The madness continues! According to Va Adeboye without tithing you will not inherit eternal life
In Mr. Adeboye’s words to leaders at RCCG “Go back immediately make it clear to them that anyone who is paying their tithe will not go to heaven”
In order to give weight to his claims Mr. Adeboye narrates the vision of hell that a certain man had wherein that vision he found a man in hell who then admitted that he had gotten to hell because His pastor had never taught him about tithing.
You can find the video here
If we go by Mr. Adeboye’s claims that those who don’t tithe are headed to hell together with those teachers that do not teach people about tithe, then it must be as a consequence that Paul, Peter and the rest Apostles who never left us a single instruction to tithe are headed for hell. Especially because the very apostles actually opposed tithe since they affirm that the believer is not under the law [including tithe]
The bible warns us against taking heed of cunningly devised fables, note here that Mr. Adeboye mixes his version of an unbiblical vision, a vision he did not experience himself with a biblical passage blown out of context in order to totally appeal to his audience.
That means that Mr. Adeboye believes in extra biblical revelations more than He believes in the bible or I should say He believes the bible only when it suits him and here is why i say so.
And yet is this not why we insist that scripture alone is to be the sole basis of our rule of faith and scripture must be understood in light of context for it to be understood correctly
He quotes Malachi 3 to prove his case and forgets context of the passage. Malachi 3 is a passage written to Jews under the law. This, Overseer Adeboye forgets furthermore He deliberately avoids passages that clearly show that the believer is not under the law. Mr Adeboye therefore selectively decides what to believe in the bible and this is a good sign that the man is a false teacher.
For to believe part of the bible is to believe not the bible but to believe self because the bible though made up many books, genres, verses and chapters, is to be taken as a unit. It must be understood as the wholesome word of God.
What this means is that, Malachi chapter 3 to which Overseer Adeboye appeals to must be understood in light of what the whole bible.
Here are 6 things that show that the pronouncements of Mr. Adeboye based on Malachi 3 are baseless, if not foolish.
We know that Malachi 3 was addressed to Israelites and not Gentiles. And that means the passage is not addressed to RCCG congregants.
We know that the Israelites to whom it was addressed where under the Mt Sinai Covenant and according to which tithe was mandatory. The New Testament church is not under this covenant and therefore the law of tithe does not apply
We know that Malachi 3, was addressed to the Levites, who having received tithe from the people where to get a tenth of that tithe to the storehouses so that the priests might have food Nehemiah 12:44. We neither have Levites nor storehouses in the New Testament church because Christ fulfilled the role of the Priesthood [ Hebrews 3:1, 4:14, 5:6, 5;10, 7;24 ] and since the Levitical tithe was for purposes of food, Christ does not need this food.
God required tithe in form of livestock or crops. Lev.27v30-33. Jer.33v13. Ez.20v37. RCCG demands your money
They where three forms of tithe, so which tithe is Mr. Adeboye demanding?
The poor tithe to be given every third year Deut.14v28-29 16v12-15,
The Levitical tithe designated to support the Levite Numbers 18:21-24.
The ceremonial tithe Deut.14v22
There was no tithing every 7th year and 50th year, for the land was to be allowed to rest
The Levitical tithe [Deut.14v28,29 and Numb 18v21-24,27 ] was to be received by Levites only, and when Christ came He did away with the Levitical priesthood, becoming our High Priest Himself.
And since Mr. Adeboye’s basis for tithe is Malachi 3, a passage for folks under the Law, let me hasten to remind the reader that the believer is not under the law! How do we know this?
For Christ is the end of the Law unto righteousness to everyone who believes [ Romans 10:4] but before we proceed with the explanation of how the law was abrogated according to the epistles…
Let’s begin in the book of Acts where Luke under inspiration shows us how Apostles agreed that the gentile was not under the Law.
Here is what Peter says:
In Peter said, “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear Acts.15v10. The law includes tithe, and since Mr. Adeboye quotes Malachi 3, a passage that applied to people under the law, we also quote Acts 15v10 totally dismantles his tithe argument, by showing us that the law was totally abrogated, but there are more passages that show that tithe being part of the law, was done away with.
Hebrews 10:1 and Colossians 2:17 show us that the law was a shadow and a shadow that pointed to Christ. Tithe being part of this law was but part of the shadow and thus a shadow itself.
What this therefore means is that the New Testament believer is not bound to a shadow, because once the substance of what the shadow represents. Thus we cannot continue to obsess over a lifeless shadow. According to scripture the law indeed was a ministry of death and not life [ 2 Corinthians 3;6-9] and so surely shadows don’t give life but the substance of the shadow which is Christ gives life.
In fact in Colossians 2:16, Paul tells His audience not to be troubled by those who might want to torment them on basis of the law, and here though not mentioning tithe, he nevertheless mentions other parts of the law such as Sabbaths and festivals and since the law was a unit[ Matthew 5:19, Galatians 5:3, James 2:10, Therefore to break one rule was to break all of the law and so even when the law was done away with all of it was done away with as a unit.
Many more passages attest to the fact that the law was abrogated, such as Paul tells the Galatians in Galatians 3:24 that the Law was a tutor/schoolmaster to bring us to Christ by Faith and this does not mean that we are to observe the Law that we may come to Christ, for if the Apostles in Acts 15:10 already agreed that gentiles cannot be burdened by the law and if in Colossians Paul says the law was a shadow then the law being a tutor in points not to the demand for observance of it by us but rather it simply means that the law was a pointer to Christ for the things therein reveal and teach us about the ministry and person of Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 3:6-9 Paul speaks of the law as the ministry of death and condemnation and tithe was part of this ministry. Tithe was mandatory, it was not optional. In Galatians 4 Paul speaks of the Sinai covenant in much the same way as Hagar. Hagar being a slave is spoken of in light of bondage just as the covenant at Mt Sinai.
The question is why would Paul say this? He says this because Ishmael the son of Hagar was as a result of the flesh and not of the promise. The promise thereby belonged not to the child of the flesh but to the child of promise, the child of the free woman Sarah.
And just as The son of the bond maid mocked the son of the promise [Genesis 21:9, Galatians 4;29] so do those who are under the law persecute those under grace. Galatians 4:29 is a firm rebuke to men like Mr. Adeboye who continue to burden believers with demands that they must observe the law.
And to show that the law is cast out, Paul in Galatians 4: 30 shows us how the son of the flesh and his mother [ the law ] where cast out and he concludes in verse 30 by showing the Galatians that believers are not children of the bondwoman [ children of the law ] but rather the children of the free woman [ children of grace ]
In conclusion the believer is saved only by the Sovereign and Free Grace of God through God given Faith in Christ Alone. God justifies the sinner on account of what Christ completely accomplished and not on how much tithe they give. Mr. Adeboye must repent from his ways.