Controversial Nigerian pastor based in the United Kingdom, Matthew Ashimolowo who is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre today took to his social media handle to speak about tithe.
The man of God who has been in open confrontation with those opposed to tithing gave reasons why church members should continue to pay tithe to pastors.
The man of God said that “Tithing is an insurance against Satanic encroachment. Divine protection will be your experience because God promises He’ll rebuke the devourer HIMSELF, for your sake.”
Writing further, he said:
You don’t ‘favour’ a Church or your Pastor by tithing; rather, you put yourself in a position where God’s blessings can reach and overtake you.
Tithing is a command from the Lord. Walking in obedience to God’s command will ensure you remain under HIS covering always. You contribute towards world evangelism when you tithe. The gospel of the Kingdom of God can be proclaimed through multiple media so the lost can be reached for Christ.
The tithe is a hallowed property. It is symbolic of the honour and reverence we ascribe to the Lord as part of our worship of HIM. Tithing is an insurance against Satanic encroachment. Divine protection will be your experience because God promises He’ll rebuke the devourer HIMSELF, for your sake.
Jesus is our High Priest after the ORDER of Melchizedek. If Abraham brought tithes to Melchizedek the High Priest, we, the seed of Abraham must also bring our tithes to Jesus, our High Priest.
Never use the tithe to redeem a pledge or a vow. The tithe belongs to the LORD so when it is used for something else, it becomes an accursed thing.
God will ensure that you receive a just compensation for every injustice you may have suffered when you tithe consistently. You’ll always have the last laugh.
Pastor Ashimolowo was recently exposed by The Sun UK which revealed that he used church funds to pay for a £120,000 birthday party for himself at a London hotel, an £80,000 new Mercedes and a £13,000 Florida timeshare.
The report further revealed that his church – KICC- takes £6.3m a year from tithing, where the congregation gives up 10 per cent of its salary.
According to the report, Ashimolowo was previously been found by the Charity Commission to have used church funds to pay for a £120,000 birthday party for himself at a London hotel, an £80,000 new Mercedes and a £13,000 Florida timeshare.
He was also paid around £50,000-a-year by the church for ‘pastoral services’ before the 2005 probe found he had flouted charity rules by being a trustee and paying himself a salary.
The Charity Commission found there had been ‘serious misconduct and mismanagement’ of charity funds and told it to establish itself as a new charity with new trustees – which it did.
More than £500,000 was also legally paid by the church to his own private companies including Matthew Ashimolowo Media Ministries which publishes books and DVDs of his teachings.
Accounts show the publishing company raked in more than £2 million – making a profit of £877,000 – between 1999 and 2005 before it started filing less detailed financial statements under Companies House rules.