Pastor Lolu Akinwunmi LA writes Pastor Matthew A. Ashimolowo on tithing :-
Please rest assured I am not promoting this issue of tithing. I wrote this only after I saw a very recent video of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo going on and on about the issue and Daddy Freeze. I thought it was an overkill and avoidable.
THE BATTLE VS. THE WAR
PASTOR ASHIMOLOWO, ITS NOT ABOUT TITHES. ITS ABOUT LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Dear Pastor Matthew,
Greetings. I am not sure you may remember. Many years ago you accompanied my dear friend and brother Bishop Abraham Olaleye to my then Ilupeju office. A few times we have also been on the same Virgin flights either going to London or Lagos.
I have just viewed your message at TREM where you spoke on Daddy Freeze and indeed the title of your message was on Tithing. In my opinion, Daddy Freeze will appear to have finally been shouted down from many eminent pulpits, but the issue he raised has raised the real issues, i.e.
*Financial Accountability in the church
*Judicious use of church resources
*Modest living by the clergy
*What the Bible truly says about tithing and a few doctrinal issues etc.
He has been called names but oddly none has used the Bible to repudiate what he said.
My advice to senior evangelical leadership like you is very simple. AFTER ALL THE NOISE, NAME CALLING, STOUT DEFENCE, SPINS, BRAVADO etc., GO BACK INTO YOUR CONCLAVES AND HONESTLY CONSIDER THE MAIN ISSUE DADDY FREEZE RAISED AND THE OTHER ISSUES THAT FLOWED FROM IT.
Pastor, no doubt Freeze is a very boisterous young man, appears to have little respect for traditions and protocols etc., BUT HE RAISED KEY ISSUES AND SUPPORTED THEM WITH SCRIPTURES. AND NO ONE, I REPEAT, NO ONE COULD CONTRADICT HIM FROM THE SAME BIBLE.
IN MY OPINION GOD HAS USED DADDY FREEZE TO GIVE PENTECOSTAL LEADERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW MANY THINGS AND SET CORRECTIONS IN PLACE. THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE COVERED WITH THEIR HASTE TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE RIGHT AND HE, WRONG.
Something profound has been set in motion and the Pentecostal movement cannot be the same again. For the first time the leadership has been successfully challenged in a major doctrine. And either we like to admit or not Daddy Freeze literally received a standing ovation.
Pastor, in my opinion, Daddy Freeze is a passionate believer. He means well too. His style and communication may be different and even sometimes irreverent, but he has been supported by many older eminent men of the collar like Pastor ADELAJA. We should pay some attention to him and simply not harass him off.
He should be taken seriously. We should concentrate on what he said and what he has set in motion and not the fact that he beats his wife and other trite, mundane issues. Many Ministers do worse: one of them said on YouTube that masturbation is not wrong!
For those in the Spirit, the debate is not about Tithing; that just triggered it off. THE DEBATE IS ABOUT LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.
The precocious enfant terrible may have lost the battle, but certainly not the war.
Best personal regards