'Pastors Should Not Force Members To Give Offering'- T.B. Joshua
18th January 2015, Prophet T.B. Joshua
cautioned Nigerian pastors who always
emphasized money in their sermons, to the
point that they would even fight members
who stopped paying tithes or attending
services. Warning them against trying to
compel people to give offerings in the
church, he said:
and tithes but it has to come from
the heart. Anything that does not
come from your heart becomes a
curse to the person you giveâ€¦ We
ministers of God should allow the
congregation to bless us, not curse
us with their possessions. I did not
know when you came here, so
when you are going, it is
unnecessary for me to know.
You want to fight a member
because he left your church. Whose
church? Godâ€™s church. Christianity is
a thing of the heart.
If you give something from your
heart, it will bless you that gives it
and also bless the person you give.
But if you give something that is not
from your heart, you that gave has
nothing to gain and you are giving a
curse to that person.''
He also cited the case of people who attain
wealth through bribery and corruption,
insisting that the repercussions are severe.
what he is having that made him to
be rich is not from peopleâ€™s hearts -
itâ€™s by corruption or bribery - you will
cry for the person someday. If
people that are collecting bribes
know all of this, they will stop
The repercussions are not midway.
They come at the end when we
have no strength again to do the
right thing. The money, mansions
and possessions will collapseâ€¦ The
beginner is not the owner but the
finisher. Whatever you do â€“
remember where you are going.
If you collect a bribe, you canâ€™t get
anywhere with it. You may be rich
now but at the end of your life, you
will cry. Let me suffer now and
laugh tomorrow. Let me be poor
now and blessed tomorrow. That
should be the life we live,â€ he
T B Joshua further decried politicians
trying to coerce love from people,
especially during the period of
elections. After which he
challenged his congregants to
examine their lives and help the
less privileged in their own area in
order to enjoy the blessings of God.
you. In elections, you see political
parties campaigning, saying they
will build mansions, bring constant
electricity and waterâ€¦ Love should
be given voluntarily â€“ without being
forced. Count how many curses you
have received to build your
mansions, have your possessions
and enjoy your fame and popularity.
Why would I not give freely when I
know if you give something from
your heart, you will receive a
double portion of it? That is the
secret of giving.
Sell those properties and
possessions you donâ€™t use, open a
charity account, put that money
there, sit down and begin to bless
the needy. See what God will do for
you. The finger of God will stand to
fight for you.
God is giving you another chance.
Donâ€™t abuse it. If you know that you
are given another chance, you must
treasure it. We treasure things
when we know we are undeserving
but today, we live as if we deserve
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