Daddy Freeze writes to Nathaniel Bassey on the controversial tithing subject

Yesterday, gospel act Nathaniel Bassey shared his views on the controverisal topic of paying tithes and according to him, he unapologetically believes in it.


In his response, the man who raised the subject and made it go viral on social media, Daddy Freeze wrote to Nathaniel saying;

Dear Nathaniel, Peace be upon you! The leader of the #FreeNation greets you and brings glad tidings.

I have two questions I’d like you to address.
1: why do you use emotions and raise sentiments, instead of using biblical facts to support your argument on tithing? Im sure a bible verse showing where OUR FIRST PASTORS, THE 12 DISCIPLES, COLLECTED TITHES would serve more to buttress our belief systems, than mere statements like “me I tithe o”

Secondly, you quoted Mal3:10 this verse was a commandment to the priests not to us and if you took time out to read Mal 3:12 that promises a Delightsome land as a reward for tithing, you will realize that there is a HUGE problem. 51% of the Nigerian population is Christian, more than the Muslim population at the last count. Look around you do you see a Delightsome land, despite the almost 100million Christians residing in Nigeria, a vast majority of whom are tithers? 

Source: Linda Ikeji’s blog


    We have already seen that, prior to Judaism, tithing was an established custom with reference to the worship of God and that the custom was honored by no less a person than the patriarchal head of the whole Hebrew nation; but more than this, Abraham is typically the patriarch of Christians as well. Are not all Christian’s “Abraham’s seed”? (Galatians 3:29). Then what king of children of Abraham are those who vow they have no duty to pay tithes?
    The well-known story of Jacob and his pledge of a tenth of all that he had to God should be understood as a promise on Jacob’s part to honor a duty already in existence, well known to him by reason of the tithes his grandfather Abraham had paid to Melchizedek, and in all likelihood widely understood as a religious duty toward God by all worshipers of God Most High. On that night when Jacob left his father’s house and saw the vision of the ladder from earth to heaven, he set up a pillar, anointed it, and promised to give a tenth of all he had to God (Genesis 28:22); but there is not anything in that passage that would suggest that Jacob invented the tithe. It existed long before Jacob, and his was a vow to honor an existing obligation, long before determined as belonging to God. Members of the Restoration churches have long resisted any thought that tithing is a Christian obligation; but in this they are surely misled, being influenced, doubtless, by the notoriously inadequate teaching of Alexander Campbell on that particular point. The illustrious Alexander Campbell was one of the richest men in the state of Virginia, and a president of the United States traveled across the wilderness to spend the night with him. As a mighty teacher of the word of God, Campbell had no peer in the nineteenth century; but the simple truth is that Campbell did not see the need for Christians to give of their means, and there is no emphasis on that subject in his works. It is not in Campbell’s works, then, that we may get any light on this question, but in the word of Jesus Christ who dogmatically affirmed that unless the righteousness of his followers should “exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). Now the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, of which Jesus said the righteousness of Christians should exceed it, certainly included the giving of tithes, a fact acknowledged approvingly by Christ who said,
    Ye tithe mint, anise, and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, mercy and faith; but THESE YE OUGHT TO HAVE DONE , and not to have left the others undone (Matthew 23:23).
    Nor is it proper to believe that giving “merely” a tithe (tenth) fully discharges a Christian’s obligation in this area of duty. A Christian’s duty in many instances doubtless exceeds a tithe.
    The views of this writer have not always been so positive on this phase of the doctrine of Christ; but passing years and further studies of the word of God, together with an observation of what Christians themselves do and say regarding the virtue of giving, have led inexorably to the conviction expressed above. That there are exceptions, unusual cases, and perhaps outright exemptions pertaining to certain individuals suffering under special hardships or unusual circumstances, it is freely admitted. There is no intention or even any disposition to pass judgment on others regarding this duty. If men cannot perform the duty, God will excuse them; but no preacher of the word of God has the right to excuse men on God’s behalf. It is the widespread practice of teaching that “we don’t have to do this!” which is rejected here. As the years pass, and as God’s work languishes and becomes even impoverished, and when it is considered that a neglect of the duty of giving is an obvious reason for it, one is more and more aware of the contradiction implicit in the obligation of the ancient Jew to give a tenth, and the feeling of many Christians that they are free to give far less than that. Just why should a Christian be expected to give less than Jacob gave?
    “There (in heaven) he (Christ) receiveth tithes!” (Hebrews 7:8); and this cannot be unless his disciples give them. Application of these words to Melchizedek, the type and not the antitype is a distinction without a difference; it would not have been mentioned here except for its bearing on the duty of Christians; and the words stand. The only disclaimer that this writer wishes to record here is that he does not wish to thrust this view dogmatically upon any other Christian. It is freely acknowledged that many differ with this view; but it is prayerfully hoped that others will allow this sincere expression of a viewpoint which the writer for many years has accepted as binding upon himself, and also that others will come to accept it for themselves, and come to know the joy of complying with it. More is said in the New Testament on the subject of giving than is said of faith or baptism, or the Lord’s Supper; and the need of Christians to heed the word of God regarding giving is urgent and extensive.


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