The National Deputy President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, South South, Bishop Emmah Isong, on Tuesday described the controversies surrounding tithing as a movement by anti Christ groups and a sign of last days.
Speaking to Vanguard, he said: “Let me tell you how this thing started. This thing started with the pastors being accused of being too rich and owning private jets. Then they said these pastors do not retire, to the issue of removing Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and now tithing.”
“So when you take a cursory look into this,you will discover that there has been a premeditated movement of anti Christ groups and it is a sign of the last days, tithing is one of the seven pillars of Christanity ,its unshakable, it will not hold water because most of us come from Sunday school and have been established,” he said.
This is coming at a time when several clergymen across Nigeria and celebrities are divided on the issue of tithing.
He further explained that although tithing is a scriptural injunction found in the Old Testament in Genesis 14 and the New Testament in Mathew 23, it is not compulsory but mandatory.
“Jesus said pay your tithe, but observe other weightier maters of the law. So anybody waking up to argue about tithing are of three classes.
“The first set is those who have not been paying tithe because tithing is not compulsory but mandatory. It’s not compulsory because I, as the pastor of CCCI cannot take a member to court for not paying tithe.
“The second set of people are the people of the satanic order (the illuminati). People who are looking for a way to bring down the body of Christ. Then the third set of people are the anti-church elements that have been in the internet. They live inside the internet. If a pastor steals yam, it goes viral,” he said.