Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has begged his members to cease paying tithes and offerings till after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federal Government had introduced the relief on the ban on non secular gatherings within the nation.
It nonetheless comes with some situations that worshippers ought to put on masks, correctly sanitize their palms, amongst different well being tips to sort out the unfold of COVID-19.
Besides, the pastor additionally faulted the federal authorities for mandating worshippers to put on masks.
He stated: “I don’t suppose it is sensible for Pastors to ask their members to pay tithes or offerings throughout these troublesome instances.
“Things are extraordinarily troublesome now; giving is not by power however by one’s personal volition. The Scripture tells us within the guide of Exodus 35:29 kids of Israel introduced a voluntary providing to Jehovah, each man, and girl whose coronary heart prompted them to convey for all method of labor, which Jehovah, by the hand of Moses, had commanded to be achieved.
“I’ve begged my members to cease giving out tithes and offerings until every thing turns into regular.
“However, if any of them chooses to nonetheless give out their voluntary offerings and tithes, so be it.”
On sporting facemasks to church buildings, Giwa requested the Federal Government to withdraw the situation.
He additionally faulted the one-hour mandate handed down to church buildings, stating: “Let me additionally use this medium to inform the federal authorities to withdraw some situations given to the church. It’s fallacious to give us time to be finish our providers.
“It can also be not acceptable to mandate us to be utilizing masks in the home of God. You don’t love us by telling us to observe the rules laid down by human beings.
“Our God is greater than any illness. We will keep social distancing, however sporting a masks is unhealthy.
“If they love us, they’d have mounted our electrical energy since 2015. If they love us, they’d have made preparations to cope with starvation in Nigeria.
“They have additional confirmed us that they don’t imply properly for us by asking us to be sporting masks.”