Nigerian man of God who heads the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua has advised his fellow pastors and those in the ministry to be cautious of tithes and offertory as some are from the devil (if they are not given out willingly).
Speaking during a church sermon which was televised on his own TV network, Emmanuel TV, the renowned televangelist said it’s prudent for pastors to desist from coaxing congregants to part away their monies in the form of tithes and offertory and rather allow them to do so from their own free will.
“It’s Scriptural to ask for offering and tithes but it has to come from the heart,” the cleric told his congregation in an impromptu message. “Anything that does not come from your heart becomes a curse to the person you give… We ministers of God should allow the congregation to bless us, not curse us with their possessions.”
Joshua, who is very popular in Ghana, cited the case of people who attain wealth through bribery and corruption, insisting that the repercussions are severe. “If you collect a bribe, you can’t get anywhere with it. You may be rich now but at the end of your life, you will cry,” he continued.
“Let me suffer now and laugh tomorrow. Let me be poor now and blessed tomorrow. That should be the life we live,” he added.
The known philanthropist counselled people to consider history to learn lessons from those in the past who lived big through corrupt means. “If somebody becomes so rich, if what he is having that made him to be rich is not from people’s hearts – it’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 collecting bribes,” he continued. “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 collapse… The beginner is not the owner but the finisher. Whatever you do – remember where you are going.”