First Fruit Sacrifice as Practiced among Contemporary Churches

Anumh, Isaiah Ozovehe


The gospel of prosperity, popularised by some Neo-Pentecostal pastors has drawn a negative perception among the generality of the Nigerian public in recent years about the emphasis on sowing and reaping by many Neo-Pentecostal churches, with many calling them ‘business centres’ and some state governors planning to impose taxes on churches because of the excessive show of wealth by some General Overseers (Church leaders). The recent teaching on first fruit offering by many churches has only increased this negative perception shown in the social media, national newspapers and even response to giving by church members. first fruit offering should not be made compulsory by any church because there is no punishment from God for those who do not practice it. Those who freely want to dedicate their first salary or income to God are welcomed, however, that must remain their personal decision which must not be expected or demanded from any other member. Pastors must avoid preaching new revelations which have not been proven to be consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. Bible study programs where members can search the scriptures and ask questions should be encouraged in the church before new doctrines are made in the church. There is the need for pastors to work in synergy with Biblical scholars on doctrinal matters. Giving in the New Testament and by extension the church today must be from a willing and cheerful heart inspired by the Holy Spirit. The church needs to do more in terms of giving to the society, the needy in and out of the church to change the negative perception about the church and its leadership.

Keywords: First fruit, offering, Neo-Pentecostalism, Prosperity, feasts

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