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?
wrote the wills dies. (Heb. 9:15-23).
So at Christ's death on the cross the law of tithe & other Old Testament practices ceased to be effective. In effect CHRIST became the only standard of faith for Christians today & no longer the Old Testament. (2 Cor. 3:6-14).
— Isaac Obasi ⚖️ (@ObasiFoundation) July 16, 2020
This topic of tithing is very funny, because your greedy pastor who want you to come and give him money in form of tithe so that he can buy fuel for his private Jet will never show you this part of the Bible.
If you must obey this law do it right ✌️ pic.twitter.com/0IiHSgRfWY
— 💙❤️Ultimate Kombo🇳🇬 (@ultimate_kombo) July 17, 2020
I don't even need any preacher to tell me anything about tithing. I do it effortlessly, and will continue to do it until my time on Earth is over. Most people who complain about it, don't even tithe. So, why complain about something you don't even believe in.
— Sir. Edwards Akorita (@EdwardsAkorita) July 17, 2020
Harvard Business School: 2020 Fall Semester.
Sustainable Business Strategy 501
Lesson 1: Tithing
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) July 17, 2020
If tithing was such effective and guaranteed means of becoming rich- you know how many Nigerians would have become millionaires and billionaires?
You know it’s a scam. I know it too.
Deep down we all do.
But hey, it’s religion,
We are not supposed to use our brains.
It is well.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) July 17, 2020
I THINK Nigerian Pastors preach about Tithing the most.
Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world but at the same time the country with the highest number of poor people.
Tithing isn't Proportional to wealth, the realities in Nigeria betray such Dogma.
— Aniefiok Etim (@aniefioketimMyk) July 17, 2020
On Paying Tithe:
I pay my tithe and I don't care to know what it's being used for. I have done my part, the rest is left for God. What I frown at, is the continuous emphasis on tithing, leaving other key and relevant areas of our calling as CHRISTIANS. Why the loud emphasis?
— Nwoke Nkwerre 🌍 (@alvanchinaka) July 17, 2020
I literally have no energy to engage anyone under those tithing tweets. Let s/he who wants to be led astray enjoy their journey
— Mark Amaza (@amasonic) July 17, 2020
I would rather not delve into this tithing,pastors nd churches subject,it's a distraction!bcs no one is compelled to do so or forced to attend a church. the church going folks are not complaining and above all it's their money. so why taking Panadol for another person's headache?
— Tony Ejike (@TonyEjike2) July 17, 2020
The conversation continues…forever! BTW, what do you think?
Omoleye Omoruyi… an apprentice web/game developer, novelist, sensitive to happenings in the world. Meet him @Lord_rickie on Twitter/Instagram