Uti Nwachukwu, the former winner of Big Brother Africa (BBAfrica), says payment of tithes comes with benefits but should not be made compulsory for people. 

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Tithing is one of the controversial topics among Christians, with opinions often divided.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Uti said many people are ignorant of tithe payment and how it works.

The media personality also said while tithing is beneficial, there is no punishment for those who do not support it.

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“A lot of people get this whole tithing thing wrong! Does it work? Yes! But It is not compulsory! And you will not be punished for not practicing it! It is an elective! A covenant blessing available for those interested,” he wrote.

The reality TV star faulted teachings by some clerics that non-payment of tithe is “a sin” and that those who do not practice it are likely to face certain consequences.

Uti argued that like other forms of giving in the church, tithes are “elective”. He added that clerics should only teach their members the advantages of paying tithes not instilling fear in them.

“What is wrong is using fear of punishment to threaten your congregation into practicing it! It’s like the government waking up today to tell us that you’d be arrested if you don’t invest in real estate,” he added.

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“Same goes for first fruits, offerings and all types of giving. Let people know the advantages but do not lie to them that they sin if they don’t practice it.

“Love and faith are all that matter in our chosen religion. Your faith will always produce results. Which is why some people doing the unimaginable still produce results.”

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