Pastor Owusu-Asiamah wants Christians to stop paying tithe as it is simply a means for preachers to defraud them.
During a programme on Hitz FM, Punch reports that Pastor Dan Owusu-Asiamah of the Church of Christ alleged that tithing is simply a tool for some pastors to defraud their church members. He added that these pastors are the same as "corrupt" politicians.
Hence, he encouraged believers to stop enriching their pastors' pockets by paying their tithe. The preacher backed his statement with a verse from the book of Deuteronomy that forbids pastors from extorting worshippers.
In his words, "Tithe-paying is fraud. Under no circumstance was anyone asked to pay tithe in the Bible. Tithing has to do with foodstuffs. Everything they are doing now is wrong. We speak about corruption and talk about politicians. Corruption begins in the church. The church is actively doing these things. In Deuteronomy 14:25, it tells you, tithe isn't about money…"
He continued,"There is a difference between offertory and tithing, Malaika chapter 3: 8–10 says Tithing has nothing to do with money but offering does. I challenge every clergyman to open a passage that says we should pay tithe on a monthly basis. No apostle asked a Christian to give one-tenth. Now it's more like a law that some churches even collect the tithe before they bury the dead. How do you mark those who pay tithe in church?"
Unlike this Ghanaian cleric, most Nigerian pastors say otherwise. Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for instance, believes that tithing is the key to Heaven.
In an Instagram video shared on April 11, 2018, the RCCG G.O says, "Make it clear to them. Anyone who is not paying his tithe is not going to heaven. Full stop."
In 2017, he stressed the importance of giving this 10% saying, "…Please do not let anybody get you into trouble by attracting God's curse to yourself, please pay your tithe."
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and head of Word Of Life Eagles also agrees that tithing is mandatory.
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, he warned that the penalty for not tithing is death saying, "There is always something that God will give you, that he wants you to take care of, that you mustn't take as yours, that you must leave dedicated to and return to Him. That thing is the acknowledgment that God is the source of all things that you have, and it is known as tithe.
"Now, just to make sure that there is no ambiguity and confusion as to what the thing is, God made it simple. The tithe is ten percent of anything God gives you as increase to what you already have or as addition to what you already have. In Adam's case, not eating the tree of knowledge was his tithe. And if he dared to eat it, he would die."
It is important to add that there are some preachers who disagree with this very popular notion.
Earlier this year, Pastor Sam Adeyemi of the Daystar Christian Center caused a major controversy by declaring that the 10% requirement has expired because Jesus Christ has freed Christians from the practice.
"So I say again, tithing as practiced under the Law of Moses as a regulation has expired. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithes. No Christian should be made to feel guilty for not paying tithes," he said.
He has a supporter in Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly who told BBC Yoruba, "Tithing is not compulsory. No-one should feel compelled to pay - no-one is holding a gun to their head.
He added, "Churches, where pastors are becoming fat and the members, are growing lean, God will judge them."
Tithing remains a major bone of contention in Nigerian churches.