GodMar 05, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Sam Adeyemi, an acclaimed prosperity preacher and founder of the 20,000-member Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria, shocked both his followers and critics when he referred to the practice of Christian tithing as "expired" in a recent sermon posted to Facebook.
"So I say again, tithing as practiced under the Law of Moses as a regulation has expired," Adeyemi said. "No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithes. No Christian should be made to feel guilty for not paying tithes."
Adeyemi cited Romans 8: 1-4 in defense of his new stance on tithes:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
"Nobody should tell a Christian that for you to be accepted before God first or for you to be righteous you must pay your tithes. When Jesus said it is finished it was finished. There is nothing anybody can add to what Jesus did to be justified before God," Adeyemi added. "All anybody needs to do now to be free from sin is to pray and ask for forgiveness."
Adeyemi's recent message on tithing stands in stark contrast to his previous stance that tithing is a requirement for Christians to receive God's blessings in their lives, which was outlined in a message called Covenant System for Increase.
"Tithing is a deep spiritual principle ... tithing helps us to secure God's blessings. The way you are a citizen of a country and it is mandatory that you pay your taxes to ensure national prosperity, is the same way that, as a citizen of God's kingdom, you pay your tithe," Adeyemi once wrote. "The tithe is not a gift to God; it is God's property. He calls it robbery when you don't pay it (Malachi 3: 8-12). Paying your tithe ensures you contribute to the welfare of the kingdom. As an individual, if you do not play your part, you are contributing to the failure of the community. Organizations and nations should give since the nations who give are the ones who are the most prosperous while those who beg remain poor. When you pay your tithe, no devourer, policy or system can impoverish you."
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