Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, has admitted threatening church members to pay tithes before because he didn’t know better.
The clergyman told his congregants that contrary to what he has been telling them over the years, anyone who refuses to pay tithe will not be under any form of curse.
He confessed that he and his colleagues employ the ‘threat of curse’ to frighten church members to pay tithe.
In a video that has now gone viral, the Bishop said pastors are in the habit of using certain “semantics” to manipulate their members into paying tithe.
He said: “Get your eyes away from people. Why do you want to give them implication (for not paying tithe). Leave them alone.”
“The first mention of tithe, there was no curse in it. Abraham gave the tithe of all to Melchizedek which was before the law. There was no curse and he did it willingly.
“I have frightened the church with curses for not paying tithes and that was because I didn’t know any better.
“You know we conjure all kinds of semantics like, ‘If you don’t pay your tithe, your life will be tight,’ and the people pay out of fear without God’s blessing.
“God wants you to pay tithe out of love, it shouldn’t be about the money, but about Jesus.”
“We conjure all kinds of semantics in order to get them.”
In another video, the pastor dispelled the first fruit doctrine.
Bishop Okonkwo said: “Can you imagine all the businessmen, all the profit you made and you bring them at my feet. Even if I did not read it in the bible, my conscience will not allow me.
“It is not all the gifts you take, take only the one you will be able to go to bed,” he said.
He said he had to let go of a pastor who wanted to imbibe the first fruit doctrine in his church.