Tunde Bakare: ‘It’s not compulsory to pay tithe’ Cleric says

Tunde Bakare says it's not compulsory to pay tithe

Bakare said God's judgement awaits men of God who feed fat on their vulnerable members.

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has weighed in on the Tithe controversy, saying it is not compulsory for Christians to give 10% of their income to the church.

Bakare's view gave credence to the debate started by controversial media personality Daddy Freeze.


Freeze has repeatedly lambasted men of God in Nigeria, calling them 'Yahoo Pastors' (meaning fraudulent pastors) for mandating their followers to pay tithe, a practice he said is unscriptural.

Speaking to BBC Yoruba service, Bakare said no Christian should feel compelled to pay tithe.

He said, "Tithing is not compulsory. No-one should feel compelled to pay - no-one is holding a gun to their head.

"Churches where pastors are becoming fat and the members are growing lean, God will judge them."

Born Ifedayo Olarinde, Freeze had started a movement called 'free the sheeple', which he said is focused on helping Nigerians change their mindset on religion.

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According to him, many people are under the bondage of Malachi 3:8–10 which is actually about the priests robbing God, not the congregation robbing God.


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