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Share Tithes, Church Proceeds with the Needy, Pastor Charges Clerics

He said the importance of feeding the poor and the needy in times of hardship can’t be overemphasized.

Amid the economic hardship facing Nigerians, the head of Awaiting the Second Coming of Christ Ministry, Pastor Adewale Giwa has called on all religious leaders across the country to cultivate the habit of sharing a large portion of tithe and church proceeds to the needy.

The cleric stated this on Monday while featuring on a radio programme titled ‘Agbami Oselu’, aired on Fresh 102.9FM, Akure, Ondo State.

Giwa who urged worshippers not to show lackadaisical attitude towards paying their tithes, however said the importance of feeding the poor and the needy in times of hardship can’t be overemphasized.

He said: “We are under obligation to bring 10 per cent of the profit that we make from our business transactions or from the salary we earn. This is contained in the Bible book of Malachi 3:10.

“However, the controversy over the issue of tithes is unnecessary. It is happening now because some of the big-time servants of God have betrayed the gospel and their calling.”

He said, “I am not against tithing. When you see Deuteronomy 14:28-29, it itemizes four people which tithe are meant for. The Levites, foreigners, widows and the fatherless. So, it is not only pastors that owns tithes. However, the way we cleric take it today is what is causing protests by the people.” 

Besides, Pastor Giwa who attributed the hardship battling Nigerians to the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu, however, he appealed to marketers of products to stop hiking price of the commodity so as to lessen the suffering of the masses.

On security threats confronting the country, the cleric said, the poor road network across the country is fuelling insecurity stalling development and making life more difficult for citizens.

 “One of the factors contributing to our insecurity is our poor road conditions. You can see that they hide at every bad portions of the road and kidnap their victims. 

“So, it’s all to the government and we can’t ask a thief to be in charge of a bank. This is because, prior to the 2023 presidential election, two prominent Nigerians Alimodu Sheriff and Muhammad accused our current vice president of funding terrorism in Nigeria. 

“However, we turned deaf ears to their accusations and you can see that we are facing the consequences today.

“Two,when notorious bandit, Kabir Sokoto was arrested, it was alleged that he was picked at the vice president’s lodge. I believe that since our security architecture had provided all these we shouldn’t have waisted time in wadding in, investigate and prosecute anyone found wanting but we failed to act.”

Fidelis David in Akure

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