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No doubt the effect of this coronavirus pandemic is biting hard on the economy of many nations, and the citizens are the worse for it. Among the organization hits by these negative waves are the churches. People, especially non-Christians or the liberal ones are asking should churches be collecting an offering and tithe during coronavirus pandemic? So what is your take? Should it be or shouldn’t? You must not forget every seemly negative situation provides a new opportunity. It depends on you what you make out of it.

To be modest, the collection of offering and tithe during the coronavirus should be looked objectively. To start with, are there people who gave when they are in dire needs? What does the Bible say about the tithe and offering? What is the role of the church in a time like this?
One, it is proof our faith in God as our provider not when we have in surplus, but when we can release the little we have to gain much from him.
In Genesis, Isaac sowed during a great famine. This was a turning point in his life. Jesus didn’t condemn the rich who gave out of their abundance in the temple but commended the widow for being the better giver. This is because she gave all she had. Though we were not told what happened thereafter, I am sure she wouldn’t die of hunger. Mark 12: 41-44. The widow of Zarephath was another example. She gave all she had, but that was the end of her lack. 1 King 17:8-20
Before we jump into the conclusion that churches should or shouldn’t be collecting offerings and tithe during the coronavirus pandemic, we should understand the teachings of the scriptures.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10
Whether Christians are obliged to pay tithe now is another area of controversy between the conservative and the liberal Christians. Tithe payment is a commandment of God to his people. The purpose of the tithe was to take care of the ministers of God (the Levites). These sets of people have no other work, but standing in the gap between God and his people. So you would pay the tithe if you made any gain, but you don’t pay if you haven’t.
As to whether it is right or not to collect an offering during covid:19 situations, let us read the bible. And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Amid a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Remember giving is a personal issue Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
As we know, there is nothing new in the world. So let us look at what the church did in a time like this. During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. Acts 11:27.
On giving, it is a choice and not a force. Giving varies base on the income, a person’s understanding of the concept of God’s financial policy, level of faith, and the level you desire God’s blessing.
This will answer the question of whether or not to collect offerings and tithe during COVID: 19 pandemics. The Church sends relief to the needy. Members donated relief materials to people in need. Some, though poor, send gifts because they are better than those in dire need. And perhaps they already keyed into the giving principles of God’s blessing as taught by the Apostle Paul. Obviously, if those people are in this generation, they won’t be arguing if they should give their offering and tithe during the coronavirus pandemic period like this. It behooves on churches to reinvest in the people out of the past collection from their congregation in a time like this. Not only that, well to do people in the church and community should elevate the burden on the people by giving within their capacity.
While the government has a role to play, condemning the church for collecting the offering and tithe during this pandemic is like talking about removing the speck in other people’s eyes when you have a log in your eyes. This, however, does not exonerate the overbearing of some of the ministers extorting and compelling people over giving in this trying period without considering their plight.
To have a middle course, each person should give according to God’s blessings upon his or her life and a personal conviction about giving in a trying period like this. Biblical giving is voluntary.
In some quarters, giving of the offering and tithe during the coronavirus pandemics is higher because of the people’s alliance with God and their church.
Share your opinion on tithe and offering collection in a time like this.

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Joseph Akinrinola
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I am joseph Akinrinola. A pastor, teacher, author, freelance, and incurable learner. I share as I learn insightful ideas that make up a total being physically, spiritually, and emotionally especially, about young people.

One thought on “Offering And Tithe During Coronavirus Pandemic: What Is Your Take?

  1. God bless you for this exposition
    But the main reason people content paying tithe and offering during this period is what the church uses the money for sometimes it just goes into the leaders pocket and they don’t think of helping other needy in the same church that’s not good enough

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