Tithing is the latest subject of debate on social media and here’s why

Thank God It’s Friday! But how would you jump around celebrating the end of the week without a little bit of controversy and centuries-old debate? Today, social media (Twitter, the pioneer) is doing the ‘tithing’ conversation again, and you will enjoy reading two sides – the Pro-Tithing and Anti-Tithing Twitter. But who caused it?

Tithing is an inescapable covenant obligation. Prosperity not just wealth is impossible without tithing because when you’re not paying your tithe, you’re under a financial curse,” Bishop David Oyedepo, July 16, 2020.

Yesterday right? But night shift Twitter thought about it through the night and decided to talk about it today.

For the records, that conversation will NEVER end in Nigeria as long as the country exists, and there will always be the ones who question religious status quo and the ones who simply want to practice the religion as they were taught. “No come dey tell us say akara na beans cake“.

The conversation exists because there is the Old Testament (where ‘tithing’ is referenced) and the New Testament. It gets a little messy when many Christians use the word “tithing” to denote any sort of giving. Christians who have grown accustomed to thinking of all giving as tithing can struggle with this biblical concept.

But using the interpretation of the Old Testament, many Nigerian Christians believe it is compulsory to give 10% of their income to the church. But the other divide says this practice means poor people are funding the extravagant lifestyles of some of Nigeria’s richest people – charismatic preachers. Add, those who just think tithing is an old practice that the New Testament already abolished.

In other words, many Christians, today, would say that tithing was part of the law that Christians are no longer required to participate in. This doesn’t mean that they don’t believe that generous giving isn’t necessary; it means that they don’t believe that Christians are required to give a specific percentage. In fact, some of these people would say that given the model of the early Christians, a tithe asks far too little of us.

In the Contemporary English translation, the part of the Old Testament that references tithing says: “I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire 10% into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.”

But what are Nigerians saying?

The conversation continues…forever! BTW, what do you think?

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