REDEEMED Christian Church of God (RCCG) general overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye has lashed out at the members of his congregation who refuse to pay their tithes saying that they are robbing God of money.
Across Nigeria, evangelical churches like RCCG demand that all their members pay 10% of their wages as tithes and of late, the development has made them some of the wealthiest organisations in the country. Pastor Adeboye’s church is one of the largest evangelical houses in Nigeria and it has made him a very wealthy man, like most of his contemporaries.
Warning his members on the dangers of not paying their tithes and vows, Pastor Adeboye maintained that there are two houses, one built on rock and the other built on sand, pointing out that both look alright and beautiful until there is a storm. He added that even at a time such as this even when the government is finding difficult to pay workers’ salaries, God has a way of defending His own people.
Pastor Adeboye said: “Go back and tell your members to stop robbing God. Tell them not to fail in the payment of their tithes and vows.
“The reason you must pay your tithes and vows is that nobody knows when trouble will come. When trouble comes, God has a defence for His people, but such defence cannot be extended to those who are disobedient to His Word.”
He therefore urged the pastors to ensure the message is delivered undiluted to the members of the church stressing that God loves a cheerful giver and that they should make sure they do not owe or rob God. Drawing inspiration from several biblical passages, Pastor Adeboye said members of the church must be reminded that Jesus Christ said His Father is greater than him and therefore no one can take His children from me, emphasising that the father who protects the child of God can Himself tear the disobedient children away as a consequence of disobedience.