Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, has said that contrary to what many Christians have been told, non-tithers are not under any curse.
He said this in a message reported by Church Times. He was quoted as saying after he and his theology teacher prayed and went through the Bible, they found there was no curse on believers who do not pay tithe.
He however said his church members had expressed worry after he preached it during a service. He said they opined that the preaching may cause a fall in church revenue as many may stop paying tithes.
“Two years ago when this issue of tithe came up, I researched and checked my findings with my theology teacher because I have a theology teacher. We prayed and researched together from the Bible. We came to that conclusion that a non-tither is not under a curse. I came and taught the message. And told the church that they were not under a curse if they do not pay tithe.
“But as soon as I preached that message some of our members came to me and said that message would put the church into trouble. And they said to me that some people will not give again because of the message. Some of them have given sacrificially before and gotten breakthrough felt such message would make people to become lackadaisical about giving. And they will not give again. They said to me that the message will affect the income of the church and that people will suffer,” he said.
Adeyemi said it was important to flee the temptation of lying to church members to increase revenue.
“I told them I will rather they don’t give than they give under threat. I said I want people to operate under freedom. But that I will not come under the temptation of lying to the people. It is a sensitive calling. It is better that the church income drops than for me to keep manipulating people. I have checked the Bible and I have found that a non-thither can’t be under a curse. We are no longer under the law but under grace. If we obey one of the laws then we must be ready to obey the others. Paul the Apostle in the book of Galatia made us to understand that if we are under the law we are operating under a curse,” he added.