Popular Nigerian pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo has released a statement to indicate that any Christian who extends a helping hand to the needy but fails to pay tithe in the church is likely to be poor.
According to the leader and founder of Living Faith Church in the statement, it is wrong to help the needy instead of paying tithe to the church to help grow the work of God.
He warned that people who are fond of this act will eventually end up as one of the needy.
The statement read;
“Someone that is helping the needy and not paying tithes will soon become one of the needy”, Bishop Oyedepo.
As a reminder, God wants us to take care of the poor, but he wants us to pay our tithes because tithe is his mechanism of blessing us and causing an increase in our lives.
This can also be connected to Jesus’ statement on the same matter- give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and God what belongs to God. If you can pay taxes to the government, why should you struggle to pay tithe to God?
Based on the principle of spiritual prosperity, Bishop Oyedepo wants us to know that giving to the needy must not replace giving to God.
Therefore, if all you do is charity, it is not enough. According to Oyedepo, one will worst off after some time if one does not pay one’s tithe but only give to the poor.