General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG Pastor E.A Adeboye while delivering a message on Sunday laid to rest debates which had circulated round the internet for a number of months now, raised by Pastor Sunday Adelaja and others on whether Christians should tithe or not and if it was commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ. He began his response on a humorous note by relaying the reason why he had kept mute for months.
In his words “the worst level of madness is the level of one who watches a mad man perform” which by implication is a strict warning that Christians should not be carried away by whatever performances any one has to show off. He said there are people afraid of the influence Christians are having on the world through the prosperity of tithing therefore they will stop at nothing to disuade them from tithing.
As to whether Jesus Christ HIMSELF supported tithing, Pastor Adeboye read from the book of Matthew 23:23 King James version of the Bible”Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. For clarity in modern language he further read in the NLT version of the Bible laying emphasis on the words OUGHT TO TITHE AND YES.”
What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens,[a] but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things”.
He warned believers that on the Judgement day God is not going to Judge based on hearsay but on what His words have command.
He further explained that the concept of tithing does not have a Nigerian origin. It has been in practice even before the gospel found its way into Nigeria.
Courtesy: Camera News