Prophet bans tithe, calls it devil’s work

THE issue of tithing remains contentious one across Christian denominational divides because of varying interpretations of its origins and purpose.
Why a tithe is given, to whom and for what purpose are some of the many questions that have kept communities in the Christian faith searching for understanding.
Insistence on paying of tithes has also been the reason – or excuse – for some to stay away from certain churches.
It is within this context that a Harare prophet, Prince Wonderful born Wellington Kahari, says his colleagues who are collecting tithes and offerings need deliverance themselves if they are serious about salvation.
Founder of the Loving Christ International Ministries, which he says he dissolved after an encounter with the Holy Spirit in 2013, Prophet Wonderful says it was revealed to him that ministries and churches who collect tithes and offerings in the name of God are destined for hell fire.
“In 2013 the Holy Spirit visited me in my room as I was praying and preparing for my Sunday service. The Holy Spirit said to me, ‘You have sinned against me for you have walked after the error of Nigeria and Ghana’.
“I asked what the error was. He then said the error was the founding of churches and ministries, making oneself a president and founder of denominations, paying and collecting tithes and offerings.
“The Holy Spirit told me that all those who have formed churches or ministries, appointing themselves presidents and founders, those who are attending, those who are collecting or paying tithes and offerings in the name of God are destined for the lake of fire.
“These three things blew my mind and the following day, Sunday, I announced that Loving Christ International Ministries has been closed with immediate effect. It was not an easy decision, but it was more valuable to follow Christ than the worldly desires.
“We began to gather about five of us in the name of Jesus Christ according to 2 Thessalonians 2:1 and 1 Corinthians 5:4. A lot of our people decided to join other denominations; they could not stomach the ‘new light’.”
He says their gathering is growing – and no one pays tithes or gives offerings.
“If we want to pay our bills or rent we just collect the money among ourselves and pay. God never said Christian converts are supposed to pay tithe for the upkeep of the church or its leaders and we are just following that,” he says.
Prophet Wonderful also has some choice words for men and women of the cloth who are fond of titles.
“In the encounter with the Holy Spirit I was questioned, who in the scriptures was anointed by God to be a founder of a church or ministry? And who ever collected tithes or offerings in the New Testament of Jesus Christ among His apostles, especially among the Gentile nations of which Zimbabwe is one.”
He continues: “The spirit gave me Ephesians 2:11-16 which plainly differentiates between Israelites (Hebrews) and us the Gentiles.
“In verse 11 the Apostle Paul was teaching the Gentiles and showing them how the Hebrews or Israelites viewed them in time past. The Gentiles were without Christ, meaning it took Jesus Christ for the Gentiles to be accepted of God.
“Hence tithes and offerings were paid by Israelites only, those who happened to be biologically Hebrews bonded with the Levitical priesthood.”
He adds that Malachi, widely used to encourage people to give offerings and tithes, is clear on the matter.
“In verse 9, God says they are cursed with a curse – even this whole nation. Was God cursing Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Afghanistan or Britain? No! It was the Israelites. God did not say He would curse nations but a nation.
“Malachi 1:1 reveals that the nation which was going to be cursed for failing to pay tithes and offerings were the Israelites not spiritual Israel (Gentiles) but the real Israel, the sons of Jacob.
“I couldn’t count the times I have heard self-appointed ministers of the gospel berate their congregations for ‘robbing God’ in tithes and offerings.
“This verse in Malachi certainly means what it says. Someone was defrauding God of tithes and offerings, but wait until you find out who it is that God blames for this act.
“This is the time past referred to in Ephesians 2:11-13 and when all this was happening among the Hebrews who are Israelites, Gentiles were not part of these covenants. They were aliens. Therefore, the collection of tithes and offerings amongst Gentile countries and people is the work of the Devil.”
He added that in the book of Acts 15 a dispute arose between the Jews and the Gentiles when certain Jews wanted to force the Gentiles to follow the Law of Moses.
“The apostles Peter and James refused that the Gentiles should follow the Law of Moses, but that Gentiles should believe in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The Lord Jesus Christ Himself never collected tithes and offerings from the people. And Jesus Himself said the New Testament was in His blood which was supposed to be shed – Luke 22:20.
“He is the High Priest of the New Testament. If God freely gave eternal life by the death of Jesus Christ, then why should all other material things of this earth be paid for to these workers of darkness?
“What can be more precious than Jesus Christ, the one true offering which alone was acceptable to God?
“The book of Luke 8:1-3 states that certain women and many others supported Jesus out of their own means, Jesus never collected tithe or offering from anyone during his ministry.
“Even when he sent his disciples to preach he gave them instructions as to where they were going to survive. Luke 10:1-11 in particular shows that the disciples were supposed to receive whatever they would be given freely by the people and not to intimidate them with the name of their master. They did not use the name or the anointing of Jesus Christ to collect tithes, offerings or seeds because they were labourers of Jesus Christ not Moses.
“The yesteryear apostles of Christ survived by a certain manner of giving which was abandoned by the current crop of false apostles, pastors and prophets.”

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  • Simweena Bantu

    New Testament Church founded by Jesus Christ inotsvakei kunaMalachi? Hakuna here ma verse in New Testament that guide christian worship. Christianity is not part of the new testament. They were first called Christians in Antioch. If you want Old Testament staff, why not joining Judaism.

    • AReader

      Show me a verse in the new testament that says believers should pay tithe

  • Mufellow

    Thank you God of the fellowheirs…

  • JESUS4LIFE

    KAHARI spot on!!!!!! They eyes of Spirit indeed. Zimbabwe needs this kind of information. Jesus is the greatest and sacrifice of God what can a man give God. Tithes and offerings are Satanic!!!!! The Word

  • Muchiriri

    Contradiction ipi Bible zvarinotaura ne issue ye circumcision do you circumcise yourself. You need to understand the aspect of audience before you wrongly impose practices on wrong recipients. The bible is written for all dispensations but you do not belong to all the dispensations. you think the Apostles made an error of ommission on the tithe nhai. The church is not founded on the Moses or the old covenant prophets but the Cross of Jesus and the revelations given to the apostles especially Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles of which you are Tithe is law based giving and should therefore not find a place in the grace ministry ushered by our Lord through his death. Can provide my contact details should you feel the need to engage further in this informative subject. Thank you

    • Joseph Matigimmu

      i don’t want to waste my time arguing with you go and read Hebrew 7 vs 4 to 10

      • All about Jesus

        Abraham gave tithes of the goods of Sodom and Gomorah not his salary or personal belongings.This was done after killing four kings and even you can you do that??So Jesus was also sent to bless lsrael by turning them away from sin Acts 3 v 26.The blessing of Melchizedeck never turned Abraham from sin.So yes we are blessed of Jesus Christ now Melchizedeck is lower in rank that’s why Jesus Christ took over.Abraham was a Hebrew Genesis 14 v 13 and so the Letter Hebrews was for his children to believe in the higher blessing from Jesus Christ which they were to recieve by believing in his name not paying tithes and offerings to Jesus Christ…..lts all about Jesus Christ

        • Joseph Matigimmu

          Romans 4 vs 12 says we are to walk in our father Abraham’s footsteps so if tithing was good then it should be good for us, saka if the old testament is useless why is we Christians are called Abraham’s heirs slways learn to read scripture in context

          • All about Jesus

            You learn to read the scripture in context.Romans 4 v 1 Pauls says Abraham was a father pertaining to the Flesh.And gentiles are not his children in the flesh,Genesis 10 v 1-5 Japheth is the Father of Gentiles.Abraham was a Father to lsraelites circumcised according to the Law and lsrael which was to be justified by Faith In Jesus Christ without circumcision..The old testament is good for history and it was a covenant of lsrael.

          • Joseph Matigimmu

            as long as you call yourself a Christian you are Abraham’s heir

          • All about Jesusa

            You lie as long as l call myself a christian l am an Heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ even the Holy Spirit is a witness of this as the Apostle Paul writes Romans 8 v 16-17…..God gave lsaac asan heir Abraham not Gentiles..Gentiles were engrafted because of unbelief on another part of the lsraelites Romans 11 v 11……

          • All about Jesus

            You lie as long as l am a son of God or christian l am an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ Romans 8 v 16-17..Isaac was Abrahams heir in the Flesh and Romans 11 v 11 gentiles were grafted into Gods Kingdom after the death of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit led.

          • Joseph Matigimmu

            thats why i said you dont read the bible in context yes we are joint heirs with CHRIST BUT you are Abraham’s heir Galatians 3 verse 28 and 29: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (29) And if you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

          • All about Jesus

            You lied again.Galatians 3 v 29 is abused just like Malachi.Paul says if “ye” And ye here are the Galatians who were Jews not Gentiles.Paul is saying the real seed of Abraham among Jews is evident by receiving the gospel of Christ.And he says heirs according to the promise and that’s the heirship they were refusing by returning to the Law.Galatians 3 v 1-3…Always understand context of scripture and the audience being refered to.So if you believe you are a Galatian then its according to your personal revelation.

          • Joseph Matigimmu

            He never said Jews only the problem with you you is you are taking one verse and not reading from were the story started if read verse 28 it says as long as you are now in Christ you are now neither Jew nor Gentile and Abraham was not just a father of the Jews but of many nations through Christ

          • maita

            This Matigimu guy is craze Abraham tithed once from spoils of war nothing less nothing more.

  • munashe sibanda

    nhema idzo

  • Zim

    Tithe is for God. In the bible God says let that money help the widow,
    the poor and the orphan. Also the levites (priests, pastors, bishops
    etc) because they work for the Lord while others work for themselves.
    Now this means the tithe belongs to God. The same amount a widow gets is
    the same amount a Pastor gets according to God’s will. The
    administration of the tithe must be done by the church under direction
    of the Holy Spirit not the pastor. Before God we are equal. The founder
    of the church is Christ. No human being owns other church members. We
    just have different gifts of the holy spirit in the church. Some are
    preachers, some are prophets, some are singers , some are prayer
    warriors, some visit the sick and needy, some are evangelists, some are
    deacons and so on. Paul was a strong preacher but made tents for a
    living. He even said those who don’t want to work must not eat. The
    levites were a tribe of Israel who spent all their lives at the temple.
    Other tribes could do various economic activities but levites spent all
    their time doing service to the Lord. Because God is caring he
    instructed that Levites should eat from his tithes. Interestingly the
    Levite was supposed to pay tithe also. The rest of the tithe was used to
    take care of the needy in the society and for any temple expenses such
    as construction or repairs. Tithing did not start with the Jews rather
    it was there before. Remember Abraham paid tithe to the priest
    Melchizedek. Tithing makes us to depend on God and to remember that he
    blesses us everyday. It is not a Jewish custom. Its a God given
    instruction. The so called founders of the ministries are taking
    advantage of a God given instruction meant to help the poor in society .
    They now take all that the levite’s share, the widow’s share, the
    orphan’s share, the amount meant for the church building and other
    assets maintenance, the share for evangelism and so on. So Zimbabwe read
    the bible for your self before get confused with the principle.The old
    testament and new testament are all valid until forever and they don’t
    contradict. Take time to read and understand . Dont use your own
    personal feeling lest u be taken over by the devil. May God bless the
    reading of his word.
    Read Deuteronomy 14 vs 22 to 29 List of beneficiaries from tithing.
    Genesis 14 vs 20 Tithing existed before the nation of Israel existed.
    Leviticus 27 vs 30 Tithe belongs to God not humans. He decides what to do with it.
    Nehemiah 10 vs 38 Tithe must be brought to a secure place in the church safe/bank account. Accountability.
    Malachi 3 vs 8 If u don’t tithe u are robbing God.
    Malachi 3 vs 10 Gods blesses those who are faithful on tithes.
    Mathew 23 vs 23 We must be faithful in everything. Tithing must not be an outward show.
    Exodus 35 How offerings should be used in the church. ( Church building, decoration, etc)
    2 Thessalonians 3 Advise to those ‘church founders’ taking advantage of God’s tithe.

    • All about Jesus

      Romans 10 v 4 For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one who believeth.
      Tithing and offerings were given under the Law

      Ephesians 5 v 2 And walk in love,as Christ also hath loved us,and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour….God prepared the body of Jesus an offering for all so what can a $100,$1000 or million dollar do before him.
      God is nolonger asking for tithes and offerings or justification of the Law but Faith in Jesus Christ Romans 3 v 20 By the deeds of the Law no flesh shall be justified…Give if you are led to not because of the Law we are under Grace and Truth John 1 v 17

    • New Testament believer

      What did Jesus Christ or your bible say about Gentiles over paying tithes and offerings.You are just talking about lsrael and the writer is right you were aliens and didn’t have God and without hope in the world..
      Hebrews 7 v 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi,who receive the office of the priesthood,have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law,that is,of their brethren,though they come out of the loins of Abraham.
      Levites did not have a commandment to take tithes from Gentiles but their brethren the 11 tribes of Jacob.Noone can be a levite by faith.Levites were by fleshly birth e.g Moses was a levite Exodus 2 his father and mother were all of the tribe of Levi.

  • All about Jesus

    The writer is accurate.The bible has dispensations and times.Many run to Abraham as if they can follow his footsteps.Abraham had concubines apart from a once of thing he did by giving a tenth he did why won’t they follow all??
    Hebrews 10 v 9 lt was the will of God not man to remove the Old Testament through one offering of the body of Jesus Christ.
    2 Cor 3 v 14 But their minds were blinded:for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament;which veil is done away in Christ.
    Jesus Christ is greater than anyone who ever lived.Abraham,Jacob,Moses even Melchizedeck they were all lower in rank to this man who liveth even today sitting at the right hand of God…He is observing and is coming soon….Walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ name above all names

  • Joseph Matigimmu

    i am not going to waste my energy arguing with you may the Holy Spirit give you revelation as you read the bible then you will be able to understand

    • All about Jesus

      Test the Spirits to see if they proceed from God as scripture says.follow the spirit you want but l believe the Holy Spirit came in the name of Jesus Christ and yours seems to have come in the name of Abraham so who needs revelation me or you???

      • Joseph Matigimmu

        don’t put words in my mouth I never came in the name of Abraham you see that,s why I said you have a problem of taking things out of context

        • All about Jesus

          So you don’t have a problem of taking things out of context??

          • Joseph Matigimmu

            I said I don’t want to argue with you go and read the word of God and may the Holy Spirit give you revelation

          • All about Jesus

            May you do that yourself.You are heretic and totally lost.Blessed are those who are not offended in Jesus Christ.Lest l keep offending you with more Truth and for the sake of the Holy Spirit goodbye.

  • Zim

    Jesus said the road to salvation is narrow and straight few find it, but the way to destruction is broad. (Mathew 7 v 13 – 14). I hope those who make arguments and advise other people not to read the old testament know what they are doing.Its one thing to acknowledge the truth and not do it, But its really sad when we take away part or all of the bible from the people. John chapter 1 says in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. All things were made by him. In him is life. and the Word became flesh and lived among us. This then means from genesis to revelation the bible is pointing to Christ as the creator and author of everything including our faith. He made Adam. walked with Enoch. Gave Noah design of the ark. Called Abraham. Wrote law and gave it to Moses. Blessed David’s kingdom. Died on the cross for us . Sent Paul with the gospel to gentiles. Gave John revelations about the end times . So there is a way which may seem right in the eyes of the majority but in the end its ways of destruction (Proverbs 14 v 12). Please lets not add or take away words of the bible. (Revelations 22 v 18 -19). Don’t misinterpret Paul’s writings even Peter warned against it. (2 Peter 3 v 14 – 16). So rob God at own risk don’t try to make others follow ways that are not from God.

    • All about Jesus

      Hebrews 10 v 14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.

      God cannot be robbed by anyone seeing that He used one offering(the body of Jesus Christ) to perfect forever the sanctified in Christ.You already took away certain verses out of the bible and posted them and you say lets not take away words from the bible???You seem to teach your own doctrine in hiding failing to argue scriptures written by the author.

    • Joseph Matigimmu

      I agree with you totally

  • All about Jesus

    JESUS CHRIST was sent by God to redeem lsrael from the Law of Moses Galatians 4 v 4-5.God had spoken of a new covenant with the House of lsrael and Judah Hebrews 8 v 7-10.In establishing a new covenant He was making the first old.Paul preached the righteousness of God by Faith in Jesus Christ.Paul taught the gospel according to the audience and his letters are clear to those whom the Lord Jesus opens understanding of the scriptures….Galatians 5 v 4 says Christ is become of no effect unto you,whosoever of you are justified by the Law;you are fallen from Grace.
    John 1 v 17 says For the Law was given by Moses but Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ…Jesus Christ is author and finisher of Faith.It starts by Him and ends by Him….Col 3 v 17 And whatsoever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus not moses abraham or any other name but the Lord Jesus.

  • Joseph Matigimmu

    Yu are a prophet of doom mate!

  • Christ Child

    beware of misleading people man of God, only in the name of Holy Spirit visited you.

    • Brains

      Truth is for the few.Wide is the road that leads to hell.What an encounter.