Forcing members to pay tithes is wrong – Pastor Amoateng chides colleagues

Popular Ghanaian prophet, Sampson Amoateng, has urged Pentecostal churches to refrain from pressuring their members to pay tithes and offerings.

The General Overseer of House of Miracles Ministries in Accra, Ghana made the call in a video posted through Facebook on Wednesday, June 5.

Forcing members to pay tithes is wrong - Pastor Amoateng chides colleagues

He described tithe paying and offering in church as a scriptural practice, noting that giving is meant to be free will not by force.

Amoateng said: “I am against churches forcing people to pay tithe. I am against pastors or churches forcing people to document their tithe cards. My money is my thank you. It’s carnal to document tithe cards.

“Tithing is a spiritual discipline that requires faith, trust, and obedience. By setting aside a portion of our income, we acknowledge that everything we have belongs to God and that we are mere stewards of His resources.

“Tithing demonstrates our gratitude for God’s blessings and provision, and it expresses our trust in His ability to provide for our needs. As Jesus taught, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ (Matthew 6:21). Tithing helps us to prioritise our relationship with God and to store up treasures in heaven.

“In addition to its spiritual benefits, tithing has practical advantages. It helps to support the church and its ministries, enabling the spread of the Gospel and the care of the p00r and needy.

“Tithing also promotes financial discipline and responsibility, as individuals prioritise their giving and budget accordingly. Furthermore, tithing fosters a sense of community and shared responsibility among believers, as we work together to support the work of the church.”