On Complaints against Collection of Tithes and Offerings during COVID-19 Pandemic

I’ve just about had it with those complaining that churches are collecting tithes and offerings online during this pandemic. The same people who ask churches to donate to the fight against COVID-19 and cater for the poor are losing their minds that churches have means for online donations as though those platforms have just been devised. I thought in their wisdom they would have known that in this age of e-banking, many Christians have been doing much of their giving without recourse to physical cash.

And some say pastors are forcing people to give. Except in the case of some charlatans, no pastor forces anyone to give. How is that even possible? I have stated in another post that all giving is voluntary if we follow New Testament teaching (see link below). If someone is threatening or manipulating you to part with your hard-earned cash, shouldn’t you give him or her a wide berth?

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Pastors are merely telling their parishioners avenues to give online, which they can use voluntarily. As I’m typing this, many of these pastors are holding online services.** They did not stop working when the stay-at-home directive was given. They’ve maintained their activities online. Do you think it’s cheap to host these online ministrations? If people are being blessed and they send offerings to sustain the work and provide for the ministers, their families and assistants, how is that wrong?

It is true that Apostle Paul was a tentmaker but some pastors say they have been called into fulltime ministry and I believe them. They are available 24/7- studying, fasting and ministering. None of that has changed during this pandemic. Even those who cannot do online ministrations are calling and praying for their members. And many Christians who understand this and have some income at this time are eager to support them.

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I find it unconscionable that anyone, especially one who calls himself or herself a Christian, should be attacking pastors about tithes and offerings now. If you have and you are willing to give, do so. If you don’t have, don’t discourage others from giving. More than that, don’t bring a curse on yourself by making blanket and unfounded accusations against ministers of the gospel.

Have yourself a happy new week!

Credit for original image: Anna Earl on Unsplash

**This piece was first posted on Facebook on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Relevant Scriptures:

Philippians 4:16-19 (KJV)
“16. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 19. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (ESV)
“13. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14. In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.”

2 Corinthians 9:7 (ESV)
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
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English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers

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24 thoughts on “On Complaints against Collection of Tithes and Offerings during COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. I feel giving should not be made compulsory. Individuals should not be forced to give above their means, but also as a Christian ur tithe and offering should not be ignored, and when these are observed it pushes God to do more for us. Nice post, ma. Thanks! ❤️

  2. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving is optional and as Christians we give our offerings and tithes to thank God and also to sow a seed

  3. Some people do not see giving of tithes and offerings as a thing of God they feel that it’s the pastor or the church that needs the money and therefore force the members to give them. Not knowing that it ordained by God that we give our tithes and offerings

    • It’s always better to see our giving as a covenant between us and God. God loves a cheerful giver and He always rewards such a person. Stay safe and blessed, my dear!

  4. Christians should operate from the standpoint of knowledge, they ought to see the act of giving as a platform to get blessed and not extortion cause it comes with a promise of abundance (Malachi 3:10).
    And I don’t see why this should be a problem, nobody is mandating anyone to give, it’s called tithe and offering not task and offering.

  5. What I have to say is that if you have and you can give you give, but looking at it from the other people’s point of view they feel that this is hard time that no one is making any income and you are telling people to pay tithe in their thoughts the money they will use to sustain themselves, no one knows when the whole lockdown thing will be over, but it’s not wrong for people that can afford to pay, it’s also a way of supporting the online ministry

    • Right! Some people, especially government workers, are getting paid. But like you said and my post emphasised, only those who have can give. This issue does not warrant castigating pastors at all. God’s grace and protection on you and your family in Jesus’ name.

  6. I see nothing wrong with platforms that have been made available for people to give in this season. As the Bible rightly stated, giving is voluntary. If I’m asked sef, I think this is the period people should give more than ever to support God’s work. It’s very sad to know that believers are among the destructive critics in this area. I pray the eyes of our understanding will be enlightenened in this nation so we will know when “to chook mouth for matter wey concern us and the one wey no concern us”. Thank you Ma for sharing this

  7. Yes.. I reasoned about the offering that won’t be coming in. Funny though am not a patriarch. But the moment is so challenging I won’t put a halt in giving..instead we should be primarily intended on rationing available funds..

  8. “If you have and you are willing to give, do so. If you don’t have, don’t discourage others from giving” EXACTLY

  9. For those people accusing pastors, Judge not! What you don’t know, don’t say to avoid bringing curse on your head. Remember, the priest is a representative of God and anyone who accuse or insults pastors insult God
    Also, if you don’t want to give, don’t give but don’t discourage others who want to do so.

  10. Giving is an optional engagement, those who feel the need should give and those who do not shouldn’t give.

  11. Pastors don’t force their members to give tithes and offering but sometimes they use indirect way to compel their members. They will bring one passage in the bible that will make you to feel guilty if you don’t pay your tithe without minding whether its your last card or not.

  12. The presence of charlatans and in their numbers too in the business of religion, undoubtedly accounts for the scepticism people express as regards that.
    There are too many frauds out there parading as men of God whose sole interest is to fill their pockets. And tithes and offering is a straight way to fulfill that. I don’t see why all such shouldn’t be called out in their dubious endeavours.
    In times like this, one would imagine that tithing and offerings be de-emphasized but not with these people.
    And I don’t think they have to verbally force anyone to pay their dues.

    • Read again, my dear. No one is being forced to give. The argument some are making is that giving to churches be halted and that’s what I’ve argued against. Cheers!

  13. Whoever that wants to give should do with a clean and clear mind.When giving,do that with the hope of helping others and not as punishment for theLord loves the heart that gives cheerfully.Nice work ma.

  14. It’s just like you said ma “if you have and you are willing to give, do, If you don’t have, don’t discourage others from giving”. Very simple. It’s very very optional. God bless you Ma.

  15. I have always argued with people who make assumptions about tithes and how the church or pastor involved uses it, I find it obnoxious….
    Tithes, seeds and offering are voluntary, although some alleged false pastors are going around spoiling the names of other pastors and people are known to generalize.

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