Of recent, there has been a huge backlash on the founder of the living faith worldwide, Bishop Oyedepo, over his statement that whoever does not pay tithe is financially cursed
“Tithing is an inescapable covenant obligation. Prosperity not just wealth is impossible without tithing because when you are not paying tithe, you’re under a financial curse.”
This of course did not go down well with some people calling him out and questioning his authority to lay curses on people.
It is very clear that there are very wealthy people on earth that do not pay tithe and I will list them.
In fact, the first 10 richest men in the world as of today, are not practicing Christians.
But before we go into that let us look at tithing.
Tithing was an age-long tradition of the Israelites since the time of Moses and in fact, Christians of today DO NOT keep to the diverse laws covering tithing.
Apart from Malachi 3 vs 21, there is no other place in the new testament where Christians are asked to pay tithe.
Even Jesus, in all his preachings, NEVER asked his disciples to pay tithe, instead, he instructed them to pay their taxes and even he himself, paid too.
Let's look at Deut 14 vs 22 - 29: Does this apply to the churches of today?
Riches and money have principles and once those principles are applied, anyone can be rich.
Now let's look at the religions of the world's richest people acording to Forbe's (2020)
1 Jeff Bezos, $113bn
The business tycoon started Amazon in his garage in 1994. He has invested heavily in space technology and also owns The Washington Post newspaper.
The muti billionaire has ever disclosed any details of his religious beliefs
2. Bill Gates, $98bn
Founder of Microsoft, Bill has remained a permanent number at the top end of Forbes’ richest list for the past 20 years.
Bill Gates and his family attend a Roman Catholic Church
3. Bernard Arnault & family, $76bn
Unarguably the wealthiest European on the list. The Frenchman owns about 60 luxurious brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
He is Catholic but doesn't attend mass
4. Warren Buffett, $67.5bn
Berkshire Hathaway chief executive, known as the “Oracle of Omagh” is one of the most successful investors of all time.
Although raised Presbyterian, the chief executive identifies as agnostic
5. Larry Ellison, $59bn
Larry is the Co-founder of software firm Oracle.
He was raised under Reform Judaism, but no longer follows a particular belief system
6.Armancio Ortega Gaona
Ortega owns nearly 60% of shares of Inditex, owners of the Zara brand.
He hasn't discussed his personal religion
7.Mark Zuckerberg, $78.6bn
The young billionaire who famously started Facebook in 2004 at the age of 19 and now, is among the top five richest men in the world.
He proudly embraces his Jewish upbringing.
8. Jim Walton, $54.6bn
He remains the richest member of the Walton family largely due to a reported 44% stake in Arvest Bank.
9. Alice Walton $54.4bn
She is jewish - christian
Only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, Alice is now the world’s richest woman.
10. Rob Walton, $54.1bn
Chairman of Walmart's board of directors from 1992-2015 before retiring.
These men do not look cursed to me.
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