An Instagram user, Chidi Opara, has written an open letter on tithing, using lots of scriptures to back up his points.
According to him, paying one's tithe is an order which came from the Bible.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported how a seasoned journalist justified the payment of tithe to churches based on what he has seen them being used for.
Read the open letter written by Chidi Opara below:
"Open letter on the tithing subject ( scriptures )
"John 12: 5 - The Bible said “ Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages other Bible translation, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?" If you convert the amount of this money to the present exchange rate , costs $20,000USD, if this happened in modern Nigeria / world , a lot of you will be offensive about it , why will a pastor's perfume cost $20,000 USD , what is wrong if a Modern man of God requests for 1billion ? $20,000 perfume spent on washing Jesus feet . C’mon Christians
''Christianity is based on faith , what is faith? evidence of things not seen but hoped for , a lot of you who said most rich people don’t pay tithe , read Genesis 30:27 ,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the LORD has blessed me because of you (he was referring to Jacob ) because many good Christians work for them reason why they are rich , Laban was a man who worshipped idols but God blessed him because Jacob worked for him this also applies to all the rich men .
"And Jesus replied John 12 vs 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” Even if all the pastor’s sold their private jets and give to the poor we still have the poor people , life is a two way thing, good or bad , rich or poor , man or woman, e.t.c
"The early Christians ( Sadducees and Pharisees) had issue with Jesus teaching because it didn’t match with their scripture .
"Luke 6:7 The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him “ because it’s against the early Christian doctrine .
''Genesis 28 v 20 -22: 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, 21 and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. 22 This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Today, Christians want miracle ( pushing other pastors into seeking power in the wrong places )
"Modern today Christian want to worship in beautiful infrastructure churches ( its expensive to maintain the churches ) it cost a lot to power the generator , electricity, some workers in church are paid ! How many modern Christians will go to a church if the pastor is poor ? Most will say God is not in that church
"Act 5 VS 1 Ananias and Sapphira: Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.
"3Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” What will modern Christians say ? The pastor has killed them With his juju power ,
''Tithe works for me , it’s a thing of faith , Bible said obedience is better than sacrifice, remember the story of Cain and Abel . Genesis 4:4-5 .This view sees that Abel brought the best of what he had while Cain brought a poor quality offering.
"1 Timothy 5: 18: 8 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
"Therefore if a pastor gives you spiritual blessing why can’t you pay him his labor ? If you don’t see progress in your life why are you still going to the church ? Why not look for another church ? If not for greed what is 10% you still have 90%. You have 90% . What is 10% ? Someone said Christian association of something said tithe is not payable because they are scholars of the Bible don’t forget the Sadducees and Pharisees were also scholar in the early church’s ( synagogue)
"Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
"6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. If the tithe does not work for you stop it but please don’t don’t promote propaganda . Most people read the Bible and lean to their own understanding that is why we have different categories of Christianity according to their own understanding. Isaiah 55 : 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
"Isaiah 45 VS 7. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things ( Bible scholar can you kindly translate this for us ? Since you know it all .
"Christianity is faith - what is miracle ? If you can’t explain how a miracle happens then please don’t ask for all Bible scriptures to back everything a man of God said , some are in faith, Jesus said greater things they shall do , the fact we have all these pastors is the reason why Nigeria hasn’t fought war considering the suffering from the government.
"After all Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi did for Libya , free education , free hospital, unemployed getting paid , free electricity a lot of benefit his people still got him killed , can we compare his time and the current Libya. Brothers and sister if you can’t pay tithe “abeg leave am “ wasn’t a do or die affairs . We have bad pastor yes i know but bad people are always in every profession taking the advantage.
"'Faith is what keeps us going as Christians and above all fasting and prayer cos every religion Muslim , Buddhist even occult during the process of sleeping in the coffin whatever , they don’t eat as well , Jesus fasted for 40 days and night ! Why fasting ? There is power in it , it equips your spiritual life when the physical body is weak the spiritual body is strong , success wealth are spiritual things . Just as you stay on queue on2 economy ticket during check in at airport that is how your daily life is when you don’t fast , you stay on queue until it get to your turn but business class ticket given vip service no queue that is how the life of someone who fast a lot .
"what doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean doesn’t work for the next person .Pastors are not perfect people! Jesus got angry too ,( Matthew 21:12–13 ) Jesus almost had a second thought about dying ( Mathew 26:39) .Why crucify a pastor ?"
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