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?
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.
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.
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.”
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