Sam Adeyemi, the The founder and General Overseer (G.O) of Daystar Christian Centre has added his voice to the ongoing debate on tithing.
You will recall that the popular OAP Daddy Freeze, has spark the discourse on the necessity of paying tithe.
According to This Day Live, Freeze, has been the butt of insults and invectives from some of Nigeria’s foremost pastors. As far as the pastors are concerned, Daddy Freeze has no scriptural locus standi to advise people not to pay tithes. Particularly, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) took on the OAP. At a programme in a popular church in Omole, Ikeja, Lagos, mid-November last year, Pastor Ashimolowo called Daddy Freeze a drunk and wife beater.
Naija News gathered that Pastor Sam Adeyemi has added his opinion to the discussion. According to him, the payment of tithe is archaic and expired with the old Testament Covenant.
“I have been following the tithe debate. I discovered that it has been an age long debate and it will be on for a long time. My first observation is that church people are behaving as if we own the word tithe. “We don’t own the word. It is an English word. I want to say clearly that tithe, as practised under the law of Moses, has expired. The death and resurrection of Jesus have put paid to it.
“All the requirements of the law were satisfied under Christ. It is a gamble to say Jesus never paid tithe. The fact that it was not written that Jesus paid tithe does not mean he did not do it. “I can also claim that Jesus did not go to the toilet because it is not written. 18 years of his life were not recorded in the Bible. When he was born his parents satisfied the requirements of the law. John 21v25 says there are many things he did that were not recorded.” He Said.
Pastor Adeyemi added that “clearly tells us that we are free. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithe”