Why I stopped members from giving tithes, offering – Pastor Baruwa

Senior Pastor, INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oye Baruwa has explained the reasons behind his decision to discontinue the collecting offerings and tithes from his congregation.

He disclosed in an interview that the economic hardship in the country made him consider the plight of members of his church.

The clergyman whose church is located in Talitakumi parish, Ijoko Otta, Ogun State, emphasised that churches are “more or less forcing people who have no money to pay offerings”.

Baruwa said; “First, during the time immediate period after the fuel subsidy was removed, many people could not come to church because they did not have money. Also, with the situation in the country right now with the cost of foodstuffs, it became clear to me that people are suffering. Food is now expensive.

Let’s forget about me, I think all of us should put ourselves in the position of these church members. If we put ourselves in the position of a church member, we will know the problems a lot of them are facing. When somebody is coming from a far place to worship at the church, and he is to spend N2,000 on transportation. And that person has just N3,000 and will still want to pay the Church offering from that money, How will he survive? If I stop the offering, it doesn’t mean I will not eat. If I stop the tithes, it doesn’t mean God will not send a helper to me.

So, I have to be considerate. Many people believe the Bible says we should pay for offerings in Church, and it is when we pay for offerings that God will bless us. But when somebody doesn’t have the money to pay the offering, is God not going to bless that person?, of course, God will bless the person.

We are more or less forcing people who have no money to pay offerings. God will not accept that offering. That is my opinion for now. So, we are not collecting the offerings in our church. Also, to help our members during this period, we are distributing food to those who need it every first Sunday of the month.”