Speaking to The Sunday Mail, cleric Prince Wonderful said churches should stop collecting tithes as these are Old Testament practices specifically prescribed by God to the Israelites.
Wonderful said Malachi 3:10 which is used to justify collection of tithes was meant for the Israelites and says the verse should be contextualised with Malachi 1:1, which says, “Prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.” He said Jesus Christ did not survive on tithes but people willingly supported His ministry. Wonderful said pastors should do the same. Said Wonderful:
I have never collected any tithes or offerings since 2013. This is the true gospel because Jesus never preached that we pay tithes; that was a Jewish practice. We are not Jews but we were Gentiles until the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even Paul wrote in Ephesians 2 verses 11-16 that those who were not Jews were referred to as Gentiles or unclean, but the coming of Jesus Christ changed the game as everyone who believes in the Son of God is an heir of the kingdom. If we are followers of Christ, why then should we stick to the Old Testament teachings of tithes and offerings? The true gospel is that pastors ought not to survive from tithes but from wilful support from those who want to support the gospel.
Wonderful’s church has no name but he told Sunday Mail it is “a gathering of fellow heirs”.
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