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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89 comments

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    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! ❤️

    • You’re right, Winifred! God bless you!

      • Obiora Miracle onyinyechi

        I feel that giving should not be compulsory, but as a Christian we don’t worship God on occasion and God doesn’t do something for us on occasion, he does it at all times , so why should we give him back on conditions.

    • Victor Adimchimma Ogenyi

      Thanks so much for this ma’am.
      My contribution. We don’t actually give those offerings and tithes to the pastor nor the reverend in charge, instead we’re giving it to God because he’s the one that has provided for you. If we freely give we’ll freely receive.

  • Obeta Lillian Chiamaka

    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

    • Thank God for the understanding you have. You are highly blessed in Jesus’ name.

    • Udegbulam Favour Oluchi

      Tithes and offerings are means of giving to God’s vineyard. Christians should not see it as a selfish interest to the pastors. Even when Abraham had only a son, God still asked him to offer him as a sacrifice. So, Christians should learn how to offer to God in any situation.

  • Ezidimma Odinakachukwu Oluchukwu

    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!

  • Nnachetam favour chinecherem

    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.

  • Nkwocha Chibueze Innocent

    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.

  • Amaugo Stephanie Chidinma

    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

  • 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..

  • Richards Orighomisan Mercy

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

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    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.

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

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

  • Ochei Anthony Arinze

    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.

  • Añulika Iwoba

    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!

  • UDOKO CHINASA THEODORA

    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.

  • Ugwoke Jennifer Chinecherem

    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.

  • 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.

  • Nwalutum Chisom Doreen

    Giving isn’t mandatory, deep down inside an individual he/she knows what and when to give, let’s be spiritual enough to know what, where and when to give, not under the compulsion of our pastors, or maybe because others are doing so. As Children of God, we need to be Spirit-led too.

  • Igwe Chioma Esther

    One shouldn’t be compelled to give as giving is a thing of the heart. Give because your heavenly father has blessed you to become a blessing to His Kingdom.

  • Obiosa Oluchukwu Reward

    Good loves a cheerful giver. for it is more blessed to give than to receive. giving should come from an open heart. if one is forced to give, then where is the blessing?

  • Oruma Nneoma Goodnews

    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.
    The above scripture summarizes my thoughts on this issue.Giving should be done according to one’s personal decision.It should not be forced on someone. And for those pastors who extort from their members,they should desist or they will face God’s wrath.

  • Ibaro Harrison Chidalu

    The earlier we understand that God “will not” come in person and receive our offerings is when we will know peace concerning giving tithes and offerings. Ideally, whatever we give in the church is for the sake of God and the good of humanity.
    Thanks for these clarifications ma’am!

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    Tithes and offerings is something that should be done willingly and not by force.
    What I notice about some set of people is that they must always say words of condemnation even when they know that what they are talking about is a very simple issue.
    Some Christians have these loose understanding that it’s the pastor’s who use the tithes and offerings so there is no point in paying it to the church.

  • Chibuife Isaac Chukwuebuka

    So many people don’t understand the spiritual concept of giving. “Give and it shall be given unto you” so says the Bible. We give not because we expect to receive back but because God has commanded us to. The Lord blesses those who give cheerfully.

  • EMMANUEL AGBOWO

    Giving is willing, and i agree with you by saying if you don’t have don’t discourage others

  • Ezeh Loveth chinemerem

    Giving is optional. As a Christian if you have and you are willing to give,do so. God loves the heart that gives cheerfully.

  • Chukwumalume Ozioma

    Let those who are moved and have the desire to give to God, give. Those who don’t have the desire to give, should not look for cunny means and statements to demoralize and degrade respectively, the people who are moved to give and the pastors that stand in place of God to receive these offerings.

  • Eze Esther Nzubechukwu

    Blessed is the hand that giveth.
    The pastors and priests contributed spiritual during the pandemic, so i see no reason why we (Christians) shouldn’t give volunteely if we have.its never composrly to give offerings

  • Ugwu Somtochukwu

    The act of giving is something we do wholeheartedly and willingly. That you don’t have something to offer/give is not enough reason for you to reprimand others who want or wish to give. There’s a blessing attached to every act of giving. Let us be guided in terms of our actions and utterances. Thank you Ma for this post.

  • Stephen Ofojeh

    Giving is an optional thing. A person who wants to give should do so and a person who doesn’t want to shouldn’t. No one should be forced to give.

  • I don’t see anything wrong in giving offerings during the convid ,we supposed to give even before they ask,those tithes and offerings are used in the church administration.

  • Chukwu Joy Chioma

    These days, many people feel that religious leaders live extravagantly off money put into the church, probably due to the increase in”fake pastors and prophets” so they’ll rather not give. This is a common belief in recent times.
    It is also common these days for people to say they’ll rather give their money to charity.

  • John Adoyi

    There is nothing wrong in giving tithes and offerings to Churches.
    If you have the money, you should give because that is the only way the Church is being maintained and sustained.

  • Nwokedi Fortune Odinakachi

    Giving is very Paramount in the life and growth of a Christian. These Ministers were/are really doing great jobs and needed/need to be appreciated! Although I believe no Christian is to give under compulsion.

  • Maureen

    Honestly regarding this post, asking for collections during the lock down was not nice at all .Offerings can be understandable but tithe? Hell no.. I mean we all know how hard things were that period. Many were business owners and businesses were shut down for months and as we know not everyone had the avenue to work from home .Everyone isn’t opportune to work in a government firm either so many weren’t earning that period. Most people lived on their savings and even capital hoping the dark phase ends soon. Asking one to pay tithe when he is not earning is being inconsiderate and if I would say against the law because tithe should be 10% of ones interest , so where were they supposed to get the money from, with businesses shut down? And you saying giving is voluntarily and not by force, I totally agree with you but some pastors will make it look like if you don’t give, you’re far from grace.

    • By your logic, the people who were earning money because they are salaried workers should pay, right? That shoots your argument to pieces because no one expects you to pay tithe on money you have not earned. Some people who work online even made more money during the lockdown, so there’s nothing wrong with encouraging them to give.

      The problem many have is lack of knowledge on how things work in cyberspace. They think everything done online is free. That is wrong! If your church holds services via Zoom, the church would need to pay if the service lasts longer than 45 minutes and the participants exceed 100. Data charges are also accumulated. Power charges too, fuel if the public utilities fail. These are some of the the things the tithes and offerings helped with.

      For someone to sit at home and accuse pastors without understanding is unfair. Except anyone says giving is compulsory and how many will do that, it is very bad to discourage those who have and are willing to give, simply because one doesn’t have.

  • Ekechukwu Francisca

    The idea and norm of tithe and offering collection is not something that should warrant complaints as this is meant to encourage the ministers and facilitate the work of God. It is a voluntary will on the part of the giver and as such, one shouldn’t go about knocking ministers on this issue.

  • Jemimah Okwute

    Some pastors not all are not called by God, so they open what is called business church. I don’t really blame some Christians. Actually tithe and offerings are important in the life of a Christian. Some pastors will even say giving below 200 naira is wrong.

  • Okafor Agatha Ifeoma

    Giving is optional, we need to grow spiritually, inorder not to be forced to do what , we don’t want to do

  • Giving is a personal thing and its voluntary,if you don’t want to give, don’t discourage others who are willing

  • Asogwa Christian Tochukwu

    Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

  • Chilaka Vivian

    The fact still remains that people are too quick to paint black on any matter that concerns the church. One can only give out of the willingness in one’s heart.

  • Nnaji Esther uchechukwu

    Since my days in church I have never seen a pastor dragging an individual to give , he only says the need of the church is left for u to know if u really want to give den give and give with all ur heart, and I believe we should see giving to church as our duty becos is from it that the church grows

  • Emilia Edwin

    Many pastors and priest have turn giving tithe as a do or die affair, some even go to the extent of laying curses on those that doesn’t pay tithe. To me, tithe is not a major criterion to making heaven…..nice post ma

  • Elijah Akuma

    Well, I think that it is necessary for us clearly understand the fact that many wolves have come into the fold, unscrupulously disguising themselves as sheep and thereby deceiving many. Many people who answer pastors hide under such office to defraud their members; this does not mean that genuine pastors do that. I believe that people should work hard to make money and support the work of God.

  • Amalu precious

    Giving should come with a personal conviction and as Christians I suppose giving should be part of our daily lifestyle and not something we should find hard to do. So, if as a Christian, you know your contribution would move the ministry of God, please do so✌️

  • Nwatu Vera Chisom

    Truth be told, during the lock down I was totally against this online offering giving and payment of tithe, but having read this post I now understand why it was necessary because just like aunty said most churches broadcasted their services online and these things would not be possible if there was no fund available to do them.

  • Okwa Ihuoma Jessica

    I fully support you ma. If people decide to give to God through tithes and offerings, why should they be stopped? It is a form of service they render unto to God

  • Victoria Chigere

    The argument that they are being extorted by the church is invalid

  • Odumuko Oluchukwu Victoria

    I think its very simple.
    For God so loved the world that He gave.
    Now, if we really love God as much as we claim to, we will give

  • David Nneka

    I believe that tithes is a thing of free will.

  • Manifest Eja

    I don’t think there is anything wrong in giving tithes.
    The Church can only function physically if you support her with offerings and tithes.
    But you can’t give what you don’t have.
    No Pastor should make a member give tithes or offering by force. It is a thing of choice.

  • Uchegbu Ogechi Elizabeth

    Giving is very important. God said give it shall be given unto u. Covid 19 doesn’t stop you from giving. It even in this period you give more to receive more blessings from God

  • Sunday Chenka Esther

    It’s disheartening how some Christians are having issues with paying of tithes and giving offerings. I feel we should learn how to give as God loves cheerful givers. Thanks you so much Ma. May God give us the Grace to give generously.

  • Iyorakpo Dorathy

    I believe that giving of tithes and offerings is optional regardless of what means it is being passed, (i.e online) and pastors are just encouraging Christians to give not making it compulsory.

  • Ossai Joy Adanne

    Giving is an act you do willingly I have never heard or seen a pastor or priest forcing his parishioners to give to God. But you can also say in the recent times the church has become a market place where people extort money from people in the name of God.

  • Agbo Peace

    A giver never lacks as the always say, I don’t think its wise for a Christian to complain before giving an offering to God, its absolutely wrong,Christians should not see it as a selfish interest of some pastors and they should avoid judging pastors and even God is against judging people, one should give wit his heart and always have it in mind that pastor and priest are just figures that represent God, Christians should not think that they are giving it to pastor’s but to God through the pastors

  • Zita Ezechi

    I wonder oo
    I also heard the same complaints
    Some even made it seem like a sin for the church to collect tithes and offerings online
    And they still expected churches to make donations during that period… Where did they expect the money to come from?
    Thank you for this eye opener ma

  • Giving has always been a source of blessing in the life of sooo many Christians. The Bible also made it clear that we should give and it shall be given unto us. We are meant to give not necessarily been bothered with who will consume the gift. But we should just have it in our hearts that we are giving to God.

  • Okoli Ifunanya

    Giving has never been compulsory but it is very beneficial in the life of a person. Almost all the unusual extraordinary blessings in the Bible were triggered by people’s sacrificial giving; Solomon, The shunammite woman and so on. Apostle Paul told us that it is important to give not for his sake but for us to receive the reward that comes with it. Also, the work of God must go on and it needs adequate funding.

  • Okpechi Amarachi

    Giving should be done willingly. The last time I checked,no preacher of the word of God would tell you to give at gun point. If you don’t want to give, don’t give and do not also discourage others from giving.

  • Agbedo Ebubechukwu

    Giving tithes and offerings isn’t a bad thing but no one should be forced to do so. It should be something voluntary and comes from the heart of the giver.

  • ‘God loves a cheerful giver’has a powerful meaning especially during these difficult times. Beware of wolves in the ministry but let it not stop you from giving and do not discourage from contributing to the church. God bless you ma!!

  • Ojobo somtochukwu praise

    “Give and it shall be given back “, it is not compulsory to give but necessary, give, not just with the intention to receive. Nowadays everything is just what you gain or get and this now applies in some churches.

  • Mercy Nnenna Otisi

    The scripture is the scripture; pandemic or no pandemic, giving tithes and offerings are a necessity.

  • UTAZI PATIENCE

    Giving is something one give out willingly not compulsory,God sees our heart He knows when we give freely and reward us

  • Emeka Nnaji

    As long as you earn wether pandemic or no pandemic you must “pay” your tithe.

  • Okochi Chinonso

    Giving to the church is a good thing but it’s not by force. If you have and is willing to give,it’s also good. No one should condemn the pastors for it besides it’s the money that you gave the church that they’ll use to grow it. It’s called support

  • Ama Mitchelle Chisom

    I know and believe that the Spirit of God always inspires my givings because i give out of what God has blessed me with for a multiplied harvest of increase.

  • Agbo Chidiebere

    I always pay my tithes amidst people’s disagreement with the topic. The Bible emphasized very well on giving and it is a part of spiritual growth. There is nothing wrong in giving back to God who has given us so much. Glory be to him.

  • Obajie Chinonyerem

    I don’t know why people complain about paying tithes and offerings online when they carry out most of their transactions online.

  • Azoribe Blessing Amarachi

    what I love this! Majority are guilty of this, although some ministers discourages members by always taxing the people. But if you don’t have money don’t discourage others

  • Tosin Ojora

    Tithe is a necessity for every Christian, because the Bible urge us to pay our tithes; but the idea of compelling people to give to pastors is not good; people should give because they have to give.

  • Ani Gift Onyinyechi

    Thank you ma for this insight. Tithes and offerings are voluntary, virtual payment or physical is also voluntary. Let’s quit condemning paying of tithes and offerings virtually

  • Iheme Akunna

    giving is a voluntary issues when it comes to the things of God, I’ve not seen pastors forcing their worshippers to give, donate or sow seed. I have only heard and read up. So my take in all of these is that the world we live in now is gradually drifting away from the tenets of Christian homilies and I pray we reconnect back through his grace.

  • ALEX-UGORJI ESTHER

    I have only heard and read up. So my take in all of these is that the world we live in now is gradually drifting away from the tenets of Christian homilies and I pray we reconnect back through his grace.

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