Apostle Frank Ugoeze Uwakwe, head pastor of Kingdom Consulate International, a Lagos-based church, has recounted how spending tithes and first fruits caused him pain and disappointments.
Uwakwe in a Facebook post, explained that every investment he had made with tithes and first fruits given to him, ended up causing him anguish.
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He counted several investments that went down the drain, with some leading to court cases.
He said: “After evaluating 25 years of my life and how much I have labored to impact everyone that comes around me.
“I realized that all the money I collected from tithe and first fruit has either brought me pain or disappointments. Reasons, I believe it could be is that, although I had intended to set up a world of ceaseless financial streams that would support my none TITHE preaching through my numerous investments, which I have nursed for the past 30 years as I watched my father lay cursed on those who didn’t tithe.
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“Each time I plan and execute things happen that would destroy that investment or I would be defrauded or I am betrayed or disappointed. So while speaking with Francis Blankson, yesterday, he reminded me that God may not have wanted me to depend on those streams of wealth I used tithe and first fruit money to establish.
“I was enamored by that suggestion. I realized it could be true. From the transport company to the death of my brother, from the business funds I gave my sister’s to their squandering it, from the school I established to my sister and husband laying claims of it. From my niece I brought here for her to bring other siblings and numerous court child custody battles and divorces.
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“So in other for me to enjoy tithe money, I must continue to eat tithe like my father or I would entirely give up and give up every investment I made through it.
“Now I thought I knew why I had faced hell, however, I shunned tithing in the last 5 years, I have not collected any tithe or prayed for a politician or first fruit. The last time I did that was at the Communion Churches in Festac Town.
“Now the question, how long would I pay for the wrong I have done through the evil of tithe collection? An abrasion of Truth, a denial of the sacrifices of the son of God. A danger to the finished work, a stumbling block and an offense to the walk and work of faith”.
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He stated that tithe is contesting the place of God in the lives of many believers today.
Uwakwe noted that pastors have shifted attention from the Bible to tithe.
“God is in contest with tithe. Tithe has taken the place of Christ in our hearts. Many believers give credit to the tithe they paid that opened their door and not the love of God and the sacrifices of the One who died for us.
“Many servants of God are so eager to eat tithe than to eat the word of God. Every young preacher I have ever met talks about how big his or her tithe is, and the huge seed they collect. How they command God and how they directed God to move.
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“I kept wondering what kind of God are they instructing? Is he the almighty God? The possessor of the heaven and Earth. He who rules in the affairs of men? I wonder !
“May God open our eyes to come to the Revelation of the Finished Work. The ultimate reality and the purpose of his church. Jesus said I will build my church. Everything about the building is entirely his work. We are tools in his hands. Let’s build upon the foundation he has laid.
“Keep Making Progress!,” he concluded.
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