Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has shocked Christians gathering in Lubaga Cathedral when he proposed to have church tithe deducted directly from the salaries of Christians.
Dr Lwanga who was preaching on Sunday morning said many Christians don’t declare the 10 per cent meant for tithe, so they end up giving little to church.
“Christians are complaining that they’re too many collections at churches today,” he said. “Christians are giving very little to church, and mandatory tithing would help solve the cash crisis in the church.”
Preaching during the Archdiocesan day celebrations at Lubaga Cathedral animated by Gayaza Parish; The Most Rev. Lwanga said many Christians don’t declare the 10% meant for tithe and also said the Christians are complaining that there are too many collections at churches today.
He suggested mandatory tithing would help solve the cash crisis in the church.
“The Bible tells Christians to give back to their places of worship a tenth of their income . However many Christians are complaining their money is being abused by church ministers, while others don’t really care about tithing anymore” he said.
Does the Bible demand tithing from Christians?
Tithe is not money and it is not the exclusive preserve of the Levites (church). It was a religious practice in those days to give reverence to God and to celebrate God in His place of worship. The Levites were only included for the main reason that they have no land of their own.
Yet some pastors would tell you that you are cursed and would not go to heaven if you don’t give them 10% of your gross income. All this hypocrisy would not have bothered me if all the money being collected was being used to propagate God’s work, but the truth as we all know today is that this money is being used to finance lavish, flamboyant and exotic life styles that is unbecoming of a man who truly claims to serve God as a pastor who is expected to be meek and humble like our lord Jesus Christ was.
Hebrews 7 : 5,which states that “ and those descendants of Levi who are priests are commanded by the law to collect one tenth from the people of Israel that is from there own country men even though their country men are also descendants of Abraham” from this verse we can jump to verse 11 – 13 which states that “it was on the basis of the Levitical priesthood that the law was given to the people of Israel. Now if the work of the Levitical priests had been perfect there would be no need for a different kind of priest to appear, one who is in the priestly order of Melchizedek not of Aaron. For when the priesthood is changed, there also has to be a change in the law. And our Lord of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe and no member of his tribe ever served as a priest. It is well known that he was born a member of the tribe of Judah and Moses did not mention his tribe when he spoke of priests.”
The above passage is self explanatory and it’s states clearly that the practice of tithing has no place under the priestly order of our Lord Jesus Christ in fact the passage suggests that the collection of tithes is belittling of the priestly order of our Lord Jesus Christ. It states that it is wrong for us as Christians to receive or pay tithes and is not relevant to us as Christians because we belong to a superior priestly order.