Temitope Joshua, Nigerian televangelist and Senior Pastor, Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has stated that it is a curse to collect offering from poor people.
Joshua described most offerings collected in churches all over the world as a curse and not a blessing.
The clergyman said this at his church in Lagos, while responding to a question raised about why offerings are not collected during his weekly ‘Living Water Service’, which holds every Monday, The Nation reports.
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Although he added that it was scriptural to collect an offering.
“We cannot begin bothering distressed people – I mean, the sick ones, the poor ones – asking for financial support,” the cleric explained.
“The question remains: Whom are we asking for support? The distressed, the sick, the poor?”
Enlightening the congregants further, he stated,
“When you are healed and delivered, your ‘Thank you’ is a blessing from God. But when you are distressed, your ‘Thank you’ is distress. When you are sick, your ‘Thank you’ is sick.”
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“You are your ‘Thank you’ because you cannot live above your word. That is why most gifts today are a curse, not a blessing… That is why you have to be very careful.”
The cleric explained how judging by mere appearance is misleading, as people are often pretentious.
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“I know people beyond appearance because I look at the heart. Appearance is deceptive,” Joshua added.