to give and pay tithe to be blessed, knowing that my
    blessings are not by my own works?

    Answer 1: Very good question. Well, you
    were not told in the Bible (in the New Testament particularly) that
    except you give your tithes like you said, you will not be blessed.
    That’s not what it said. In the Old Testament, you had to do that; you
    had to follow the commandments to be blessed. Now, in the New Testament,
    He’s not asking you to follow these commandments to be blessed, but the
    point is that God’s Word is a blessing to you. In other words, part of
    your inheritance in Christ is the very Word of God, His instructions. It
    says in the Bible that His instructions are righteous. That’s so
    important. The very fact that God tells you to do something is a
    blessing in itself. So, part of the blessing that you have in Christ is
    that you are asked to do anything, so it is part of the blessing, and so
    giving is not the reason for your blessing, but it is the result of
    your blessing.Secondly, you have to
    understand that there is a law of sowing and reaping, and in the New
    Testament it is further emphasised, saying “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7], “…He that soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; He that soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully.” [2 Corinthians 9:6].
    In other words, it is a law of the Spirit. So, your giving is a form of
    sowing, like a farmer who is blessed with a farm, but he has to sow to
    get a harvest. So, God is not telling you that when you receive, it is a
    special blessing. No, it is conditioned on your sowing; it’s up to you.
    It is a play of the laws. You work on the laws, and they work for you;
    you work against them, and they work against you. So, giving and tithing
    and all that you’ve just talked about actually are a means to your
    harvest. It’s not like God wanting to bless you afresh, no. But, the
    blessing is the very law of sowing and reaping which He has given to
    you, and He told you to give your tithes and your offerings and other
    kinds of giving that the Bible talks about.

    Now, your tithing particularly is a form of partnership; tithing is a
    partnership. God didn’t say that “If you don’t give your tithes, you
    will not be blessed.” The blessing is what brings about the tithing,
    because tithe means a tenth of that which God has blessed you with, so
    He has actually blessed you, and that is the reason for the tithe. Your
    tithing is a testimony of your blessing. He’s not saying, “Bring your
    tithe, so you will be blessed;” He is saying, “I have blessed you, so
    give me the tithe.” Tithe is the tenth part with which you honour the
    Lord. Now, when you don’t honour the Lord like this, you are not
    recognizing that the Lord is the one that is blessing you and no one can
    say that God has never blessed him. We have all been blessed by God in
    different measures, and we are all blessed. So, you probably got the
    teaching wrong as to giving your tithe to be blessed. No, you give your
    tithe, because you have been blessed; it is part of your testimony.

    1. I beg to differ, according to the word of God in Mat23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
      I believe it is self explanatory. The operative sentence our Lord Jesus used here is WITHOUT NEGLECTING THE OTHERS. God bless you.

  3. May God forgive u for u know not what u r saying only head knowledge without any spiritual impact! I have being a tither and oga sir it pays to pay your tithe most of us are not farmers and the only sensible way is to pay with money! Even if the pastors are spending the tithes they have God to account to!!! Who made u a judge over pastors? Abeg if your mind is pollute with theology don’t pollute others!!!

  4. Guys and Gals,
    Femi Aribisala is saying what other Christian religious bodies, notably, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Church of Christ, have been teaching and practicing over the years. As a person, after careful study of the Bible. I have come to the conclusion that Tithing is not to be practiced by Christians today. The Christian Church was established on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus Christ’s resurrection (Acts 2) and thereafter, all references on GIVING in the Bible state that Christians should give as God has prospered them and not a tenth.

  5. Femi is right. I knew it long ago that Pastors are using tithe to enrich themselves illicitly. Nigerians are too superstitious and gullible they'd are not question what a G.O or their Papa in the Lord says. They swallow everything a Pastor says hook line and sink. They forget that the pastor is just another human with all the weaknesses and greed common to all humans. They are not super humans! When I read the Bible concerning this matter, I made my own conclusions and since then knew how to apply my resources to God's work. The Bible judge all matters your Pastor tells you with the word before acting on it!

  6. Touch Not My Anointed print
    Published on April 11, 2012 by pmnews

    Bamidele Johnson writes on some worrying aspects of Christendom in Nigeria today

    As a child, I went to church regularly. From those days, I do not remember any member of the churches I attended fawning over their pastors. They respected them as they did any other member of the church. Nobody, to the best of my knowledge, treated a pastor like he was God’s running-mate. Nobody felt the pastor was entitled to Biblical immunity. Nobody, at the sight of a pastor, giggled like a pubescent girl backstage at a Justin Bieber concert. Pastors were simply pastors. One, an Anglican priest, regularly visited my father. I do not remember any member of the family quaking with undue excitement whenever he came. That is no longer the case. The emergence of diva pastors, with a vast array of grand titles, has since bred a culture that promotes near-deification of preachers.

    Preachers are now “spiritual fathers” ,“daddies” or “mummies”. This is not exactly strange, given that ours is a society that demands deference to age and authority. What has had me in a funk is the promotion of the belief that those occupying positions of spiritual authority, especially pastors, are above scrutiny. While I concede to anyone that wishes to be blindly loyal to preachers or be reduced to putty at the sight of them the right to do so, I do not believe that religious leaders are granted immunity from scrutiny or even rebuke. This is a straightfoward matter, according to the Bible–the framework for the Christian faith.

    Curiously, it is those who attend the alleged Bible-believing churches that promote–very vigorously–the belief that the Bible disapproves of scrutiny or interrogation of the words and deeds of preachers. What is frequently trotted out, whenever an attempt is made at scrutinising pastors, is: “Touch not my anointed; do my prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22). This verse is feverishly seized upon by those opposed to the examination of pastors’ ways or as a defence against anything convicting. In short, it is construed as an immunity clause in the Bible. Loyalty to your spiritual father, daddy or mummy is good–if it is for the truth.

    In Proverbs 17:150, the Bible says: “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” And to find out what is true or otherwise, there is a need to look at all the sides before arriving at a verdict. “Anointed,” in the context in which it was used, (the Lord’s anointed), is an allusion to the kings of Israel (1Sam. 12:3,5; 24:6,10; 26:9,11, 16,23; 2 Sam. 1:14,16; 19:21; Psalm 20:6; Lam. 4:20). The mention of prophets, is a reference to the patriarchs (Psalm 105:8-15; 1Chron. 16:15-22). And this use is exclusive to the Old Testament.

    Psalm 105:11-15 says: “Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance. When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, He reproved kings for their sakes; saying, touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” In this scripture, God protected His anointed (Israel) and His prophets from the enemies of Israel against physical harm.

    “Touch,” in this context, means physical harm, not saying something true about another person publicly. The evidence of this can be found in David’s relationship with Saul. David refrained from harming God’s anointed, who was King Saul at the time, but spoke out publicly against him. Samuel also did same when speaking out against Saul’s disobedience. God told Saul to “Smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not…” (1 Sam. 15:3). But Saul “spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord…” (v.15). Samuel described his action as idolatry (v.24). Saul was God’s anointed, remember? He later lost his throne.

    In 1 Sam.16:13-16, David, a shepherd boy, was anointed before God took away Saul’s position. Physically, David refused to touch Saul, but it didn’t stop him from speaking the truth about him– publicly. In 1 Sam.26:11, we are told that David spurned the chance to put Saul to death or at least, harm him. Rather, he stole upon Saul, took his spear and water jug. And in verse 15, David rebuked Abner for not guarding Saul and saying he deserved to die. Saul overheard him and came out of his cave. And right before his troops, David rebuked Saul and asked him why he wanted to kill him. This forced Saul into contrition, which he expressed by calling himself a fool. David would return his belongings, saying: “For the Lord delivered you into my hand, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.” Does this suggest that he did not speak against Saul? No. It only suggests that David did not take up the option of physically harming Saul.

    An important element of the Saul/David story is that it was Saul who was hunting David because his (Saul’s) position as king had become threatened. Does this bear any resemblance to what we now see in the church? I do not think so. What we see is that those in positions of spiritual authority, allegedly anointed, are using their positions to discourage scrutiny by encouraging the mangling of the scriptures.

    They have conditioned followers to believe that it is “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” to speak against a “man of God”. Those who warn us not to touch God’s anointed have been clearly conned into thinking they that are fighting God’s corner because they rarely ever look at the facts presented. This encourages a one-eyed view of events, breeding disinterest in the other side of the story. The default setting is Pavlovian. Even when shown evidence of false teachings and prophecies, they respond the same way: blunt refusal to accept invitation to scour the Bible and find out if certain concerns are genuine or otherwise.

    From my interactions with modern church goers, very few of them have the balls to crosscheck what their pastors teach or do from the Bible. My observation is that preachers conscientiously discourage followers from reading portions of the Bible that could lessen their hold on them.

    Apostle Paul, regularly quoted by the modern preacher, is recorded in the Bible as having faced scrutiny in Berea. Today’s diva pastor would never have endured that. He would have invoked the immunity clause presumably offered by “touch not my anointed”. Paul did not. According to the Bible, Paul, who had preached in Thessalonica, had his teachings scrutinised in Berea. He did not go into defensive mode. Instead, he praised the Bereans for their willingness to check if his teachings were in tandem with the scriptures. Acts 17: 11-12 says: “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore, many of them believed and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.” We also see the example of David, even after he became king, accepting rebuke and correction from Prophet Nathan. There is no debate about David being anointed, but he did not scream “touch not my anointed” in self-defence.

    Another verse frequently used by blind defenders of preachers is Matthew 7: 1-5, which says: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

    Except this verse is being read backwards, there is no way it could be taken as a warning that we should not judge others. What it warns us against is hypocritical judgment–the type that makes you accuse another man of something you are guilty of. Luke 17:3 punctures assumptions that we should not judge: “Take heed… If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.” And in 1 John 4:1, the Bible says: “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.” Ephesians 5:11 also tells us to “take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”

    Frankly, I do not see how these verses grant exemptions to pastors the way an examination body does to a certain category of candidates presumed to possess qualifications entitling them to such. I cannot recall any of the apostles claiming that being anointed precludes them from scrutiny.

    If someone is truly anointed, he or she would want to encourage others to discern what is true and what is not. He or she would encourage people to seek the truth no matter where it would lead, so they could be shielded from falsehood. Is it so in the current dispensation of superstar preachers? Nope.

    Still, we need to ask if pastors are the only anointed class of people. Are they, really? Certainly not. And the evidence for this is there in 2 Corithians 1:20-22, which says: “Now, He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

    The New Testament teaches, in very unambiguous terms, that all Christians have the same anointing, the same Holy Spirit. “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him,” says 1 John 2:27. A preacher was caught on video slapping a young girl, presumably possessed, for saying she was a witch for Jesus.

    The video, which went viral , shows his congregation howling with delirium. And when criticisms of the act erupted, there was an army of conned followers yapping that he was above criticism. Unsuprisingly, what they relied on was that weapon of mass deception: “touch not my anointed.” They ignored the fact that exorcism, at least in the Bible, did not employ vicious slaps. Some said the preacher slapped a demon, not the girl! Did Jesus or any of the apostles slap any demoniac? The Bible has no evidence of such. That can only be found in pastortainity, the worship of pastors, not Christianity.

    —Bamidele Johnson. E-mail:[email protected]

    1. This comment, sadly has very little to do with the article by Femi Aribisala. The grouse here, is hardly about “supporting pastors blindly”…its as simple as “Femi Aribisala’s article was not written in good faith!” Calling millions of pastors worldwide “thieves” for a “doctrine” they believe in, isn’t in good faith. He should have just said all he has to say and let the church go-er decide whether to give tithes or not. The point is, even In churches that believe in tithing, no pastor will force you to tithe or even give offering, so how can they be thieves?? That, my dear sir, is the point. You obviously have ur “beef” against current day christians, but that’s not the issue here. By the way, despite your long article, your assertions were still wrong. Jesus said we should judge not, if we don’t want to be judged. Calling someone a thief is judgemental. If you, as a true christian, see ur fellow christian doing something you don’t believe in, you correct them in love. Not scream “Thief! Thief!”

  7. Following the logic if the writer saying only Jews is tithe paying applicable to. In that same vein he (writer) cannot claim d blessings contained in the old testament because never mention Nigeria or Femi specifically as a matter of fact.
    Secondly the writer says levites never owned properties so pastors cannot claim to be levites. What of Catholic priests? At least they take an oath of poverty at their ordination and they do not have anything to their name. Does that qualify them as levites?
    Also the article implies that pastors force their congregation to pay tithe. I don’t think any pastor will come to your pocket to forcefully collect tithe. We are creatures of choice. If you like pay if you like don’t pay no one forces. So let’s go castigating pastors.
    Its also important to note that the bible also says touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm. Unfortunately the writer has made a defamatory opinion piece that harms the reputation of men of God.
    Just my two cents

  8. Aribisala. You are entitle to your opinion and understanding of the world of God. You must be a muslim who all they do in criticising other faith instead of preaching to their followers on love and relationship. It is simple you can give what you dont have.

  9. i might sound like a fool but i will stick to my mind, this religion(xtian) was existing b4 the fucking european came and enslave us and they believe in it then and they know that the bible says love your neighbor as yourself yet they still tired our great grand fathers with chain for more than 400 years. pls where is the religion then. all these foreign religions have cause us so many problem, creating enemy among ourselves, killing each other in the name of religion. we just need to open our eyes and free our mind from hate that’s just the true religion. all these bible said, quran said will take us to no where but where the religions leader will exploit their members. how many nigerians can afford to pay redeemer university or Convenant university fee. free your mind from hate and maintain good relationship with others that’s just the key.

    1. May d good lord bless ur soul!

  10. Hmmm…I have come to a reality that most christians interpret the scripture to suit their opinions. Let us not forget what 2Tim2:15b says. And as 4 dis pastor, we nid not insult him but pray for him dat God changes him. I know very soon, God will arise in His anger and strike down all evil pastors.

  11. †нε early christian brings together all they have and share it according to need. But today pastor grow fat on congregation money, buys pivate jet when most of †нε congregation are poor! They use church money to build universities and most congregation can’t afford it. Remove tithe today and see churches in Nigeria reduce by 90%

  12. Femi is correct, absolutely! Majority of Nigerian pastors are con men, always talking about tithe and never †нε welfare of their congregation. They will even embarass others by insisting those that want to tithe should come out so that they can receive special prayer. They even teach that blessing of God is strictly tied to tithe and I asked how about unbelivers that are rich – God will bless whoever He want to bless. †нε bible says let every man gives as he purpose in his heart for God loves a cheerful giver.

  13. I really pity the people this man has been freeing woth his logical nonsense…he really didn’t have what to preach…and that was why he wasted his precious time counselling thise who never sought for one…he is indirectly looking for church growth…but becareful the way u used word..IF YOU ARE NOT A TITHER DONT MISLEAD PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN TIYHING. IF IT IS NOT WORKING FOR THEM THEY WOULD HAVE STOPPED WITHOUT YOUR EXPOSITION…I WILL FOREVER BE A TITHER….IS IT YOUR MONEY….PLS PEOPLE OUT THERE DONY BELIEVE THIS MAN…PAY YOUR TITHE SO THINGS WON’T BE TIGHT FOR YOU….

  14. You have just succeeded in misleading people.Well as for me from personal experience i started paying tithe in the year 2006 but i became very faithful in paying my tithe in the year 2010 and since then God keep blessing me on a daily basis despite the fact that i don’t work with Government firms from the little work i do that ought not to fetch me more than 3,000 per week fetch me nothing less than 50k per week. I keep seeing money as if i did money ritual infact at a time i refuse to tell people what enhance the great blessing but it got to a stage that i can no longer keep it to myself and i equally observed that no matter how many times teachings are given on tithing who don’t want to pay won’t pay.So you are not forced to do that but you can give it a try and see the result.I am a living testimony of the benefits of tithing.

    1. Hello friend, the reason for giving shouldn’t actually be for the financial returns. It is our material want that some people exploit when they concentrate on tithing the popular way its done today. Why don’t we simply give what we can from our heart to people in NEED, whatever the need is.

  15. Mr Femi Aribisala is spot on! Not all churches collect tithes. Some eg Catholic Churches collect offerings. This allows members of the congregation to donate what they can afford for the upkeep of the church. Nowadays, we have businessmen pastors who found a convenient loophole they could exploit to take money from the poor. But I blame the ignorance of people who keep giving the little they have to a pastor they can see is living beyond normal luxury. Ask your pastor why he is not donating that extra billion or million to charity to help feed the poor in the true spirit of Christ and the Bible? People have been so brainwashed they can’t even think straight anymore. You are hungry daily but fund the pastor’s private jet. Crazy!

  16. Christianity, a Confused religion, partly because there is no Jesus to categorically tell his followers what to follow. Even, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit is also subjected to different interpretation.
    Does giving your pastor tithe makes you more spiritual? Or are you giving it mainly for fear of losing out financially?
    I guess I have no right to add to the cacophony of noises in Christianity.

  17. I sermons this every sunday in my bible class,but I am their enemy,but I careless about their feelings as long as am in line with the scripture. A nice piece.

  18. Femi Aribisala, is mostly correct but I must say the true Jews today are the true Christians, see for example Romans 2:28-29 “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
    the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but
    from God.” – New King James Version (NKJV).

    Two books that agree with, and expands greatly on what Femi Aribisala, said are:

    1.) “Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views”, by David A. Croteau, et al.

    2.) “You Mean I Dont Have to Tithe?: A Deconstruction of Tithing and a Reconstruction of Post-Tithe Giving (McMaster Theological Studies)”, by David A. Croteau.

    They can be gotten from Amazon.

    Also go to google search engine and goolge, “Janet Mefferd’s Official Site”, when you reach the site click on the button “Previous Shows”, at the top of the page. It will then take you to the show achives page, on that page in the upper right hand corner in the search engine type in the words “David Croteau Perspectives on Tithing”, then do the search and listen to the shows. You are now at the page with the results, to listen to the shows click on the buttons “Janet Mefferd Show-3/1/2013”, and “Janet Mefferd-1/11/2012-Hour 3-Janet Mefferd Radio Show”. They each will take you to their respective page to listen to their respective show.

    Femi Aribisala, is very, very correct indeed.

    1. I don’t have to tithe, but I will. And I will receive the blessings of tithing. No one should tell me how I should spend my money or to whom I should give or not. Nothing is compulsory. For everything you give (Tithe or no tithe), it will be given back to you good measure, pressed down, running over, will men give unto you. 🙂

    2. @Gregory, I quite appreciate the reference books u mentioned here, but mind you those books are not the word of the Lord, the Bible is our manual, Jesus Christ is our role model. Whatever you are giving should be to your Father in Heaven, it does not matter what the Church is doing with it. Rev 22:11-14 ” He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Be wise people

  19. God bless u. I av always speak of the ill of tithing. Nigerians are to gulible to thinking outside the box

  20. The most confusing part is when pastors have private jet and some of the congregation do not have money to pay their children fees. I’m not going to judge for tithing is in the heart and also the bible is a guide that everyone can read themselves.

    In the end, Jesus was not materially rich but pastors keep repeating that our Jesus is not a poor Jesus, in as much as they are right, if you read your bible well, you see christ was rich in spirit, shared all he had and gave and gave that he also gave his life for us. Beware of end times and hold your bible and read yourself without letting anyone twist your belief.

  21. Interesting piece. I held similar views sometime ago but was scared to make them public. Be prepared. You will be called names but I want people to keep an open mind.

  22. Christ said “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver” There is nothing wrong with tithing mostly for the giver that gives with the right heart but a lot wrong for the receiver if he/she leads someone to pay tithes by taking a little part of the scripture on the issue and giving it a different meaning. It is worth the note that most times when Jesus spoke about tithing, it always had a tone of abuse of the act tied to it. So we should actualy be careful about this issue.

  23. weda it is the old testament or the new testament that talks about tithing, the truth is that, it is a testement.

  24. Mr femi, if u don’t want to pay tithe pls don’t confuse other xtian or even the baby xtain frm paying, becos I can see u don’t understand d bible , remember God doesn’t force anyone. It is d content of ur hrt dat he looks at

  25. I believe that d moment u pay wateva form of tithe frm d bottom of ur heart u re nt supposd to be concerned with wat d pastor or whoever has to do with it…nd besides it was dose days before the comin of our lord jesus christ dat only jews paid tithes but since the comin of our lord and personal saviour “Jesus Christ” we’v all bin adopted as sons and daughters of God and dats y we also serve him so its one of our obligations to pay tithes unto him and leave evritin to him…whether d pastor is spendin ur money or nt shld nt be of any importance to u as u’v paid it to God and nt man…..PRAISE D LORD

    1. Oseghe Christian did you notice that that scripture said u can even by 'aromatis schnapps" or kain kain or ogogoro.

  26. Memshima Winifred Nambativ, you are so twisted, you are expected to exchange for silver because of distance and then use the silver to buy whatever you like like sheep or goat and still chop/est it.

    Deut 14:25-27
    25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. 27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
    NIV

  27. MILLIONS OF PASTORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CANT BE THEIVES. THE WRATH OF GOD IS BEFORE THIS MAN.
    Tithing is an Old Testament teaching drawn from the scripture. The fact it is drawn from the Old Testament doesn’t mean it should be abolished. We understand the punishment for anyone who chooses to add or subtract from the bible. The Word of God remaineth till eternity. Let’s remember there is a sin that will never be forgiven to man both here in this world and in the world to come. So let’s be careful! And avoid saying things we don’t know because the bible was not written for anyone’s irrelevant opinion or mis-interpretation or debate.

    Malachi 3:10 says; Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,. . .
    Malachi 3:8 says; will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In TITHE AND OFFERINGS.

    Now Tithe and offering are NOT extortion in Christendom rather both are Voluntary Giving based on the doctrine of GIVING to GOD. They are not imposed on anyone.
    What do we find in a stagnate water? Dead things, smelling things, dangerous animals. . . because it doesn’t flow out. The FOUNDATION of America was instituted by Givers. Americans are tithers. You can see the inscription on their money; IN GOD WE TRUST.

    If anyone claims that tithing should be abolished, then how about offering. Show me a man who claims tithing should be abolished or discriminates it and I will ask him if he pays his tithe. Yet they speak for others and even feel agitated seeing others giving and benefiting from the Lord according to their Faith.

    The fact that there are false prophets does make us abolish tithing from the scripture.

    In the olden days MONEY was NOT in circulation as it is today as generally accepted for exchange of goods and services. In those days, a man’s wealth and earnings are measured by the number of CATTLES AND FLOCKS he possesses. What House do you think that Malachi 3 refers to? It refers to and is symbolizes the HOUSE of GOD. Now the Bible is not a newspaper, not a story book, but a spirit book and as we read we ask for understanding.

    In the olden days, the sons of Levi are known to receive priesthood thereby known to collect tithes. Today, do we refer to priesthood as only to levities? Heb 5:9 says: Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak.
    Is Abraham a son of Levi?

    Tithe Givers are cheerful givers not complainers. I have never seen anyone complaining while tithing. By their fruits we shall know them. The Gospel is spreading far and wide in this new dispensation. Churches are springing from every loop and corner of the World. Even money was raise from the belly of a fish to pay tax to Caesar for the Gospel. The Gospel needs money.

    If the tithe and offering is mismanaged, it is a case between the church leader and God. We are not to judge. May the lord grant us discerning spirit.

  28. I will commend your marshalling of points, but I want to quickly remind u dat there is nothing reasonable about spirituality. U said tithing was only applicable to the law,but 1 timothy 2.5 says otherwise.the faith we have is bulit upon the apostles and prophets,Christ being the corner stone. Ephesians 4.11 gives us who the priests of this dispensation of grace are,ie pastors,prophets,teachers,evangelists et al, so u can’t negate a pastor’s claim to being a Levite today. Jacob said all that u will give me. Are u saying God blessed him just but once in his lifetime? U can c d inappropriateness of ur assertion there. Every seed of Abraham was in his loins when he paid tithe, and by the way Abraham was not a Jew to begin with. He was from Mesopotamia. Talking about malachi 3,so u are saying those who are not into agriculture are not liable to tithing? This is the kind of postulation that is hackneyed and peddled about by non-tithers who wish to infect others wt their unbelief. U do not want to pay tithes because u claim it is Jewish,yet u pray daily for salvation which Jesus says is of the Jews -John 4.which other hypocrisy is greater than dt? Well,you can count your teeth with ur tongue

  29. This asertaion is rather confusing about. “Tithing”

  30. I agree with you,tithing was always centered on food items Deut 14:22-28 insist that if the journey to where God places his name is far convert food items to money but on arrival you are to buy back the food items for tithing,

  31. This is your own view.Practise what you believe and leave others to practise what they believe.The problem of Christianity today is too many teachings nd contradictions inclding denominations with different dogmas or doctrines per se.D bible is like a bush nd people cut 4rm any direction they like or desire.I dnt believ u calling other pastors thieves bcos of tithe collection.

    1. May God comtinue to give u wisdom

  32. Mr Femi Aribisala, with all due respect, you have missed the point totally. All you have stated above is completely far from the truth. There is such a thing as delegated authority. Its not in your place to call men of God thieves. I think you should take time to learn spiritual authority.

  33. Tithe is a compulsory thing for all christians,you have quoted right from malachi,also I want to bring it to that Cain and Abel started this tith of a thing.even jesus site an example of the two set of people that went to the senagogue to pray,d first told us he give tithe of all he has.

  34. Pls forget about tithe preachin try to obey d law,d purpose of tithing is for prosperity and protection . 4get judgment for God n play ur part of righteousness.

  35. Tithe is a compulsory thing for all christians,you have quoted right from malachi,also I want to bring it to that Cain and Abel started this tith of a thing

  36. I Said it, religion as turn 2 an xploitation tools in Nigeria, anyway u shall know d truth n the truth shall set u free…. So after all dis, i think u re left with ur opinion n blv. As far as I am concern i will pay tithe if sm1 can tell me where it is xpresly stated in d new testament or where Jesus himself commanded us to pay tithes, cos i dont practice Judaism as a religion i practice Christianity, n most law in d old testament re for those dat practice judaism.

    1. (Here is where Jesus said we should pay tithes) Matthew 23:23  “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You give to God a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, but you forget about the more important matters of the Law: justice, peace, and faith. You ought to give a tenth but without forgetting about those more important matters.

  37. This guy is mad and biased

  38. Really dnt no what 2 day,these our pastors keep confusing us. 2day this pastor wil come up with this and 2morro another pastor wil come up with another belief concernining one particular issue. Which one are we 2 believe? Lord pls show us d right way.

    1. Let God be true and all men liars. The bible God's word gives a clear instruction on tithe. So its not a question of what any pastor says. Its what God says in His word. And his opinion concerning every issue is final.

  39. This man is twisted. Read Deut 14:22-29 again pls. money is an acceptable tithing medium to the house of God. These churches pool all the tithes collected and visit orphanages and widows and sick ppl who are in desperate lack. It is more efective giving ur tithe to church becos ppl easily go to churches for help becos Gods ppl have donated money and resources that can be easily be of help to thoz in need. So please Mr. Pastor it is Biblically correct to pay ur tithe in church and thos who dnt farm in todays 21st century can give their money to church as tithe.

    1. my dear all you have just said is an opinion ..have you read Heb 7;5

      1. (Hebrew 7:5-6 CEV) 5  The Law teaches that even Abraham’s descendants must give a tenth of what they possess. And they are to give this to their own relatives, who are the descendants of Levi and are priests. 6 Although Melchizedek wasn’t a descendant of Levi, Abraham gave him a tenth of what he had. Then Melchizedek blessed Abraham, who had been given God’s promise.

    2. Maybe before you can comment on any type of scripture you need to learn how to spell. Because this pastor is right there is no new testament tithing maybe we should learn how to study scripture before we comment

    3. @Pamela Christ came to make the path to Heaven easy not changing the old testament,tithe is a compulsory thing when you read Mal 3:10'Bring ye all their tithes'its a order my dear.that Pastor is a coward for misleading people

      1. if so, all the old way of life in old testament still need to continue like sacrifice of burnt animals.

    4. Memshima Winifred Nambativ, you are so twisted, you are expected to exchange for silver because of distance and then use the silver to buy whatever you like like sheep or goat and still chop/est it.

      Deut 14:25-27
      25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. 27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
      NIV

      did you notice that that scripture said u can even by 'aromatis schnapps" or kain kain or ogogoro.

    5. @Doo Avaan Atedze . Malachi has been disproved in the article itself. You have sold a dummy all these while. Shine ur eyes.

    6. Well written! But will it be understood by the religious people of Nigeria since the churches are founded not to liberate the minds but to steal them for the purpose of generating wealth for the founders just like any business or trade? How then can a stolen mind that never reads the bible or don't even know how to read ever come to realise that he is being cheated for life? There is a lot of work to be done on this. It requires more than courage but little by little some few people would make a breakthrough from these chains of doctrines that are being used to steal the minds of the innocent people. It is very certain that the large religious army would stand up to defend their pastors. They should not be blamed….they cannot understand that they don't even need religion to live…..Oh religion! How mighty are your influence on mankind? You were only invented by men but you have always held them captives. It took me more than understanding and courage to completely flush out your last from me.

  40. so?have u ever been punished by your pastor for not paying tithe?the answer is NO so keep your opinion to your self and stop using the bible verses to defend your stinginess and mind u its a spiritual law not part of the ten comandments.as for me i will keep tithing like a fool because it has been working for me!

  41. unfortunately sir, u av done nothing but confused gullible 'Christians'. oh snap! i meant 'fortunately' cos dat was ur unconscious intention. for those dat care to know. u judge or assess an action by its intent nd effect/result. be wise!

  42. You are simply twisting the scripture to suit your ignorance. God’s Word cannot contradict itself. The scripture is clear about tithing. I only pray you come out of this ignominy on time. And please stop misleading the body of christ. If you’re bound for hell don’t take others with you please. I really pity those followers of yours

  43. Well,comparing the former days to the later is not logical,because those days nothing like computer or car,people ride on horse and wear sandals,so things are changing,if you don’t pay tithes to your pastor how do you expect to help his ministry,how wil he pay the bills and keep the church going,you have to encourage them with our resouces,that does not make them a thief.So if you have those politician giving you stolen money you are a better thief than the one asking his followers to pay tithes from their income.Pay your tithes christains it wil not cost you anytin because is the body of christ you are sowing into.

  44. Speak on, Sir! He that has ears let him hear. All of them are worse than Pharisees.

  45. Hmm, talking about being logical. To the carnal mind, is faith logial? God has chosen the simple things of this world to confound the wise. Tithing or no tithing, if you have any increase in your substance and u feel that there is no point giving one tenth to God, go ahead!. A christian that have the Holy Spirit residing in him/her will definitely do the right thing. If the Holy Spirit lays it in your mind to give your tithe fine!, The Holy Spirit is here to teach us all things. Over time poeple have twisted the scripture to suit their purpose. But I have chosen to bring my tithe and offering to the Lord’s house that there will be meat in His house. “Giving of tithe and offering isn’t even part of the law” its a biblical doctrine.

    1. Are we giving to God or to the Pastor? The bible says on the last day some will ask where did we see you and did not feed you or cloth you (Jesus)? And Jesus replied when you did not cloth or feed your brother in need. These days we in Nigeria are giving to the pastors who in turn use these funds for profit making ventures and to acquire private properties or build edifices. These tithes collected are not given to God (the needy) but to the Pastors, family members and associates.

    2. You say people have twisted the scriptures to suit their purpose. Maybe this whole tithing thing is one of it. No need for all this melodrama. A man stated his opinions. Think through his assertions and ask questions. Christianity is no excuse not to use your head. God is the author of common sense. God created gravity order and structure. Why are we afraid when things are called into question. This whole tithing thing was not as popular 50years ago. Was the Holy Spirit not in charge then…Please just think okay. Even God is not afraid of your questions. He is well able to answer them St Paul once he was well within his right to collect a pay for preaching amongst the people he was with but he chose not to but chose rather to keep working. How come his decision not to collect a pay is not dogma, how come Pastors don’t preach it to high heavens? I am a Christian tongue talking one too but i refuse to not think for myself after all HE has given me a sound mind. I will use it

  46. I admirre ur insight abt tithin,I m also of d opinion dat part of our wealth be chanelled towards d betterment of d less privilaged.’pastors’ of our days v made tithin a thing of compulsion,dy v mastersd d art of fine-tunnin d minds of dr cngregation towards payin tithe evn wen its nt convinient forr dem.dis is bad . Ppl shld b allowed to giv willfully nt forrcibly,som churches v evn advanced to acertainin d income of dr congrgants threby forcin dem to pay wat dy consider fit forr tithe,its also very annoyin dat some ‘worship house’ keep registers n tagged envelops for each membrr of dr conrgegation,at d end of d day dis ‘clerrgy men’adorne demslvs wt sophisticated fleet of auto mobiles n oda good tinz of life wyl most of dr congregants liv in peasantry luxury n impoverishment, wisdom s profitabl to direct . well I ll gv evn more dan ten percent of wat I v to God who owns ma all n humanity . Nice one @ Femi

  47. Great points. I wonder y people love pointless arguments. If you want to counter the writer’s assertions, can you just be honourable enough to bring forth logical and applicable verses from the bible as the writer has done?

    1. Thank you for the comment, I think the tendency is for man to do things that make him/her feel like they deserve anything GOD bestows on them. For the tithing principle taught in most churches today to be convincing, it just has to be taken out of Christ’s context. The logic vs spirituality thinking gives the impression that the salvation through Christ message doesn’t make sense even though it makes absolute sense!

  48. This man is just displaying his ignorance.

  49. Let him that thinks he knows also know that he doesn’t know as he ought to know… Knowledge puffs up but Love edifies.. You have not edified d body by ur mud-slinging, u are hurting d body..and BTW, most of ur assertions are wrong.

  50. Although, I am also of the believe that I should be able to give my tithe to an orphanage or the poor because of what Jesus said, in the story that made us know he is “the poor, the thirsty, the hungry” that we saw and didn’t feed in the Bible. Still, I don’t call my pastor who God has chosen as a Disciple to lead me, a thief. Calling your fellow christians names, isn’t Christ-like…obviously forgetting what Jesus said about “not judging” and Praying for those who “spitefully use you”. That is what Jesus would do.

    1. that’s what is killing Nigerians xtians, you continue to pray for your enemy and failed to judge them accordingly just because the bible says that shall not judge. i will urge you to read about what happen in 1972 olympic when isreal athletes were killed by muslims terrorists, and see how isreal react to it. if u don’t know they never wait for any God to direct them b4 they wage war against all those who involved. look at the present state of isreal and palestanian. here in nigeria boko haram are killing your member and you are still praying, doing the wrong thing at the right time. seun, you need to emancipate yourself from mental slavery. open your eyes you are not an isrealite nor arabian but an african man

  51. Please, if you don’t want to pay tithe, no one will force you. Some people want to pay tithes, sell their properties and give the churches, and are not going to get tired of doing that nor call the pastors in charge of those resources a thief, nor regret giving because they UNDERSTAND God sees their hearts and knows why they are giving and HE knows they are giving HIM, not a man. Giving isn’t about money, its about YOUR Heart. No matter what u give, if ur heart isn’t right, its useless. But if your heart is right, it doesn’t matter how much you give or who you give. Your article is logical, but not spiritual. There’s nothing logical about spirituality.

    1. @Seun b -May the Lord Bless you and increase you in wisdom.

    2. What you just wrote is true if you want to talk about giving the way Christ commanded. It is completely different from the popular teaching on tithing you hear every Sunday in most churches. GIVING (above 10% if you want) is highly encouraged by Christ not tithing in the way it is preached today.

    3. MRFEMI ARIBISALA….TOU NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN…WHAT WILL U GAIN BY RUNNING OTHER DOWN TO GAIN POPULARITY….I WENT TO UR SITE AND I SAW WHAT U SAID ABOUT PASTOR ADEBOYE THAT HE HAS A SHRINE….HABA….IS THAT THE GOSPEL?u dont go up BY PULLING. OTHERS DOWN…SIR….U REALLY NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN…I JUST PITY THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE MISLED…OFFENCES MUST SURELY COME BUT WOE TO THE PERSON THRU WHICH IT COMES…YOU CAN PAY YOUR OWN TIHTHE WITH COCOYAM OR EWEDU OR OKRO ….ON TITHE WE STAND COS THAT IS THE WORD OF GOD…HOW DARE YOU….HOW DARE…YOU …SO ADEBIYE IS A THIEF….OYEDEPO IS A THIEF…TD JAKES IS A THIEF…CRFLO DOLLAR IS A THIEF …MATTEW ASHIMOLOWO IS A THIEF…HABAAAAAAAAA….LENU YIN sir…YOU NEED TO BE BORN AGAIN SIR…I REFUSE TO SWALLOW YOUR THEOLOGICAL POISON…AND DOCTRINAL FISH-HOOK…PLS DONT RUPTURE MY FINANCIAL DESTINY….THANK U SIR…

    4. SIR THINK OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHOSE FINANCIAL DESTINY YOU HAVE RUPTURED WITH YOUR FALSEHOOD…IMAGINE SOMEONE SAYING PASTORS OF NOWADAYS MAKE PEIOLE PAY TITHE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT CONVENEIENT……IMAGINE THE DEGREE OF THAT SHALLOWMINDEDNESS…IMAGINE THAT DEGREE OF IGNORANCE….GOD GAVE YOU TEN AND ASK YOU GIVE ME BACK ONE OVER TEN….IS THAT TOO MUCH FOR GOD….?…haa….THIS IS A BIG SHAME TO THE BODY OF CHRIST…SO YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS NOT A THIEF….U SAID PAPA ADEBOYE HAS A SHRINE….PAPA ADEBOYE….HABA PAPA ADEBOYE….SIR…PLS GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST AIR BEFORE ITS TOO LATE…CHRIST HASN’T SENT YOU TO BE RUNNING HIS ANOITED SERVANTS DOWN…PLS STOP IT FOR YOUW OWN GOOD….

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