good day pastor  

this is a follow-up to the message i sent you soon after i left your church earlier today. i am writing now to share the content of that message, which expressed my reservations about today’s church service, with those who follow my blog. first, when the pastor that preached about “giving” (tithing) was preaching he likened non-tithers to people with deformity by swinging and holding his arm like a person with disability. i found this to be in bad taste, especially considering you had just prayed for the woman with a bad spine, and others who are ill and living with disabilities. what that pastor did is ethically and morally wrong – to equate non-tithing with disability. second, when you announced that the band needed new equipment, there was nothing wrong with that. however, i found it inconsiderably coercive for you to then proceed in the manner that you did by passing the microphone around (from person to person, row to row) for people to make their pledges right in front of other churchgoers, or for you to say, “this one is an architect.” you were literally forcing people to donate – violating the scripture that says, let each man (sic) give according as he (sic) has determined in his (sic) heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for god loves a cheerful giver” (2 corinthians 9:7). your action and running commentary while the microphone was being passed around also mocked those who can’t give anything (or much) because of their stations in life.  for instance, the woman you asked if her husband was still in hospital – after she made her pledge of p1000. it’s shocking it didn’t cross your mind she’ll need all her finances to take care of her ill husband. also, didn’t you find something wrong in student-churchgoers pledging p500+ when their monthly stipend is roughly p1200? generally, i have noticed every service (in your church) contains a preached “threat” for people to tithe. i stopped attending your services after two visits in 2016. i recall on my last visit you were using god killing ananias and his wife, sapphira, because they didn’t pledge everything they had to coerce people into tithing. god punished ananias and his wife for hypocrisy – for lying that they pledged everything instead of a portion, not because they pledged a portion of what they had. the moral of that story is pulling together willingly, not by coercion. i attended again today because my friend said it was wrong to judge your preaching after only two visits. i didn’t pledge anything because what happened today goes against my conception of tithing, fellowship and communion with god. i want to attend a church that the preaching is not hypocritical, a church that the conduct of service is ethical, a church where the pastors understand it is morally wrong to mock either the spiritually needful or the disabled or the sick or extort their relatives who have come to pray for their recovery, or threaten people to tithe by misrepresenting the scriptures. by writing this i am not judging you, i just want you to remember, god  is concerned about the purity of his church (1 corinthinas 11; 1 john 5).  i am writing this also to remind you of the warning from jesus to the churches in thyatira, “all the churches will know that i am he who searches hearts and minds, and i will repay each of you according to your deeds” (revelations 2:23). but above all, i am writing this because, as wole soyinka says, “the man (sic) dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.”

fkregie 2017.