“Paying your tithe qualifies you for heaven.”
“Your offering is your ticket to heaven.”
Some people have actually stood on a pulpit and made these cringe-worthy statements. *head in hands* Who gave them the mic? I see why a lot of people have a problem with churches in Nigeria. Let’s get one thing straight;
Jesus is your ticket to heaven, I am not a Bible scholar but I think it is pretty clear on that fact.
“I am the way and the truth and life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 ESV
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Romans 10:9 ESV
“This is how much God loved the world: he gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
John 3:16 MSG
Should I go on?
This is obviously a scheme to get people to put money in the offering bowl, but something is very wrong if you have to scare your congregation with this kind of statement. It only breeds pride, fear and self-righteousness. Many years ago, I heard a lady giving a testimony of how her life is great compared to her friend who goes to another church because she gives and pays her tithe and she sounded so smug. That’s not a testimony, that’s bragging.
Paying tithe is a kingdom principle(that’s what I like to call it). A man in debt can still make heaven because it is not about his works but about his relationship with Christ.
Our focus has shifted from Christ to a to-do list but He died to fulfil that list. If the list or tithe paying was the key then Christ didn’t have to die.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.” Matt 5:17 ESV
I am not sure what some pastors or minsters are afraid of. Your job is not to manipulate, scare, force and control the life of everyone in your congregation. Your job according to 2 Timothy 3:14-17 is to teach, reproof, correct and train according to the scriptures. Plant the seeds and allow God to do the rest.
I know we are not perfect but if you are going to stand on a pulpit and teach, you should at least get the very foundation of your belief right. I am just saying!