Rev Hanson Akrofi Ansah, Co-Pastor of Christ Love Community Church in Adenta, has called on Christians to pay their Tithes to God through their Churches, but ensure accountability.
According to him, tithing remained one of the means by which they could appreciate the blessing from God as its stated in the Holy Bible.
Rev. Akrofi Ansah made this comment when he authored and launched his Book on Tithing in Accra last Sunday.
Launching the Book titled: Tithes, To Pay or Not To Pay, ” an Apology Amid Contemporary Objections to Tithing,’ the Co-Pastor of Ove Christ Love Community Church, said tithing is a popular and oldest practice among Christians, though some Christians believed the church hasn’t done the best job in relaying the significance of giving a tenth of one’s income.
“We’re not talking about it in the right way. When the church has talked about money, it’s in a guilt thing or obligation, and it is very much in a transactional way — do this and God will do that,” Rev. Akrofi Ansah told Journalists after launching the Book.
In recent time, the message on tithing many pastors gives: Sow your seed so you can reap your harvest.
Some of the pastors go further to give prophecies and charged their congregation to pay a certain amount to ascertain or reverse be it a good or bad omen.
The problem with these messages is that the people remained poor and poorer, while such pastors are richer.
Though some churchgoers believed tithing is a biblical command that still applies today, those who attend church at least once a month believed they tithe, according to their heart.
The subject of tithing, as taught in the Bible has sparked more debate, raised questions and provoked several reactions, some of which relate to the necessity of tithing.
Questions include ‘Is tithing necessary?’ ‘Was it meant for New Testament believers, or is it strictly for people under Mosaic laws?’ Could it be that it may have been abrogated with the Levitical laws which were fulfilled when Christ was crucified?
Are we subject to the same curses which the Old Testament says were if they did not bring the tithe?”
These among others, Rev Akrofi Ansah said his book, would attempt to exegete the subject and clarify the three times where we see that tithing was practised in the Bible. That is: before the law of Moses, secondly, as established by the law of Moses and thirdly under the covenant of grace where we see Jesus aligning Himself with the priesthood of Melchizedek.
Citing several Bible verses to buttress the point of tithes and false prophets, Rev. Hanson believed giving 10th of one income as in traced to the Book of Malachi 3: 10, is right but Christians must begin to demand accountability from their Pastors.
The book of Malachi 3:10, reads, “Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the window of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.”
He admitted that “since African Christianity is the representative Christianity or the face of world Christianity today, we have to correct our rings before our noble religion gets consigned to the realms of superstitious and fraudulent religions, or before our people go back digging their traditional religion, values and mores.”
He reiterated the need for Christians to regularly pay their tithes according to their income, no matter the amount even though God knows our hearts.
He condemned false prophecies, especially those in engaged in providing death and bad omen, stating that, the Bible according to 2Peter 2:1-2 in the New Testament.
The man of God added that though tithing is for God, in it recent terms it helps the Churches as fundraising to support administration and projects it must be accounted for.
Superintendent of Police, Mrs Grace Nkansah who reviewed the Book, applauded Rev.Akrofi Ansah for coming up with such book which sought to bring much understanding of tithing and Christianity.
She said believers have an obligation to rise to the challenges and in obedience give freely as we have received.
She again admitted the Book has provided her with new insight into her thoughts and understanding of tithing.
The first copy of the Book was auctioned at GHS1,000.00 and GHS500.
The commercial cost of the book is being sole at GHS30.00 and could be accessed at any Book Shop in Accra.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba