The founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel International Pastor David Oyedepo in his weekly message to his congregation earlier this week has stated that “tithing is an obligation and those who don’t pay it are under a financial curse”.
The message of David Oyedepo on tithing caused lots of controversy in the social media space with different people reacting to the message as being insensitive.
One of the notable commenters includes popular OAP Daddy Freeze and comedian Basket mouth.
Popular Broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde aka Daddy Freeze, described Bishop Oyedepo’s comment on tithing as “utter nonsense.”
However, Daddy Freeze, the leader of an online ministry called Free The Sheeple, said that Oyedepo’s message was wrong.
He wrote on Instagram, “Utter nonsense! Are you one percent as prosperous or as wealthy as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who don’t tithe? I personally find this unscriptural statement manipulative and cruel.
“Christ didn’t collect tithe neither did the disciples, yet no one was cursed! Tithing is the old law, obeying the old law partially, without obeying all the 613 laws of Moses is what carries a curse. That’s why to us Christians, it’s referred to as the law of sin and death!”
While quoting from Hebrews 7:5, Daddy Freeze added that the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.
Nigerian comedian known as Basketmouth also aired his opinion on the matter.
He stated that the church is now threatening people with a financial curse over tithe in a bad economy.
THIS LIFE IS NOT BALANCE AT ALL!!
The Govt will threaten us with prosecution if we don’t pay our TAX & VAT.
The CHURCH will now threaten us with a FINANCIAL CURSE, if you don’t pay your TITHE!
Inside the TERRIBLE ECONOMY?
With the LEVEL OF UNEMPLOYMENT?
A tweep, @kingmichaelthe2 tweeted, “But Jesus Christ, our Lord, the owner of the church never threatened nor forced anyone to tithe… he who comes to me shall by no means be cast away. How will he now curse those who believe in him because of 10 percent of their salary? God is a merciful and loving God. God is love.”
Journalist and writer, Isaac Obasi, who also contributed to the debate, said tithing was based on the Judaic laws and not Christianity.
Tweeting with his handle, @Obasifoundation, he wrote, “Whom did God command to pay tithes and to whom? God told all the nations of Israel to pay tithes from the land he gave… the new covenant is superior and better than the old covenant with better promises. The Bible says if the old covenant was perfect enough, there wouldn’t have been needed for the New Covenant.
“Again in Matt. 23:23 Jesus rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees and he said woe unto them and called them hypocrites for over-emphasizing the payment of tithes.”
@istifler_ tweeted, “You spend more time posting teachings on tithing than any other message. Two days ago, same message. Four days ago, same message. Please, preach more about the gospel. People need God now more than ever in these last days. God’s love surpasses material things or money.”
However, many of Oyedepo’s followers defended him and asked his critics not to discourage others from paying tithe.
They also warned his critics to remember that he is an anointed man of God and ought to be respected.
@iam_theMK tweeted, “We pay and God is blessing us, if you won’t then seal your lips. You can be cursed for sounding rude at the blessed man of God.”
@iamcedar tweeted, “There are two laws governing kingdom’s prosperity- spiritual (tithing and giving) and natural (Investing, competences, value). Both complement each other and can’t stand alone if you indeed want kingdom prosperity. I’m not a ‘Winner’ but I agree prosperity is impossible without tithing.”