The former President of the Ghana Bar Association and a Member of the Council of State, Mr. Sam Okudzeto has lashed out at pastors who demand tithes from their church members.
According to Mr. Okudzeto, he does not believe in the concept of tithe because it is a blackmailing tool for pastors to demand money from their congregants.
He added that the pastors are using an old mathematical concept of the old testament to entice innocent congregants to give them money which ends in their personal pocket.
Speaking to Metro TV, Lawyer Okudzeto lamented about the springing up churches particularly in the capital Accra as a result of the monetary benefits pastors are making from the church business.
‘’I have a different concept of tithe and I have argued with pastors about it. They are using the tithe to blackmail people to give money and I say it is wrong. I give but I don’t pay tithe and I help those who are in need.’’
‘’They are using the book of Malachi to entice people to give and that money does not go to the needy but to enrich themselves. That is why everyone is opening a church. Every corner you turned in Accra there is a church.’’ He lamented.
He further admonished Christians to come out from the illusion that their blessings are tied to payment of tithe.
‘’God does not bless you because you pathetic. God blesses you because you worship him. He blesses you because love your neighbor as yourself and you provide for him when he has need. That is what God wants us to do. We are turning the Bible upside down.’’ He stated.